A brief word about your next Mac

So perhaps you are thinking of buying a new Mac or the one you ordered last week has just arrived.

Then, as is always the way, you hear something new and better is coming. And coming soon.

Have you just wasted your money? Is the Intel Mac going the way of the Dodo or Fidget Spinners. Have you just wasted 3K plus on something that will be dead in two years?

This could be the shortest article of all time by simply writing; No. 

But I will expand.

Your Intel Mac (iMac, Mac Mini, Macbook) is as good a buy today as it was last month before we all knew about Apple switching their chips away from Intel. For starters, Apple will still be making Intel Macs for a long while yet and years after they have stopped producing them they will still be supported with software updates and repairs.

In fact, for the foreseeable future you might the only ones that can run Windows via BootCamp or VMWare.

Yes, the new Macs are coming out. Yes, they will likely look amazing and yes they will be (or promise to be) insanely fast. But they will also have, out of the box, limited native software support so titles won’t take full advantage of the new chips for sometime. Old software will still run (mostly) thanks to Rosetta 2 but they won’t run at optimum speed.

There will be some bumps and scraps along the way as software and hardware manufacturers fight to use this new architecture. Your favourite scanner will no longer work. That old Family Tree software will die and that card game that has been on the family Mac since… forever, will no longer run – maybe. These are the sacrifices that earlier adopters make so don’t worry… you need not be one of these poor sods because you can continue to live in the Intel world as a first class citizen for years to come.

Or, if you were thinking of buying a new Mac, should you wait?

Well that’s OK as well as long as you take into consideration the rant above.

If it is safe, secure and predictable you crave then go ahead and buy one of the current Macs right now or don’t be down about the one you just unpacked. Hell, even upgrade your old one… it still has at least another three years of software updates left in it. (provided it is a 2012 – 2014 model)

Rest assured, whatever you’ve done or are going to do, you’ve done the right thing.

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2 comments

    • Helen Sinclair on July 14, 2020 at 9:27 AM
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    Sadly my 20+ year old iMac can’t be updated. It is a fab machine and l hate to join the environment vandals by putting more hardware in the tip. My son gave me a new iPad. Not a patch on older iMac or MacBook Pro 2013. Can’t afford anything else now. Need to keep zooming stranded families.
    Cheer up. Who knows what the future will bring. Macs made in Australia? H

    • Anne Cahill Lambert on July 16, 2020 at 12:41 PM
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    Thanks for this. I’m tossing up but will probably wait a while. The letter “p” on my keyboard is starting to stick so I’m getting issed off instead of what I should be doing!

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