13" or 15" Retina?

undies1993

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I can't afford the 2.6 GHz 15" Retina MBP but I could get the 2.3, but then I couldn't upgrade from 256gb. So should it be 2.3GHz 15" Retina, or 2.9GHz 13"? Help please.
 

GeorgeN111

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Retina all the way! More future proof, and lets face it. That screen looks incredible. But that is personal, I would go for the Retina Mac even if it came with a 120GB SSD, I want it because of the Retina Display frankly, of course the internals also. I will connect my external hard-drive to it anyway.
 
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Mizzou02RS

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I just popped on a new high-end 2012 MacBook Pro 13" 2.9ghz i7 with the BTO 1TB hard drive...it already comes with 8GB of RAM, so for my uses, it'll be great.

Basically it all boils down to what you're going to use it for...as for me, the 13" will be more than enough...
 
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undies1993

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I just popped on a new high-end 2012 MacBook Pro 13" 2.9ghz i7 with the BTO 1TB hard drive...it already comes with 8GB of RAM, so for my uses, it'll be great.

Basically it all boils down to what you're going to use it for...as for me, the 13" will be more than enough...
What does BTO mean?
 
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nativetongue03

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I just popped on a new high-end 2012 MacBook Pro 13" 2.9ghz i7 with the BTO 1TB hard drive...it already comes with 8GB of RAM, so for my uses, it'll be great.

Basically it all boils down to what you're going to use it for...as for me, the 13" will be more than enough...
Were you able to find a 13' with retina? I dont see it on the site.

Im a big fan of 13' MBP myself. I hate huge laptops. I think id consider going back to Windows before i get a 15-17' laptop :mad:

Push comes to shove i'll go with a macbook air
 
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JS3

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Were you able to find a 13' with retina? I dont see it on the site.

Im a big fan of 13' MBP myself. I hate huge laptops. I think id consider going back to Windows before i get a 15-17' laptop :mad:

Push comes to shove i'll go with a macbook air
Retina only comes in the 15"
 
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undies1993

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This wait is giving me time to think. It's going to suck If A) the 13inch retina comes out in August. And B) if you can get the next new ones next year for a fraction of the price.
 
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AppleGoat

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This wait is giving me time to think. It's going to suck If A) the 13inch retina comes out in August. And B) if you can get the next new ones next year for a fraction of the price.
I doubt a 13inch Retina MBP will come out in August. The next refresh, which is probably 10 months (give or take a month) down the line, perhaps will boast a 13inch Retina, but I wouldn't expect it in August. The reason being is that it's not a simple upgrade, such as a mild processor bump, to be a mid-cycle arrival.
 
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Stetrain

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B) if you can get the next new ones next year for a fraction of the price.
Very unlikely. The base 15" Macbook Pro (with a dedicated GPU) has hovered at around $1999 for a long long time. The 2006 Intel Macbook Pro started at $1999, as did the 2008 Unibody Macbook Pro.

Now, four years later, we're down by a whole $200 to $1799.

The specs got (much) better, but the price bracket stayed the same.
 
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undies1993

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Very unlikely. The base 15" Macbook Pro (with a dedicated GPU) has hovered at around $1999 for a long long time. The 2006 Intel Macbook Pro started at $1999, as did the 2008 Unibody Macbook Pro.

Now, four years later, we're down by a whole $200 to $1799.

The specs got (much) better, but the price bracket stayed the same.
The specs are another. Sure we will see much more storage.
 
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tom vilsack

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How about neither...i notice you have a Late 2006 MacBook, Black, 2.0 Ghz, 4 GB Ram, 320 GB HD...if you bought a nice ssd you would be blown away at how much faster your macbook would be.

I just did the same thing with my macbook,and in real world apps it boot and runs programs (non gaming because of intel gpu) faster then 2010 mbp.

For about $200 you could get a 128gig intel 520 series (fast and most reliable ssd's out there...and then buy a sata external enclosure and use your old drive as extra storage...

Here is my post all about what i did...save your money!

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1382107/
 
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mohsy90

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I think I'll stick with my 2011 13" MBP, I really want the retina but also don't like big laptops. a lot of the people purchasing are buying solely on impulse...new latop, latest technology, but 80% likely won't be using it to its full potential
 
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jypatl

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Definitely go with the 15 inch macbook pro. I just bought a 13 inch macbook pro and I can't stop thinking about how much better everything would be on that retina display. Also I hate how all my windows are so bunched up together. I'm going to return this macbook pro tomorrow at the store. I ordered the 15 inch retina so it'll be here end of June :(
 
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