Im scared to buy an apple now

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lonegeek, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. lonegeek macrumors member

    lonegeek

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    It seems like all their products will eventually get updated... Im scared that they will be obsolete too soon.. I was planning on getting the 600 dollar mini.. But now im afraid...Plus on their site it doesnt say ilife 06 for the mac mini..it still says ilife05! Should i be afraid?!

    Zach
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Hopefully Apple will keep updating Macs for a long time yet. Get what you need/want when you need/want it and don't worry about being superseded because it's inevitable. :)
     
  3. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    don't worry. powerpc will still be strong for the next 3 or 4 years.
     
  4. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Welcome to the world of computers. No matter how long you wait for a new product, there will ALWAYS be another new one just around the corner. Like mad jew said, just get what you need when you need it. I might add that by going with Apple, you're always sure to get a top quality product that will last for quite a while. ;)
     
  5. ieani macrumors 6502a

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    Im waiting on the next revision of Mac Book Pro, which im hoping is before I start college in August but if its not then Ill just get this one.
     
  6. lonegeek thread starter macrumors member

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    well heck you buy/build a pc...and you know what it is and you know that its not top of the line..but you know its widley supported.... IM afraid if i buy a mini....leopard/ilife 07/ ??? will run horribly..Even though these products are probably within 1-2 years away!!!
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Fair enough. I've got quite a bit of faith that Apple will continue to support PPC for some time, especially considering there are still many pro apps that aren't ready for Intel.
     
  8. doucy2 macrumors 65816

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    buy it and enjoy it, nad dont freaking fret about it
    stop stressing over nothing
     
  9. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Tiger officially supports Macs sold in 1999 (and with a simple "hack" even older). Leopard will most definitely support the current Mac mini, and I bet the next release after that will too. You have to remember, as of right now, 100% of in-use Macs are "obsolete" PowerPC machines. Even if Apple sells 5 million Intel Macs by the end of the year when Leopard comes out, there will still be many many more PowerPC Macs out there in use. Apple (and other developers) would be shooting themselves in the foot if they didn't support all those Macs.

    PowerPC Macs will continue to run new software for sometime. Developers are being encouraged to prepare and release universal binaries. Assuming they're using XCode and making the modifications necessary to make a universal binary, it's no extra work to continue supporting PowerPC. Just one extra checkbox in XCode, and a slightly longer compile time. Expect no problem running software with a PowerPC machine for several years to come.
     
  10. maya macrumors 68040

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    With x86 processors cropping up, we are going to see updates in just a few months tops. I will say that since the Intel iMac was introduces and available today, by the time mid-april reaches it will reach rev B. The MacBook Pro will get another update sometime end of may or june.

    Usually Intel processors get updated ~3 months or so, and Apple has to keep pace with the other x86 makers if they plan on being competitive. This is great, finally we will be getting the PC hardware and our Mac OS X. ;) :)

    You can also count on price of the Intel Macintosh line to get cheaper, the only reason why these seem steep is because they have to recover the R&D cost for both Apple and Intel. I would not buy an Intel iMac or MacBook Pro at this time. ;) :)
     
  11. maya macrumors 68040

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    If you have taken mental notes from the keynote today, you will see that the x86 transition will not span into 2007, however it will be complete by end 2006. That means that most of the developers are close to completion with the Universal Binaries of they software. Quark is the slowest on everything Macintosh related and they already have UB beta of XPress. ;)

    That alone should tell you something. :D

    PowerMac intel will be introduces at WWDC 2006, count on it. ;)
     

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