does apple announce upgrades to their computers beforehand?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rich2k4, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. rich2k4 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    or do they just do it randomly, and you have to find out for yourself?
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    There are predictable dates between Apple's history and Intel Processor Releases, but no. We can make predictions accurately, but no where near 100 percent to the timing of most updates, although the Mac Mini and Mac Pro have often eluded predictions going longer then expected to be updated.
  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Randomly. Nobody outside a few high-ups at Apple know anything new is coming.
  4. rich2k4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    see, thats what i don't like about apple.

    i'm waiting till snow leopard is released before i buy my imac, but i'm also waiting for the rumored price drop/bump that is supposed to happen sometime in september as well.

    it would suck to wait and realize that price drop won't be happening. Or you wait, think it's not going to happen, so you buy. then 2 weeks later, they get a processor speed bump and a price drop. I would be pissed about that.
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I'm not getting at you in a rude way but there should be no reason for Apple to say anything. Sure other companies come out and say they're going to do a price drop because this and this but doesn't mean that all companies have to play that way. Sure money is a huge factor in any purchase but if you need a laptop for whatever then just go out and buy one without feeling you could've saved a few hundred. I think people get too caught up in thinking higher specs means a better computer which is totally false. Don't worry about a processor getting upgraded, that will usually have no affect on the computer you were going to purchase. If it was near a keynote, fine be cautious but Apple already lowered their prices a bit and did a pretty big update (given the circumstances) so you'd be waiting a long time for the next update. The only thing to really look out for is Snow Leopard which we all know is coming in a few months and since that even got a huge price drop compared to leopard, there really is no reason to wait in getting it.

    Shortly after WWDC, there were a bunch of users who were pissed because they redid the 13" MacBook Pro and were complaining that it wasn't fair. If you could find it, it makes a really good read.
  6. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    On his vacations to Hanalei, Steve used to just call me up and spill the beans . . .
  7. Cboss macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2008
    haha, you're funny... wait, you're serious?

    No, they rarely announce anything before they absolutely have to, and sometimes not even then... :cool:
  8. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008

    As been said A BILLION TIMES, if you need a computer now, buy it. There will always be a newer/faster/higher capacity version in the near future. WHy the heck would a company say "This is our next great move"?!? First, you tip off your competition. Second, you won't be able to clear stock if everyone knows that in X weeks, the product will be updated.

    Apple product cycles are somewhat predictable. Buy when you happy with it...and don't feel like a loser when in 365 days you have last year's model!!!!
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Apple employees who spill the beans about upgrades tend to disappear; their spouses vanish, their children vanish, and they no longer exist.
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I apologize on Apple's behalf that they want to actually sell the computers they currently have.:confused:

    What nonsense rumor is this? A processor change can't happen in September unless it's Clarksfield, which comes out in either September or October, is quad-core, drops a gigahertz from the clock speed (making any computer with it actually slower than the current dual-core Penryns), and is more expensive than current Penryn chips.

    Fortunately, Apple has a 30 day price matching policy and a 14 day return policy (that they will often break). There is no reason for anyone to be complaining.
  11. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Not necessarily. In the future, yes, but not always in the near future. Don't just buy an Apple because you need it - at least look at when it was last refreshed.
  12. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    Apple announces most of their upgrades.

    For example Steve will say - look at the new MacPro. blah blah blah. Available for ordering now (ie in 30 min when the Apple Store comes back online) and shipping next Tuesday.
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    No, they announce them in advance. Sometimes by minutes. ;)
  14. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    :rolleyes: Welcome to the world of :apple:
  15. randy98mtu macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    The product cycle tracking on MacRumors is all I'd go by. And I even broke down and bought and iMac without looking at it last March. They updated it 3 days later. Fortunately, Apple has great customer service and swapped it out with no restocking fee or anything.

    As others say, if you NEED a new computer today, buy it today if you think it will suit your needs and is affordable. If you can wait, see what comes in September. But if you wait and nothing comes, now do you buy or wait until January? It could never end. So just buy when you are ready to buy and hope that if something is coming, it comes in a couple weeks and the store will be cool with you.

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