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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.

iPad Pro

iPad Pro

Buy Now Just Updated

  • The iPad Pro is Apple's largest iPad yet, with a 12.9-inch 2732 x 2048 resolution display, a powerful A9X processor, a super slim design, and a four-speaker audio system. Apple began taking online orders for delivery and in-store pickup on November 11.


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Days since first release

89
 
iPad Mini

iPad Mini

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • The iPad mini 4 features an iPad Air 2-style redesign, making it thinner and lighter. It includes an A8 processor and improved rear and front-facing cameras. Pricing starts at $399 and it is available for purchase as of September 9.


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Days since last release

152
 

Average

 
350

Recent releases

328
 
338
 
385
 
iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Caution Approaching End of 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 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

208
 

Average

 
296

Recent releases

384
 
289
 
103
 
233
 
371
 
398
 
iPod Nano

iPod Nano

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • 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

208
 

Average

 
417

Recent releases

673
 
336
 
371
 
398
 
357
 
365
 
iPod Shuffle

iPod Shuffle

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • 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

208
 

Average

 
451

Recent releases

673
 
1105
 
357
 
182
 
183
 
203
 
iMac

iMac

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • 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. The iMac family was updated on October 13, 2015 to an all-Retina lineup for the 27-inch models, while the 21.5-inch lineup received its first 4K Retina display as a high-end option.


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Days since last release

118
 

Average

 
317

Recent releases

147
 
215
 
387
 
298
 
577
 
280
 
Retina MacBook Pro

Retina MacBook Pro

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • Apple's 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros are the company's top-tier portable machines. The 13-inch model received an update featuring a Force Touch trackpad on March 9, 2015, while the 15-inch model followed suit on May 19.


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Days since last release

265
 

Average

 
214

Recent releases

71
 
223
 
280
 
251
 
247
 
MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • 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

336
 

Average

 
350

Recent releases

314
 
323
 
364
 
327
 
273
 
499
 
Mac Mini

Mac Mini

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • 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

480
 

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

1336
 

Average

 
261

Recent releases

231
 
242
 
317
 
309
 
237
 
231
 
Apple TV

Apple TV

Buy Now Just Updated

  • Apple's long-awaited fourth-generation Apple TV features an A8 processor and 32 to 64GB of storage, along with a touch-based remote control that doubles as a gaming controller. It has a brand new operating system, "tvOS," which includes deep Siri integration and a full App Store. Apple began taking orders for the new Apple TV on October 26, 2015, with the first deliveries scheduled for October 30.


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Days since last release

105
 

Average

 
512

Recent releases

231
 
1097
 
553
 
352
 
608
 
230
 
Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Neutral Bands Soon, Watch in Fall

  • 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

304
 
Displays

Displays

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • Apple's Thunderbolt Display debuted over four 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 with Intel's latest Skylake chips not supporting the DisplayPort 1.3 standard needed to drive external single-tile 5K displays like those used in the 27-inch Retina iMacs, we still may not see a Retina Thunderbolt Display for quite some time.


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Days since last release

1607
 

Average

 
360

Recent releases

415
 
651
 
559
 
240
 
132
 
160