I’m in the market for a new PowerBook: this iBook is getting on for three years old. But just before I spring for the new one, I’m expecting a speed bump, as it’s known. (It’s really galling to buy a machine and have the speedbump come out a few weeks later. That happened with this machine.) But how soon will change come?
Mix in some detail: the big back-to-school (and university) rush is over, surely buying up all those laptops. But you want to have something to jazz up the buyers before Christmas. Which makes it October or November, really.
Ah, and according to Mac Buyer’s Guide: Know When to Buy Your Mac, I should wait until some time in October – probably. Here’s their detail:
PowerBook: last release April 19, 2004; days since update 153 (average = 171)
But even before that comes the iBook, it seems:
Days Since Update: 153 (Average = 155)
Which would suggest an iBook update this Tuesday, PowerBook on October 7th. However, as both tend to get updated at the same time, maybe a date between..?
Note that I’m not claiming any great information here. Just using the statistics, and some obvious marketing thinking.