Need to buy Macbok Pro before Feb.15th, Should I Wait or Buy on Black Friday?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by paperbag846, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. paperbag846 macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2009
    Short and sweet:

    Leaving country on feb 20th ish.

    My 2006 MBP is starting to fail. Major heat issues, freezing, video ram errors. Need to buy before I leave.

    What are the chances the refresh will come our way before February?

    If they are low, I think I would rather save myself 100 bucks on friday.

  2. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    If you don't positively need it by then, then wait. I would put the odds of a refresh or bump at 58.7% before the end of Feb.
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    It will come out in January/February, I would most definitely wait.
  4. Bubba Satori Suspended

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    While I agree with the consensus to wait, one thing to keep in mind. Apple unveiling the new model and shipping the new model are not the same thing.

    Everyone expects to see a Arrandale based MacBook Pro in January. To be honest, I think that's an overly optimistic expectation. Further compounding that is my point of not immediately shipping it. Apple has a long history of unveiling new updates but telling us we need to wait 2 weeks up to months to get it
  6. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    Agreed. If you NEED to have it by Feb 15th, you're safer buying now. There's no way to be certain the new models will even be announced until mid Feb, or ship before March / April. They still haven't shipped all the iMacs pre-ordered in October.
  7. lilskaterpunk macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2008
    That is a god point. Usually its a little wait before shipping the new products.
  8. designgeek macrumors 65816


    Jan 30, 2009
    splitpea has a good point. If it were me I'd wait until the last possible second. Buying now is not a good idea though.
  9. ri0ku macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2009
    How did you get that percentage? theres nothing to work from to even get a percentage you just sound stupid no offence...
  10. Puqq macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2009
    You are 97.25 % right :)

    I would personally wait until Feb 10th and decide then. Possible outcomes:
    -No update by then
    -Update and good shipping time
    -Update and bad shipping time. If the speed bump is extreme (unlikely), you try to get the new one even then. If it is not, just get the old model (refurbished or new).
  11. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    I would wait as long as possible, because even if they announce them and they ship late, I think you would still qualify for the policy where if a new one is released within 30 days of purchase you can trade it back in at no cost
  12. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Wirelessly posted (Nokia 5800 Tube XpressMusic : Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7D11 Safari/528.16)

    The fact that you commented on something that was said for fun makes you seem a bit silly as well. I'd estimate 61% silly. ;)
  13. ri0ku macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2009
    Im sure it was said for fun infact im 87.7% sure. :rolleyes:
  14. aldo818 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2009
    South of France
    I asked nearly the same question 3 days ago and most ppl told me to wait
  15. MacFanUK macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2009
    I too will be looking to buy a Macbook Pro around Jan-Feb time. What spec's are we expecting (particularly in the base 15" model).

    Also, is it likely that the prices will go up when the VAT is increased in the UK back up to 17.5%? I can't remember if they went down when the VAT went down to 15%.
  16. zulumonk macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Macbook Pro Jan Price?

    Yeah, I'm in the same boat. Are there any guesses on how much a new Macbook Pro model would cost in January/March? I'm a little on the fences about waiting, seeing as I could purchase a refurbished 13" Macbook Pro now for around $1000. Any speculations on prices would definitely help me with my decision.
  17. paperbag846 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2009

    Thanks for the help guys. While I would agree that it makes sence for me to buy later and get all the upgrade benifits...

    I WILL be leaving the country by the end of February, moving to a country that i've never lived in before, permanently. In Korea, apple products cost more than in Canada (fact).

    It sounds to me like there is not a high probability that the new macbook pro will be IN MY HANDS before i leave. If i chance it, I run the risk of losing about 150 bucks (take advantage of black friday). If i wait even longer and buy in Korea I'll lose ANOTHER 150 (at least). Macs are my love, but they can be expensive enough as it is!

    If you can understand my finances, then you might be able to see why waiting is not the best idea. I was very suspicious that this would be the case, because INTEL was unveiling their new processors in Jan... meaning that a while would be needed for Apple to integrate them properly into their line. Plus, there's the manufacturing rush at release.

    Comments? It sounds like even among those of you who would wait, that you would agree that I won't be able to get the thing before Feb 29th (LAST DAY POSSIBLE!!!)))
  18. hazedragon45 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    don't wait. What if Apple only updates in the middle of Feb?
  19. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    Wait. If there are no updates days before you are leaving, buy one. Find a college student to get you the $150 off.

    Now is the absolute worst time to buy a MBP in my opinion.
  20. bigrock2150 macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2009
    Vista, CA
    If you want the tablet then wait but I doubt apple is doing anything to the Macbook pro(maybe higher the specs a little). But It's probably a good idea to wait anyway because there is always the option of buying a refurb for far more cheaper than Black Friday prices.
  21. shambo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    Zero chance I'm afraid.

    Buy now. Buy big. Buy bad boy.
  22. paperbag846 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2009
    I can't tell if you're being sarcastic. But I think it might be a good idea.

    Last time ill ask - when Intel releases a new product, how quickly is it typically integrated into the Apple lineup?
  23. paperbag846 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2009
    Final post/.

    Black friday savings aren't so great.

    Found a way to do university savings.

    Going to wait for refresh.

  24. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Is this Tallest Skill in disguise?

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