When is the right time to buy a Macbook Pro?

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  1. dukesup1978
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    I own a 2004 PowerBook G4, it still works fine, but I would love to have a new, fast, updated Macbook Pro. Which leads me to my question - when would be the right time to buy one? I was going to wait til Sept (my bday month) but I read something they recently updated them. All information is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. r.j.s
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    Buy now, they were updated recently and won't be for a while.
     
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    buy now, update just happened.
     
  5. dukesup1978
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    awesome, thank you. I realize I should post this in a separate forum - but when do you expect the new iPod Classic will be released? September?
     
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    iPods are updated in September. However, rumor has it the iPod classic will be on the chopping block in the next couple years.
     
  8. dukesup1978
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    Wow I had no idea. What a shame, I really like my iPod to hold LOTs of music.
     
  9. dukesup1978
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    In buying a 15-inch - is there a big difference between the 2.53GHz and 2.66GHz. Do you think it is worth the $200?
     
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    130mhz...not really.
     
  11. dukesup1978
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    not worth the $200, IYO?

    what about the 2.4GHz opposed to 2.53GHz? worth the $200?

    what about upgrading to 8GB as opposed to 4GB? worth the $400?

    note: i will be using Final Cut Pro and recording music on Garage Band
     
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    I think the i7 is worth the extra. It will last you a bit longer. When the CPU runs in turbo mode (It uses one CPU core instead of 2) it speeds up to 3.33ghz and the fastest both cores can go I think is 3.06ghz.
    The 2.53 goes to a maximum of 3.06, the 2.4 hits 2.93. So whilst still small improvements the difference is greater then 133mhz as someone stated!
    You also get double the memory for the video card on the i7 which reading the games thread makes a difference.
     
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    Well the iPod Touches seem to double in capacity for the high-end with each update, so 128GB this time around is possible.
     
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    If you are definitely set on a MacBook Pro, buy now. However, if you want to see how the MacBook Air and MacBook updates pan out, like me, I would recommend waiting. You never know, the MacBook could get a design update or the Air get a huge upgrade.
     
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    The best time is the back to school
    promotion when you can get a free iPod included with the purchase. I think you need to be a student though. Otherwise the best time is usually after the update like now.
     
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    What's important is the 2.66GHz also comes with 512MB of video ram vs. only 256MB. When this is taken into consideration, it's actually a bargain since the price difference is quite small. If you plan on keeping it more than 18 months, you'll be glad you have 512MB of VRAM.
     
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    Are you suggesting that a computer with 256MB of VRAM won't be useful in 18 months? Most people won't be able to tell the performance difference between a computer with 256MB of VRAM and a computer with 512MB of VRAM, considering most people just use computers for email, web, and photobooth.
     
  20. dukesup1978
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    good call. especially because I will be using programs such as Final Cut Pro, Avid, Photoshop, Studio Logic, etc. Thanks
     
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    That's not true, the 2.66 only comes with 256mb VRAM as well (I would have swallowed the hefty upgrade price from the 2.4 if not)
     
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    Did I say that?

    This comment is an assumption.
     
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    Sorry to inform you, but you're completely, indubitably wrong.

    I really wonder how you could have missed such publicly available information: http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html
     
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    wait two or three weeks for the back to school sale to start, find a friend whose in college or teaches somewhere (or yourself if you fit into one of those two categories) and get yourself a free ipod in the process.
     
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    Yeah wait for this offer. Either a free iPod or $200 from selling said iPod.
     

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