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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Windows to Mac newbie- how do MBP releases work?


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I'm making the switch from Windows to Mac so am new to the release of a new MBP. I'm waiting for the anticipated refresh of the line before I buy. I have a good idea of what I want to get but I'm assuming there will be enough changes in the line that I'll want to do some continued research before I make a final decision, between announcement and purchase. Are the releases of new MBP's the same as other releases (like iOS's) where there is an initial announcement and then a break before release? I'd like to know if I should be watching very closely in order to avoid a back order or if I'll have time between an announcement and a release to get the news and look into the options.

I know, it's a very newbie question but it's a big purchase for me so I'd like to know what to anticipate and don't want to be in a situation of not getting an order in and facing a back order.
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I am guessing, but if an update occurs in will be in the fall, just before the x,as buying season

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I know there's no knowledge for the specific date (beyond speculation). I just mainly want to know how the time frame typically works for computers.

i.e. Release announcement -> delay -> actual release or Release announcement ->release right away

That's assuming I have to worry about a back order, which I feel like I've heard of in the past.
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When Apple announce a revamp its ready to ship and sell, they typically dont announce a new mac until they have already got the inventory ready

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There are definitely new MacBook Pros with the Haswell processor in them coming. Problem is we don't know when. I do not think, in this case, we will get any official "advance warning" from the company, they'll just appear on the store at some point.
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Problem with advanced warning is moving stock currently held by Apple Resellers. Keep a watch on these things and when you start to see the current MBP is getting difficult to obtain, be ready with your money. Worth waiting for.

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