Deciding that you want to buy a new Mac is easy, but embarking on the project immediately raises questions like "What Mac will best meet my needs?", "Should I buy now or wait a month?", "How do I move my files from my old Mac to my new one?", and "What should I do with my old Mac?" Mac guru Adam Engst has answered these questions countless times, and he has distilled the answers into this 98-page book. Worksheets in the book help you match your needs and budget to the model that's right for you. And, you'll learn how to predict when Apple will release new models and when you can get the most bang for your buck. When you're ready to buy, Adam helps you compare different choices for where to shop. You'll also find advice and step-by-step instructions for transferring your files from your old Mac to your shiny new one, along with a thoughts about how to get the most out of your old Mac.
Questions answered in this book include: • Are there particular months when it especially makes sense to buy a new Mac? • Should I buy a brand new model, or one that has been out for a while? • What are the important pros and cons of the MacBook Air? • Do I really need a Mac Pro, or would an inexpensive iMac be a better choice? • How much RAM should I get, and should I buy it from Apple or a reseller? • How should I connect my old and new Macs so I can transfer files? • What should I do about iTunes authorization when moving to a new Mac? • Before I give it away, how should I prepare the hard drive on my old Mac?
Table of Contents • Read Me First • Introduction • Mac Buying Quick Start • Decide When to Buy • Figure Out Which Mac to Buy • Choose Where to Buy • Determine What Else to Buy • Move to a New Mac • Deal with Your Old Mac • About This Book
Read Me First Buying a Mac is a serious decision, but with expert advice from Take Control publisher Adam Engst, you can be sure that you're buying the right Mac for your needs, at the right time, and for the right price. This book was written by Adam C. Engst, edited by Caroline Rose, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.