Exchange program for MacBook Pro 2016 buyers?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jayanth, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. jayanth macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2017
    Is there any exchange program running for MacBook Pro 2016 buyers?
    Recently purchased my MacBook Pro 2016(35days back) touch bar model and yesterday apple launched new MacBook Pro with better processor and better graphics.

    Is there any way to return my product and get the new one?

    Apple marketing strategy is extremely disappointing.

  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    If one doesn't update the hardware, people are unhappy. If they do update the hardware, people are unhappy. There is no way out :)

    You can always ask Apple, maybe they will be nice enough to replace your computer. If that makes you happier, the updates are merely incremental and fairly minor. You are looking at few % of performance difference at best.
  3. jayanth thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2017
    @leman Thanks for the reply
    MacBook Pro 2016 launched just 7 month back.
  4. Susurs macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
    I'd say not 'just 7' months, but 'already 7' months.
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Not that long ago, Apple did two updates per year — a bigger one and a smaller one. These updates were closely tied to Intel's CPU release cycles. You'd usually get a new CPU gen (and sometimes a new GPU gen) in autumn + a small refresh in clocks etc. in spring. As CPU tech stagnated, Intel has changed their release cycle and that also slowed down the rate with which Appel was releasing updates.

    It seems like they are back to their old proven strategy: incremental updates to match the CPU releases and dedicated GPU in 15" though all the models. For some years, they tried to move at least the entry-level 15" MBP to integrated graphics, but that doesn't pay out these days as Intel has pretty much abandoned higher-end iGPUs. I think its a good thing for the customer if the MBP is updated to reflect what is currently available on the market. While it is true that it can be frustrating for someone who just bought an "old" model a few months back, the reality is that in those few months hardware releases did happen and not upgrading the MBP will new CPUs would be very unfair towards the customers that are looking to purchase one now.
  6. Sam_S macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2016
    The dates for this event have been out for ages, if you only brought it 35 days ago its your fault for not waiting...
  7. vjobs macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2013
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Sell your 2016 MacBook Pro, buy the 2017 MacBook Pro. Take the few 100 bucks loss for granted.
  8. itsamacthing macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2011
    More frequent updates were common in the past as perviously mentioned, this is actually much better and healthier for Apple and it's users.
  9. sunapple macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Hilarious thinking Apple would just take your model back and sell you a new one. Heck, why don't they just stop selling the old model two months before the new one launches so that everyone knows it's coming up? Really wonder why the world doesn't work like that.
  10. Howard2k macrumors 6502a


    Mar 10, 2016
    I want in on this too. My 2015 still works great, but a free upgrade for some latest and greatest would be awesome.
  11. hawkeye_a macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2016
    I got a late 2016 tMBP. I'm really glad that Apple has updated the line. However the changes are pretty minor, so I don't regret my purchase.

    I would have been upset if MagSafe had made a comeback yesterday.
  12. BenTrovato macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2012
    Processor is hardly noticeable, graphics are not upgraded at all, only rebranded.
  13. sentential macrumors regular

    May 27, 2015
    It wouldn't be worth it honestly; any updates to KB are transparent at best
  14. torquer macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2014
    I literally just received my 2016 15" MBP 2.7GHz on Friday. I strongly considered returning it, but B&H charges a restocking fee once its opened. And frankly, theres almost no performance benefit by moving to Kaby Lake. Minimal power efficiency improvements, HEVC hardware (I'm mostly on AC using the dGPU anyway) make it just not worth it to me.

    If I could return at no cost perhaps I'd swap out, but for not its not enough of a difference to make it worth my while.
  15. Dydegu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2015
    They are practically the same machine. No reason for this.
  16. Pangalactic macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2016
    There is actually an exchange program, it's called eBay, highly recommended ;)
  17. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    They may not charge you the fee if you're exchanging it for the newer one.
  18. torquer macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2014
    Unfortunately B&H isn't that generous. I already asked :(
  19. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Sure there is, so one can say they have the newest...
  20. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    Glad I got the base 2016 13" model, I get 256GB of storage and it was cheaper than the base 2017 model with 128GB of storage.
  21. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    I doubt very much and any consoling advice on it's only minor incremental updates is pants when you come to sell it

    It will be worth less regardless

    Suck it up and move on, unfortunately, unless you want to take an instant hit of $2-350 having to compete against other refurb/open box offers
  22. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    Buy it when you need it, dispose of it when it's no longer useful simple as that. As for the OP be serious you made your decision stand by it, as others have stated it's just a minor spec bump at best.

  23. macintoshmac macrumors 68000


    May 13, 2010
    It doesn't do much for battery, the only star feature is HEVC which the Skylake ones will handle via GPU instead of CPU in Kaby, and that is all there is to it, in my limited understanding and purview.

    With all this in mind, the "old" 2016 notebooks are as "new" as ever. There is no point in replacing it with a 2017 at all. IF they gave 16GB standard, that would have been a totally different thing to consider. Other than that, save that money for the new iPhone, if.
  24. anticipate macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2013
    Agreed. BTW Skylake does hardware encode and decode for HEVC. Just 8 bit encode vs 10 bit. Which is not a problem. Hardly anyone is using HEVC right now in the pro video space anyway. They use ProRes. The cameras use ProRes, or high bit rate souped up plain AVC/264. The HEVC that is out there much of it isn't very good as the encoders are so new.

    The 2016/2017 models are virtually identical save for clock increases.
  25. macintoshmac macrumors 68000


    May 13, 2010
    I personally think that by the time HEVC is the full blown standard, we will be on the prowl for new MacBooks anyway.

    The only reason why I am even into HEVC is because of the videos I download. I wonder, the few encoders giving out HEVC videos, are they 8bit or 10bit... Other than that I don't think the world will suddenly jump to HEVC and make us feel bad for sitting with Skylake next year or even the next for that matter.

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