How do I know whether or not I should upgrade to the new rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hieveryone, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    I currently have a late 2013 rMBP 2.6/8/256

    It is running fine, and I have no problems with it (knock on wood).

    The apps I mainly use are Firefox, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Word, and Time Machine.

    I really like the new rMBP, but do you think I need one?

  2. lympero macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2008
    Arta, Greece
    Probably not but sometimes we buy stuff because we want them ;)
  3. ivanwi11iams Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Somewhere on Earth
    Sounds to me like you've already answered your own question. No, you don't. However, this question is one that you need to consider based on what you use your Mac for.

  4. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    I guess I don't NEED it, but...the new ones are SO nice lol

    If they started at 1299 that would be so nice :/
  5. brynsmith23 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2007
    what you got is fine for what you need, save your coins for the next update.

    it'll be even better
  6. iizmoo macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2014
    What you have is gonna be fine for your described usage until at least 2020. I dare say, maybe as far as 2025.

    Barring a component failure, that thing is just gonna go and go and go. For your use, buying a new replacement is a matter of screen quality and misc. other features like bigger trackpad, or TouchBar. CPU improvement is 5-8% annually the last few years, so getting the exact same upgrade of your MBP yield maybe 15-20% CPU increase, but that only play out if you even run it at near 100%. Using 10-25% for surfing, you wouldn't even really notice the new CPU even if you upgraded.
  7. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 27, 2013
    I dont know if you need one, but it sounds like you want one. Go for it!!
  8. PaulWog Suspended

    Jun 28, 2011
    Firefox. Mail. Calendar. Notes. Word. Time Machine.

    Honestly you could get by with a Windows netbook and an external hard drive.

    Do you need the new Macbook? Nope. You could buy the now very old Macbook with a disc drive, and as long as the battery is good, you'd be just fine.

    Me? I hate the new Macbook Pro for the price gouging and stupid choice on removing magsafe, but it's still what I would buy if I were buying right now. The 2015 Macbook Pro makes a lot of sense too though.
  9. Yesterday macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Austin TX
    I'm still rocking a 2009 mbp 13", which is well past its prime since it takes 30 mins to edit 10 secs of video and barely loads google maps. I've been holding out for this generation release but I'm a little bummed out. The update is nice but the competition has caught up with Apple when looking at similar priced laptops. I might buy a refurb 2015 for the available ports.

    Like iizmoo said, based on your app usage, you can probably keep using yours till software support ends
  10. RichardC300 macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2012
    Chapel Hill, NC
    That's just a $200 difference. What's $200 when you're getting a cool new gadget that makes you happy?
  11. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015

    You could watch's really long, but good.
  12. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    What's he say
  13. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    go watch it.
  14. crassapple Suspended

    Oct 31, 2016
    If your current computer does what you need, you don't need a new one. I'm on a 2008 macbook unibody with ssd and 8GB ram. Just now looking into a new machine.
  15. tx2005 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    When I look to upgrade, I look at two different things.

    1.) Is my current computer doing everything I need it to? If the answer it yes, then there isn't a pressing need to upgrade. With a mac, you can usually expect 5-6 years out of them, if not longer, due to how well they are built and how optimized OS X is. In that case you have a few more years.

    2.) Want is a completely different thing. If there is a feature you think would be worth the upgrade (retina, touchbar etc..) then it could well be worth the money. If you have the money and think it's worth it, then go for it.
  16. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    If you don't know, then you shouldn't upgrade.
  17. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    it's really long...
    --- Post Merged, Nov 3, 2016 ---
    I like the touch bar but not sure if it'll be useful for me.

    I don't want it to just be there, and I not get anything out of it.

    Heck, if all i'm going to use it for is screen brightness and volume i'd rather have a physical key anyway!
  18. Tensakun macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2008
    Akashi, Japan
    For your needs, sounds like the upgrade would be superfluous from a practical viewpoint. But there's always the "fun" viewpoint...

    If I could cram more RAM into my 2011 11" Air, I'd certainly wait things out. But 4 GB is just choking things down too often these days. And I feel like some fun...
  19. tx2005 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    That was my reasoning for going for the non touchbar version.
  20. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    #20 is...but I can't explain in detail. He just explains how MBP is out of wack because it disables wi-fi when using certain connector. He also explains in detail about the internal stuff of that machine. He's just showing you so that you don't get ripped off/or be deceived.
  21. Shamgar macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2015
    Buy what you need when you need it. There's always something shinier just around the corner anyways. (Unless you are a Mac Pro user.)
  22. tx2005 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    Deceived about what?
  23. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    He's showing the problems with mbp.
  24. dk808 macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2015
    If you dont need them just wait, eventually newer and better ones will release
  25. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    I really like the non touch bar version. It looks really slick.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 4, 2016 ---
    Thanks. It's nice to see someone on YouTube telling us some details. Most of the 10 minute un boxing videos are generic just telling us how many USB C ports there are, and so on.

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