Wait for Snow Leopard and School deal?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AiRoN ShoW, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. AiRoN ShoW macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2009
    Hey everyone, I know that this question is asked tons but I am still having trouble deciding.

    Ok here the situation. I am graduating this year and heading off to college in the fall. I will be going into the graphic design field, and from what the school told me a mac would do best.

    I am looking at a MBP 15.4. maybe the 17 if the price isnt to different.

    I understand that they give a discount at the school now which is nice but I also hear that there is usually better discounts for Back to School.

    I could use it now. But its not super needed.

    What should I do? Buy now? Or wait till the back to school deal is on and possibly Snow Leopard is released with maybe a update to the MBP's?

    Thanks so much for any comments:D
  2. Cboss macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2008
    It depends on how much of a discount your school is offering. Don't forget that Apple offers an education discount of about $100-$200 all year, and with the back to school program you'll get a free or $100 off ipod.

    If the Macbooks are updated in the next few months it will only be a minor speed bump which won't be noticed by most users. Snow Leopard will be demoed this summer but may not be released until September or so.

    Also, I would stick with the 15" MBP to save some cash and if you want you can always get an ACD later. New, larger ones may be released in the next few months as well.
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Wait until the Back to School deal is on, purely for financial reasons, 10% off and usually you get a free iPod too, but dont bother waiting for Snow Leopard, whilst it is good its not the holy grail. When Snow Leopard does come out and i have to buy Mac's for my company the first thing im going to be doing is downgrading them all to Leopard. I bet if you get Snow Leopard on your machine, for educational software and college networking reasons you'll end up doing the same.
  4. xboxmookie macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2009
    i am in the same boat... looking to get an iMac but it would be nice if they threw in an ipod too. i heard some people say the summer back to school promos usually start in june... is this true?
  5. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2008
    New York. The state, not the toilet.
    Something to think about.

    Usually Apple announces the new upgrade, then the stores offer the machines with a free upgrade, by mail. So, if you wait a bit, you might be able to get "snow leopard", and get you new machine sooner.
  6. miggitymac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    Wait for the promo. Extra cash for first-year students is always a good thing.

    Just don't expect SL to be shipping by then.
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Seriously? This seems to come up 3 times a day. The answer is the same: if you need it, buying it now is your best option. Nobody knows for sure when SL is going to come out, you could be waiting a long time. The Back-to-School promotion is most likely going to happen, so at the least you'll get a rebate on an iPod if you wait until summer.
  8. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2008
    Yeah it's a good idea to wait. Go with the 15". More portable.
  9. kindablue09 macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2009
    I'm in your boat too (iMac + back to school = ipod touch).

    Last year Apple started their back to school promotion in June so it would make sense that they would do it again this June.

    Something to keep in mind is that they can change the deal. Although will probably not cancel it, they can change the terms; for instance, last year the low end iMac was exempt from the free ipod deal (I believe).

    Hopefully we can still get the free ipod that we want this year *knocks on wood*.
  10. xhambonex macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2008
    I'll throw this out there.

    When I had to buy my laptop for industrial design I ended up getting at my school (highest end MBP) they gave me free 3 year applecare. It ended up being about the same discount as the ipod but I had an ipod so getting the applecare, which I was going to buy anyway, turned out to be a better deal for me.

    Look to see if your school sells computers there, they may have a deal that is better then what you could get from Apple.
  11. AiRoN ShoW thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2009
    Sweet thanks guys for all the advice! I think that I will wait till this summer for the back to school deal. More money in the pockets is always nice.
    I do have another question though, do you think it is possible that Apple will make any slight changes to the processor speed before WWDC?
  12. 11800506 macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    Likely not with the recent spec bumps when the desktops were updated. Also, Intel's roadmap doesn't have very much to upgrade to until around Q4 2009. Then again, stranger things have happened so I guess it's technically possible.
  13. relativist macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2009
    Not that it's likely, but what I'd be more excited about hardware wise, is if the 15" got the battery the 17" has.
  14. darkcurse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2005
    If you need it buy it,
    If you can wait, wait
    If you can't wait and need it, get it
    If you can't wait but don't really need it, wait.

    ...At least until Snow Leopard is released :)
  15. hndn macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2009
    hhmm...for me, it's: If you don't really need it but really sick of your 3 yrs old Dell, buy it now :)
  16. darkcurse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2005
    To me that falls under the "need it" category. :p
  17. hndn macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2009
    Thanks darscurse, you make me feel better :cool:
  18. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Wait until you actually start college before you buy. I don't think the education discount applies to students still in high school, I could be wrong.
  19. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It doesn't.

    You can, however, use it if you are just entering college (i.e. the summer after you graduate high school/before you enter college).
  20. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    How does apple verify if you're in school or not? It used to ask me for my id number when I made a Educational Discount purchase, but now it just asks for my school and then directs me to the store. What's stopping anyone from using it?
  21. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    The better angels of our natures?
  22. MAC-PRO-DEMON macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Up north in Yorkshire :)
    The only thing is... the 17"... is only like and inch in every direction (Apart from thickness) bigger than the 15".. so for the screen real-estate and 1920x1080 and 2.3MP... it is really worth it...

    If you can afford it... get the best that you can... because it will last you... I still have a couple of old G3 Powerbooks... that have CS1 on them!!! and hey.. they still are pretty cool machines!!!

    I would however... look for as much discount as you can get... In england... you can get a higher education discount that is 15% (I think??) and an Education discount which is 5%.... also... with the Back To School Promo... you may be able to get yourself a good deal...

    I would also recommend you to get your software through the education store... with adobe.. you can save over £1000 buy buying it that way... and with Quark you can get it for about £100 with over £600 saving!!!

    Anyways... Hope that this is useful!!!

  23. hndn macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2009
    Last year I was asked for school ID upon purchased a MBP for my friend at the store. I go to California State University Fullerton, it has its education store, so if you purchase online, apple website will direct you back to your school & you need to log in. I'm sure others are the same.
    I think it's fair.
  24. woodbursky macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2009
    Not Possible

    Macintosh computers are shipped so that they only run with the latest System software. If you buy a Mac with Snow Leopard - It isn't going to allow you to put Leopard on it.


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