Macbook white, now or later?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by spammo1, May 13, 2009.

  1. spammo1 macrumors newbie

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    I'm currently looking at getting a new macbook white 2.0ghz with a 160gb HD, which is £640 with a student discount on the apple store, as it is essentially the same inside as the unibody, but signfinicantly cheaper. However, I am currently rather cautious of buying right now due to this, and the possibility of getting a free ipod with the back-to-school promo.

    What I am worried about is that apple are going to drop the macbook white in the next couple of months (based on the low-price/cut-price macbook rumours), and either replace it with a lower-spec unibody, or not offer a replacement to the white and drop the price of the unibody, but not enough to bring it within my price range. Of course I could buy a cheap white from PCworld or amazon if they discontinue the line, and fit a 160gb HD myself, but the apple UK higher education store gives a 3-year extended warrantee for free, which I wouldn't get (applecare costing over £100)

    Basically I'm trying to decide which i will i will regret more: missing out on a potential price cut on the white (and/or a free ipod) or missing out on the white and having to get either a low spec unibody or a more expensive unibody..

    Any thoughts or ideas on what apple has in-store for the macbook line in the next few months?
     
  2. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Buy now. If you wait, you risk having Apple drop it, and you will be devastated if you can't get it. It's a beauty of a machine.
     
  3. The Samurai macrumors 68000

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    Technology is constantly revolving - if it doesn't change tomorrow, it will change next week.

    My advice is, if its the right machine for you - go for it.
     
  4. Buskape macrumors 6502

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    I'd say wait for WWDC, it's less then a month away, there will probably a few minor changes and some price drops. And with the current whitebook, some users have reported that there were issues with the screen, so i'd wait if i was you..

    And having the latest is always the greatest :D
     
  5. molala macrumors 6502a

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    It's a gamble. I bought my blackbook after it was discontinued. I was very annoyed at first because I also qualify for the education discount and before last October, I could have gotten the blackbook with the free iPod and AppleCare for just £60, but not after they introduced the unibodies (which I just don't like).

    But it all worked out in the end. By late October, the blackbook was on the refurb store for £699 (originally £950, I would've paid £820 maybe with the education discount). No free iPod and I still have to get AppleCare (I'll get it from eBay for around £90). I still saved some money by waiting, but not a lot.
     
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603

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  7. spammo1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    +1 for waiting,

    Ended up getting the upgraded 2.13ghz with 160gbHD with a practically free back to school iPod touch today all for pretty much the same price I would have gotten the old 2.0ghz with a 160gbHD.

    Now all i got to do is wait for it all to arrive - backing up music and data from my 3-year old HP 5kg concrete slab is strangely satisfying....
     
  8. Buskape macrumors 6502

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    See, i told you to wait, you'd have really regretted it now, the next update for the whitebook won't happen for a long time, if there will be one ;)
     
  9. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    I do apologise, my advice really was the worst wasn't it? xD Congratulations on your purchase :)
     

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