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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.

9.7

9.7" iPad Pro

Buy Now Just Updated

  • Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro at its media event on March 21, 2016. The smaller iPad Pro replaces the previous iPad Air line and adopts many of the features from the larger iPad Pro such as Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, a four-speaker design, and more. Pre-orders for the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro began on March 24 ahead of a March 31 launch.


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Days since last release

98
 

Average

 
364

Recent releases

525
 
349
 
374
 
230
 
362
 
342
 
12.9

12.9" iPad Pro

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is Apple's largest iPad yet, with a 2732 x 2048 resolution display, a powerful A9X processor, a super slim design, and a four-speaker audio system. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro was announced on September 9, 2015 with orders beginning on November 10, and it introduces support for the Apple Pencil stylus and includes a magnetic Smart Connector for interfacing with keyboards and other accessories.


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Days since first release

232
 
iPhone

iPhone

Caution New 4" Model Introduced

  • Apple introduced the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus on September 9, 2015, with a launch in the first wave of countries on September 25. The new phones include "3D Touch" display technology, improved front and rear cameras, a faster A9 chip, and more. A new 4-inch iPhone SE was introduced on March 21, 2016 and began shipping on March 31, 2016.


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Days since last release

292
 

Average

 
379

Recent releases

365
 
357
 
364
 
353
 
467
 
370
 
iPad Mini

iPad Mini

Caution Approaching End of 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, 2015.


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Days since last release

294
 

Average

 
350

Recent releases

328
 
338
 
385
 
iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • 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

350
 

Average

 
296

Recent releases

384
 
289
 
103
 
233
 
371
 
398
 
iPod Nano

iPod Nano

Caution Approaching End of 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

350
 

Average

 
417

Recent releases

673
 
336
 
371
 
398
 
357
 
365
 
iPod Shuffle

iPod Shuffle

Caution Approaching End of 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

350
 

Average

 
451

Recent releases

673
 
1105
 
357
 
182
 
183
 
203
 
MacBook

MacBook

Buy Now Just Updated

  • The 12-inch MacBook is Apple's newest notebook, even thinner than the MacBook Air, with an Intel Core M processor, a Retina display, USB-C, and a revamped trackpad. The MacBook was updated with Intel's Skylake processors and a new Rose Gold color option on April 19, 2016.


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Days since last release

71
 

Average

 
375

Recent releases

375
 
iMac

iMac

Caution Approaching End of 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

260
 

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

407
 

Average

 
268

Recent releases

294
 
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 Intel Broadwell processors, improved graphics, and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. On April 19, 2016, the base 13-inch model was updated with 8GB RAM as a standard option.


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Days since last release

478
 

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

622
 

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

1479
 

Average

 
261

Recent releases

231
 
242
 
317
 
309
 
237
 
231
 
Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Caution Fall Update Likely

  • Apple's Watch is designed to be both fashionable and functional, available in an array of different color and materials with seven different types of watch straps that are easily interchangeable. Originally launched on April 24, 2015 with prices starting at $349 and going as high as $17,000, Apple has updated the available model selections several times since then. On March 21, 2016, Apple also dropped the entry-level price to $299.


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Days since last release

100
 

Average

 
173

Recent releases

194
 
152
 
Apple TV

Apple TV

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • 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

247
 

Average

 
512

Recent releases

231
 
1097
 
553
 
352
 
608
 
230
 
Displays

Displays

Don't Buy Discontinued

  • Apple discontinued its nearly five year old Thunderbolt Display on June 23, 2016, with only remaining stock available while supplies last. Rumors suggest Apple is working on a new display with built-in graphics and presumably a 4K or 5K resolution. Timing for the new display is unclear, but it could debut in late 2016 alongside new Macs with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3.


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Days since last release

1749
 

Average

 
360

Recent releases

415
 
651
 
559
 
240
 
132
 
160