With Black Friday on the way, there are already some great deals on MacBook Airs and Pros, and more are likely on the way. And you shouldn’t hesitate to buy one.
With the recent news that Apple won’t be releasing any more new Macs until next year, perhaps you’ve decided to put off buying your Mac. While you can absolutely wait until next year to get a better model, we think Black Friday is the occasion perfect for investing in a new Mac. If you’re not sure whether you should buy now or wait for later, here are a few reasons why you should go ahead and make the investment.
It’s a perfect business storm
Apple hasn’t released a new Mac since the Air arrived in July, so every model is in for steep discounts. The old but still excellent M1 Air is currently on sale for $799, and the new M2 Air is $150 off. The 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro are both $500 off. And the Mac mini is down to $750. Even the 24-inch iMacs are $150 off.
To help you with your shopping, we’ve put together a few guides to help you find the best Black Friday deals. We track the offers and publish them in the articles below.
The waiting game
If your tendency is to wait, you’ll be waiting for quite some time. Speculation is that Apple won’t be releasing any new Macs until March 2023, possibly later that month. It’s been a long four months (three months if your new Mac purchase is a December holiday present). That time could be spent reaping the benefits of a new Mac: the improved speed, the better graphics, the new designs.
When Apple releases its new Macs, they’ll go on sale at their regular prices, and you’ll have to wait several more weeks (or even months) before they see substantial cuts. Macs that are replaced could also see reductions, but are you willing to wait and see what the chances are that prices won’t fall further?
Since Apple updates its products regularly, it’s easy to get caught in a cycle of constantly waiting for the latest and greatest. But you’ll benefit almost immediately with a new Mac, and you’ll make that money quickly on the time saved with a better experience.
Further reading: Black Friday could be your last best chance to buy a Mac before prices skyrocket
Marginal and massive earnings
I mentioned the faster processing speed as an immediate benefit, and that’s especially true if you’re upgrading from an Intel-based Mac to a Mac with an M1 or M2 processor. The M1’s push over Intel can be well over 30 percent and more with the M2.
But the performance improvement from the M1 to the M2 is relatively marginal, between 10 and 15 percent. You have to do some serious calculations to notice this difference. In general use (web access, productivity tasks, and common Finder tasks), the difference isn’t felt at all, and that’s most of the upgrades we’ve come to expect from next year’s updates.
If you’re using an Intel Mac and want to wait for the M2 versions of the 14- and 16-inch Mac mini or MacBook Pro, you definitely can. But unless you’re creating 3D content, shooting video, writing apps, or doing other CPU-hogging tasks, you’re in for additional performance you won’t notice.
No major changes coming (with one exception)
If you’re waiting to see if Apple makes any design changes to its Macs, you’ll be waiting a long time. The 14- and 16-inch iMacs, Mac Studios, MacBook Airs, and MacBook Pros have designs that are a little over a year old or less. Apple isn’t changing those Macs anytime soon. The 13-inch MacBook Pro probably won’t change either, because Apple uses it to target a certain market segment without having to make a sizable investment in a new device.
Mac mini enthusiasts have a more tangled situation. Apple’s $699 and $899 models with an M1 feature a design that’s been in use since 2010. Reports say Apple could release a redesigned M2 Mac mini in spring 2023, but some rumors also say the new model could just be a High-end replacement model for the current $1,099 Intel-based Mac mini. Also, even though the new Mac mini is smaller than the current model, the current Mac mini is pretty small to begin with. So unless you really need a Mac smaller than the current Mac mini, there’s really no reason to wait.
The only Mac worth waiting for is the new Mac Pro. Apple only offers Intel-based models right now, and when it introduces an M-series Mac Pro, it will likely have a new design as well. However, the Mac Pro is not the type of product to go on sale on Black Friday and is also bought by the type of user who doesn’t wait for the sales because they need power right now. So Mac Pro buyers can sit through 2023.
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