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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.

iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Buy Now Just Updated

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 iPhone 5 and 5s. The iPod touch was updated on July 15, 2015 with new colors, an A8 chip with M8 motion coprocessor for fitness tracking, a new 128 GB storage tier, and an improved 8-megapixel rear camera.


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Days since last release

45
 

Average

 
296

Recent releases

384
 
289
 
103
 
233
 
371
 
398
 
iPod Nano

iPod Nano

Buy Now Just Updated

The iPod nano saw its last significant update in September 2012, with several color updates since that time. The most recent color update came on July 15, 2015, with the iPod nano now available in space gray, silver, gold, pink, blue, and red.


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Days since last release

45
 

Average

 
417

Recent releases

673
 
336
 
371
 
398
 
357
 
365
 
iPod Shuffle

iPod Shuffle

Buy Now Just Updated

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, with the most recent color update coming on July 15, 2015.


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Days since last release

45
 

Average

 
451

Recent releases

673
 
1105
 
357
 
182
 
183
 
203
 
iPhone

iPhone

Don't Buy Updates Soon

Apple introduced the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus on September 9, 2014, launching both devices in the first wave of countries on September 19. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC for Apple Pay support.


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Days since last release

351
 

Average

 
376

Recent releases

357
 
364
 
353
 
467
 
370
 
344
 
iMac

iMac

Don't Buy Only 27" Retina 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 high-end "Retina 5K" version of the 27-inch model at its October 2014 media event and extended the Retina display to the mid-range model in May 2015. The rest of the lineup remains in need of an update.


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Days since last release

102
 

Average

 
340

Recent releases

215
 
387
 
298
 
577
 
280
 
280
 
MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

Apple's 11- and 13-inch ultra-portable notebook computers received an update on March 9, 2015 with new Intel Broadwell processors, improved graphics, and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. The 13-inch model also features new flash storage that is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.


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Days since last release

173
 

Average

 
350

Recent releases

314
 
323
 
364
 
327
 
273
 
499
 
Mac Mini

Mac Mini

Caution Approaching End of Cycle

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, 2014, 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

317
 

Average

 
438

Recent releases

723
 
461
 
400
 
238
 
231
 
574
 
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

1174
 

Average

 
261

Recent releases

231
 
242
 
317
 
309
 
237
 
231
 
Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

Apple's Watch is designed to be both fashionable and functional, available in an array of different color and materials with six different types of watch straps that are easily interchangeable. Prices for the device, which launched on April 24, start at $349 and go as high as $17,000.


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Days since first release

141
 
Apple TV

Apple TV

Don't Buy September Update Expected

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. An update to the set-top box is rumored to be coming at a media event scheduled for September 9, 2015.


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Days since last release

173
 

Average

 
497

Recent releases

1097
 
553
 
352
 
608
 
230
 
141
 
Displays

Displays

Don't Buy Updates Soon

Apple's Thunderbolt Display debuted over three years ago, but Apple display updates have been very hard to predict due to their erratic upgrade cycle. 4K and even 5K displays are becoming more popular, particularly among the professional users Apple targets with its displays, but we may need to wait until late 2015 or early 2016 for Intel's Skylake chips with Thunderbolt 3 support before Apple decides to release its own high-resolution display.


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Days since last release

1444
 

Average

 
360

Recent releases

415
 
651
 
559
 
240
 
132
 
160