Should i get the 11inch macbook air or wait for the new one?

angel.mariano

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Good afternoon. I sent my old surface to my family in Cuba. And i have no computer now. Im in need of one. But i am not sure if i should just go ahead and get the 11 inch macbook air ( 1149.00) with 8gb of ram ,1.7 intel core i7 and 128 hard drive. Or wait for the new refresh( according to rumors ) Should be announced feb 24. Thanks in advance.
 
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viorelgn

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I suggest holding off for just a while longer, since a new MacBook Air is most likely right around the corner. The last time that the MacBook Air received an updated was back in April of last year, when it received a slight processor boost and a permanent $100 discount on all models. It wasn’t a significant refresh for the thinner notebooks, but the drop in price was a huge deal. Now, as we’re well into 2015, it’s almost time for another MacBook Air update, only this time we should expect a new MacBook Air earlier in the year, as rumors have pointed to an early 2015 release date for the new MacBook Air.
 

Yamrider

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I'm in the market for a laptop. I don't need it until mid April so I'm waiting on the rumoured refresh and hopfully price drop. Got to say though, it's harder than i though holding fire on pressing that 'add to cart' button !
 

mortenandersen

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My "now or later" or "now or never" problem

I'm in the market for a laptop. I don't need it until mid April so I'm waiting on the rumoured refresh and hopfully price drop. Got to say though, it's harder than i though holding fire on pressing that 'add to cart' button !
I am now almost pressing the "add to cart" button for MBA 11", for I want not to miss the opportunity of buying the present 11" model, with my wanted specs. The only thing that holds me back is the sub-optimal screen.

Waiting to late February for the possible upgrad is risky, however, as I am afraid that the upgrade will be the 12" model, which I am not certain that I will like, and that perhaps also that the present MBA 11" not will be available any longer from Apple after 24rd February? Any thoughts about the risk for the MBA 11" not being available suddenly?

Or what about the upgrade being a (minor) enhancement of the present 11" model, just a bit faster - or perhaps (not likely?) a better screen, otherwise the same physical footprint?
 

pasadena

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I would wait. The latest rumors are saying something will happen on Feb 24th. Either they refresh the current line, which means a (slightly) better computer for the same price or less, or they get the retina out. If that happens and you don't want it, that will still allow you to get the current one for cheaper than it is now.

Since that's only in 10 days, unless you really can't live without it, it's worth waiting. At worst, nothing happens and you only had to wait 10 days.

OR the sneaky version - buy it now from Apple, and when the refresh comes, exchange it if you're still within the 30 days return period.
 

HalfLife

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OR the sneaky version - buy it now from Apple, and when the refresh comes, exchange it if you're still within the 30 days return period.
I'm not for abusing anyone's return/exchange policy but if Apple on the 24th refreshes with more then just the CPU, I might exchange mine also. A minor bump in CPU, I don't think I would exchange, but if they made the base model 256GB or upped the ram to 8Gb then I might do it. And if the 12" Retina get's pushed out, most definitely.
 

pasadena

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14 day return policy... I think.
Correct. No idea why I had 30 days in mind. Thanks for the correction.

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I'll add that OP wants a built-to-order MBA, which is currently available in "4 to 6 days" before shipping. That means it would be delivered at best a couple of days before the refreshed version, if that happens on the 24th. All the more reason to wait.
 

Cicatrix

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I have $1500.00 11" MBA dollars in big bills taunting me like the dickens every minute of everyday. I am not going to cave! And you don't need to either. Soon come.
 

tmarks11

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I am now almost pressing the "add to cart" button for MBA 11", for I want not to miss the opportunity of buying the present 11" model, with my wanted specs. The only thing that holds me back is the sub-optimal screen.
If past history shows us anything, the announcement for the next generation will result in price cutting of the current generation to clear inventory.

So you should wait, if you don't like the new offerings, you will still have the opportunity to buy the previous generation at a discount. You can also snap up a good deal on a lightly used model on eBay, as there are a lot of Apple fan[atics] who will be selling there 11 month old model so they can upgrade to the latest...

...if Apple on the 24th refreshes with more then just the CPU, I might exchange mine also. A minor bump in CPU, I don't think I would exchange, but if they made the base model 256GB or upped the ram to 8Gb then I might do it. And if the 12" Retina get's pushed out, most definitely.
Rumor is just an upgrade to Broadwell for the MBA11 and MBA13, no other changes. Which could mean Core-M, which according to all reports is not much of a performance bump (some call it is a performance drop), although you get better battery life. The upgraded models would probably have the Broadwell-U i5 and i7.

My bet is the base 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM will continue to be the low end offering.

The MBA r12 will be the winner, but I am guessing that is not going to squeak in for $899...
 
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HalfLife

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Rumor is just an upgrade to Broadwell for the MBA11 and MBA13, no other changes. Which could mean Core-M, which according to all reports is not much of a performance bump (some call it is a performance drop), although you get better battery life. The upgraded models would probably have the Broadwell-U i5 and i7.
I thought I read the 12" was suppose to be shipping with Core-M since it'll be fan-less, and thinner, while the refresh would stick with the performance parts...?
 

joshlalonde

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Anything you've heard so far is all rumors. Just wait a bit longer, however, because it seems that something may soon happen. Though, I would have thought that Apple would send out invitations to some event.
 

qcmacmini

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I just bought an 11" with 8gb RAM, because of various personal reasons, but one of those reasons is the risk that the update doesn't allow me to buy an 11" in that configuration.

I got bitten by the 2014 Mac mini update which forced me to run to the store to get a 2012 model and I missed out on the 2.6 i7 processor.

I'm not interested in the 12" retina until future iterations, when I'm sure it will become a great laptop.
 

mortenandersen

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This is just what I also fear the most!

I just bought an 11" with 8gb RAM, because of various personal reasons, but one of those reasons is the risk that the update doesn't allow me to buy an 11" in that configuration.

I got bitten by the 2014 Mac mini update which forced me to run to the store to get a 2012 model and I missed out on the 2.6 i7 processor.

I'm not interested in the 12" retina until future iterations, when I'm sure it will become a great laptop.
In my earlier post (take a look above at post #7), I intended to give an expression of just this same fear of not being able - after Feb. 24 - to any longer to buy a similar specified MAC 11" from Apple.

On the basis of earlier updates, is it then possible that in a sudden no more special built MAC 11" (present footprint, with 16:9 aspect ratio) will be available from Apple? How big is this risk, do you think?
 

qcmacmini

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In my earlier post (take a look above at post #7), I intended to give an expression of just this same fear of not being able - after Feb. 24 - to any longer to buy a similar specified MAC 11" from Apple.

On the basis of earlier updates, is it then possible that in a sudden no more special built MAC 11" (present footprint, with 16:9 aspect ratio) will be available from Apple? How big is this risk, do you think?

Like people have said above we're just going off rumours so no one really knows.

However, for me the outcome could go in one of two ways:

1. We see the range kept identical apart from the processor change to Broadwell U.

2. They change the current lineup in addition to adding the rMBA.

If they do change the lineup, then it could mean the 11" goes all together, or you can't spec it how you wish.

For me getting an 11" new as a CTO and cheaper than a refurb was a no brainer. It really depends on pricing where you are and how badly you need a new machine right now.
 

angel.mariano

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Thank you for the comments. I decided to go ahead and buy the current macbook air . I just didn't want to loose the opportunity to buy it from the apple store, since i don't like buying from third parties, or resellers, and apple I'm sure will take it off the website once the new one comes out. I think i got a good configuration, all i do is emails, browse the internet and documents .
Thank you again :).
 

tmarks11

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I thought I read the 12" was suppose to be shipping with Core-M since it'll be fan-less, and thinner, while the refresh would stick with the performance parts...?
I meant that the base models ($899 for MBA11) would be Core-M, with the an upgrade to Broadwell-U available for an additional $200. Pure speculation.

MBA r12? I suspect you are right about fan-less design and Core-M, with Apple's continued fanatical focus on THINNER-IS-BETTER. Something has to go if they are going to make the next generation thinner; the fan might be that something.
 

Cicatrix

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Thank you for the comments. I decided to go ahead and buy the current macbook air . I just didn't want to loose the opportunity to buy it from the apple store, since i don't like buying from third parties, or resellers, and apple I'm sure will take it off the website once the new one comes out. I think i got a good configuration, all i do is emails, browse the internet and documents .
Thank you again :).
You are a cave man!
 

gpspad

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I have a feeling if you don't need a the latest, there will be some good deals on MacBooks coming.