2012 rMBP 15" or 2013 rMBP 15"

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  1. undermilli macrumors newbie

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    I'm planning to purchase a brand new rMBP . it seems like they're offering a $200 off on Amazon if I get the 2012 model . which one do you guys think I should take ?
     
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    I believe the 2013 is a minor spec bump, is the spec bump worth the 200 dollar increase?

    Personally I'd probably get the 2013 model.
     
  3. undermilli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The only spec bump seems to be a extra 0.1GHz processor .
     
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    Go for the cheaper one then, you'll not really notice a difference.
     
  5. Squilly macrumors 68020

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    The 2012 model is discontinued; you can't buy it from Apple anymore.
     
  6. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

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    Read the Post, he found some on Amazon for 200$ off


    I would personally go with the 2013, yes it is only 0.1GHz but in 3 years that .1GHz would mean better resale value. Also apparently they used a few different components in the 2013.

    But at the same time its always nice to save 200$!
     
  7. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    I assumed you meant the Haswell one by the title. If you mean the newly-updated 2.4GHz model then get the 2012 model for $200 less. The 100MHz won't make any perceptible difference.

    I personally went with the 2.6GHz model over the 2.3GHz one and think maybe it wasn't worth the extra $100 after all. My CPU is almost never under full load. The few times it was (video editing renders and such) saved me maybe only a couple minutes total so I doubt that's worth 100$ unless you do video editing on a regular basis (which I don't).

    Most of the time I'm just using Safari, Office, iTunes and Photoshop and my CPU rarely goes over 30% usage.
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The current so-called 2013 release is the exact same computer as the 2012 release except for some processor multiplier bumps Intel did last Fall. Most likely Intel wanted to sell Apple the newer parts so Apple said what the heck and released a spec bumped 2012 MacBook Pro.
     
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It probably won't have $200 more resale value in 3 years. I'd take the upfront savings. Remember, the rMBP line has already lost a lot of resale value because of the price drop.
     
  10. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

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    We talking about the 15in ;) So there has been no price drop. But I am fairly confident it will go down with Haswell.


    And you would be very surprised how big a difference 0.1GHz makes in price. When I bought my first Macbook which was prior to the Unibody, it was a 2.4GHz instead of base 2.3. When the unibody white came out I managed to sell it for a brand new White Unibody. Yes I did not get the original amount I paid but that little extra I put it allowed me to upgrade to a better casing, better graphics card better processor. Only downside the processor speed bumped down to 2.26.
     
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  12. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    Yes it did. The higher end model now comes with 16GB of RAM for the same $2799 cost. With the old 2.6GHz model, like what I have, it came out to $2999, since the extra RAM was a $200 upgrade.

    So the 2012 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB Flash and the 2013 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM 512GB Flash are the same price.
     
  13. AppleTecFan macrumors 6502

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    You could buy a refurb retina macbook pro, save even more money..
     
  14. superman23 macrumors regular

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    i wish everyone would stop saying it's just 0.1GHz...

    Apple has had 8 months to correct any issues or make improvements to a first generation notebook. They're not going to publish what they've done. but there's probably a very long list of things that were changed. The kind of thing that might bite you in the ass later just as your AppleCare expires.
     

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