2012 macbook pro i7 or just 2018 i9

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jsconiers, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. jsconiers macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2015
    My 2011 mac book pro finally flaked out on me. I have an option of getting a used 2012 MacBook pro i7 13" with 16GB ram and 1TB SSD for $550 or 15" for $600. I definitely want a new 2018 core i9 but at ~3K I was hoping to wait until the summer of 2019 to buy one. Any one have an opinion? Any reason to wait other than just laying out the cash now?
  2. MadCar macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2014
    The internet
    I've added a post on my move from a 2012 MBP to a new 2018 MBP and its lightening quick, no issues and its a genuinely stunning piece of kit.

    The only genuinely irritating thing is the lack of normal USB ports, other than that is a stunning piece of kit, worth every penny.
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    It kind of depends on Intel's roadmap... If they bring out their 7nm CPUs in 2019, it will most likely be a worthwhile upgrade to the 2018 model, especially since we will probably also get a new GPU. But paying $600 for a 2012 machine only to pay 3k+ for one in 2019... sounds like a waste to me.
  4. Larry D macrumors newbie

    Larry D

    May 24, 2018
    fort lauderdale, florida
    I say for $550.00 the 2012 13" is a great buy and will work amazingly well. I just bought a RMBP 2012 13" i7 2.9ghz with only a 240ssd and 8gb ram and it is super fast and efficient. and I paid more than you are. Get it for now and save for a newer one later. You won't be disappointed. In my opinion...
  5. mr.anthonyramos macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2015
    Hong Kong
    For 550 bucks you're getting a lot of machine. Is it brand new? Does it come with a warranty? If the answer to both is yes, then I would get the older machine.
  6. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    If the 2012 will do everything you want it to, I don't see why you'd waste $2500.

    If the 2017 will significantly increase your productivity or workflow, then yeah, but otherwise I don't see the point.

    I'd perhaps invest in a brand new battery for the 2012 if you do go down that route, they're still supported by Apple....

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