Should I wait to buy my MBP in april or may

seemac93

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I was just wondering if people could help me with my decision to either buy a MBP now or wait till april or may to buy one because apple might release the new intel processor and they might switch the graphics card.
 

maflynn

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Do you need one now? Then buy one now. If you can wait, then you'll be better off.

Its your money, and your decision. Only you can really decide whether waiting is a viable option.

I'm not trying to sound too harsh just pointing out that its your choice.
 

motoracer1486

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I was just wondering if people could help me with my decision to either buy a MBP now or wait till april or may to buy one because apple might release the new intel processor and they might switch the graphics card.
Might might might...it's all a guessing game.
 

thundersteele

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based on a precise evaluation of your current and future needs and how they would benefit from the new intel CPUs, I have determined that you should wait.
 

seemac93

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even if they do change the processor will it be that much better of a processor.
 

bill-p

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I was just wondering if people could help me with my decision to either buy a MBP now or wait till april or may to buy one because apple might release the new intel processor and they might switch the graphics card.
I don't know if I can help you decide, but I can give you my personal preference. I went for a 2011 device instead. When the 2012 Macbook Pro comes out, I can resell my 2011 at a small loss and get the 2012 instead. It's probably a few hundred dollars, but in return, I get to use a Macbook Pro all that time.

So personally, I think that's worth it.
 

seemac93

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I don't know if I can help you decide, but I can give you my personal preference. I went for a 2011 device instead. When the 2012 Macbook Pro comes out, I can resell my 2011 at a small loss and get the 2012 instead. It's probably a few hundred dollars, but in return, I get to use a Macbook Pro all that time.

So personally, I think that's worth it.
thanks i think i might just go with that idea.
 

chillfrilla

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u should WAIT like seriously the 2012 will be worth it!!!

actually u know what!!!! dont eeeven wait till 2012, wait till the 2013 or 2014 macbook pros come out!!! YEAHH!!
 

VMMan

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Will it bother you if the ~April 2012 update produces a redesigned chassis or change other than just the CPU/gpu?

If it will bother you, then you may want to wait.
 

DanB1

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I reckon buy one now, I have friends who still have their mac from 3 years ago and use it everyday. But with one exception - buy applecare just to be on the safe side and you can't lose.
 

maflynn

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Will it bother you if the ~April 2012 update produces a redesigned chassis or change other than just the CPU/gpu?

If it will bother you, then you may want to wait.
You'll still be able to buy the older design as stock levels will not quickly diminish so if you don't like the new design, if you move quickly you can buy the older model. Me, I'm waiting for the new design :)
 

Liquinn

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You'll still be able to buy the older design as stock levels will not quickly diminish so if you don't like the new design, if you move quickly you can buy the older model. Me, I'm waiting for the new design :)
True true.

It's not really that long to go now.

Can the MBPs be updated on April 8th 2012 if the Ivy Bridge processors get released then?

Cheers
 

maflynn

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Can the MBPs be updated on April 8th 2012 if the Ivy Bridge processors get released then?
My only concern is that apple in the past has sat on the new chipset for a while before releasing an updated Mac. That is Intel releases the chip set to manufacturers but apple waits a month or two before releasing a mac with that new chipset.

I guess on the flip side, it gives me more time to save my pennies :)
 

Liquinn

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My only concern is that apple in the past has sat on the new chipset for a while before releasing an updated Mac. That is Intel releases the chip set to manufacturers but apple waits a month or two before releasing a mac with that new chipset.

I guess on the flip side, it gives me more time to save my pennies :)
We should see an update on or after April 8th 2012, which is obvious.

Bring it on ^_^
 

cmChimera

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My only concern is that apple in the past has sat on the new chipset for a while before releasing an updated Mac. That is Intel releases the chip set to manufacturers but apple waits a month or two before releasing a mac with that new chipset.

I guess on the flip side, it gives me more time to save my pennies :)
Hopefully the fact that it seems to line perfectly with their release scheule for the past couple years will encourage them not to.
 

dontwalkhand

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My MacBook prior to this one (a 2006 model that I got my hands on) had a screen flicker issue, and a dying video card (artifacts would display on the screen, Genius said video card), so I had no option but to purchase a new Mac if I wanted to keep working.

Would I have waited if I could? Yes.

Does that make my purchase irrelevant? No. It is not like my Mac will stop working when the newer ones come out.
 

thermodynamic

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even if they do change the processor will it be that much better of a processor.

That depends on the replaced processor type.

Ivy Bridge's specs, the last I'd read, are 10~15% faster than the comparable Sandy Bridge. It's more evolutionary than revolutionary, unlike Sandy and the speed benefits it brought in.

Unless the new processor is a puny ARM thing, but I don't see that happening until 2014 or so, as high-end models will want to be 64-bit (I do graphic design and web development; the size of prints I deal with (poster size) has me using 5GB with ease. Add in a single VM and I've used almost all 8GB of it.

A multi-core ARM that can match the speed of Intel's current line-up but run far cooler will be a boon, but we're talking years... by then, no doubt ARM ports of Adobe's product line will be available as well.
 
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