MacBook Pro 2020

canderson

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This is where i'm at. I used to get a new computer like clockwork every few years. I'm using a 2014 MacBook Pro now and don't really need a new one. I may get the upgrade from work, but it's amazing how long technology lasts at this point.
I'm on my late 2013 iMac right now, sad it won't get Big Sur but eh whatever.

The only tricky thing I guess is if you use parallels or virtual machines / Windows. If you do, I'd buy an Intel machine now since those likely won't work on ARM machines for a while ... if ever. Rosetta can handle some programs, but running Bootcamp is maybe a bridge too far.
 

Domer

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I'm going to take a slightly contrarian viewpoint. If you buy immediately after a big change, your setup will likely last a little bit longer. I bought my late 2013 MacBook Pro right after the switch to Intel Haswell chips and now my Mac will be the oldest to support OS 11.
 

canderson

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I'm going to take a slightly contrarian viewpoint. If you buy immediately after a big change, your setup will likely last a little bit longer. I bought my late 2013 MacBook Pro right after the switch to Intel Haswell chips and now my Mac will be the oldest to support OS 11.
My late 2013 iMac is Haswell and won't support the new OS, though. So it's a crapshoot sometimes.
 

NortheasternPJ

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I'm going to take a slightly contrarian viewpoint. If you buy immediately after a big change, your setup will likely last a little bit longer. I bought my late 2013 MacBook Pro right after the switch to Intel Haswell chips and now my Mac will be the oldest to support OS 11.
I'm not disagreeing with you if you needed a computer at that time, it was a good fit. If you didn't need one and just bought it because it was the latest generation and you felt it was a good time, then sure it worked out. If you didn't need one then, you would have a better system now if you bought it a couple years later and may get more out of it on the backend.

What I am an advocate for is understanding where Apple is in the release cycle. Buying a machine that's been out for 2 years and due for a refresh is probably not the best idea. Sometimes you get caught like when Apple released the iPad 3 and 4 in like 9 months from each other or they have a surprise release but if you go through appleinsider.com etc. there's usually pretty good ideas on when new stuff is coming out.

Back in the day (90's and early 2000's) it was really hard to figure this stuff out, but Apple is so big now there's leaks all over the place.
 

IpswichSox

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Update: I was able to win over my daughter on the 2020 Air versus the Pro. Configured it with the quad core and 16 GB of RAM, so she should be good through college.

There has been some good-natured, no-Touch Bar shaming among her friends with Pros, but I've pointed out that my daughter's laptop is actually better, faster, lighter and with more battery life than those mean girls with Pros. I only wish my daughter had gone with dark gray instead of the so-common silver, but I was fine conceding that point in order to be able to equip it properly.

I've only ever had PCs, so I appreciated being able to come here and pressure-test my online research. Thanks again for everyone's advice.