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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

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

204
 

Average

 
369

Recent releases

371
 
195
 
692
 
349
 
374
 
230
 
10.5

10.5" iPad Pro

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • Apple introduced a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro on June 5, 2017, replacing the previous 9.7-inch model by incorporating a larger display into roughly the same size device by shrinking the bezels around the screen. The iPad Pro supports several accessories including the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.


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Days since last release

499
 

Average

 
439

Recent releases

439
 
12.9

12.9" iPad Pro

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is Apple's largest iPad yet, with a 2732 x 2048 resolution display, a powerful A10X Fusion processor, a super slim design, and a four-speaker audio system. The iPad Pro also introduces support for the Apple Pencil stylus and includes a magnetic Smart Connector for interfacing with keyboards and other accessories. The second-generation model was introduced on June 5, 2017.


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Days since last release

499
 

Average

 
572

Recent releases

572
 
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

575
 

Average

 
322

Recent releases

195
 
364
 
328
 
338
 
385
 
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 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

97
 

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

499
 

Average

 
371

Recent releases

601
 
147
 
215
 
387
 
298
 
577
 
MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Don't Buy Updates Soon

  • The MacBook Air is currently available only in a 13-inch size that has seen only minor updates since the last major revision in March 2015. The ultra-portable notebook computer offers Intel Broadwell processors and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. On June 5, 2017, the base 13-inch model was updated with a faster 1.8 GHz processor.


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Days since last release

499
 

Average

 
403

Recent releases

819
 
314
 
323
 
364
 
327
 
273
 
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 last 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

1462
 

Average

 
438

Recent releases

723
 
461
 
400
 
238
 
231
 
574
 
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

1763
 

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

33
 

Average

 
418

Recent releases

364
 
371
 
518
 
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

447
 

Average

 
354

Recent releases

743
 
384
 
289
 
103
 
233
 
371