Nothing stings more than seeing a laptop you recently purchased go on sale a month or two later after you bought it. This typically happens once a newer model is released, something that can be pretty tough to predict. This is especially true for the vast majority of computer makers who release new models at seemingly random times throughout the year.
Apple makes things a little easier with their MacBook line and while it’s not as clear cut as their September iPhone events, they are somewhat consistent with new models that launch almost every year (even if it’s just small hardware revisions). New MacBooks typically mean price drops on outgoing models, so predicting a new release could prove beneficial for anyone looking to score the best deal on a MacBook.
When does Apple launch new MacBooks?
Looking at past releases, new MacBook models can be announced pretty much at any time throughout the year. For new models announced between Feb and April, Apple gives these models an “Early” tag, followed by the release year. We’ve also seen “Mid” releases (June and July), while “Late” year releases always fall on October, just before that big holiday rush.
Apple doesn’t appear to have a set pattern when it comes to their laptop upgrade cycles, sometimes only upgrading specific models, while leaving others for later in the year. To help give you an idea of what we’re talking about, here’s all the major MacBook releases dating back to 2011 (Swappa’s cutoff year for MacBooks sold in our marketplace).
Apple MacBook release history
- June 11 (Mid): MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro w/Retina, MacBook Air (3rd Gen)
- October 23 (Late): MacBook Pro w/Retina
- Feb 13 (Early): MacBook Pro w/Retina
- June 10 (Mid): MacBook Air
- October 22 (Late): MacBook Pro w/Retina
- March 9 (Early): MacBook Pro w/Retina, MacBook Air
- April 10 (Early): MacBook Retina – 12-inch
- May 19 (Mid): MacBook Pro w/Retina
When will the price of MacBooks drop?
If Apple’s MacBook release history has taught us anything, it’s that there’s really no telling when Apple will announce a new MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, shuffling releases and upgrades throughout the year seemingly at random. With no set date for a new MacBook release, it’s hard to say definitively when the price of older models will drop.
We can perhaps look to the two previous years, with Apple announcing mid-year MacBooks updates in both 2017 and 2018. If Apple sticks to this timing, a new bath of MacBook models (or even an entirely new model) could be less than 3 months away. It’s then you can expect the prices of older models to fall as a result.
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MacBook Prices on Swappa
|MacBook Pro 15″||$440|
|MacBook Pro 13″||$259|
(Prices as of March 2019)
Whether you should wait to buy a new MacBook or just pull the trigger on an older model is up to you. The good news is that there’s never a wrong time to buy a gently used MacBook Pro on Swappa. With prices falling every day, there isn’t a bad time to jump in and start saving hundreds over Apple’s new retail prices. Even Apple’s refurbished prices can’t hold a candle to Swappa’s used MacBook deals.
Whereas Apple’s oldest refurbs are 2016 models, Swappa has MacBooks dating all the way back to 2011. Should you need a little extra peace of mind, Swappa also offers a Protection Plan in case of any unforeseen hardware malfunctions or accidental damage down the road. That’s right — you can start shopping smarter — and safer — when buying a used MacBook on Swappa.
Hit the link below to start shopping all of our models. With hundreds of MacBooks coming in different sizes, colors, and hardware configurations, you’re sure to find something to fit your budget. Happy shopping.