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Guillob7 Calculating status...
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Jun 15, 2013 7:08 PM

It's worth it to buy the new MacBook Air now (June 15) with mountain lion, knowing Mavericks is coming on September? Or should I wait mavericks is public released?

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  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 7:11 PM (in response to Guillob7)

    There is no reason to wait if you need and can use the computer today...Apple teadionally makes their Mac OS X versions downward compatible through several generations of computers.  Buying now will let you be productive for a longer period of time.

  • Shahrooz. Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 7:18 PM (in response to Guillob7)

    Depends really, if you already have a mac or not. Say if you dont, then I may suggest you get it now since it wont make any difference, besides you'll be able to update to Mavericks as soon as its released. By getting it now, you will have more time to understand the operating system and what so not. Again im not going to judge weather you have ever purchased a mac, so really.. it depends o__O

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 8:46 PM (in response to Guillob7)

    Apple did not say it would release the new OS in September; I believe they said "in fall" - that could be October no one but Apple knows. And, if the pricing is the same as it has been, Mountain Lion only cost $20, so that is very inexpensive.

  • NightNinjaPDX Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:00 PM (in response to Guillob7)

    Wait for the Maverick OS to be preinstalled onto the macs before you buy.  This is a good route since your machine will be able to last longer with future new OS releases, unlike macs that came with OSX Lion or Mountain Lion preinstalled.

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (12,505 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 10:23 PM (in response to Guillob7)

    IF you want a Mac, buy a Mac. Do not wait for the next big thing, as there is always a next Big thing!

     

    besides, "Fall" starts in the middle of September and goes to the middle of December. Is 2 to 5 months worth the wait?

     

    Also do you want the .0 version of the new Mac OS X, or would you like them to iron out the kinks fists, and maybe install the .1 or .2 update.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 2:50 AM (in response to Guillob7)

    Your descison to buy now should be based on the need

    for the new computer.

     

    Any Mac you buy now will be compatible with Mavericks

    and you can get it when it is released if you decide you

    really want it.  You may actually find the added features

    have no value for you and decide not to upgrade.

     

    Besides, the Macbook Air sold now more than likely won't be

    any different than the Air sold when Mavericks is released as

    it has just been updated.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 4:20 AM (in response to Guillob7)

    At WWDC Apple also announced a new MacBook Air.  They are not very likely to change that platform between now and the release of Mavericks.  The last three Mac OS X versions all sell for $20 US...not a major cost to operate.  So you can go with your plans to buy a new MBA with pretty good assurance all will work very well for you.

     

    Buying now gives you a couple months to get familiar with the new computer before you have to start being productive with it in the university...you will have enough other demands at that time so you don't need the pressure of learning a new computer, also.

  • leon-geyer Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to Guillob7)

    Agree with everybody else except NightNinja.

    The thing he says about lasting longer applies to certain characteristics of the models, and isn't due to the OS it came with = sometimes a newer OS won't run on a quite old (4 years or so) model because of its chip-generation. But the MBAir just have been released with a new procesor kind, the Haswell, there will be no mayor change in I guess 2 years at least, so it is no difference if you buy it now or in 2 years in what OS-compatillity means (just power and so on). So if you need a mac, I reccomend you to go ahead and buy now, and spend 20-30 dollars on the next OS (yes, that is the price Apple is using, not like Windows), because I think it is not good idea just to start after holidays: it will mean be learning the new System while you have to work. There will be no big difference between OS 10.8 and 10.9, it is the same logic, but there can be more to learn in switching from Windows to Mac.

  • jefftlj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 7:47 AM (in response to Guillob7)

    Have you bought it that's my question. I'm planning to but a MBA, too. But it's already approaching August, in a total dilemme now. Advice, anyone>?

  • cbs20 Level 4 Level 4 (2,480 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to jefftlj)

    What is your dilemma? Buy now if you need it. The Air shouldn't have any hardware changes for awhile since they just released a new one at WWDC. The only new item will be the OS which is cheap. If you are willing to spend $1000 on an Air then $20 is nothing.

  • jefftlj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 8:12 AM (in response to cbs20)

    My dilemma is whether to buy it now or wait for another 2 weeks time. We don't have an Apple Store here in Malaysia, what we have is some Apple Authorised Premium Reseller like MacCity. I went in to consult their sales rep last week, he actually suggested me to buy it in Mid of August (assuming Mavericks will be out in mid September, then I'd be entitled for free update from Mountain Lion to Mavericks, most probably). It'd just be 2 weeks away and I'm still a student, I know $20 is not a big deal for most people, but if I could just wait 2 weeks times to save up the $20, it sounds like a good bargain to me.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 8:36 AM (in response to jefftlj)

    The difficulty is no one knows when Mavericks will be released...all Apple said was sometime this fall.  That could be September to December.  If you need the computer, buy when you need it so you do not have to struggle along until an unknown date occurs.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Jul 30, 2013 4:07 AM (in response to jefftlj)

    jefftlj wrote:

     

    My dilemma is whether to buy it now or wait for another 2 weeks time. We don't have an Apple Store here in Malaysia, what we have is some Apple Authorised Premium Reseller like MacCity. I went in to consult their sales rep last week, he actually suggested me to buy it in Mid of August (assuming Mavericks will be out in mid September, then I'd be entitled for free update from Mountain Lion to Mavericks, most probably). It'd just be 2 weeks away and I'm still a student, I know $20 is not a big deal for most people, but if I could just wait 2 weeks times to save up the $20, it sounds like a good bargain to me.

    Just buy it now.  Being a student, you should wait before

    using Mavericks anyway, at least to the first major rev,

    to be sure all signifigant bugs have been dealt with.  There

    could be issues with Mavericks that may interfere with your

    use as a student. 

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