This is something of a follow-up to my last post. It would seem that for those interested in buying from Apple, there are some basic rules to follow when trying to avoid hit-and-run drivers on “the technology road”.
Don’t buy completely new releases EVER (aka don’t be an early adopter). Consider some of the shenanigans surrounding the iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac OS 10.5.0, etc. This is generally good advice regardless of the vendor, but you’re much more likely to get burned by Apple it seems. Wait at least for the second version. So from the latest Keynote, if you’re interested in the second generation Apple TV, that should be OK, but seriously avoid the MacBook Air. Version 2 will be better ;)
Don’t buy old releases EVER (aka don’t be a late adopter). Consider those who bought iMacs with 10.4.10 shortly before the switch to the newer, better systems (which cost the same), but too late to get free upgrades to 10.5 (e.g. my wife). Or the last person to buy an Apple TV v.1… Again, this is generally good advice regardless of the vendor, but you’re much more likely to get burned by Apple it seems. I would say that if you’re going to buy something from Apple, do it within a month or so after the latest version is released.