Should I get the Mac Mini now, or Wait for the 2013 model?
Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:55 AM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:10 PM
Standard advice: Wait as long as you can. If you already know where you will be going to school it would be best to contact the school store to find out the kind of deals they might have for computers and software. Even though Apple has education discounts via online and in store purchasing the school might offer other incentives if you purchase through them.
- Wait as long as you can.
- Check with the school
Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:26 PM
I suspect there won't be a new mini before the school year starts. While I normally counsel - as does JackMac - to wait as long as you can I'm not sure there's benefit in that strategy in this scenario. I would think you'd want some time to familiarize yourself with the new machine and give the components a chance to fail before the school year starts. (It's very rare, but sometimes you get a lemon. Better to be dealing with that before the added stress of school.)
Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:13 PM
The end result is that it is basically impossible to predict when Apple will release new models. While there is typically some past pattern as to how long between model releases that you can see from the "Mac Buyer's Guide" (http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/), there is no guarantee that Apple will follow that pattern in the future.
Now for your case, the additional suggestion that I would add is to call the school you are going to and see if they have a computer platform (i.e. Mac vs Windows) that they recommend. This is less critical if you are not doing computer science as a major, but can still be something to consider.
Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:00 PM
Also, there often are some back to school incentives, where Apple will throw in a freebie, and your state may have a tax free weekend as well for educational purchases that can be to your advantage.
If you are worried about osx 10.9, it is likely to be available as an upgrade at nominal cost ($20) like the last version.
I was also going to mention that if you are not familiar with osx at all. you should not wait till school starts to get a system and start using it. Get your feet wet and catch up on it so you can focus on your education and hit the road running.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:58 AM