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Topic # 59325 1-Apr-2010 16:18
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Hi,

I have been asked to purchase a Macbook Pro for someone, the Macrumors Buyers Guide (http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac_Pro) is telling people not to buy now, there is a new model soon to be released, however, if you go to the Apple site (http://www.apple.com/nz/macbookpro/), it says "The new macbook family" does this mean these are the latest ones.? What would you all do, buy now or wait 2 months?

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  Reply # 313943 1-Apr-2010 16:27
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There is a strong belief that there will be updated models released soon, using the newer intel i5 and i7 CPU's. There is no public release date at this time, but if you can wait for a few weeks to check then it is probably advisable. That said, there's nothing wrong with the current line of MacBook Pro's.

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  Reply # 313951 1-Apr-2010 16:43
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I agree with the above. The current Macbook Pro was released in July if I recall correctly, and I bought mine in September. It's a fantastic machine, but this far down the track I'd be inclined to hold on if you can as a new model is due.

Having said that Apple's refresh cycles are often hard to predict, and when a new model is released it might take a little while before stocks are easily available in New Zealand.

In a nutshell if you need it now then buy it, but otherwise it's advisable to wait if possible.

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  Reply # 313967 1-Apr-2010 17:29
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I bought a current generation MacBook Pro in September last year and it's a brilliant machine, there's nothing that would really make me want to upgrade for quite a while yet, but I guess for you that depends on what it would be used for and how urgent one is needed. If you can wait and/or need lots of processing power then I'd suggest waiting for the new (rumoured) i5/i7 models, which shouldn't be too far away. If you need one now then the current ones are very capable machines.

Also bear in mind that Apple's prices are partly based on what the exchange rate is at the time of the product releasing. Sitting at about 70c now, compared with about 65c in June last year, you *MAY* find the newer models slightly cheaper than what they are now, and of course they will have better specs than the current ones.

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  Reply # 314004 1-Apr-2010 20:28
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corksta: I bought a current generation MacBook Pro in September last year and it's a brilliant machine, there's nothing that would really make me want to upgrade for quite a while yet, but I guess for you that depends on what it would be used for and how urgent one is needed. If you can wait and/or need lots of processing power then I'd suggest waiting for the new (rumoured) i5/i7 models, which shouldn't be too far away. If you need one now then the current ones are very capable machines.

Also bear in mind that Apple's prices are partly based on what the exchange rate is at the time of the product releasing. Sitting at about 70c now, compared with about 65c in June last year, you *MAY* find the newer models slightly cheaper than what they are now, and of course they will have better specs than the current ones.


It's worth noting, that the Macbook Pro line underwent a price drop in October, at the time the current model iMacs were released. 17" went from $4999 to $4199. Pretty sure the exchange rate then was higher than it is now. Though I don't think the price will be raised since $1999 is a pretty nice price point for the 13" MBP. As has been said many times before on MacRumors, if you need it now, then the decisions pretty much made for you. I have one that I may be willing to let go for a fairly reasonable price in that case :P. If you plan on waiting, unfortunately no-one can give you an exact timeframe since Apple even keeps their employees in the dark about release dates. 

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  Reply # 314012 1-Apr-2010 20:48
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Yeah forgot about that price drop, I had a feeling there'd been a pretty big drop but couldn't remember when it was! Still, if the exchange rate drops substantially I can't see them being able to maintain the prices they have at the moment.

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