No reason to wait now, is there?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by soccerfan, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. soccerfan macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2002
    Looking at an educational PowerBook and have been waiting for the

    Can I assume that the iPod deal is IT? Anyone expect any MORE offers to come before classes start?
  2. invaLPsion macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2004
    The Northlands
    Seems to me like the iPod deal is good enough.
  3. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    Nope I think this is the only deal you'll be seeing for a while, at least you usually can't combine deals so grab it while you can.

    Of course this kind of deal in the past has foreshadowed the release of a new generation iPod, so do you want to save $200 or get the next gen model?
  4. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    I would jump all over this deal. Excellent products at an unbelievable price!! :p
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    As always:

    Computers will always be faster and/or cheaper and/or smaller and/or have more capabilities in the future. Whatever you buy will be out-of-date sometime. This is known.

    That said, wait until you just gotta have one, and, if what you can get suits your needs and had a price you consider to be reasonable, buy it and don't look back. Stay away from Apple's site and from ads for a while. Assume that the day after you buy it they'll drop the price and/or upgrade it and/or replace it. Just enjoy your new purchase. My older Macs are as fun, in most ways, as my newest one, and my newest one is now almost 10 months old.
  6. rueyeet macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2003
    I'd say that you aren't going to see any better deal between here and when you need to order to be sure to have your new 'Book ready for school.

    Of course Apple could surprise us all and drop a G5 Powerbook and revamped 4th gen iPod tomorrow, because you never can really predict product releases....but of course, the reason it would be a surprise is that it's so highly unlikely. :D
  7. ozone macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    Would it also be safe to assume that with the current iPod + PB deal going on in the US that there would NOT be any more revisions (e.g., higher screen resolutions) to the PBs, at least for a few months?
  8. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    The expiration of the promo is 9/25/2004. If memory serves me, the rev. B Powerbooks were announced late September of last year. So it would appear that the promo will most likely expire before any new introductions of iBook's and PB's.

    That being said, there is interesting wording in the fine print. Only a handful of SKU's were mentioned by number.

    There may be a couple reasons for this. One is that Apple is said to be bringing the Apple Retail stores a few models that are not currently available except through BTO (the long rumored iBook 14" with the SDD, and a "rumor" that an Apple Retail store mentioned about a ready to go PB 15" with 1gb RAM and I believe a 80gb 5200 rpm drive). By not listing specific models they have greater flexibility to meet demand without "taxing" the BTO process. And have those that want instant gratification walk out with what they want.

    The other is that if new laptops were announced before the expiration of the promo (by a matter of a week or two) the stores would not have to deal with "make good" or "goodwill" arrangements.

    So one can play the waiting game till the very end. But then one might loose out on the iPod of choice, or the system of choice. Becuase of this fine print:


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