Should I Buy an Aluminum MB Now Or Wait?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Virtualball, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    I figure they want to get rid of stock through this student promotion so they probably won't update the aluminum ones until ~September, right? Should I buy one now or wait until August? My 1.83 Ghz WhiteBook is getting older haha. Thanks!!
  2. macrumors 604


    buy now. You'll love the unibodies. Don't wait for miniscule updates.
  3. macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2008
    I would wait until WWDC - it's only a few days away, just in case updates are done then.
  4. macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Tell me what they would change.
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2008
    If anything, just a spec bump. My point is that WWDC is in a whole 7 days - unless the OP needs his macbook that urgently, why risk not getting the higher specs?
  6. macrumors member

    May 15, 2009
    Why would you not wait? It's a week!
    Sure, IF there is an update it won't be earth shattering, but its going to be a better computer than it is today.

    It's like going to the store to buy milk. You have 2 bottles side by side, one bottle expires in 2 days and the other in 1 week. If you buy today they will both be good to use today and tomorrow, but the fresher one will last you longer, and probably taste a little better.
    However, if you need milk now and they only have the one that expires in 2 days...
  7. macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Because WWDC is a developer conference, has nothing to do with laptops, and there are no chips to which they can bump.

    The next update will be Clarksfield (if they can beat the heat) or Arrandale.
  8. macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2008
    On the other hand, the macbooks are approaching average time for a cycle update, and there are chips available - it could be as small as 2.13/2.53 GHz (Intel chips P7450 and P8700, rather than the current P7350 and P7600). No one is claiming there are going to be any major changes, but why risk it over 7 days?
  9. macrumors member

    May 15, 2009
    Did you expect them to update the White book?
    Did you expect to be done when it was done?

    This is all a big guess game, and no matter how many posts a person has in this forum or how certain they sound it still a guess game.

    If anybody claims absolutes here, they are full of p**p. The only thing we have to go by is to look at what was done in the past to make a more educated GUESS.

    P.s Tallest skil, this was not directed specifically at you
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
  11. macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2008
    Wait as long as you want to wait. If you can wait until the next update (who knows when it will be, but there will be one this year) then why not wait. Your new macbook will be slightly better that it is now. If you have a 1.83 whitebook, I presume it is still perfectly ok? On the other hand, if you are fed up with it, or just really want to change, wait until WWDC then buy.

    It totally depends on how long you are willing to wait. Either way, enjoy when you get it.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    Since they just gave the plastic white Macbook better specs than the Aluminum one, which costs $300 more than the white one, I would assume an update is right around the corner.

    But like everyone else here, I am just guessing. I just happen to think its a very good guess. Almost hypothesis like.:D
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    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    Whoever claimed the opposite.

    I concur with the first poster - If the current specs do you, get it now and enjoy. Who cares if or if not they'll get a spec bump if the current specs suit your needs already?
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    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    As always, the rule of thumb is simple: wait until you can stand it no longer, then buy. ;)
  15. macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    Last time I did that I bought my vaio a week before the model got a complete case revision that I didn't know about, and I wasn't able to return it for a new model. I was fuming :p But I love it anyway.
    Nowadays I don't fret anymore, I just enjoy what I have.
  16. macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2009
    Wait. There will be a better version in the future. (I'm waiting since 1991)
  17. macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2004
    New MBs after processor announcements approx. when?

    I'm trying to figure out how long between Intel processor releases and Apple's upgrades. At one point we knew to some extent (roughly) with PPC processors, but now we know with some certainty (yes?) how Intel releases processors and time between the an upgrade to the line is. The question is how long, and when can we expect the next cycle of upgrades?

    Clearly, I'm shopping, but I'm in no hurry. If I buy now, and we're talking a few months, I'm OK with that. But if we hold out a few weeks, I wouldn't mind a bump.

  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    I'm in the same boat and really confused...

    Normally, I'd figure no updates (even just small speed bumps) until after the back-to-school promo is over. But after the update to the white Macbook, I'm really not sure and can't imagine why they'd leave the cheaper computer with better specs than the aluminum for long.

    I need my new Macbook for the start of September and if they don't give speed bumps to the aluminum soon, I'll just get the white Macbook instead. I'm assuming that they won't update the aluminums until after the promo if they don't do it soon (WWDC).

    In the speed bump rumour originating from 9to5mac, they sounded like they're really confident in their source, but I know I've read rumours that fell flat on their face in the past. How reliable has 9to5mac been in the past?
  19. macrumors member


    May 19, 2009
    Well man, let me tell you...

    last year Augest, I guess there will be no big update on Macbook, so I bought it...

    I am planning to buy 466, and I'm also really dilemma right now,I hope I can wait until WWDC over.(Although I think there is no way that Macbook will be updated a higher graphic card again which is what I want)
  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2009
    I'm waiting until the 8th. If nothing before then or on the 8th, I'm buying my 2.4. :cool:
  21. macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    CPU speed bump and updated GPUs. Plus likely small RAM/HDD adjustments.

    There is no heat problem with Clarksfield, the two lower models are 35 W and the highest-end model is 35 W or may be 45 W. I'm fairly sure that 10 W needs to be subtracted from those values to give Penryn TDP equivalents.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 2, 2006
    I'm in the same exact boat..I think my parents just snagged me a 2.4 for college grad...should I bring it up and ask them to wait or just go for it?
  23. MrM
    macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2008
    It's a gift. I wouldn't say anything if they already bought it.

    I wish I could get a $1600 gift.. haha
  24. macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2006
    You should wait because then you can tell us all how much snappier the 2.53ghz is compared to the 2.4ghz :)
  25. macrumors 6502

    Mar 2, 2006
    I'm guessing that's sarcasm and I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth..but if the money is better spent in a week I'd let them know...let me know what you guys think

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