Buy Now or Wait? Chances of a Redesign?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Psyfuzz, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. Psyfuzz macrumors 6502

    Psyfuzz

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    Hey guys,

    I'm currently using a 2012 15 inch Unibody Macbook Pro and thinking of jumping across within the future. I updated my Macbook with 16GB RAM and and SSD so speed isn't an issue, but the form factor, weaker IO and the lower resolution display is reason enough for me to jump at some point.

    Whilst I'm probably going to go with a 13 inch in the future, I was wondering what the chances are of Apple having a significant hardware redesign of the Macbook Pro range within the next year? (WWDC 2016?) The Unibody range lasted 4 years between 2008-2012 and the retina design will be within it's 4th year soon.

    Throw in the dramatic shift in design with their latest Macbook, I'm starting to think a big change is imminent.

    What's the general consensus?
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    I think the MacBook with the one port for everything was the redesign it's hard for me to see a redesign for the mbp lineup

    The unibody to the current design was predictable removing the dvd drive and making the hard drive and ram that blade type to reduce space not sure what else they can do to the pro without making it the MacBook
     
  3. shareef777 macrumors 68000

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    It may go thinner, along with sticking with USB-C across the board like the MacBook, though hopefully with more then just 2 ports.
     
  4. CypressFX macrumors newbie

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    I dont think Apple will ever give their devices a higher res.:(:( Look at the iPhone 6S, 750p for a 1000$ device...
     
  5. Psyfuzz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm currently using a non-retina display with my current Macbook Pro, the current Retina display is a worthy upgrade in itself.
     
  6. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

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    i just picked up a 2015 13 rmbp, I have no regrets. Yes something new will come out, but I don't see that happening for 6-9 months.
    Buy one now and enjoy!
     
  7. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    can you wait 6-7 months?

    No? then buy now
     
  8. duervo macrumors 68000

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    A redesign is imminent (within the next year, I would say.) The butterfly switch keyboard will be moved over, most likely, in the spirit of increased "thinness", and the port layout will be changed to coincide with "thinness" (those USB3 ports are looking pretty hefty these days.) How much the ports will be changed is anybody's guess, but I suspect they will be changed, and that more dongles will be needed for some people.

    I also anticipate them to use that tiered battery design to some degree as well.

    It will be a gen1 product when it does happen. So that's something else to keep in mind. I try to stay away from gen1 (I don't always stay away, but when I do I haven't been disappointed.)
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Depending on what you actually use a computer for (which you failed to mention), a 13" may very well be a pretty big downgrade performance wise, just so you know.

    I personally don't see a redesign coming anytime soon. The first MacBook Pro's design dated back from 2001 in the PowerBook days. Then there was the unibody in '08, and I would argue that the retina "redesign" is more of an updated version of the unibody, I'm not sure you would be able to tell which is which with a casual glance.
     
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    On a 5 inch screen that is very high res, hell that was the res on a 40 inch HD screen 10 years ago, you clearly have no idea what you are on about.
     
  11. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    My worry is cooling. The fact that they had to move to Core M to make a thinner MacBook Air is worrying. That means they are pushing the limits of physics. I don't see the MBP becoming noticeably thinner without taking a performance hit in the way not being able to use quad core processors, losing a dPGU option, or heavy throttling. Apple has no issues forcing the machine to throttle if it means thinner form factor.

    Another is the IO. If the edges get any thinner, we might to say bye to proper USB ports and Magsafe, which would annoy me.
     
  12. shareef777 macrumors 68000

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    It should be going to USB-C only ports anyway (with TB 3 support integrated). 3 ports on each side would be more then sufficient. It'd also be nice as now you can plug in the 'power' from either side (same for peripherals).
     
  13. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    There should be a complete redesign in 2016. The last two redesigns were in 2008 and 2012, so one should be due by the end of next year. I'm expecting a new Retina Display, obviously new processors and better starting specs, as well as a radically thinner form factor.
     
  14. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    IMO whenever they adjust the body itself as well as the internals in such a radical way as they did with the rMBP it's a redesign. I've had zero incentive to upgrade from my 2012 rMBP, and won't until there is another redesign.
     

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