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Apple's latest device refresh also means we can trim a lot of stuff off the don't-buy list. Note that there are a whole bunch of iPads now on the list. This is because 2023 will be the first year since 2010 where there hasn't been a new iPad released. What's to blame for this? Well, it might be you, you as in the people buying tablets, or more accurately, not buying tablets. Data suggests that there's been a close to a 15% drop in sales compared to the third quarter of last year.
13-inch MacBook Pro: Apple has discontinued this laptop, but I still see both M2 and M1 models on sale at what are inflated price for a discontinued product. Unless you get a really good deal -- and I mean a really good one -- avoid it and look for a 14-inch MacBook Pro instead.
AirPods: As much as I love AirPods, they're getting old. The 3rd-generation model was released over two years ago, and are in need of an update. Apple is also still selling the 2nd-generation AirPods, and those were released over four and a half years ago! My advice here is to stick to the AirPods Pro or buy something not made by Apple.
iPad Mini: Released in September 2021, it's worth keeping in mind the age of this tablet. Two years is a long time in tech. Would you pay full price for an iPhone 13, which was released at the same time? No, you wouldn't.
iPad Air: Released in March 2022, this isn't as old as the Mini -- but it's flown past that 18-month mark, making it a dubious buy for the price.
11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros: These aren't in a dire state, but with the M3 chips now out, the M2 chips now feel dated.
iPhone SE: This handset was released in March 2022 and rumor has it there won't be another one. Other rumors has the next one launching next year or in 2025. We'll see.
The 'Nice' list
Apple iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Max
We have the much-anticipated refresh of the iPhone line.
The standard iPhone 15 line gets the processor that's currently in the iPhone 14 Pro line, a new 48-megapixel main camera, and USB-C, while the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max get a new A17 Pro chip, a titanium structure, and updated cameras, including a 5x telephoto.
The second-generation AirPods Pro offer a major upgrade over the previous model, giving Apple's premium buds a massive lead over the competition. Apple has now refreshed the charging case to use USB-C rather than Lightning -- great if you have a new iPhone, but yet another cable or dongle to carry if not!