Buy now or wait for Skylake?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Liquinn, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Hi, should I buy now or should I wait for Broadwell/Skylake? I'm able to wait now if it means I'll get a better machine.

  2. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    What kind of question is that? Yes it'll be a better machine. Do you think the next gen intel processors were somehow going to get slower?

    If you need a notebook now, get it now. If you can wait, which it seems like you can, then wait.
  3. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Hmmm, I guess by the time Skylake comes out, the current models should be quite cheap.
  4. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    CPUs aren't going to give you noticeable bumps in speed except in specific cases. Also, Skylake doesn't come out until 2015. Waiting for Haswell may be worth the 6 months wait if only to say that you have the latest and greatest.
  5. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    If i was you i would wait for Skymont the Die shrink should be 10 nm we could see 24 hours battery life with holograms and virtual reality
  6. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Hmmmm. If I wait now then there's more of a chance my machines will need the update if you know what I mean?
  7. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2013
    You should wait for Skymont instead. Hell if you're already willing to wait for technology you have no idea what it improves on why not?
  8. vatter69 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2013
    Or wait for the 2nd coming of Jesus - clearly he should be able to turn crap Windows Laptops into Retina gold and quad into octo cores and 16 gb in 64 gb etc etc. :D
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Look on the bright side. You have a good mentality. You'll never buy a new computer or car or home… until the old one is broken. You'll save a ton of money. Hope you donate that extra money to a good cause. :)
  10. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I would wait until a teleport beacon comes built in. What use is your current notebook once we are all teleporting into space.

    Broadwell/Skylake are distant future. Buy once your current one is so ****** that you just cannot bear it anymore how slow it works or how frequently it breaks down. A friend of mine wasn't even put of by the display slowly detaching from the rest. Nothing duct tape cannot fix. Literally. The Notebook worked just fine and quick running some Linux Distro.
  11. Giuly macrumors 68040


    By the time Skylake comes out, you can ask the same question about Skymont. Just buy a Yonah.
  12. Essenar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2008
    If your computer is younger than 2 years old, then wait.

    If you're on a machine older than that, buy now.

    The performance difference will not exceed 20%.
  13. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    How can you possibly make that last statement? The jump in graphics performance from a 2012 MBA (for example) to a 2013 MBA will be upwards to 50% in some scenarios. That's a huge increase in one year's time, which definitely exceeds your 20%. Let alone, you have no idea what 2014 or 2015 CPUs/GPUs/architectures will bring to the table.
  14. MacKid macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2003
  15. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    No, I suggest waiting for Intel CPU that comes out in 2036. :rolleyes:
  16. hkim1983 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2009
    Skylake is so yesterday. Just wait for quantum computing, that's when things get exciting.
  17. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Wikipedia knows everything:

    Obviously, since the list ends with 5nm CPUs in 2021, that will be the perfect time to buy a new PC. Of course the list might change, in which case... well, you already will be used to waiting.

    It should also be noted that by now, my phone has caught up with my 2007 MBP (except for the 17'' screen). Heck I think it matches the CPU power and screen resolution of a 2008-2009 Macbook. So if you just keep your phone up to date, you won't be that far behind, and you are save from the danger of owning outdated PC hardware.
  18. SlickShoes macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    a 50% performance increase is all fine and well but it is still nowhere close to that of a dedicated GPU. If you are buying a macbook air based on it's GPU performance then I think you are in the wrong market, you could spend £900 better else where if the GPU in your laptop is THAT important.

    Your second point, you have no idea what the 2014/15 stuff will bring to the table so why bother waiting? If you need a laptop now then buy one, if you don't then don't buy one, it's hardly rocket science.
  19. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    The next big thing will be stacked processing, whereby the transistors are no longer all on one plane. I'm totally waiting for that...
  20. utekineir macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2008

    are the 800 should i wait for haswell threads allready played out?
  21. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Yup... :rolleyes:
  22. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
  23. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    It doesn't seem like you need to wait, as your sig has the following in it ...

    "13" + 15" Macbook Pro 2012"

    So are you looking to trade in your 13" and 15" MBP from 2012 to the ones just released? If you are contemplating that, then you have some bigger issues.
  24. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    People laugh at me, but I wait. When Apple released the Macintosh in 1984 I though 'eh, it'll get better'. Sure enough it did. More memory, it got cheaper, more features. So I waited some more. I've been waiting for almost 30 years! One day they'll come out with a Mac that is so good it'll never be upgraded or changed and so we won't have to just sit on our thumbs and wait any longer...
  25. phillytim, Sep 29, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2016

    phillytim macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Sorry to bring up such an old thread, but I just have to laugh, looking back at this from 2016, 3 year into the future:

    It's October 2016 and we STILL do not have Skylake-based Macs.

    In fact, Kaby Lake (Skylake's successor) is already out on the streets, and we still do not have Skylake Macs.

    The tech waiting game is always like Russian Roulette, and you usually come out losing. You would have wasted all of these years waiting, and deprived yourself of a faster computing experience.

    Is the OP STILL waiting for the Skylake Macs, to this very day???

    And in fact, Macs from 2013 have NOT really gotten cheaper at all. The mid-2012 MacBook Pro, ONLY a month or so ago, got reduced from $1199 to $1099. Apple doesn't really lower prices much at all, even for 4-year old tech.

    [PS: For those who want to blast me for re-igniting this thread, I can only say that that's what you get from the "Similar Threads" being shown at the bottom of a topic. And, this certainly is a reality check, from some people's mindsets, isn't it? In fact, someone here in Oct. 2016 is probably thinking this is yet another new thread for Skylake. Hahaa]

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