I would second this as well. I am purchasing a new PM next week and so don't mind paying $10 for the DVD. This way I'll have a bug free working Panther but can update to Tiger after it is released and see if there are any immediate issues or bugs that may need patching.za9ra22 said:One might argue that it's worth buying now BECAUSE Panther will be installed - that way you could get a Tiger update for $9.99 (or if you time the purchase right, for free because it'll be included in the box but not already be pre-installed). That way you can wait until all the early adopters have installed Tiger and report back on it before you decide whether to update or not. If the first round of Tiger installs turn up problems, you can then wait until Apple issue a fix, then install Tiger, download the fix and save yourself all the problems, while not having any time without a working Mac.
Of course if the first reports of Tiger installs are positive, you can go ahead and install it immediately. But at least this way you get the choice!
cubist said:And another point, the disc that comes with the machine with Tiger preinstalled may not work on any other type of Mac, and so is technically worth a little less than the $10 disc you would get later.
The Apple store has a great assortment of refurbs at really good prices right now. I don't know if those would come with the $10 update; it'd be worth asking. They are coming with iLife'05, so I guess they would. You can get an iBook 12" 1.2GHz for $799, or $849 with AE.
You can get a refurb, save money and have the machine right now. A newly-announced machine will cost more, and may take a while to get delivered. And if you wait, the new machines may not be all that much better anyway.