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Chinese customers are experiencing and choosing Apple's
Chinese customers are experiencing and choosing Apple's products in an Apple store beside West lake in Hangzhou, which is the biggest Apple store in Asia. Zhang Peng—LightRocket via Getty Images

Now Is a Really Bad Time to Buy a New Mac

Oct 18, 2016

Thinking about buying a new iMac or MacBook? Hold off another week or so.

That's because Apple is reportedly about to unveil long-awaited updates to its Mac lineup, per technology news site Recode. The Cupertino, Calif. company is set to make the news official on Oct. 27.

It's been plus-or-minus a year since most of Apple's desktops and laptops have gotten a refresh. Now's a great time for Apple to finally go ahead and introduce some new models, as it's got a new version of MacOS out (Sierra) and shoppers have their wallets ready for holiday buying season.

What's Apple got in store? Here's a clue from a report in Bloomberg, hinting at a high-end MacBook Pro aimed at video gamers and, perhaps, the virtual reality crowd:

The updated notebooks will be thinner, include a touch screen strip for function keys, and will be offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors for expert users such as video gamers, said the people, who asked not to be named.

The new computers have been in advanced testing within Apple since earlier this year, said one of the people, who didn’t want to be identified discussing products before their release. The MacBook Pros aren’t likely to debut at an event currently scheduled for Sept. 7 to introduce next-generation versions of the iPhone, according to one of the people. Apple spokesman Bill Evans declined to comment.

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