Is Apple at the Cutting Edge?
The trouble with buying a new Mac is it might be old, before you even take it home.
One of the great things about Apple is they tend to be at the cutting edge of just about every new technology, which often leads to a longer shelf life. I've got 5 Macs right now, including a 17 inch 2011 MacBook Pro, which still outperforms just about any Windows laptop sold in stores.
That said, having a long shelf life is only possible if you get your Mac at the start of a new "product cycle", which is the time between the launch of a new product, and it's subsequent replacement with a newer model.
In my case, I bought my 2011 MacBook right after it was released so it took a while before some of the components became outdated, but some of Apple's current Mac lineup haven't been updated in over 3 years, which means that if you bought a new Mac Pro today, it's already somewhat dated.
I realize Apple likes to release "All-New" versions of their newest technology with great fanfare at live events, but they need to do at least SOME updating to EVERY model at least once a year, even if it's just to update the CPU or other internal components.
Joe Crescenzi, Founder
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