Is it a good time to buy a new macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by note12, May 23, 2015.

  1. note12 macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2015

    I have 13 inch Macbook Pro mid 2010 and I wonder if its a good time to upgrade, since the recent macs have Retna, fast SDDs, and more Ram.

    1) Is it a good time to upgrade, or should I wait after WWDC event if something comes out?
    2) Do you think the next macbook will have a change in its design ?
  2. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    Come in! The water's just fine. The design will be refined with Skylake but that's not for another 6-8 months.
  3. note12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2015
    Thanks for your thoughts.


    Again, sorry it may sound dumb but I am confused with "Come in! The water's just fine." idiom as English is my second language. Do you mean it might be a good time to upgrade?
  4. iConnected macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2011
    The best time to buy a new computer is always next year.

    At some point, though, if you want a new one, you need to decide to buy anyway :)

    You can also offset your purchase cost by selling your old one. This tends to work well with Apple computers, which can sell for decent money despite being a few years old.

    Consider buying a refurbished model direct from Apple to help keep costs down.

    The brand new MacBook is obviously as "future proof" as things can be in the short term, as it's a brand new design that has only just launched.

    The MacBook Pro has also just been upgraded as you know. Whether it will be transformed with a fundamentally new design later this year remains to be seen.

    At some point, having weighed up the pros and cons, only you can make the decision to upgrade. :)
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    If you need a new Mac now, but one now. If you can wait, then wait.

    I doubt it, but anything is possible.
  6. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    Yeah, it's a good time to upgrade. The models out now are very capable. If you want to wait for what's coming up later in the year or next year, that's up to you. But don't get caught in the trap of always waiting.
  7. ayzee macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    This will be the last Rmbp design of this kind. Next year it will be redesigned with new ports etc.

    If you like this mbpr design then just buy now
  8. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Sounds like you might want to wait for the MacBook release after Skylake.
  9. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2013
    1) Since it was refreshed recently there will not be a new one again, it still says "new" on the Apple website :)

    2) Most definitely. This might also be a good version to skip since it might have som gen1 issues that will be fixed to the next version :)
  10. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2013
    Everyone is saying OMG this dGPU was not what I wanted. Sure, a 960/970 would have been nice but we got this one and it is faster than the last one.

    Skylake may come out this year but that's not in stone. What we got was a refresh with crazy fast solid state, a cool force touch pad, and a decent GPU. If you wait for Skylake you'll get a 10% boost in CPU so that's not that much. But, there is no guarantee the GPU will change at all. The last two refreshes before this both had the 750m. Sure it may have a new one but maybe not. then people will say wait for the next one.

    Here is the key. rMBP resell at a very high price. If you buy the $2,500 dGPU MBP it will resell next year at this time for probably 300 less. Maybe 400, maybe. So, I would get it now if you want a new one. If you want to wait and see what happens then wait, but it may not refresh till this time next year. Plus no one knows what it will have.
  11. sir.riel macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2015
    it all depends on what you do with your system and ask yourself is it really necessary to upgrade. If you have the money and always want to stay current, go for it.

    i don't know what you do but i would suggest looking into SDD and RAM upgrade as a start.
  12. maflynn, May 24, 2015
    Last edited: May 24, 2015

    maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Buy it now if you want. The 13" rMBP has already gone over to Broadwell., so we'll not see anything different or new in WWDC
  13. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Or you could just upgrade to an ssd in your umbp 2010
  14. note12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2015
    Thanks everyone for your thoughts. The thing is that in around September 2014 I was struggling in the same dilemma, getting recommended to wait because the "Intel's Broadwell chips are 30% faster and more power efficient than Haswell, offering even greater increases in battery life and performance", but now it got released and again, getting recommended to wait because "Intel's Skylake chips are 10% faster than Broadwell". Deciding to end this infinity loop, I just made an order for 13" Macbook Pro with i5 2.9GHz, 256GB SSD, and 16GB Ram. Thanks again for your recommendations.
  15. msh, May 24, 2015
    Last edited: May 24, 2015

    msh macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    If you have an early '08 MBP it is a good time to upgrade. I do and I did (to the base 15" model) and I love it.

    The very fast SSD is a "sleeper" feature; it is so fast it feels like you have unlimited ram. The wireless ac is also phenomenal: I transferred a VMWare Fusion 29gB VM to the MBP and I got an average of about 60 mB/s at times reaching 80 mB/s; almost like an ethernet connection. And photos on the retina display - oh my!

    I do miss a few things like ethernet. The irony of getting a pop-up message on the new MBP to connect via ethernet when transferring settings/files from my old MBP. No matter as I had the usb/ethernet adapter.

    If you have an older MBP, sprint, don't walk, to get one of these new machines - especially before Apple goes all minimalist and takes away more ports on the next version.
  16. inhalexhale1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2011
    1) Yes, there is almost a 0% chance new MacBooks are announced at WWDC.
    2) Yes, but that is likely to happen next year.

    The 13" MacBook Pro received a standard update, with new CPU's. Go for it! :)
  17. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    I have a 13" Late 2013 model and have just bought the latest one with the dGPU, but I need the extra RAM for work.

    From what I have read, if you get the one with the dGPU, the upgrade to Skylake will be minimal anyway.

    You could be waiting till 2016 also.

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