Should I buy a Macbook air now?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by simplejack1122, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. simplejack1122 macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2013
    I am looking into buying a laptop, mainly for web browsing and school projects, not gaming(maybe minecraft).I am going to be a senior this upcoming school year and would like to have a laptop but can wait if needed. I haven't made a decision yet, but I am leaning towards a Macbook Air. My question is if I decide to get a macbook, is now the time to buy one, or should I wait a year and get the 2014 version before leaving for college. Are there going to be major improvements in the next Macbook? retina display? This laptop would probably need to last through 4 years of college so is waiting a better idea?
  2. bambooshots macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2013
    If you want to use it though college and are a high school senior now, it would probably be more prudent to wait until next year, waiting for another refresh, as the current MBA just went though a refresh, and buy the MBA right before your freshman year.
  3. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
  4. Suraj R. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    The Air will do (more) than what you need it to. If the 2014 version really has something special, do what I'm planning on doing and sell your 2013 when the new one comes out for a few hundred dollars loss. Nobody wants to wait.
  5. simplejack1122 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2013
    not necessarily, I would like to get one now but I can wait.


    Are there any rumors about it having something special?
  6. Frost17 macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    Since you don't need it now I would wait. There are always spec bumps with each model year, but anything Ivy Bridge and up is still going to fly for what you want to use it for.
  7. BruiserBear macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    Most people on forums like this tend to be obsessed with power and the latest specs. For the things you mentioned doing with your new laptop, I can't think of a reason you should wait.

    The current Air can easily do everything you mentioned.
  8. s15119 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2010
    Buy it now. You'll be so happy. It's the best computer I've ever used and I've had several in my house since the Commodore 64 days.
  9. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Then wait.

    Hardware gets cheaper, warranty will be more current for the period you need it, the world could end, plans may change, etc.

    Why waste X months of warranty you don't need, and have warranty run out during the period you DO need it?

    In terms of what apple have in the pipeline - 2014 should see Broadwell, thunderbolt 2 in the MBA and maybe a retina display by then too.
  10. crackbookpro macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    Next big update will probably be just another kick in better battery life due to mainly OS enhancements/functionalities of the battery usage. Possibly better screen, but I don't see a huge change coming or none at all really.

    Maybe better RAM... most who choose to wait for the next refresh is just for the upgrade in CPU.

    I personally think the MBA is sick... buy now or buy in the next refresh maybe this fall/winter, but if you want it now, I'd buy it now.

    My 11'' which is 3yrs old, is an absolute portable beast. I want the new one, but I am waiting for the next processors just like some of the other waiters.
  11. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
  12. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying don't buy one now because it will be obsolete, just that buying stuff you don't need, or buying stuff well before you need it just doesn't make sense financially.

    There will always be something new around the corner, unless you're RIGHT at the end of the model life, no sense in waiting for the new model. And sometimes, new models have problems... if you were going to wait, i'd be waiting until say 2-3 months after the new model (for all the issues to be discovered and ironed out), rather than ordering on day 1, etc :D
  13. Sputnek macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Florida - Ohio
    About 2014-2018...

    If you're a high school senior starting college next year, another option instead of purchasing a new MBA next year is to purchase a refurbished refreshed Fall 2013 MBP (the one that is speculated for later this year). It will save you a few bucks which every dollar counts in college (trust me), and should *really hate to use this phrase* "future-proof" you for a bit.

    That way if you change majors say from Premed to Computer Science to Business to Engineering you can upload bootcamp on the MBP and run windows for your eng programs with no problems. I am not all too familiar of the MBA's performance with bootcamp with high demand engineering programs, but you'll probably need an optical drive sometime in your academic career. Just throwing out variables just incase. Either decision you make, to jump the gun now and purchase a MBA, or to hold off is all good at the end of the day.
  14. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2009
    That is why I love the buyers guide available here at MacRumors. The Air averages a 340 day release between updates. Since you are a year away from needing it, don't buy now. Buy the newer model when you need it.
  15. Brandon0448, Aug 1, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2013

    Brandon0448 macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2011
    Anchorage, Alaska
    The Airs were just refreshed, go get one now. I don't see why people always obsess over having the latest and greatest machine. Yeah I will wait a couple months if a refresh is on its way but the new Airs literally just came out and they are amazing.

    I have a 2011 Air and I still love it, it is amazingly fast. The only reason I have even contemplated upgrading is because of the amazing battery life of the new ones. But I really don't find myself working my battery down that low while I'm away from a charger anyways.

    Plus don't worry, any mac you get WILL last you more than four years. My girlfriend is still using an early 2008 MacBook and it does everything a college student needs to do. As long as that doesn't include playing the latest and greatest games.
  16. Binarymix macrumors 65816

    Nov 1, 2007
    I was going to wait until september when school starts, but when FutureShop put the base model 13" on for $100 off I jumped in :D

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