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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.


- Best iMac to Buy (2019)
- Best iPad to Buy (2019)

11

11" iPad Pro

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • Apple in October introduced an upgraded 11-inch iPad Pro that features a bigger screen in a body the size of the previous 10.5-inch model. New features include an edge-to-edge display that does away with the Home button, slim bezels all the way around, and a TrueDepth camera system that enables Face ID. Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro works with the Apple Pencil 2 and revamped Smart Keyboard.


11" iPad Pro Roundup

Days since last release

230
 

Average

 
476

Recent releases

512
 
439
 
12.9

12.9" iPad Pro

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro, updated in October 2018, features the same massive 12.9-inch display in a smaller footprint. It features an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, Face ID enabled through a TrueDepth Camera system, slimmer bezels, no Home button, and a super fast A12X Bionic chip. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro works with the magnetic Apple Pencil 2 and new Smart Keyboard.


12.9" iPad Pro Roundup

Days since last release

230
 

Average

 
542

Recent releases

512
 
572
 
MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

Buy Now Just Updated

  • Apple's 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros are the company's top-tier portable machines, and Touch Bar-equipped models were updated on May 21, 2019, introducing new 8th and 9th-generation Intel processors and new butterfly keyboard technology.


MacBook Pro Roundup

Days since last release

26
 

Average

 
340

Recent releases

313
 
402
 
221
 
527
 
294
 
280
 
iMac

iMac

Buy Now Just Updated

  • 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 with 8th- and 9th-generation Intel processors, faster memory, and new Radeon Pro Vega graphics options in March of 2019.


iMac Roundup

Days since last release

90
 

Average

 
383

Recent releases

652
 
601
 
147
 
215
 
387
 
298
 
Mac Mini

Mac Mini

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • The Mac mini was refreshed in October 2018 after more than four years without an update. The new machine, which comes in Space Gray, features 4- and 6-core 8th-Generation Intel Core processors up to five times faster than the previous Mac mini, four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, support for up to 64GB RAM, and all SSD configurations with up to 2TB of storage available. It also includes Apple's T2 chip for added security.


Mac Mini Roundup

Days since last release

230
 

Average

 
588

Recent releases

1475
 
723
 
461
 
400
 
238
 
231
 
MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • Apple in October 2018 introduced a new design for the MacBook Air, its most affordable notebook starting at $1,199. The MacBook Air features a Retina display with slimmer bezels, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, 8th-generation Intel chips with Intel UHD graphics, up to 16GB RAM, and up to 1.5TB of SSD storage space. It is equipped with a T2 chip for security and it includes Touch ID along with an upgraded third-gen butterfly keyboard, louder speakers, and a Force Touch trackpad.


MacBook Air Roundup

Days since last release

230
 

Average

 
443

Recent releases

512
 
819
 
314
 
323
 
364
 
327
 
MacBook

MacBook

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • The 12-inch MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest notebook with a low-power Kaby Lake processor, a Retina display, USB-C, and a revamped trackpad. The MacBook was updated with Intel's Kaby Lake processors, new GPUs, an updated keyboard, and much faster SSDs in June 2017.


MacBook Roundup

Days since last release

741
 

Average

 
394

Recent releases

412
 
375
 
Mac Pro

Mac Pro

Don't Buy Fall 2019 Update

  • Apple unveiled its new high-end, high-throughput Mac Pro on June 3, 2019, but it won't go on sale until the fall. It'll start at $5999, so this machine is only for the most serious professional users. In the meantime, Apple's 2013 Mac Pro remains on sale but is extremely outdated.


Mac Pro Roundup

Days since last release

2006
 

Average

 
449

Recent releases

556
 
685
 
511
 
420
 
279
 
240
 
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 May 28, 2019, with an A10 Fusion chip and storage options up to 256 GB.


iPod Touch Roundup

Days since last release

20
 

Average

 
404

Recent releases

670
 
743
 
384
 
289
 
103
 
233