I plan on buying an MBP for college-buy today?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nickgh, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. nickgh macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2011
    Hi all,

    I'm currently a senior in high school, and I plan on purchasing an MBP for college come fall (just got admitted to Rutgers University). I was planning on holding off until July or so to pick up a computer, but I understand that deals today are pretty good for Apple. So, my questions are:

    1. I know Apple has "back to school" deals-are they better than these Black Friday deals?
    2. I plan on majoring in a social science/humanity; that is to say, I don't need an especially powerful computer. That being said, I know Apple often does upgrades. Is it likely that the update will be significant enough to a casual user that it would make sense to wait?

    Thanks, and I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving.
  2. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
    If you need it for college and you are curious to see what the upgrade (probably sometime before summer) brings, I think you should wait.

    If you want it/need it now, then get it today.
  3. GTANJ macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    I goto Rutgers University! New Brunswick campus :cool: . What you should do is buy your Mac from Amazon. The two Macs that I have bought have both been from Amazon. They will be cheaper than using the student discount on Apple, because Apple will still charge tax while Amazon won't. You should purchase one today, as Amazon has great Black Friday deals (the 13" MBP especially).
  4. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    What if he needs the anti glare display on his MBP?
  5. GTANJ macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Nobody NEEDS an anti-glare display. I don't really feel it warrants the price, but that's just me. The 13" MBP is the perfect combination of price, portability, and power for use on the Rutgers campus.
  6. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    If you don't need it now, I'd recommend waiting. You can often get good deals on a MBP from Microcenter and Amazon, and it's hard to tell what the Apple back to school promo will be for next year. There's very likely going to be a refresh of the MBP line before you head off to college, so I'd wait and see what happens with that.
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    in your position, I would wait. Apple's education discount is always available, and is equal or better than the current black friday offers. The back to school deals usually give you an iPod or something comparable for free if you buy an apple laptop - on top of the education discount of course.

    Some major updates are expected in the first half of 2012. June/July will be a great time to buy.
  8. psykick5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011
    Wait. Back to school deals are better and by then the Ivy Bridge MBP should be out.
  9. Spencer Reynen macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Definitely wait. The Ivy Bridge MBP redesigns are coming next year, probably before you go to college, and you could use your student discount. Yeah, don't buy today.
  10. GTANJ macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    The student discount from Apple still won't equal the price you will be able to get from Amazon because of tax. Don't know why people are telling you to do it that way because you will be able to spend about $50 less. Also, today you can get a 13" for about $1,000 from Amazon which, in my opinion, is worth jumping on.
  11. Nick McEnjoy macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
    Amazons' deal ($1049) now is better than Apple's educational deal ($1099).

    Agree. New MBP's will have new Ivy Bridge chip, should have some significant improvements (USB 3.0), and probable have new design. They might be cheaper since the optical drive could be out.
  12. GTANJ macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Highly doubt apple is going to adopt USB 3.0. They are adopting Thunderbolt, which is a direct USB 3.0 competitor.
  13. IllIllIll macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2011
    Apple educational discounts are better than Black Friday deals. Wait.
  14. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    Why do you assume that Apple won't adopt USB 3.0 because of Thunderbolt? One of Apple's previous reasons for not using USB 3.0 was because Intel had not put support for it in its chips. There are already USB ports on Macs. Apple would only have to upgrade the components, not change any designs. I'm just curious.
  15. GTANJ macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    There are USB 2.0 ports on the Mac because USB 2.0 was the victor of the data transfer format war before this one. Now though, Apple is going with Thunderbolt which is a direct competitor to the likes of USB 3.0, which is still not commonplace and widely adopted. Apple won't adopt USB 3.0 because it would make their focus on Thunderbolt a loss by the company. They are hoping that Thunderbolt will win out against USB 3.0, which is why it makes no sense to put USB 3.0 on their machines.

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