Dear Lifehacker, I'm thinking of buying an iMac, but looking at the previous release dates it looks like a new model is going to be coming out soon. Unfortunately I really don't have much time to wait, as if I buy during this month (approximately) I can get some tax rebates. What would you guys recommend? Buying the old version or waiting for a new version? I guess if worst comes to worst I can wait for a few weeks and if nothing comes out by then I'll buy the current iMac? Regards, MacLovin
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I don't claim any particular expertise when it comes to Mac release dates (quite honestly, most of them fly by without my even noticing). In the past, we've pointed to MacRumors' Buying Guide as a usual resource for likely Apple behaviour, and that's a good place to start. Its current recommendation for the iMac is "Don't buy — updates soon", so if your main motivation is having the absolute latest (with alleged touchscreen capability), then hanging around would seem sensible.
Buyers' remorse is endemic when you buy a computer — you'll invariably spot a better deal or a different option within days of unpacking your shiny new box. If you really need a new machine for business purposes (as opposed to taking advantage of a tax break for what's essentially a personal purchase), then a few weeks' extra productivity and a sizeable refund might be worth more than whatever new frills get added to the next machine.
Assuming it is a genuine business purchase, you can always claim it next financial year, even if you don't get the bonus tax breaks that apply this time around. Buying the newest technology ensures you'll get a longer working life out of the machine.
Apologies for the lack of a clear recommendation — it really does vary depending on your circumstances, but the general principles are pretty clear. Enjoy your new machine, whenever you get it.