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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.

11

11" iPad Pro

Buy Now Just Updated

  • 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.


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Days since last release

15
 

Average

 
476

Recent releases

512
 
439
 
12.9

12.9" iPad Pro

Buy Now Just Updated

  • 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.


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Days since last release

15
 

Average

 
542

Recent releases

512
 
572
 
iPad

iPad

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • The "iPad" is Apple's low-priced 9.7-inch iPad, last updated in March of 2018. It's thicker, heavier, and has fewer features than iPad Pro models, but it is also Apple's most affordable tablet. It comes with an A10 processor and includes support for Apple Pencil.


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Days since last release

232
 

Average

 
369

Recent releases

371
 
195
 
692
 
349
 
374
 
230
 
iPad Mini

iPad Mini

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • The iPad mini 4 launched in September 2015 and features an iPad Air 2-style redesign, making it thinner and lighter. It includes an A8 processor and improved rear and front-facing cameras. Apple has changed storage and pricing options several times, most recently cutting back to a single 128 GB storage option at $399 for Wi-Fi and $529 for Wi-Fi + Cellular on March 21, 2017, but no other changes have been made.


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Days since last release

603
 

Average

 
322

Recent releases

195
 
364
 
328
 
338
 
385
 
Mac Mini

Mac Mini

Buy Now Just Updated

  • 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.


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Days since last release

15
 

Average

 
588

Recent releases

1475
 
723
 
461
 
400
 
238
 
231
 
MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Buy Now Just Updated

  • 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.


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Days since last release

15
 

Average

 
443

Recent releases

512
 
819
 
314
 
323
 
364
 
327
 
MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • 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 July 12, 2018, introducing new 8th-generation Core processors, up to 32 GB of RAM on the 15-inch model, True Tone displays, and more.


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Days since last release

125
 

Average

 
329

Recent releases

402
 
221
 
527
 
294
 
280
 
251
 
iMac

iMac

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • 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 Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs, and improved displays in June of 2017.


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Days since last release

527
 

Average

 
371

Recent releases

601
 
147
 
215
 
387
 
298
 
577
 
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.


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Days since last release

527
 

Average

 
394

Recent releases

412
 
375
 
Mac Pro

Mac Pro

Don't Buy Update in 2019

  • Apple's radically redesigned Mac Pro hasn't been updated since December 19, 2013 aside from an April 2017 price cut, but a new high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro machine is in the works and will launch in 2019.


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Days since last release

1792
 

Average

 
449

Recent releases

556
 
685
 
511
 
420
 
279
 
240
 
Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Buy Now Just Updated

  • The Apple Watch Series 4 features a new design with a slimmer body, 30% larger display, and electrical sensors for taking ECG readings. There's a faster, more efficient S4 chip and a new gold stainless steel model.


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Days since last release

62
 

Average

 
418

Recent releases

364
 
371
 
518
 
HomePod

HomePod

Neutral Mid-product Cycle

  • HomePod is Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo, but with more of a focus on music and sound quality. HomePod includes impressive sound and also supports Siri commands. Launched February 9, 2018.


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Days since first release

292
 
iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Caution Price Cut Only

  • 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 last hardware update for the iPod touch came in July 2015, and in July 2017 Apple cut prices and reduced the number of storage capacity options.


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Days since last release

475
 

Average

 
354

Recent releases

743
 
384
 
289
 
103
 
233
 
371