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When Will The MacBook Pro 2012 Release Date Be?

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June 2012 – Finally after what seemed like an eternal wait for new 2012 Apple MacBooks, they have arrived!

The Apple MacBook Air is the Mac Portable To Buy in 2011 as we wait for the release of the 2012 MacBook Pro

It’s October already as I write this and if it were earlier this spring, I would have said that hands down, buy a new MacBook Pro today as they are fast and well designed notebook computers featuring fast processors. And with the capability, unofficially at least  – to accept  16GB of RAM.

The biggest question you may have had back then earlier in 2011 was which MacBook Pro Do I Buy? With 5 different models of MacBook Pros, such as the cheapest MacBook Pro out of the bunch, the 13inch MBP to the desktop replacement 17 inch MacBook Pros these new Apple notebooks came in enough different sizes and  price points that there would be a MacBook Pro for every need.

And then time slipped by and this summer we saw the release of  new Apple iMacs in May, the MacBook Air refresh in July, and the Mac Mini update happening in July too.  And suddenly, the once fast and fresh MacBook Pros lost a little bit of their lustre.

If you need to buy a Mac Desktop computer, the Mac Mini is the cheapest Mac you’ll see this year and is fast enough for most every day calculations, and even with the added cost of a monitor and keyboard and mouse, the Apple Mac Mini is still cheaper than an Apple iMac.

Then there’s the MacBook Air models, and  if you’re in the market for  a new MacBook Pro, you may want to consider these lightweight and fast notebooks instead of buying a MacBook Pro as they are currently the lightest and fastest notebook you can buy from Apple.

But what if you don’t want to buy a desktop Mac, as you need something portable and the MacBook Pros that were released in 2011 are looking a little dated.  This leaves you with three choices:

1. Buy a 2011 Apple MacBook Pro

2. Wait for the 2012 Apple MacBook Pro to be released.

3. Buy a 2011 Apple MacBook Air.

I can’t really recommend that you buy a brand new MBP today as the new 2012 MacBook Pros are probably right around the corner with release dates rumored to be as early as  this fall, but my guess is you’ll see a completely new MacBook Pro in 2012 that offers a new look (kiss the CD player goodbye), less weight with more RAM and SSD solid state drives as standard.

History has showed us over the past decade that January at MacWorld has been the release dates for previous generations of Apple Pro notebook models with a few refreshes in the fall, but my guess is that the MacBook Pros will not been until the new  year in 2012. Apple has just released a brand new Apple iPhone and iPod lineup, and a new iCloud and iOS is in the works this fall as well. They have more than enough products that are current to separate you from your money. The new MBP’s can wait until the new year.

Apple has relied on essentially the same design for their MacBook Pro and yes, they have made improvements in screen technology and thunderbolt parts, but it’s my opinion that the newer MacBook Pro versions will be souped up MacBook Air models.

One thought would be to offer a 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro with faster processors and more RAM than the air models and leave the 17 inch MBP design alone, as this Apple notebook is often used as a desktop replacement  where one may need a CD Drive and all the ports you can muster.

All this to say: If you’re asking  when is a good time to buy  a MacBook Pro, now  is not the time. I would wait and see what the 2012 MacBook Pro models look like before you buy a Mac notebook in 2011. If you need to buy a new Mac notebook today, you might be better off  with the MacBook Air and then replace the Air with the new MacBook Pro from 2012 when the time comes if you feel the need to upgrade.

I do know I will be writing on my 2008 MacBook Pro until I see what Apple has in store for us for 2012. I don’t think that buying a 2011 MacBook Pro is a good deal right now.




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  1. I bought a mbp 15″ 2.0 just a last week. I design games for ios devices, so I needed it, but I went with the lower ATI card w/ 256 vram instead of the 1GB since I know the refresh is right around the corner.

    I am however keeping it prestine condition as I will sell it when I upgrade as Apple products have such great resale value (I seem to always get 80% or more back when I resell, compared to a PC or laptop which I get half of that lol).

  2. You have a good point about Apple resale value, not just on the MacBook Pro’s but other computers from Apple as well. Apple computers do tend to hold their value. In fact, there’s entire web sites about how used Macs are a good deal and still have years of life left in them

    Take my rusty old 2008 MacBook Pro: Wonky keyboard and all, it’s still worth $500 if not mor for what will soon become a four year old computer. Four year old PC’s are at the end of their life.

  3. “Four year old PC’s are at the end of their life.”

    Oh crap, my 17″ Acer is now in its 7th year and I desperately need (want?) to replace it. For the first time I’m seriously considering buying a MacBook Pro but it seems, after reading this article, that I need to develop another half year zen-like patience.

    Thanks anyway for a well written overview. I can voice it back from a friend of mine working at a computer store.

    • If I can get four years out of any computer, PC or Mac I would be more than happy, but if you’ve got your heart set on a MBP, I would wait as all rumors point to a complete overhaul, not just a refresh.

  4. Boys, boys. I have been hanging on to my 2002 Mac tower that is so old I can’t upgrade anything. But she keeps singing’ along. I work mainly with IDCS on her. Even with the recent refresh, I think I will wait for the 2012 MBP. Thanks for the great article. It helped me make my decision. But I hope it is really, really early 2012! Ok, I do have an iPad2 to keep me happy while I wait.

  5. I agree completely – I have a summer 2011 13″ MBA which I love, but I really need the horsepower of a MBP. I will NOT be buying until I see the next release, hopefully with a similar form factor to the Airs.

    After using a lightweight and thin laptop, I can’t imagine trading that in for a powerful brick. I need to stay with the light design and if I have to I’ll simply upgrade to the latest version of the MBA with the i7 processor.

  6. Just bought a 15″ MacBook Pro . . . A refurb from Apple. With tax, $1440. If you wait for the newer model I bet it will cost over $1900, as the lowest cost 15″ is now. I think the question really is, “Am I willing to spend an additional $450 for the top end, or get a refurb – which is really a new computer?” At least mine was new . . . I heard most refurbs are in like new condition. Love mine!!! Couldn’t afford $1900!