How many people with 2012-2013 models?


TotalMacMove

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Late 2013 15 inch retina here.
Am waiting for my new 2019 model to arrive.
Honestly I have been debating whether to upgrade macbook or iPad as I seem to rarely use it anymore.. and with iPadOS coming out, I just dont know lol.
 

spacey20

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May 26, 2019
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Honestly I have been debating whether to upgrade macbook or iPad as I seem to rarely use it anymore.. and with iPadOS coming out, I just dont know lol.
I am a developer, so I need a laptop. My 2013’s battery is starting to swell after 480 odd cycles.. and was tossing up replacing the battery as it still runs beautifully, but my work offered to buy me a new one... so did not pass that up.
 

twanj

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I have the first retina MBP (2012). It's great, besides its second battery is doing badly and there's some messed up pixels on the screen that are visible when the color is grey.

Ordered a 2019 8c/32GB/1TB model about 3 weeks ago that should be here next week.
 

oldmacs

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Mid 2012 Non Retina 13 inch - Upgraded to 2TB Samsung Evo 860, 16GB of ram.

Love it still. Magsafe, upgradable, ethernet + USB 3 (though possibly USB-C would be useful..

The battery is still good at 90 percent health after nearly 2000 cycles :)
 

thadoggfather

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Not going to lie, I'm kinda missing the old retina models...

I had a rMBP 2013 but it had so many repair issues I opted to swap it for a 2016 nTB instead of a 2015 'classic retina'

Dongles are annoying, I like the crisp keyboard but miss travel, miss the glowing apple logo,

P3 screen and the speakers are nice though
 

cram501

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Feb 15, 2016
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I have an early 2013 MBP I'm still using. The battery doesn't last as long and it isn't as fast as some of the newer models. Besides that, still going strong.
 

TheSkywalker77

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2012 non-retina. Still running like a champ on Catalina! 500gb HDD (I'm upgrading to an SSD soon), 8gb RAM, and a 2.5 GHz core i5.
 

niray9

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Jul 22, 2019
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2012 Rmbp 2.7Ghz/16gb/512ssd. @400 Battery cycles. Working great.

Confused whether to upgrade or not.
 
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Velin

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MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013). Still running great, and it's been used a LOT.

Not replacing it until the butterfly keyboard is dead and a great keyboard is in a Macbook Pro.
 

Frieg

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I just bought very cheap and mint condition and of newer production date (dec 2015) a mid 2012 13" MBP and upgraded it to 16 gigs of ram and SSD. If the t2 chip is there to stay from now on I will never by a Macbook with that in it, so I may fetch one of the older retinas if cheap, use it until it's nob longer supported anymore by apple and then be done with MacBooks.
 

zachlegomaniac

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Late 2013 rMBP. I can't decide how to proceed right now, but this machine is on it's last leg. It's been my favorite (and most reliable) Mac since I purchased my own machine (post undergrad) in '04.
 

Northern Man

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Early 2013 retina 13" MBP purchased new. Used plugged in 98% of its life. Still great. If only the new ones were identical.

Only complaint is that the magsafe cable has frayed badly. Has worked ok for the past 2 years with a tape repair.
 

mossyrock13

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I have a 2013 MBP 15" retina and updated to Catalina beta and now have problems with not booting, screen black and shutting down on it's own. Reinstalled Mojave (twice ) and problem still exists. I wanted to get it repaired by Apple but they tell me it's a vintage machine and they will not do any repair. It was running fine before I stupidly did the beta. Have had it back to Genius bar twice and they said it could be repaired for $575 but when I requested a shipping box from Apple support, that's when they said no support. Extremely disappointed in Apple's response. I had done a backup but i'm concerned they are corrupted, as I tried to recover some files and machines continues to shutdown midway through recovering files.

Anyone else have this kind of problem with their MBP retina. Just a nightmare.
 

zachlegomaniac

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I have a 2013 MBP 15" retina and updated to Catalina beta and now have problems with not booting, screen black and shutting down on it's own. Reinstalled Mojave (twice ) and problem still exists. I wanted to get it repaired by Apple but they tell me it's a vintage machine and they will not do any repair. It was running fine before I stupidly did the beta. Have had it back to Genius bar twice and they said it could be repaired for $575 but when I requested a shipping box from Apple support, that's when they said no support. Extremely disappointed in Apple's response. I had done a backup but i'm concerned they are corrupted, as I tried to recover some files and machines continues to shutdown midway through recovering files.

Anyone else have this kind of problem with their MBP retina. Just a nightmare.
My late 2013 rMBP slowed considerably once I updated to Mojave so I definitely won’t be upgrading to Catalina. Granted, it is a base model 13”. The 4GB of RAM is the biggest bottleneck. Sorry to hear that Apple won’t repair. If it’s that bad maybe a reputable third party repair shop?

Also, if you start a new thread on the subject someone here would know much better than I.
 

eulslix

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2013 13“ retina right here. Love that MacBook, built like a tank. Only thing that didn’t age well is the keyboard. I kind of destroyed 5 keycaps during cleaning procedures, so now they’re all loose popping out now and then. Didn’t care to replace them anymore. Other than that its still running like a champ. As long as I’m keeping projects small it can cope with most of the stuff.
The trackpad sucks though. Having used the new trackpads for 2 years, the old one just cannot keep up with it anymore.

Looking into replacing it with the new 16“, since Sketch is pretty power hungry once projects hit a certain complexity.
 
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zachlegomaniac

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Early 2013 retina 13" MBP purchased new. Used plugged in 98% of its life. Still great. If only the new ones were identical.

Only complaint is that the magsafe cable has frayed badly. Has worked ok for the past 2 years with a tape repair.
2013 13“ retina right here. Love that MacBook, built like a tank. Only thing that didn’t age well is the keyboard. I kind of destroyed 5 keycaps during cleaning procedures, so now they’re all loose popping out now and then. Didn’t care to replace them anymore. Other than that its still running like a champ. As long as I’m keeping projects small it can cope with most of the stuff.
The trackpad sucks though. Having used the new trackpads for 2 years, the old one just cannot keep up with it anymore.

Looking into replacing it with the new 16“, since Sketch is pretty power hungry once projects hit a certain complexity.
Other than Sketch what apps are you each running and what are your respective machines’ configurations? Happy my base model is still chugging along, but it struggles with heavily layered construction documents I work on. Hoping to upgrade to a setup as reliable as this one has been soon, but certainly not in base model territory anymore.
 

cram501

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Feb 15, 2016
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I have a 2013 MBP 15" retina and updated to Catalina beta and now have problems with not booting, screen black and shutting down on it's own. Reinstalled Mojave (twice ) and problem still exists. I wanted to get it repaired by Apple but they tell me it's a vintage machine and they will not do any repair. It was running fine before I stupidly did the beta. Have had it back to Genius bar twice and they said it could be repaired for $575 but when I requested a shipping box from Apple support, that's when they said no support. Extremely disappointed in Apple's response. I had done a backup but i'm concerned they are corrupted, as I tried to recover some files and machines continues to shutdown midway through recovering files.

Anyone else have this kind of problem with their MBP retina. Just a nightmare.

My early 2013 hasn't been the same since upgrading to Mojave. It occasionally gets high cpu from system processes and eventually hangs (this is without me doing anything on it). I've reinstalled without any change. My next step is to format the drive and install from scratch. My guess is it is Mojave so I may need to go back a version and see if the problem still exists. It worked flawlessly before the upgrade.

Until I track down the problem, I consider it unreliable and don't use it often.