2015 MBP vs 2016

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rorosbutt, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. Rorosbutt macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    I'm very unsure which MBP to buy. Have 2 (maybe 3 if including TB MBP)
    1) 2015 with 512SSD $1,699
    2) 2016 with 512SSD $1,699
    (3) 2016 TB 512SSD $1,999

    The fact that I'd have to keep up with dongles for 2016's is crazy. (3) is really a ton of money. 2) only has two ports. 2015 has the "normal" ports.

    Anyone out there in this spot?
  2. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    I'm sure there are lots out there in your shoes - if money is no object, go for the latest & greatest. No matter what you choose, I don't think it'll be a bad choice.
  3. Rorosbutt thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    And the whole many and different ports vs only 2 ports fiasco. I'd get $100 off for student discount so $1,599 doesn't hurt that much. Getting near $2,000 is LOL I'll have to rebuy software too.
  4. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    The $1,999 TB model has 4 TB3/USB-C ports, the cheaper non-TB model has 2 ports.

    I bought a pretty high spec 15" because I felt like splurging on something and because I hadn't gotten a new MBP since 2008. I spent nearly $3k on that one, and it lasted 8.5 years, and all I did was put an SSD in it over that period. Keeping it for that long, I can confidently say that was $3k well spent. I hope this one lasts a similar amount of time. If your budget is more prohibitive to spending a huge chunk all at once and/or you plan on upgrading sooner than I do, then I don't think you can go wrong with any of them at a lower price. I imagine the 2016 will last longer considering the trend of going toward USB-C. I spent about $15 on dongles since all I needed was USB-A converters. I might buy an HDMI dongle, but in a few years, most computer peripherals will be using USB-C I imagine.
  5. No. 44 macrumors member

    No. 44

    Oct 29, 2016
    Electric Larryland
    There are a lot of people in the same situation. I was too. My last laptop was an early 2011 MBP, and I had waited to replace it, because I was expecting "great things" from this newest model. However, when the 2016 MBP finally came out, I was "underwelmed" and bought a 13" 2015 model (3.1, 16, 512) instead. I don't like the new keyboard; I wanted the variety of ports, and I wanted the reliability of a mature design. I'm very satisfied with my new computer, as I have been with all of my previous Macs.

    One can make a case for buying either model, but in the end you have to decide what you want and need. The price isn't nearly as important as picking a machine that will make you happy you bought it. :)

    Good luck!
  6. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    2015 is a no brainer over 2016, especially with the refurbished pricing and all the issues/downgrades on the latest model.
  7. idark77 macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2014
    No match: go for 2015 now or for the 2016 model wait 1-2 years
  8. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    I don't see dongles being crazy in 2016. The move to newer technology has its sacrifices at the start doesn't mean its a downgrade. With devices getting thinner and more and more people switching to usb-c there has to be a transition period with new tech. Usb-a is too big to fit on a lot of new laptops. If you aren't ready for some adapters till things change over then you should be happy buying older technology. Having a few adapters is nothing to cry about imo
  9. Rorosbutt, Dec 28, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2016

    Rorosbutt thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    When do you guys think apple will no longer sell the 2015's? I see that they finally killed the 2012 one off since you can't buy it new from apple.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 28, 2016 ---
    You need a dongle just to use your flash drive. Is it a real issue? It depends on the use. If you're someone that edits videos and uses external displays then it's a huge upgrade because of 4K etc but for someone like me that will only push it when editing pictures it's not that big of an update. I'll need either 1 USB-C to card reader or 2 dongles USB-C to USB then USB to card reader.

    I do have legitimate concerns when it comes to the non-magnetic charging cable. That was a huge plus for when you're on campus or at a coffee shop and you pull it or someone bumps the cable.

    I get that innovation will happened but it should be responsiblely. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. You can still push the form limits without compromising function.

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