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Ask the MACist -- Buying a New Mac?

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Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Ryan in Silverlake. He asks: I'm seriously considering a new Mac but I always hear rumors about newer ones coming out so I always end up waiting. Should I just bite the bullet and do it or should I wait?

When to upgrade or get a new piece of technology is a question that plagues even me, your humble Macist. The very nature of technology these days almost inevitably means that whatever piece of tech you buy today will be better and cheaper about ten minutes after you buy it. Devices like cell phones, mp3 players and computers get faster, better and cheaper on almost a daily basis. The tech industry is one of those rather unique businesses where this kind of thing is not only encouraged, but is also necessary for its very survival. But is newer necessarily better? And, when is a good time to buy a new piece of tech if you know something better will definitely be coming along any day now?