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Buyer's Guide

This page provides a product summary for each Apple model. The intent is to provide our best recommendations regarding current product cycles, and to provide a summary of currently available rumors for each model.

This page is based on rumors and speculation and we provide no guarantee to its accuracy.

iPhone

iPhone

Buy Now Just Updated

Apple recently introduced the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Both devices launched on September 19 in the first wave of countries. The first reviews describe the units as "thin and sexy", "bigger and better", with impressive battery life


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Days since last release

49
 

Average

 
376

Recent releases

357
 
364
 
353
 
467
 
370
 
344
 
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iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

The iPod touch is Apple's only iPod running iOS, offering access to the App Store and the same 4-inch Retina display found on the company's latest iPhone models. Apple recently cut prices across the board on the iPod touch and upgraded the low-end 16 GB model to feature the same rear camera and Loop wrist strap support found on 32 GB and 64 GB models.


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Days since last release

127
 

Average

 
292

Recent releases

289
 
103
 
233
 
371
 
398
 
357
 
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iPod Nano

iPod Nano

Don't Buy Updates Soon

The iPod nano saw its last significant update in September 2012, with a minor September 2013 seeing only the replacement of the previous "slate" color option with "space gray". There have been no credible rumors about the future of the iPod nano, and it remains unclear what Apple's plans are for the line.


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Days since last release

415
 

Average

 
366

Recent releases

336
 
371
 
398
 
357
 
365
 
370
 
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iPod Shuffle

iPod Shuffle

Don't Buy Updates Soon

At $49, the clip-on 2 GB iPod shuffle is Apple's cheapest and smallest iPod model. Aside from changes to color options, the iPod shuffle has not been updated since September 2010 and it is unclear whether Apple has any plans for significant updates.


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Days since last release

415
 

Average

 
366

Recent releases

1105
 
357
 
182
 
183
 
203
 
167
 
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iMac

iMac

Caution Only Retina Model Is New

Apple's iMac is an ultra-thin all-in-one desktop computer, available in 21.5- and 27-inch sizes with an array of build-to-order upgrades. Apple added a new "Retina 5K" version of the 27-inch model at its October 2014 media event, while the rest of the lineup remained unchanged.


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Days since last release

14
 

Average

 
342

Recent releases

387
 
298
 
577
 
280
 
280
 
231
 
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Mac Mini

Mac Mini

Buy Now Just Updated

Less powerful than other Apple desktop offerings like the iMac and the Mac Pro, the Mac mini is Apple's most affordable and compact desktop computer that's billed as a "bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse" device. It was updated on October 16, adding Haswell processors, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, PCIe-based flash storage in some models, and Thunderbolt 2.


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Days since last release

14
 

Average

 
438

Recent releases

723
 
461
 
400
 
238
 
231
 
574
 
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Mac Pro

Mac Pro

Caution Approaching End of Cycle

Apple's radically redesigned pro desktop launched on December 19, bringing Intel's latest Ivy Bridge E Xeon processors, dual AMD FirePro graphics chips, and fast PCI Express-based flash storage.


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Days since last release

316
 

Average

 
449

Recent releases

556
 
685
 
511
 
420
 
279
 
240
 
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MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

Don't Buy Old, But Updates Unlikely

Apple's non-Retina MacBook Pro line has been whittled down to a single 13-inch model that has not been updated since June 2012. Further updates are unlikely, as the company will likely simply discontinue the model as Retina MacBook Pro models have become more affordable and popular. The model received a $100 price cut in July 2014.


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Days since last release

871
 

Average

 
261

Recent releases

231
 
242
 
317
 
309
 
237
 
231
 
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Apple TV

Apple TV

Caution Old, But Timing Unclear

Positioned as Apple's "hobby" project, the Apple TV could evolve into a key product as Apple works to revolutionize the television industry through revamped content delivery systems and hardware. Another set-top box is in the works and it could be followed by an Apple television set in the future.


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Days since last release

967
 

Average

 
377

Recent releases

553
 
352
 
608
 
230
 
141
 
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