Is it a good idea to buy a white macbook now?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iboy38, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. iboy38 macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2009
    Waldorf, MD
    I want a White MacBook in May, but I'm thinking about waiting until the end of the year just in case Apple upgrades them or make the aluminium ones cheaper. What should I do???
  2. o2xygen macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    This question is asked almost on an hourly basis. No they wont be upgraded anytime soon, the alu macbooks wont be cheaper. Short answer, if you want it now BUY IT. If you want it in May, BUY IT THEN. If you want it at the end of the year well then wait and buy it then.
  3. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009

    Really, it's up to you. If you really need a new one, and can't wait, go refurb. You'll get something in the middle, in terms of price. Or if $$$ is tight, go for a refurb white if they still have them.
  4. pellets007 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2009
    New York
  5. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2009
    United Kingdom
  6. tayloralmond macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2009
    Michigan, USA
    I think it'd be a good idea to go ahead and buy one. The only thing that I'd be concerned about is if they'd put DDR3 RAM into the WhiteBooks. I doubt that they'll do this because it's the only real performance handicap the WhiteBook has compared to the 2.0GHZ Unibody.

    Bottom line: Buy a WhiteBook, buy 4GB's of DDR2 800MHZ RAM and a 7200RPM HDD and install them yourself. With those upgrades, you'll be running about even with the average Unibody for hundreds less.
  7. molala macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Cambridge, UK
    The white Macbook is a great buy. But if you're asking whether the Alu books will be upgraded before the end of the year, they probably will be. There hasn't been a year (in the last 12 since I've been following Apple laptops) that Apple hasn't upgraded its portable line, and usually it's twice a year. Also, consult this page -
  8. relativist macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2009
    I recently upgraded from a 2.4 GHz macbook from last year to the 2.0 GHz macbook with nVidia graphics, I like it much better. I'm not sure if it's still on, but I bought it from microcenter because they had a $200 Mail in Rebate.
  9. Jdm_rsx macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2004
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    200 rebate is a steal...

    i'd only buy it in august when they give a free ipod w/ rebates...

    if u can wait...wait till back to school sales

    lots of clearance..

    edit: also get applecare...its very worthwhile...

    i have a thread about it..
  10. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    The general rule is that apple clears out its backstock of portables and ipods in the summer with its back to school special. It then introduces new models in the early fall in time for the holiday shopping season.
  11. Jdm_rsx macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2004
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    i normally get the 150 bucks rebate for the ipod....

    then i sell the ipod for 200ish....

    so not bad...
  12. SwitchingtoMAC macrumors member


    Apr 7, 2006
    if you need firewire you need to go with a white macbook since the aluminums dont have it

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