What it is: The Skylake processor is Intel’s latest family of processors that power the Macintosh and all Windows PCs as well.
If you’re waiting to buy a new computer, wait until August 5th. That’s when Intel will reportedly announce their new Skylake processors at Gamescom. Besides being faster than current Intel processors, Skylake also promises to be more energy efficient along with support for wireless standards. How this wireless feature of Skylake will translate into commercial products may not be clear just yet, but it will mean fewer ports and cords to worry about, which is something the latest MacBook laptop already foreshadows with its single USB-C port.
There are two ways you can take advantage of the coming Skylake processors. One, you can wait until Apple officially announces new Macintosh computers with Skylake processors in them. Then you can buy these latest Macintosh models and get the latest technology for the same price as today’s current Macintosh models.
Two, you can wait until Apple announces new Macintosh models with Skylake processors, then buy today’s current Macintosh models at a discount. Now you’ll be just one generation behind, but with a nice discount just for being patient and waiting until August 5th.
Unless you absolutely need a computer now, wait. By August, you’ll either be able to save money on today’s technology or buy the latest technology that will last you far longer tomorrow than today’s technology can possibly do. You don’t want to buy a new Macintosh today only to see that you could have gotten a more powerful Macintosh a month later if you had only waited.
For people who just need a computer for casual use, Skylake processors won’t be that important, but they will drive down prices of today’s computers. For people who need the most processing power possible, Skylake will reward your patience.
Of course if you wait another year from Skylake’s debut, Intel will have a newer, faster, and more energy-efficient processor so at some point you have to stop waiting and just buy something you need right now. By timing your purchase to coincide with Intel’s announcements of new processors, you can maximize your purchase to last the longest amount of time at the least possible cost for you.