July 2014 rMBP vs. 2015 rMBP

cosmo3

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I looking at getting a refurb July 2014 rMBP and had a couple questions comparing it to the 2015 version.

Provided the RAM and SSD are the same size, and I know the processor will be slightly different, is the July 2014 version a smooth, fast version? any hiccups?

also, this may be a bit in the weeds but, for the 2014 version, if you were to go to Sys Pref>Display, does it show the different display settings as an image with the option going horizontally? (asking cause Im about to return a MBA and it seems with the new retina MBPs I can increase the resolution without creating blurry font. Would like to know its the same with the 2014 rMBP version.)

thanks in advance.

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cosmo3

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it would be the 13 inch.

I should say this is all about updating from a mid 2007 white MB running 10.6. The mid 2013 MBA that I recently got makes increasing the display all blurry, so as a computer that I hope lasts min 3-5 years I need it to be clear, hence the thinking of returning this one for a 13 inch July 2014 rMBP. I do intend to install 10.9 on it.
 

T5BRICK

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The 2015 model has a faster CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD. The battery life is also improved over the 2014 model, and it has the new force touch trackpad.

That being said, the 2014s are still good computers and either one would be a huge upgrade from what you're currently running.
 

Fthree

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i would go with the 2015. I really do like the new force touch trackpad.

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That being said, the 2014s are still good computers and either one would be a huge upgrade from what you're currently running.
This is correct also the 2014 is still a very nice comp.
 

cosmo3

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Thanks for the input, the 2015 rMBP 13 inch really isn't an option as I would be unable to install 10.9 on it. Plus the price. The July 2014 rMBP 13 inch is enough of a discount that I could add extended AppleCare to it and come under the price of a new 2015 version without any changes.

Im still unsure if the July 2014 model can have 10.9 installed on. And if the display settings are as the 2015 model. The big factor in going to rMBP from the MBA is its ability to not have any blurriness when I increase the display resolution.

any other thought you guys have, please share. thanks.

(P.S. I tested the force touch in the store, I'm sure it would take some getting used to but I didn't like it. way to sensitive in the initial click. I would just scroll or move the cursor around and it would register as me clicking everywhere.)
 
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Fthree

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Thanks for the input, the 2015 rMBP 13 inch really isn't an option as I would be unable to install 10.9 on it. Plus the price. The July 2014 rMBP 13 inch is enough of a discount that I could add extended AppleCare to it and come under the price of a new 2015 version without any changes.

Im still unsure if the July 2014 model can have 10.9 installed on. And if the display settings are as the 2015 model. The big factor in going to rMBP from the MBA is its ability to not have any blurriness when I increase the display resolution.

any other thought you guys have, please share. thanks.

(P.S. I tested the force touch in the store, I'm sure it would take some getting used to but I didn't like it. way to sensitive in the initial click. I would just scroll or move the cursor around and it would register as me clicking everywhere.)
Sounds like you've got it figured out. Do it you can't go wrong either way as both will be optimal. I do have to say that the force trackpad is a game changer for me really. I love being able to look at links without having to fully open them etc.
 

yjchua95

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Thanks for the input, the 2015 rMBP 13 inch really isn't an option as I would be unable to install 10.9 on it. Plus the price. The July 2014 rMBP 13 inch is enough of a discount that I could add extended AppleCare to it and come under the price of a new 2015 version without any changes.

Im still unsure if the July 2014 model can have 10.9 installed on. And if the display settings are as the 2015 model. The big factor in going to rMBP from the MBA is its ability to not have any blurriness when I increase the display resolution.

any other thought you guys have, please share. thanks.

(P.S. I tested the force touch in the store, I'm sure it would take some getting used to but I didn't like it. way to sensitive in the initial click. I would just scroll or move the cursor around and it would register as me clicking everywhere.)
Why would you want 10.9 on it?
 

newellj

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Thanks for the input, the 2015 rMBP 13 inch really isn't an option as I would be unable to install 10.9 on it. Plus the price. The July 2014 rMBP 13 inch is enough of a discount that I could add extended AppleCare to it and come under the price of a new 2015 version without any changes.

Im still unsure if the July 2014 model can have 10.9 installed on. And if the display settings are as the 2015 model. The big factor in going to rMBP from the MBA is its ability to not have any blurriness when I increase the display resolution.

any other thought you guys have, please share. thanks.

(P.S. I tested the force touch in the store, I'm sure it would take some getting used to but I didn't like it. way to sensitive in the initial click. I would just scroll or move the cursor around and it would register as me clicking everywhere.)
If the 2015 rMBP is not an option, why did you ask? ;) Word of caution of Mavericks from personal experience. I bought an open box 2014 MBA that I figured I could install Mavericks on because the earlier 2014s shipped with 10.9. I don't know why, but I could *not* get Mavericks to install on that machine. My guess, only a guess, is that maybe the oldest installable version of OS X is tied to the particular machine, not the model. I don't know what the explanation was, but no amount of wiping and resetting would install Mavericks.
 

cosmo3

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If the 2015 rMBP is not an option, why did you ask? ;) Word of caution of Mavericks from personal experience. I bought an open box 2014 MBA that I figured I could install Mavericks on because the earlier 2014s shipped with 10.9. I don't know why, but I could *not* get Mavericks to install on that machine. My guess, only a guess, is that maybe the oldest installable version of OS X is tied to the particular machine, not the model. I don't know what the explanation was, but no amount of wiping and resetting would install Mavericks.
Im not fluent in emoticon so I don't know if thats a sarcasm one or not. If its not, my comment was a reply to someone earlier suggesting I get the 2015 rMBP.

I have no idea how to install another operating system but the 2013 air came with 10.10 and I asked the rep at the genius bar if he could put 10.9 on it. he did it and it worked.
 

cosmo3

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Well you don't know what you're missing out then.
10.10 came out in the fall of 2014. we're now in June of 2015. of those roughly 9 months, I have used 10.10 for about 6/7 months. So, I am familiar with it and while there may be one bell or whistle I wouldn't be able to use with a 10.9, there is nothing that I would miss. but thanks for your input.

if anyone else has some info on my original question, please post. thanks
 

Cuniac

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Thanks for the input, the 2015 rMBP 13 inch really isn't an option as I would be unable to install 10.9 on it. Plus the price. The July 2014 rMBP 13 inch is enough of a discount that I could add extended AppleCare to it and come under the price of a new 2015 version without any changes.

Im still unsure if the July 2014 model can have 10.9 installed on. And if the display settings are as the 2015 model. The big factor in going to rMBP from the MBA is its ability to not have any blurriness when I increase the display resolution.

any other thought you guys have, please share. thanks.

(P.S. I tested the force touch in the store, I'm sure it would take some getting used to but I didn't like it. way to sensitive in the initial click. I would just scroll or move the cursor around and it would register as me clicking everywhere.)
The Force touch has settings for how sensitive you want it to be
 

newellj

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Im not fluent in emoticon so I don't know if thats a sarcasm one or not. If its not, my comment was a reply to someone earlier suggesting I get the 2015 rMBP.

I have no idea how to install another operating system but the 2013 air came with 10.10 and I asked the rep at the genius bar if he could put 10.9 on it. he did it and it worked.
No worries, it was friendly. Even if we were all fluent in emoticons I can't figure out what's what on the new forum software... :wink: Anyway...all 2013s should have come out of the box with Mavericks because Yosemite wasn't even introduced until June 2014. Put differently, there are no 2013 MacBooks of any kind that can't go back to 10.9. My caution is that I had a 2014 that in theory should have been able to be restored to 10.9 but wouldn't, so it's possible that if you buy a 2014 refurb you might also find that it won't install 10.9. If that's a critical fact for you, I'd buy a late 2013 for certainty. In reality, the hardware differences are less than minimal. :smile:
 
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