Is waiting a smart idea?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Yodgee, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Yodgee macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2009
    Currently in the market for a 2.4 unibody macbook. All the money should be together by mid april. Seeing there hasnt been an update since the introduction of these unibody macbooks last october, should i wait it out a bit longer? I suspect this update would be nothing large..but it would aggravate me to have an update just after ive purchased my laptop with my hard earned cash! Ive got my oldschool laptop still in order (but too big to carry to uni), and the family desktop pc. Pretty much it seems i can survive waiting a bit (although ive been hanging out to make this purchase since sometime last year). It's so difficult with apple as the updates are done so sneakily.
  2. illidian macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    I haven't been keeping up with Intel's current processors, but I'll wager that one will come out before you start school in the fall.

    Though the only advantage to be gained is likely a minor speed bump. The nVidia chipsets and the casing should all be the same. There won't be Blu-Ray support.
  3. J-Dob macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2009
    I would definitely wait, I regret not waiting, I bought my macbook one month prior to the new one coming out.

    Basically, just wait, and if worse comes to worse and you need one asap then buy it. But I highly suggest waiting, or you might sorely regret it, like I do.
  4. drew0020 macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2006
    I never understood waiting. If the new processor comes out it will be a minimal upgrade most likely less than 5% bump in speed. Then if you buy the new processor a new one will be out in less than 6 months. Should you wait again?

    Processor speed is overrated in my opinion. I bought a SSD and that made a huge difference in the performance much more than 2.0 to 2.4ghz. If you need the laptop now then buy it now!
  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    That's my line of thought, too. If I know a big update is imminent then I may put off a purchase for a little while, but when I buy it's almost always determined by needs and buying a machine that meets them.

    In other words: If the current Macbook somehow doesn't meet your needs, don't buy it.
  6. Beerfloat macrumors regular


    Feb 21, 2009
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The next update will be a CPU clock bump. Nothing else will change. You. Won't. Notice. The. Change.

    Buy now and ignore updates until Q1 2010.
  8. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    If you don't need it right away why don't you wait a little. Worst case scenario you wait until the summer and get yourself a free iPod when you buy your mac.
  9. Beerfloat macrumors regular


    Feb 21, 2009
    Never tell these kinds of posters to wait, then they'll simply be back in 3 months with the same question.

    Just buy the damn box already.
  10. svndmvn Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    what is there a buyer's guide for? If one asks if waiting is better it means the person can wait, this is why it should, especially since the white macbook's life is in danger, IMO.
    If it gets updated usually every 6 months and it should be updated in 30 days, the guy doesn't even have the money now, just wait.. nothing big will happen, a couple of changes, either price points if the white one's gone or CPU (+.133GHz) and something else.
  11. smooth macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2007
    Normally I would say just buy it already. I am not one of the many who think that the current models will become instantly obsolete when an updated model gets released. However, when I was advising someone to just buy a current model a few weeks ago, a fellow poster brought up a good point. He thought that the updated MacBooks may receive the new battery that the 17" MBP has. Doubling the battery life is one of the very few, if not the only, reasons I would advocate waiting especially since you have 2 other computers to use in the meantime.
  12. Knolly macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007

    Does the current computer do everything you need a computer to do?

    If yes, then buy it.
  13. labyrinth23 macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Do we seriously need another one of these threads??
  14. shady825 macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    I hear that...
    I think people forget searching goes a LONG way.. I myself have posted opinions in at least 5-6 different threads on this same matter..
  15. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Wait til late summer early fall if you can:

    1. Get new os 10.6 for free instead of paying $129.00.

    2. Possibly get new ipod as part of a back to school special for the same price.

    3. Small chance of getting a processor bump.
  16. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    Intel will deliver a 133 MHz CPU bump for the 2.67 GHz and 2.93 GHz CPUs next month or so. We may see an update shortly after.

    After that it's Q1 2010.
  17. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It will just be a multiplier bump.
  18. schreck macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
    New England
    Here, here!

    I am an advocate of at least waiting until Snow Leopard comes out. The current machine is quite sufficient, but wait for the new OS if you can.
  19. Yodgee thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2009
    Well im here in Australia so the back to school special is on now until sometime mid april. Dont really need an ipod but i guess i can hook someone else up. Id be kidding myself if the current macbook doesnt suite my needs. Its going to be used for uni work, web browsing at home, music, movies, ripping some dvds, etc. Nothing too exhausting. Will be sweet to finally have a portable laptop to take to uni. Been hanging out for this laptop for ages..guess ill go ahead with the purchase unless i hear clues of an update in the next 2weeks. Waiting for snow leapard does not seem reasonable for me, as i wont mind paying the extra money after its released (whenever that is in the coming months). Thanks for the advice guys, and apologies for making one of these wait or not wait threads.
  20. Shackler macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2007
    behind you!
    Nothing like a good wait or buy thread every week.

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