buying new mac laptop - wait till after WWDC

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cboissel, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. cboissel macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2006
    Should I wait until after the WWDC to get a new laptop? does Apple usually announce new/updated laptops at this event?

    I'd buy a macbook pro now but i feel like they will update it at the WWDC to increase the gap between pro and non pro

    the small gap between the macbook and macbook pro is the only thing keeping me from buying

    what do we think?
  2. Core Trio macrumors regular

    Core Trio

    May 16, 2006
    New Jersey
    If you need the laptop now, get it now, its a great machine.

    If you dont need it now, then wait, because its inevitably going to be updated at some point in the near future.

    I also think (and this is not directed at you specifically) that we should not have these threads anymore, theres about a million of them and a simple use of the search box will prove that. All of the threads end up with the same responses.
  3. cboissel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2006
    that's really true about the threads and i've read most of them but no one's really said anything about WWDC and I can't remember what's happened in the past because it is so infrequent that i am in the market for a new computer.

    does anyone remember what happened last year at WWDC in terms of new products?

    the year before?
  4. maxi macrumors regular

    May 23, 2006
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    I was kind of in the same boat as you. My Tibook (1ghz) had began to show signs of its age, but I decided to wait until Merom (end of the year maybe??)... Then disaster struck, my logic board ****ed up and now I get awful blocks and colors and weird stuff all over the screen.
    Since I don't really need a MBP (but I want one!!) I've decided to buy the base Macbook (1.83ghz) and use it until next year when the new Merom/Santa rosa combination ships in the MBP's... That way I think I get the best of both worlds, a working, fast laptop until next year (without investing too much) and the absolute bleeding edge revision B/C pro laptop next year.


    But still... that's just me!
  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    i don't know the trends for WWDC specifically, but i do know there is good speculation that merom will come sometime this fall. what would i do? if i wasn't in desperate need of a new laptop, i'd wait.. one, for merom, and two, for a rev B product that has either made the gap between the MB and MBP a bit bigger (in terms of performance and/or bells and whistles), or has addressed some of the rev A problems.

    BUT, if you DO need a new laptop now, don't hesitate - the machines are excellent!
  6. i-unit123 macrumors member


    May 26, 2006
    you really wont regret it at all. i just splurged and got a macbook pro, and i wouldnt regret it at all. its a briliant machine! you will love it no matter what else new comes out!!!!
  7. chanwaiming3 macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2006
    buy used G4 and wait

    i was in your shoes 4 weeks ago. I got a great deal at Ebay on barely used G4 (last revision before Intel)... go with that... and wait till Merom comes out. Never buy first generation Apple.

    But then again, if you are one of the suckers that must get the latest thing and need instant gratification, then get one of the new ones. They do look sweet

    ps... those same suckers that get the latest new thing are always same ones that complain about the whining, excessive heat and other problems.
  8. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    The only computer that has been announced in recent years at WWDC was the Power Mac G5. If you can wait keep waiting... but don't wait because you think there are issues with the current MacBook Pros, I have a 15" here manufactured between 5/25 - 5/28 and it runs absolutely perfectly. It's cool and quiet. I guess according to the newbie above I'm a sucker. :rolleyes:
  9. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Is a Merom MacBook Pro really a Rev B or is it a Rev A Merom machine? Also considering Apple just released speed bump upgrades on the 15" does that make them Rev B? Every speed bumped Power Mac G5 was considered a new revision, so what Rev are the current machines? ;)

    edit: according to we are up to Rev E on the 15"

    As of April 2006, there have been five revisions of the MacBook Pro, A-E. Serial numbers of the original begin with W8608.

    W8608, Rev. A.
    W8609, Rev. B.
    W8610, Rev. C.
    W8611, Rev. D.
    W8612, Rev. E.
  10. Daz macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2006
    That's very interesting... and likely to make me buy one now too!
  11. cboissel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2006
    hmmm... well, I will HAVE to buy a laptop before Fall, so i'm thinking i might as well just do it soon. I really think i'm gonna buy a macbook pro with no reason other then i want it. :)
  12. huck500 macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2004
    Southern California
    Way to generalize....:rolleyes:
  13. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    right, cause later rev products are always so perfect. Like the last rev 15" powerbook G4... :rolleyes:
  14. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    I'm thinking if anything new comes out at WWDC, it'll be Intel PowerMacs, XServes, updated iMacs or new iPods. The MBP's have already had a minor upgrade and the MB's just came out. So, I think your safe. Happy buying. :)
  15. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816


    Sep 8, 2005
    London , UK
    Its usually cinema displays, and PowerMacs at WWDC but im sure apple will get them Merom chips into the MBP as soon as possible.

    I think they need to do this quick, as the gap between MBP and MB is not big enough at the moment.
  16. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    I expect Apple to update the MacBook Pro at sometime prior to the Holiday Shopping season. I say this because Apple refers to the current the Intel based MacBook Pro "Early 2006". You can view this at Apple's web site.

    Although WWDC has historically been a place to announce PowerMac (hopefully Mac Pro) and Cinema Display updates, there's an outside chance that Apple may announce a MacBook Pro replacement at the event given the explanation about the "early 2006" description I provided above.

    However, if you need a system now, I say go ahead and make the purchase.

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