The Apple products you shouldn't buy this month: March 2024 edition – ZDNet

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February was an enormous month for Apple. 

The corporate launched the the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional to the Apple Watch line powered by the M3, M3 Professional and M3 Max chips (no M3 Extremely… but).

However do not let the shiny, space-age goggles idiot you. Not the whole lot Apple sells is contemporary. There are some things that I like to recommend giving a large berth within the retailer.

, it not makes any sense to pay full value for one based mostly on the M1 chip. 

  • 15-inch MacBook Air: That is coming as much as a yr previous and most likley headed for a refresh, so keep away from it and maybe take into consideration choosing up a 14-inch MacBook Professional as an alternative. 
  • AirPods: As a lot as I really like AirPods, they’re getting previous. The Third-generation mannequin was launched over two years in the past and is overdue for an replace. Apple nonetheless sells the 2nd technology AirPods, and people have been launched over 4 and a half years in the past! My recommendation right here is to stay to the AirPods Professional (2nd technology).
  • iPad Mini: Launched in September 2021, it is price protecting in thoughts the age of this pill. Two years is a very long time in tech. Would you pay full value for an iPhone 13, which was launched on the similar time? No, you would not.
  • iPad Air: Launched in March 2022, this is not as previous because the iPad Mini — but it surely’s flown previous that 18-month mark and quickly approaching the two-year mark, making it a doubtful purchase for the value.
  • 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Professional: These aren’t in a dire state, however with the M3 chips now out, it feels a bit unusual paying high greenback for units powered by M2 chips. 
  • iPhone SE: This handset was launched in March 2022 and rumor has it there will not be one other one. Different rumors say the following one will launch this yr, or someday in 2025. We’ll see.
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