Would it be silly to purchase a MBA tomorrow?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Liquinn, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68020

    Apr 10, 2011
    I'm thinking on buying a Macbook Air tomrrow; would it be silly to buy one tomorrow or should I wait?

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If you want to and can wait till Summer (August) or even Autumn, then it would be silly to buy a 2012 MBA now, since they will be updated in a mere five or more months.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    If you need it now or want it now, buy it now. Needing a computer is not silly by any means. Also, it looks bad for a Haswell release over the summer because of USB 3.0 issues, but cross your fingers! If you want to wait or do not need it now, you should wait, but be forewarned that it might not be out in large, problem free numbers, until the holiday season (pessimistically).
  4. Hungry&Foolish, Mar 17, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2012
  5. thread starter macrumors 68020

    Apr 10, 2011
    True, I'd hate to buy an 11" Air tomorrow and then 3 months a retina Air comes out. Hmmmm... what to do?

    There's always going to be something newer around the corner though.
  6. B..., Mar 17, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013

    macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Definitely not 3 months; more like 5-8 months. Buy it now if you want! It will still be a great computer regardless of what the next big thing is.
  7. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2011
    Exactly, so buy it and enjoy it. Retina may be a nice feature, but no one knows whether the MBA will get it this year.
  8. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Yes! Everybody knows u never buy a laptop the Monday right after Saint Patrick's. ;)

    If it was silly stores would just open 3 months every year.

    9 month after the release of the last, I would wait, only because I wanto know what new features I may go without and once the new comes out, extra discount will be have (albeit not major but everybody is on a budget) for the current model.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    You also wait 2 years and get something better than Haswell etc....
  10. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Since this isn't your first computer purchase, your question is a bit surprising.

    There will always be a next model that has one or more of the following features over which you have zero control. You also have zero control over when the new model will be available and no one on MacRumors knows either.

    • Smaller
    • Lighter
    • Faster
    • Cheaper
    • Larger hard drive
    • Larger SSD
    • More memory
    • Better screen
    • More features

    You have 100% control over defining your requirements and whether they're currently needed or will be in the future.

    Frankly, almost no one with a computer now, needs a new computer now and they can always wait for the next model.

    This isn't rocket science;

    1. If you need one now, buy one now.
    2. If you want one now, buy one now.
    3. If neither 1 or 2 apply, wait.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    Buy a Refurb

    If you need it, buy it.
    Nothing wrong with the 2012 spec MBA. In fact its a fantastic machine.
    I'm waiting for the 13" 256GB SDD, 8GB RAM refurb to pop up on the Australian site.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    Best Korea, North Korea.
    The thing with technology is that if you keep waiting for something better, you'll end up waiting forever.

    Get it if you want/need it, if not, wait and see what they come up with.

    Other than that, I can't add much, everyone else has said what I was going to say.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    buy a used one on craigslist, use it until the updated one comes out, then sell the used one to recover the money to buy the updated one. you don't lose much, or any money when buying and selling used macs, as long as it looks mint the third buyer could careless if its a second hand of a second hand, just as long as it's an apple.

    i got a good specked 11" macbook air with an i7 cpu from craigslist for $650 and sold it less than a week later back on there for $900, when my friend makes comment on how it look small and toy-ish.

    just be selective when you buy, and especially when it comes to the communication part. if they don't talk right, they're probably aren't worth the trouble.
  14. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    When sum1 says "I want to buy XXX tomorrow" sounds like impulsive consumerism to me.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Impulsive consumerism drives America's capitalist society.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2012
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    If you can wait for another say 5 months for Haswell then wait for it.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2013
    I just bought mine last week and it has been a delightful experience with my new toy, one can wait for as long as one wants. Its about what you need now. That being said, Haswell might improve battery life, but I doubt apple will be able to build a retina display with the MBA. They consume too much power and you need a powerful graphics chip to drive it. I don't see that happening anytime soon.
  18. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    look at it this way, the sooner you buy this one, the sooner you can justify buying the NEXT one ;):D

    i for one am going to try and wait for my state's tax free weekend in august some time. if a new machine is out then, great, if not - new mba
  19. macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2012
    But the TS is from Cyprus.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    What USB 3.0 issues? I was under the impression that the current gen MacBook Pro and Airs have USB 3.0 already.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Haswell has a problem where you wake a comp. up from sleep and connected USB devices do not wake up.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    11" - Retina?

    I would assume that 11" will have no Retina Display (accumulator power, CPU and Display consume too much)...
    So, if you're sure not to change to 13", you could buy MBA 11" right NOW without any disaster in short term ;-)
  23. macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2011
    I am amazed on how much this gets posted, the ol buy now or wait, me I go the other way, I buy when the current or recent model has been out for awhile. Meaning I picked up a new 2011 11' Air for 699.00 full warranty. The best value in an overall computer right now is the current 13" air 899.00 on ebay factory refurb. Not sure if it is still there, if I didnt have thee 11" I would scoop that up in a heartbeat, when the "new" one comes out, not only can uou compare to see if it is that much better, and if it is, you would probably get most if not all your money back, pretty good value in my book.
  24. Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
  25. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Not necessarily. Whenever I decide to buy something, I spend what some would consider to be an unhealthy amount of time researching, reading forums and reviews and threads like this one. I like to find out real feedback from real users, not just fluff pieces from tech sites that rehash a press release just to get views.

    But even so, eventually, there will be a day I plan to go buy it... Possibly weeks or months after I start the research.

    As for the OPs question, the next release of the MBA will likely come in the late summer or fall timeframe. If you can wait that long, you'll get the newer tech for likely the same price, or today's tech at a discount. But hey, if you can't wait that long, then go ahead and buy one tomorrow. There are frequent sales at Best Buy and you might also look at Apple Store refurbs.

    You could even buy one tomorrow and when the updated MBA's are released, sell it and upgrade...

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