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Sara, a LifeClever reader, recently emailed me asking for advice on the dreaded problem of buying an Apple product, only to see a new version come out soon after:

I just saw something about Apple releasing new versions of the iPod this year… got any details on that? I’m still a little irritated that the folks at the Apple store didn’t tell me that the 80gig was coming out when I purchased my 60gig last year (the 80 came out 3 weeks after I bought mine). Thanks! and I love all the tips, especially the resume tips.

Unfortunately, I don’t know when Apple releases new products or updates. Even if I did, Mr. Jobs would bury me in cement and throw me in the San Francisco Bay once he finds I leaked it. All is not lost.

Mac Rumors Buyers GuideTo get a prediction of when you should buy a new Apple product, check out my favorite buying resource, the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide. Based on a combination of historical releases, current age of the product, and reasoned speculation, the guide tells you if you should buy now or hold off.

Sure, it’s still speculation, but the compilation of historical data will certainly help you make an educated guess.

9 Comments

  • Josh

    gravatarJul 11, 2007
    7:43 am

    Mactatic is another decent site for determining an Apple purchase.

    http://mactactic.com/

  • Mike

    gravatarJul 11, 2007
    8:29 am

    I’m the apple campus rep at VCU. I can’t exactly answer any questions, mostly because I don’t know any more than you do, but I can say that the best time to buy a new apple product is right after a new release is made.

    Usually you can find out about a month in advance when a major product release will be. WWDC and Macworld are good references.

    -Mike

  • Sean

    gravatarJul 11, 2007
    8:57 am

    Same thing happened to me when I bought my 12″ Powerbook. >_

  • Mr Funk

    gravatarJul 11, 2007
    7:42 pm

    When should you buy any technology? When you’re happy about the product you’ll get in return for your money. Stop being a child, it’s always going to be better and cheaper in future. If you need it, buy it, if not, don’t. Somebody else is always getting a better deal than you, and there’s always a better faster shiner version just around the corner.

  • Sean

    gravatarJul 11, 2007
    10:54 pm

    Now, now, Mr Funk. Name-calling is rather childish in my book.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarJul 12, 2007
    12:24 am

    @Josh, thanks for the link to mactastic, another great resource which I haven’t seen before.

    @Mr. Funk, I’m all for buying technology when the mood strikes, and if the product is good. But no one feels like they get their money’s worth, when a brand new and better model comes out for the same price or cheaper right after you buy it.

    Opinions to the contrary are of course welcomed, but please respect other readers.

  • Christine

    gravatarJul 12, 2007
    5:25 pm

    Actually, buying mac stuff before a new release can get you great deals.

    This tip is courtesy a knowledgeable London Drugs employee, believe it or not. I bought my first mac – one of the old iMacs – a few days before the “floating head” model was released (at the WWDC, I believe). Apple had a rebate running that expired on the day of the conference. I purchased my computer, received the rebate, and brought it home. When the price dropped $500 a few days later, I went back to the store and got that $500 back thanks to Apple’s (non-advertised) price-guarantee – if the price of your product drops within two weeks of your purchase, you can get the difference back.

  • Mr Funk

    gravatarJul 12, 2007
    5:34 pm

    I stand by saying it’s childish to be worried about the deal you “could have had”, but the best time to buy an apple procuct is a week after a new one is announced. If you want the new one, you’ve got the longest time before it gets replaced at the same price. If you’re happy with the old one, it’ll be going cheap. I was offered serious discounts on the outgoing 17″ MBP when I ordered my 15″ Santa Rosa.

  • Pat St-Arnaud

    gravatarMay 20, 2008
    9:11 am

    With over a decade of participation in the Mac ecosystem, the one solid piece of advice I can give to avoid quick devaluation of the value of your new system is, always buy the generation-before-last.

    Getting the newest, hottest features may look attractive, but remember, these will be obsolete within months, while you will be using your Mac for 3 years (on average), and perhaps paying for your credit card purchase even longer.

    One generation removed from the newest Mac will provide almost all the features, almost the same speed, storage and connectivity at a substantial discount, and the end resale value versus the original cost ratio will be seriously increased.

    There are exceptions, of course – The switch to Intel being one of them. But it is worth remembering to define the difference between what we want, and what we need…