MBP 15" i7: Buy now or wait?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by molocono, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. molocono macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2004
    So I just sold my Mac Pro and want to buy a MBP 15" i7. I read that there might be a slight upgrade to these units this fall. Is this true?
    If so, I'll definitely wait until they are released.
  2. BudgetBaby macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    I hate people who berate posts - this is a discussion forum, after all.

    But please mate, just work it out for yourself. Ask the people who wrote whatever it is you read. Updates come every several months.

    Need it, get it. Afford to wait? Wait.
  3. runebinder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    If there is it will only likely to be an option to BTO for a 2.8GHz i7 CPU. Yes it may save you some time compared to the 2.66, but that'd be negated by the wait for it to be released.

    Just go for the current i7, it's a fast machine and runs great. If you wait for the speed bump then "there'll only be a few months to Sandy Bridge", so you wait again? Don't get caught in the waiting trap, I did that with Arrandale and it wasn't pleasant.
  4. djasterix macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2010
    Paradise City
    If you can affort it just get it, there is no need to wait
  5. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    ermm, there's a 'Buyer's Guide' tab on the top right of this page. I wonder what that's for? :rolleyes:
  6. LedCop macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    The thing is, the length of the wait between now and the fall update could be the same as the wait between the fall update and the Sandy Bridge update. And the Sandy Bridge update is gonna be much more significant than the fall update.

    So if you can wait for the fall update, I'd say you might as well wait again for the Sandy Bridge one, if you can.

    Whereas if you buy the i7 available now, you'll have at least half a year of using it before the Sandy Bridge ones come out. And the fall update is very likely only going to have a slightly faster processor (2.8GHz vs 2.66 GHz) which I wouldn't say is worth a several month wait if you could really do with a computer now.
  7. Goride macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    This is sound advice.

    I needed a laptop at the end of September / beginning of November 2009. I remember because I JUST missed the back to school iPod special. There was rumor that the Arrendale processor refresh was going to happen at the end of November. So I waited. The regular Macbook was refreshed but not the Pro line.

    A series of more rumors that an upgrade was going to happen in December, January, February, etc. all occurred and did not come to pass. Finally, in mid to late April 2010 the refresh to the Pro line happened.

    This was after my first two semesters of school. Now I got by between my giant and heavy gaming laptop and my tiny netbook. But it was a pain switching between the two, doing real work on teh netbook sucks, and the gaming laptop took too much room on the school's desktop area. I REALLY could have used a nice 15" laptop. (and sold the others)

    However, I got stuck in the waiting game because the refresh "was going to happen next Tuesday" over and over again.

    Don't be stupid like me. If you need it now, get it now. The only things the next refresh are likely to have are: 1) a slight boost in processor (not a major jump like core2duo to arrendale, but just a modest ghz buff; 2) there is a possibility of lightpeak i suppose but unlikely; and 3) perhaps better heat dissipation.

    None of those are things are worth holding your breath for. Lightpeak is the most interesting thing, but it will not likely happen until the sandy bridge update, and even when it does, it will be so new, you'll have trouble finding things to connect with it (at first anyway). A slight bump in processor speed isn't going to make a huge difference. The heat situation isn't that bad, but they do get a bit toasty in the left hinge area.

    If you bite now and find out later that you absolutely must have whatever comes on the machine that got a refresh down the road, you can always sell what you got now and buy the new one. Macs seem to hold their resale value unlike other brands.
  8. Rithem macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2008
    Definitely get it. I absolutely love my i7. Incredibly fast.
  9. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    Do you need a new laptop now? If you do get it now. Can you wait? Then wait. Technology only gets cheaper and cheaper. Even if the refresh shows up if you wait you could get it for cheaper.

    Remember there's always something better just around the corner, if you keep waiting for the "best thing" you'll be stuck waiting indefinitely.

    Also difference between i5-420/530 to i7-620 is absolutely abysmal. Something like a 10% performance gain for something like 300 dollars? Insanity.
  10. deus ex machina macrumors regular

    May 28, 2010
    Standard viewing, at this point.
  11. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    I'm Buying Mine Tomorrow

    I'm Buying an i7 SSD Tomorrow with Hi Res Display. Really the question is why wait with apple being so busy at the moment you could be waiting 6 months before the next update. Unless you really need a more powerful computer and the i7 is really powerful. Why do you need one with slightly bumped specs.:confused: Ask Yourself
  12. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    I am waiting and I recommend you do the same.

    After buying a MBP 2 years ago with the 9400M issues because "I couldn't wait," I will never do that again. Four trips to the genius bar, 28 days without a Mac, and they could never get it fixed.

    I am without a laptop right now, but I will not buy one until I know these issues are fixed.

    Apple's quality is pretty poor nowadays, sadly.

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