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Why It’s Probably The Wrong Time To Purchase Any MacBook Model Now
By Mikelle Leow, 14 May 2018
Image via Denys Prykhodov / Shutterstock.com
Is your MacBook’s battery failing on you? Unfortunately, you might have to hold off getting a new Apple laptop for the time being.
Antonio Villas-Boas, a senior tech reporter at Business Insider US, has put together a list of reasons why it might not be the best time to purchase a new MacBook, regardless of its model.
Most notably, Villa-Boas cites the recent butterfly keyboard debacle, which supposedly reduces the friendliness of the feature, in spite of Apple’s promise that the design has been “refined for greater comfort and responsiveness.” The company is now facing a lawsuit filed by unhappy customers using the 2016 MacBook Pro.
To evade the whole keyboard situation, you could also purchase the older 15-inch MacBook Pro, but its US$2,000 is probably too much for a 2015 laptop. Villas-Boas reminds that you’ll be using a gadget powered by parts that are three years old—which will probably work just fine, but might not be future-proof.
Now, what if you’re thinking of getting a 2017 MacBook Air instead? Its US$1,000 price could be a drawing point, but keep in mind that it’s not running on 2017 hardware. In fact, it uses a fifth-generation processor from 2014.
When placed aside Apple’s other ‘Retina’-enabled offerings, the MacBook Air’s display might look significantly poorer in quality. It’s thus recommended you wait until Q4 of 2018, since Apple is reportedly launching a revamped but cheaper version this year.
If you’re still keen on getting a MacBook Pro, Villa-Boas suggests you purchase a refurbished model—they usually come in great conditions but are a few hundred dollars cheaper, justifying their less updated parts.
[via Business Insider, cover image via Denys Prykhodov / Shutterstock.com]
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