Buyers Guide

iPhone

iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plusiphone_7_buyers_360

  • Caution
  • Last updated September 2016 (New RED color introduced March 2017)
  • Next update likely fall 2017

iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colorful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance.1 And it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is iPhone 7.


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  • Caution
  • Introduced March 2017
  • Same Spec’s as iPhone 7
  • Limited Supply, (RED) update unknown

For 10 years, our partnership with (RED) has supported HIV/AIDS programs that provide counseling, testing, and medicine that prevents the transmission of HIV from a mother to her unborn child. So far, we’ve raised over $130 million through the sale of our (RED) products. Now we’re introducing iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)REDSpecial Edition. Every purchase brings us a step closer to an AIDS‑free generation.


iPhone SE

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  • Don’t Buy
  • Last updated March 2016
  • Next update uncertain

Welcome to iPhone SE, the most powerful 4‑inch phone ever. To create it, we started with a beloved design, then reinvented it from the inside out. The A9 is the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s. The 12‑megapixel camera captures incredible photos and 4K videos. And Live Photos bring your images to life. The result is an iPhone that looks small. But lives large.


iPad

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  • Buy Now
  • Last updated June 2017
  • Next update likely 2018

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is Apple’s largest iPad yet, with a 2732 x 2048 resolution display, a powerful A10X Fusion processor, a super slim design, and a four-speaker audio system. The iPad Pro also introduces support for the Apple Pencil stylus and includes a magnetic Smart Connector for interfacing with keyboards and other accessories. The second-generation model was introduced on June 5, 2017.


iPad Pro 10.5 inchipad-mini2015

  • Buy Now
  • Last updated June 2017.
  • Next update likely 2018

Apple introduced a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro on June 5, 2017, replacing the previous 9.7-inch model by incorporating a larger display into roughly the same size device by shrinking the bezels around the screen. The iPad Pro supports several accessories including the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.


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Not to be confused with iPad Air

  • Buy Now
  • Last updated March 2017
  • Next update likely Spring 2018.

In a nutshell, compared to the iPad Air 2, the iPad has a brighter display and a faster A9 processor (first introduced in the iPhone 6s). Other internal hardware seems to be very similar to what’s included in the iPad Air 2, with the exception of the display and the casing. Camera, battery life, Wi-Fi, LTE, and other sensors are all nearly the same.


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  • Neutral
  • Last updated September 2015
  • Price Cut March 2017
  • Next update unknown

The iPad mini 4 launched in September 2015 and features an iPad Air 2-style redesign, making it thinner and lighter. It includes an A8 processor and improved rear and front-facing cameras. Apple has changed storage and pricing options several times, most recently cutting back to a single 128 GB storage option at $399 for Wi-Fi and $529 for Wi-Fi + Cellular on March 21, 2017, but no other changes have been made.


Pod’s

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  • Coming late 2017

The HomePod is a new speaker from Apple that was announced on June 5, 2017. It will be available in Australia, the UK, and the US starting in December. The Apple HomePod will feature voice control, Siri intelligence, and remote access and home automations through the Home App, and is compatible with iPhone 5s and later. Learn more at Apple


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  • Don’t Buy
  • Last updated July 2015
  • Next update unknown, but overdue

The iPod touch is Apple’s only iPod running iOS, offering access to the App Store and the same 4-inch Retina display found on the company’s iPhone 5 and 5s. The iPod touch was updated on July 15, 2015 with new colors, an A8 chip with M8 motion coprocessor for fitness tracking, a new 128 GB storage tier, and an improved 8-megapixel rear camera.


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  • Don’t Buy
  • Last updated September 2013 (July 2015 Colors)
  • Next update unknown, but overdue

The iPod nano saw its last significant update in September 2012, with several color updates since that time. The most recent color update came on July 15, 2015, with the iPod nano now available in space gray, silver, gold, pink, blue, and red.


 

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  • Don’t Buy
  • Last updated September 2013 (July 2015 Colors)
  • Next update unknown, but overdue

At $49, the clip-on 2 GB iPod shuffle is Apple’s cheapest and smallest iPod model. Aside from changes to color options, the iPod shuffle has not been updated since September 2010, with the most recent color update coming on July 15, 2015.


Mac

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  • Buy Now
  • Last updated June 2017
  • Next update 2018

The 12-inch MacBook is Apple’s thinnest, lightest notebook with an Intel Core M processor, a Retina display, USB-C, and a revamped trackpad. The MacBook was updated with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors, new GPUs, and much faster SSDs in June 2017.


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  • Buy Now
  • Last updated June 2017
  • Next update 2018

Apple’s 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros are the company’s top-tier portable machines, and an update was announced on June 5, 2017, introducing faster processors and improved GPUs just eight months after the machines were last refreshed.


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  • Don’t Buy
  • Last updated April 2015
  • Future unknown

With the introduction of new MacBook Pro models on October 27, 2016, the MacBook Air lineup has been reduced to only 13-inch models that have not been significantly updated since March 2015. The ultra-portable notebook computers offer Intel Broadwell processors and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. On April 19, 2016, the base 13-inch model was updated with 8GB RAM as a standard option.


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  • Buy Now
  • Last updated June 2017
  • Next update likely 2018

Apple’s iMac is an ultra-thin all-in-one desktop computer, available in 21.5- and 27-inch sizes with an array of build-to-order upgrades. The iMac family was updated with Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs, and improved displays in June of 2017. iMac Pro model also coming later this year.


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Coming late 2017

The iMac Pro is a new desktop computer from Apple that was announced on June 5, 2017. It is the next generation of the iMac line and will be available this December. The iMac Pro will feature a 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors, and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation. Learn more at Apple


Mac Minimacmini-2015-2

  • Don’t Buy
  • Last updated October 2014
  • No likely future update

Less powerful than other Apple desktop offerings like the iMac and the Mac Pro, the Mac mini is Apple’s most affordable and compact desktop computer that’s billed as a “bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse” device. It was updated on Oc
tober 16, 2014, adding Haswell processors, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, PCIe-based flash storage in some models, and Thunderbolt 2.


Mac Promacpro-2015-2

  • Don’t buy
  • Last updated April 2017
  • Next update in 2018, maybe as late as 2019 (confirmed)

Apple’s radically redesigned pro desktop launched on December 19, 2013, bringing Intel’s Ivy Bridge E Xeon processors, dual AMD FirePro graphics chips, and fast PCI Express-based flash storage.

In Q2 2017, Apple executives confirmed that a new modular


Apple Tv

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  • Don’t Buy
  • Last updated October 2015
  • Next update likely mid-late 2017

Apple’s long-awaited fourth-generation Apple TV features an A8 processor and 32 to 64GB of storage, along with a touch-based remote control that doubles as a gaming controller. It has a brand new operating system, “tvOS,” which includes deep Siri integration and a full App Store.


Apple Watch

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  • Caution
  • Last updated September 2016
  • Next update Fall 2017.

Apple Watch Series 2 launched on September 16, 2016 with GPS, 50-meter water resistance with swimming support, a brighter display, and a faster processor. New band options debuted on March 21, 2017, but a more substantial upgrade isn’t expected until the fall.

Series 1

  • Caution

Track your activity. Measure your workouts. Monitor your health. Stay up to date with the people and information you care about most. Apple Watch Series 1 lets you do it all in an instant, thanks to a powerful dual-core processor.

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  • Series 2 only

Motivation in motion. Pure and simple fun. Apple Watch Nike+ is the latest in a long-running partnership between two of the world’s most innovative brands. From leading-edge comfort to the way it connects you to your running buddies through the Nike+ Run Club, it’s your perfect running partner — on your wrist.

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  • Series 2 only

The culmination of a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision, and mutual regard, Apple Watch Hermès is a unique timepiece designed with both utility and beauty in mind. The latest collection features finely handcrafted leather bands from Hermès and Apple-designed watch faces based on the iconic Clipper, Cape Cod, and Espace Hermès watches. Its artful simplicity makes Apple Watch Hermès the ultimate tool for modern life — and an elegant way to live a better day.

Apple Watch Edition

  • Series 2 only

Apple Watch Edition has been reimagined in brilliant white ceramic, engineered to be as strong as it is beautiful. With all the great features of Apple Watch Series 2, it’s the next generation of a timepiece that knows no equal.

 Apple Watch Nike Lab

  • Series 2 only
  • Limited time

Apple Watch Nike lab is a limited edition Apple Watch that currently only comes in a Space Grey case & the band is Bone & Black.

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