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Is it a good time to buy a MBP?

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The specs were bumped 39 days ago. But with the Haswell chip coming, should I just wait or purchase one while Apple lowered the price?

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i'd say no unless its a good deal. i'm currently waiting to refresh my 2010 MBP...

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This decision is always the hardest

If you are in need of one, get it. When haswell mbps release you can sell the one you own with good resell value.

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I suggest lets wait for Haswell to release and let Apple do bump up. Haswell is too focused on power consumption improvements, so you can get more juice out of it. So wait...

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Yeah, I think I'll pass and wait for Haswell...though it is a few months away and it will be a pretty exciting wait.

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Yeah, I think I'll pass and wait for Haswell...though it is a few months away and it will be a pretty exciting wait.

It helps not to look at tech news sites every day or every week even to see rumors or when will expect this or that. I remember when I did that for a few months I had no idea the iPhone5 came out, so one day I'm at the mall and walk into an Apple Store and it was just a pleasant surprise I see the iPhone5 is out without my knowledge, I hadn't felt that way in awhile.

Problem is that you might not be posting on here *laughs*

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Constantly reading and being informed about upcoming products takes the joy out of them when they're released, and it's for obvious reasons.

About 12 years ago when I was in jr.high and didn't really know about forums, I only knew about an apple product when going to apple.com and seeing steve came on stage and started outlining how "this is gonna change everything". I was really excited in those days.

Today I can just go on macrumors and spoil everything

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if you really need more battery life than what they offer now,then wait for haswell. Haswell is not going to give you crazy performancegains,but it will give you better battery life.

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After buying a early 2012 15" MBP I will never in my life waste that much money again . For the price of one MBP I got 3 - three really nice dell laptops . Three for the price of one you must be stupid to buy apple laptops

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The main thing that concerns me right now is the clock speed. Haswell offers 3.5 Ghz whereas current generation offfers only 2.7.

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I have a 15" rMBP that I purchased last year on release. Best laptop I've ever owned (even with slight ghosting). If you can wait for the new tech, I'd do it as it will only make your experience that much better. That said, you won't be disappointed if you don't wait. I bashed Apple products for years and can't believe how much I love my rMBP almost a year later. Its build quality is astonishing.

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There is always going to be new technology around the corner. If you wait for it then you will never buy anything. The early 2013 model was just released, which I bought and I love it. I doubt there will be a refresh before the holiday shopping season.

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Unless the rumoured update was within a month, I'd not wait. That's just me, I think this waiting for months malarkey is silly. If they are selling the specs you want at a price you're happy with, why wait?

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Yeah, I think the bump up will be in July earliest. But I don't wanna be left with "old" technology when the laptop is just a few months old. I am more interested in clock speeds, though.

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Yeah, I think the bump up will be in July earliest. But I don't wanna be left with "old" technology when the laptop is just a few months old. I am more interested in clock speeds, though.

You won't be left with old technology at all. Apple products have very high resale value anyways.

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Yeah, I think the bump up will be in July earliest. But I don't wanna be left with "old" technology when the laptop is just a few months old. I am more interested in clock speeds, though.

It is technically already old as soon as you purchase it. That is always the case with technology. Something bigger and better is always right around the corner. You can technically play the waiting game forever if you really wanted to. So if you have a need for it now, might as well get it.

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Pff, I can't decide. 800 Mhz difference is too big...

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After buying a early 2012 15" MBP I will never in my life waste that much money again . For the price of one MBP I got 3 - three really nice dell laptops . Three for the price of one you must be stupid to buy apple laptops

That really isn't the point of this thread though, is it?

I've been thinking for the longest time about upgrading my macbook. For the moment though the one that I have is still running fine, so I don't mind waiting a bit to see how the Haswell chip performs in them.

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Pff, I can't decide. 800 Mhz difference is too big...

Do this...flip a coin (not sure of your local currency but it still works). Heads you buy it and tails you wait. Whatever the outcome you stick to that decision. No remorse over that decision.

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It's a good time to buy a MBPr as they were updated in Feb, the new chips, while better will likely not show a noticeable gain between the old and new unless you do a side-by-side and pull out a stopwatch. If you need it now, get it, if not, then why are you buying?

I would not buy a Macbook Air though, it looks like a new design should arrive this year (according to rumors)

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As I said, Haswell offers 3.5 Ghz whereas current generation offfers only 2.7. Isn't this a big difference? I mean I don't know how to compare them but how come the performance gain is around %10 when the clock speed is increased by one third?

The thing is, Macbooks here in Turkey are nearly double the price in US and they are a bit hard to sell. So I must make a good choice and stick with whatever I buy for at least 3-4 years.

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As I said, Haswell offers 3.5 Ghz whereas current generation offfers only 2.7. Isn't this a big difference? I mean I don't know how to compare them but how come the performance gain is around %10 when the clock speed is increased by one third?

The thing is, Macbooks here in Turkey are nearly double the price in US and they are a bit hard to sell. So I must make a good choice and stick with whatever I buy for at least 3-4 years.

Clock speed hasn't mattered in years. I got the 3rd generation core i7 that clocks in at 2.7 with turboboost to 3.4. But the speed really doesn't matter...it's how everything utilizes the cores.

The early 2013 rMBP uses the 3540m ivy bridge chipset: http://ark.intel.com/products/71255/Intel-Core-i7-3540M-Processor-4M-Cache-up-to-3_70-GHz

This chipset was just released and will be in use for a long time. Why wait and see if the hasewell will be included in the next revision?

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You should wait until I buy one, then Apple will lower the prices and offer a better version the next day. :p :)

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It's a good time to buy a MBPr as they were updated in Feb, the new chips, while better will likely not show a noticeable gain between the old and new unless you do a side-by-side and pull out a stopwatch. If you need it now, get it, if not, then why are you buying?

I would not buy a Macbook Air though, it looks like a new design should arrive this year (according to rumors)

I agree with this post. That being said, I'm still unsatisfied with the rMBP performance and 3rd party apps are still catching up with HiDPI apps. If you need one, now is a good time to buy. As for me, I'm going to wait a bit more before upgrading my mid-2009 MBP to a rMBP.

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I bought an early-2013 model, nobody knows if haswell chips will be included in the next release or not, and I needed a Mac anyway.

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As I said, Haswell offers 3.5 Ghz whereas current generation offfers only 2.7. Isn't this a big difference? I mean I don't know how to compare them but how come the performance gain is around %10 when the clock speed is increased by one third?

10% performance gain when comparing the same clock speeds.

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