WHY now is a Good time to buy Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by signaturez, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2008
    No doubt Macbook will be redesigned in the mid-year and my predictions it should comes with:

    1. Penryn on Montevina Platform Core 2 Duo
    2. Intel X4500HD (theoritically 2 fold of current X3100)
    3. Brand new case (possibly aluminium)
    4. 7200 rpm HD (optional)
    5. 6MB L2 Cache (optional)

    In Q2 2009, a year after the above release, we shall get:

    1. Clarksfield (Nehalem) on Montevina Platform Quad Core
    2. Dedicated Graphic / CPU+GPU (upcoming technology)
    3. Still the same new case
    4. 7200 rpm (standard) / Solid State Drive (affordable = price/reliability)
    5. 8MB L3 Cache

    Above is personal forecast.

    To those who still waiting for June,
    why not convince yourself to buy a MB now then upgrade to Clarksfield
    about 16 months later?
  2. macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2008
    When does it end?

    The holding off for better updates? :p
  3. macrumors 68040

    Jul 28, 2007
    I buy a new laptop every 2 years (my family members get very good used computer products).

    However, the average consumer uses their computer for more than 5 years.

    My sister still is using an old Pentium 3 600mhz with windows 2000 running and it over 8 1/2 years old and she's happy with it. It's not that she can't afford it. She and her husband make over 800K a year.

    People on macrumors.com are not normal people. Most people do not care if a new processor/redesign is coming out in 4-5 months. The only time you truly see the public holding off on computer products is the months leading up to a new operating system release. (like Leopard or Windows Vista)

    So we can wait and wait for new better things or just go out and buy it and get to enjoy the technology now.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    Every IT product you purchase will be outdated. If you think of things that way you may as well not purchase anything ever. Right now it is the BEST time to purchase a MB because of the upgraded line. If you're looking for a good deal the older models, which are still very good and work fine, are at a great deal.
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2007
    i wait for major updates. i did so with my white intel imac when i switched to the aluminum, and i will do so with my macbook when a worthy update comes along.
  6. macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Quadcore available in the macbook 1 calendar year from now? I just don't see that. I think there will be a redesign mid year but I think your over estimating 09 updates. What good would the MBP be if the MB had an available quadcore? I am buying a macbook now though, and will probably try to sell it in early '09 and get a second gen montevina one.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2008
    :) dude, the roadmap for Nehalem was revealed 1 year ago.
    lower end mobile processor: Auburndale will be 2 Core while higher end Clarksfield is gona be Quadcore.

    In your opinion, you think in Q2 next year Apple will only install Auburndale in MB? that will be the major market trend 16 months from now... how long you have had the 2 Core? You don't like upgrade?
  8. macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2005
    My new Macbook shipped out the DAY before the upgrades were available on Apple's website? Why am I not returning it? Because it was perfectly fine and desireable before I found about the updates; it isn't any less desireable now. Plus, just by calling Apple about it they gave me a $54 rebate. That money went toward a RAM upgrade.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2008
    Culver City, California
    I hear you man, I used my rebate towards a 4 gb ram upgrade (they owed me a 100 bucks due to the updates). I just see it as an excuse to warrant spending 100 bucks on RAM! I really don't think I'd be able to notice the difference in the Penryn anyways.
  10. jnc
    macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    You know you're perfectly eligible for a completely new model, right? Apple are getting off incredibly easy with that "gesture", $54 is nothing considering the addition of multi-touch, double vRAM and new chips... but eh, seems you've made your mind up.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    I just got what i think was a good deal from Apple refurb

    £649 inc delivery for a 2.2Ghz White macbook with 120Gb hdd and 1GB ram, superdrive

    Im selling my XPS M1330 to replace with this and gonna use my 2.33ghz X1600 Macbook pro as a desktop replacement then maybe get a new MBP in june.
  12. macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Actually I've had a quad-core in my PC since last May. I just don't think they would upgrade that fast after making major changes this summer. Just my opinion. I mean I'll be more then happy if they do all the things you mentioned, it would certainly increase my chance of upgrading.
  13. macrumors member


    Feb 12, 2008
    Miami, FL
    I am actually pretty happy that I probably won't have enough money to purchase my Macbook until around September :D By then it shall already have the June updates and maybe I'll even find some sweet deals at MacMall or something :D
  14. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2006
    with cooler temps, now is a good time to get a macbook.

    Its essentially the same thing as the late 2007 MB Santa Rosa/Merom, but it should be cooler, a little more power efficient (if at all).

    Apple may or may not upgrade MB to Montevina in May. Don't count on it. It might wait like last time (for SR) to wait 6 months before putting in Montevina
  15. macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2005

    Nobody who earns $800,000/year owns a 8.5 year old computer. She doesn't want to be able to plug in her digital camera into her computer? I bet that 8 gig hard drive is really holding up.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    They only offered you $54?:eek: Apple was going to give me $150, I declined.:)
  17. macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2007
    Orange County, California
    My father just bought himself a Black MB at Best Buy for 1199.99. Great Deal.

    Get em' while they last!
  18. macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2007
    behind you!
    if i buy a macbook during the summer and a major update comes during Macworld '09 will i be able to return it.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2007
    Orange County, California
    Won't there always be updates? Might as well get the deals. Apple products are meant to last, so why wait? If you're that concerned about updates, buy a new Mac every 3-4 years. My two cents.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2007
    behind you!
    im just saying if there is no case redesign( really want alu.) by summer and there is one by Macworld will i be able to exchange it
  22. macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2007
    Southampton UK
    You expect an exchange 6 months after you bought the laptop?

    I don't fancy your chances
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    I have a client of mine who is worth somewhere over $20 million dollars australian ($18 mill US) with the house and everything to match and he is still using a nearly 10 year old laptop with Windows 98. He just likes it and doesn't want to change.

    What's more, when I went once into his office (he has a whole floor of a major office tower in the heart of Sydney) half of it was a high end server farm that support one of his businesses, tended to by a dozen tech specialists.

    He just doesn't care that much!
  24. macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    Bay Area
    You're extraordinarily ignorant. I know plenty of people with a net income over $1,000,000 per year who either don't own a computer or are using computers from before the advent of LCD, many pushing 10+ years.

    If you just check email once a week, you don't need a fancy computer. You need a box with a keyboard.

    If you're doing HD video rendering 24x7, you need a new computer every time one is released.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2007
    ok??:rolleyes: anyways, with 800k a year, why wouldnt they just buy a new computer just to stay up to date?

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