2012 rMBP to a 2015 rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nhpkirkham, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. nhpkirkham macrumors newbie


    Mar 24, 2016
    Hi guys,

    I'm currently thinking about going from a 2012 15" rMBP (base model) to a 2015 15" rMBP (base model) as I can get 20% a new 2015, which saves me $500, which is pretty damn good.

    I have had the 2012 rMBP since 26th December 2012, replacing a non-unibody 2008 MBP, and been holding off upgrading for about 6 months as a "possibly" NEW '2016 Macbook Pro' with a new redesign is (probably) only months away from being released.

    If i were to get the 2015 model, would it be considered a significant upgrade?
    I use Photoshop a lot, InDesign and Illustrator sometimes and do run Windows 7 and play some games through Steam (not overly graphic intense, and I mostly connect the MBP via HDMI to play games with a xbox controller).

    This is my first post on the forums, so thanks in advance for any responses!
  2. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    Id wait. In all honesty it's not that much of an upgrade. The graphics card is better and battery but cpu isn't a major upgrade
  3. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    Like you, I have a 2012 Macbook Pro Retina and I'm waiting for the redesign. The 2015 model isn't that much of an upgrade in my opinion.
  4. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I think it's a significant upgrade performance wise and you wouldn't gain much difference with the Skylake one (compared to just going with the 2015 model). With that said, the other reason to wait would be TB3/USBC ports. Personally, I think they'll be the new connector on all devices going forward (including drives and monitors). That alone is worth the wait.
  5. Shamgar macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2015
    The CPU gets a 10% bump. GPU performance is a wash, but using the 650M of the 2012 is much less power efficient than the 2015's Iris Pro. Storage is around 3-4x faster. Wireless is something like 2-3x faster. Thunderbolt 2 instead of Thunderbolt 1, so more bandwidth there, including the capacity for 4k@60Hz external displays. Force touchpad. Better battery life overall.

    I think that's about it. Is any/all of that worth the net cost to you?
  6. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2014
    I had a 2012 RMBP and got a 2015 replacement from Apple after the 2012 was repaired 3 times. It's not much of an upgrade in terms of performance.

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