2015 13inch Macbook pro or 2016?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by naples09, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. naples09 macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2011
    I have a Mid 2009 13 inch that is still working and a mid 2014. Was waiting for the new models before replacing the 2009, but now considering going with the 2015. Is it a mistake to buy the 2015 at this point? We are not heavy users, but use the 2009 to login for work via VPN/VDI.

    Looking at 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. We don't need more that that for our laptops. I like the idea of having all the ports on the 2015 vs. the USB-C on the 2016.

    Can anyone provide some input of what they would do in our shoes?

  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I bought a early 2015 13" rMBP for full price in April of last year. I'm still happy with the decision, but at this point refurbs are available. Pick one up and save a few bucks.
  3. naples09 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Appreciate the reply. We get a corporate discount, so the refurb route does not provide much savings.
  4. snakes-, Nov 5, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2016

    snakes- macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2011
    2016.... 2015 looks old against the new pro.

    i get mine 2016 in silver on monday i hope i like the silver because space grey is elegant and cool.
  5. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    In my view, the only real disadvantage of the 2015 is the slightly higher weight, if you carry it around often (although it's not exactly heavy either). Otherwise, for my personal priorities, I think it is the better machine (usable ports, better keyboard, physical escape key, "silent" touchpad) and I see no reason why it would be a mistake. So I actually ordered another 2015 13" while the 16GB BTO machines are still available (I also get a corporate discount). I guess if you work with photos the wider color gamut of the new display might be a consideration, but it doesn't sound like you do.
  6. Fozzybadfeet macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    In the end it really comes down to your needs.

    I was on the fence too, but I made my decision to go with the 2016 model.
  7. xb2003 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2016
    Corporate setting? Avoid a first gen model. The 2015 has been out for a year and a half now, it's tried and true and it is what it is.
  8. lympero macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2008
    Arta, Greece
    Just bought after much thought a mbp 2015 13". Reasons.
    Lack of ports
    Worse battery life
    Cpu performance almost identical
    2015 model was 1600 and 2016 2249€ for same configuration (8/256) brand new.
  9. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    +1. I would choose the 2015 13" over the 2016 model anytime. (Some of the reasons are mentioned above).
  10. jon5511 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2016
    Im basically in your shoes. Looking for the same stats and wasn't sure which one to buy - 2015 or 2016. I'm going with the 2016 now. If you need the 256 ssd there is only a 50-100 bugs difference if you buy it new. Everybody is complaining about the doogels, but there very good hubs on the market and that works fine for me.

    The processor of the 2016 is slightly faster as well as the memory and the storage. So I think it's an easy decision if you buy it new.
  11. idark77 macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2014
  12. Releck97 macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2012
    I bought the 2015. Ports! Plus, I was able to get much more computer for the money. I'm coming from an early 2011, so the 2015 seems svelte. 2.9 i5, 8gb, 528.
  13. jjlannoo Suspended

    Oct 8, 2011
    Get the new one. If you are like most people you don't even use ports that much other then power. If you do need a USB adapter so what. Buy a couple just in case. Also go for the touch model. Life is very short why not try out some new, modern and possibly fun tech.

    I think this is a good time to buy because in 3 or 4 years when we are ready to upgrade I think Apple might be using their own processors. In addition might really change things up design wise. I'm excited.
  14. vddobrev macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2016
    Haskovo, Bulgaria
    2015 MacBook Pro 13" 2.9GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,649 before tax in USA
    2016 MacBook Pro 13" 2.4GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,899 before tax in USA (No touch bar)

    So this is a $250 difference before tax. I would pick the 2015 version, which I purchased 4 months ago (2.9GHz/8GB/512GB) and am very pleased with. I was thinking of "upgrading" to the 2016, but the more I contemplate it, the more I cannot possibly justify the purchase. I have ZERO USB-C devices, so I will need dongles/adapters for all my USB thumb drives, SD card, SuperDrive, external HDD. On the other hand, the screen and SSD are better in the 2016. However, they are plenty good in the 2015 as well. Battery life is about the same, my 2015 can get 13-14 hours with light use.
  15. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    just get a macbook air, you are not really using it for much anyways. or based on your description a macbook would equally do.
  16. Fozzybadfeet macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    Whatever works for you, brother. A lot of people recommend the 2015 for the cost and the near specs over the 2016.

    I was on the same boat as you, but went with the 2016 model.
  17. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2011
    Recently purchased a
    Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Dual-core Intel i5 with Retina Display

    from the Apple refurbished store online. It's 256GB, 8GB, model A1502. Full specs here: http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...5-2.7-13-early-2015-retina-display-specs.html

    This morning I checked the Apple refurb store and much of the MBP stock I saw a few weeks ago is gone. If anyone is thinking of a 2015 MBP you might want to move quickly.

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