You've undoubtedly got a friend or two who has a knack for showing up with a brand new iPhone the week before the new model is announced, or who pays full price for a model being replaced with a superior spec, more affordable model just days prior to release. Unfortunately, not everyone knows (or cares) about keeping up to date about the best time to purchase certain tech items. Brian Lam of The Wirecutter has done the homework for us all, citing "buy" or "wait" advice for several product categories...
Laptops Wait until when? Windows 8 (Fall 2012) and Ivy Bridge (Late Spring 2012) Why: Intel's new chipset, Ivy Bridge, is going to be more efficient, faster and have better onboard graphics capabilities. Here is everything you need to know about this, and then some. Those laptops should hit sometime in the next month or two, I hear, but don't know for sure. You simply must wait for this significant jump in technology-Especially if you are a Mac User. Also, it would be weird to buy a laptop now with USB 2.0 and not USB 3.0. It doesn't matter but it matters when you're trying to transfer HD and multi megapixel files. There's always the very fast thunderbolt interface, but there aren't many drives like that now. Here's one we like, but in the future, you'll have more choices, and the drives will be better. Also important, after Ivy Bridge: waiting for Windows 8, which will bring with it new laptops already preloaded and sure to run the new, heavier operating system.
Same goes for the iPhone and new HDTV models. The one device Lam cites as a "buy now safely" is the Sony NEX-5N digital camera, a fairly compact mirror-less model which he opines great affinity for (and even more so in regards to it's pricier sibling, the NEX-7).
Check out the full details about Don't buy this stuff right now at The Wirecutter.
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