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If you plan on buying an Apple product this upcoming holiday season, you might want to think twice. Depending on which product you buy, there’s a good chance a refreshed, updated model will be introduced shortly after.
Below we’ll explore what Apple has in store for 2012 and discuss which products make sense to hold off from purchasing until then. We’ll leave out the iPhone, as the 4S was just launched, and previous generations discounted, so now is the time to pick one up if you’re in the market.
Keep in mind Apple refreshes their products typically once a year (sometimes with a smaller, incremental update half way through the year as well), so unless you buy it in the first few months, a new refreshed model is probably not too far along.
Apple usually keeps the same pricing for their updated models while discounting the previous generation, which makes it hurt a little more if you just picked up a Mac weeks before a refresh.
Note: Apple just announced they’ll be having a Black Friday sale online, so you’ll want to hold off until at least the end of the week for anything.
Apple last refreshed the iPad in March of 2011 with the introduction of the iPad 2. If we’re going by the typically reliable Asian trade publication DigiTimes, Apple’s suppliers are already shipping components for the iPad 3. Normally we would obviously expect this refreshed iPad 3 in March, but the publication claims Apple will drop only an incremental update to the device then, followed by a major refresh by the end of 2012.
There is also rumors of a possible 7.35-inch and 7.85-inch iPad following a report from The Korea Times. If you haven’t picked up an iPad by now, it might worth waiting a few months to see what Apple announces most likely at the beginning of March.
If you’re in the market for a MacBook Pro, now is the time. Apple just refreshed the whole lineup on October 24th, and with a bunch of other products slated for the first two quarters of 2012, it’s safe to say there’s probably at least a good 4-6 months before we see a full-fledged MacBook Pro update.
However, there’s some confusion about whether this would be a new MacBook Air or a redesigned, slimmed down MacBook Pro. Needless to say, this isn’t a reason to hold off on buying a MacBook Pro if you really need one. However, if you already have the previous generation model… the latest generation is just an incremental bump in specs, in which case I’d recommend waiting for a 2012 MacBook Pro.
Apple updated the MacBook Air lineup in July adding the latest thunderbolt I/O, new Sandy Bridge processors, backlit keyboards, and all around beefed up specs. Again, it’s unclear whether or not the rumored 15-inch super-slim notebook might be a new Air or just a slim Pro without an optical disk drive. Either way, the current 11” and 13” MacBook Air lineup will likely stay the same until at least the end of Q2. You won’t be disappointed if you pick up a MacBook Air today.
Apple updated their iMac lineup in May with new Sandy Bridge processors, and updated HD built-in FaceTime cams. It’s likely Apple would have already refreshed the iMacs leading up to the holidays, along with the recent MacBook Pro refresh, if they were going to. Unless we see an incremental update between now Christmas (highly unlikely), you’re pretty safe until at least May. With the new Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O, and included 21.5 or 27-inch display, this is surely the best Mac for your money. Don’t hesitate to pick up an iMac.
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Jordan Kahn is a main contributor for the Jace Hall Show and has been an avid gamer for over 15 years. He also writes about all things Google for 9to5Google.com and covers breaking Apple news for 9to5Mac and mobile products for Butterscotch.com.
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