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Hey guys,

I am considering buying a MacBook Pro, but can't decide if it would be better to wait until Leopard comes out. This is my first mac... previously a pc guy. I'm thinking of using Boot Camp to dual boot Vista also. I have a few questions:

1. Would there be any advantages as far as hardware goes to wait until Leopard comes out.

2. If I purchased now, would I be able to get a discount on Leopard when it comes out?

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1. Would there be any advantages as far as hardware goes to wait until Leopard comes out.
Its hard to say. Hardware is constantly being improved and updated. It is only natural to assume that by the time Leopard finally releases that a hardware update wouldn't be far off if it hasn't happened by then.

2. If I purchased now, would I be able to get a discount on Leopard when it comes out?
No.

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Leopard is reputed to be coming out in January. At this point, I would be inclined to wait the month or so and see, unless you really want that new Mac now.

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Leopard is reputed to be coming out in January. At this point, I would be inclined to wait the month or so and see, unless you really want that new Mac now.
Are you sure? I was under the impression that it was coming out in the Spring.

But if it's coming out in January, man, do I feel stupid for buying my Macbook a month before its release
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I was under the impression that it was coming out in the Spring.
You are correct about that.
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All these features and more are delivered to you in one universal, fully accessible, 64-bit operating system. Coming spring 2007.
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MacWorld's only a few weeks away; wait to see what if anything is announced there. If Leopard's not launched and is still a few months away, buy your Mac in January.

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Thanks guys, I guess I'll wait a little while and see what happens.

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I was in the same boat but I just couldn't wait. Compared to what I paid for the Macbook Pro the OS is peanuts so I'll upgrade whether it comes out sooner or later.
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1. Would there be any advantages as far as hardware goes to wait until Leopard comes out. IMO, yes. I believe the 800mhz FSB C2D chipsets will be available either at launch or around that time.

2. If I purchased now, would I be able to get a discount on Leopard when it comes out? Unlikely, unless you negotiate it ahead of time.

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If the new systems come out with A2DP Bluetooth, I'm going to be very disappointed.

I asked the tech guy at the Apple store about it, and he said Apple has no plans to add the technology. I tend to believe him as it makes sense business-wise (take away from Ipod sales)

Hopefully my university will have the super-cheap-practically-free student license version of Leopard.
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