Just Canceled my Order

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by scottct1, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. scottct1 macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2012
    Connecticut USA
    For 4 1/2 years I have been using a Retina Macbook Pro... it has served me well.

    But after 4 1/2 years I was ready for something new. After the big event I immediately ordered a brand new 15 Inch Macbook Pro with the fastest CPU and video card, and a 1 TB drive and Applecare.

    The total for it with tax was almost $4,000.00.

    When I told my wife how much I spent she almost killed me... but she said if I wanted it, it was ok and that I deserve a laptop.

    Over the past few days I noticed she was putting together a list for the kids for Christmas and noticed the list was much smaller this year and I asked her why and she told me that my laptop order took most of the holiday money put away. That made me sad.

    So I have been sitting here at my desk with my 4 1/2 year old Macbook pro and realizing that besides the larger hard drive it can do everything that the new one can do that I need it to. It has lasted me 4 1/2 years and is still working fine... so I am going to keep what I have. And with two clicks I canceled my Macbook Pro order from Apple.

    I am sad because I like new technology but I am happy because my wife does not have to worry about the holidays anymore. I can always get one later after the holidays.
  2. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    Sounds like the responsible thing to do.
  3. CodeSpyder macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I would have said, "Hey kids, look what Santa brought you! A Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter!"
  4. bluush macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2007
  5. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
  6. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2009
    Props to you. Priorities are important. Glad you chose the kids rather than a shiny new toy.
  7. JPizzzle macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2008
    I dunno..I'm sure this won't be a popular opinion, but it's not like your kids aren't getting any presents, which shouldn't be what the holidays are about anyway. I would keep the laptop since this will be something you have earned and will use for the next 5 years, where as those presents will be forgotten or thrown aside in a month (assumption-I obviously don't know your kids). It's not like this laptop will keep food off the table or is coming out of their college fund. Just my 2 c.
  8. spacebro macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2015
    Dang, it costs 4k? My max 2015 rmbp also with 16gb ram and 1tb ssd was only like 3400. The price for the same stats has gone up by $600?! Prices are supposed to come down if memory amounts stay the same! Check out the refreshed alienware 13". You can get better cpu, 32gb ram, 6gb video card, fast ssd, for literally half of the price, under $2000. What is happening to apple?
  9. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    Do you have a family and kids, Sir/Madam? Because you sure sound like you don't.

    Props to the OP though.
  10. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    It will pay in long run! either in the form of a 2016 price drop when 2017's come, or a 2017 that you can justify better!

    But also wonderful karma,
  11. dk808 macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2015
    If your 4.5 year old laptop does everything you need, why feel the need to buy a completely maxed out 2016 version? Just get the base model
  12. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    OP opted for 1 TB SSD, which is what drove the price up. But yes, Macs are expensive if you ask me.
  13. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    Don't feel bad, you are not missing out on much anyway. People who are purchasing the new macs will end up losing the most in terms of value. Wait a year or so and hopefully Apple will rectify the mistakes made with the new macs, and lower the damn prices. Also the previous generation will hold its value a lot better due to legacy ports and nicer keyboard and since they already are quite a bit cheaper.

    Only irrational consumers are duped into buying the latest machines, especially when the upgrade is such a let down.
  14. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    You could have spent half. LOL. Anyway good move with the kids. They will appreciate it. :)

    I got my job to order my 13" :)
  15. c.s. macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2007
    That's smart. In hindsight, 2012 was a great year to buy one. I'm amazed how well it's aged -- quad core, 16 GB RAM, retina display. Mine is still a beast.
  16. UKPoliticsGuy macrumors regular

    May 3, 2009
    Good move OP.

    OP, should send that post to Tim and co. Money-grabbing ....
  17. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    That's the cheap one. The model I was building cost $4500. For only a tiny 15 inch screen...I said no way Jose. For the same $$$ I ordered a Surface Studio.
  18. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    You're a good family man. Don't change.
  19. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    Where are the Tim Cook Grinch meme's at?

    I think you made a wise choice. As fun as it is to get the new toy, I think you'll get much more joy out of giving your family a better Christmas. Respect
  20. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    But, but it's the latest thing. :)
  21. audirs5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2014
    my 2011 literally does everything i need, perfectly. Any update i'd want is purely for a "want", not "need". I think a good portion of people will fall under this bucket, just choose to pick a newer laptop for the new laptop feel. I get it, but sometimes your finances should come first, not a laptop lol.
  22. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    So you had to order one right now? I mean, your current (presumably Mac) was not good enough to go another month or two or anything?

    I always wondered why people who are upset with an update go out and switch platforms completely. To me it sounds like just rash actions based on spite. Cause I somehow doubt that everyone waiting for the announcement had a computer on its last legs that would absolutely die tomorrow and they needed to order something TODAY so they had to go with a PC instead.

    Nope. As we can see from some of the other posters, as soon as Apple announces a new MacBook you have to either buy it or buy a competitors. You can't wait and see how things go, continue enjoying your perfectly good existing laptop for a while longer, hold off until the holidays for sale prices on other platforms, or heaven forbid the next update which might fix the issues you're upset about.

    Apple Announcements force you to act NOW.
  23. audirs5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2014
    I think if people saw the landfills that these laptops end up in, they would double think their purchases. There is a phenomenal documentary on this somewhere on the internet. Just because you don't see it here, doesn't mean it's not happening. We are filling 3rd world countries with our junk.
  24. spacebro macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2015
    It isn't that this update is especially bad. It is that there hasn't been an impressive mac update since 2012. Nothing but disappointment for mac mini and mac pro users since then. For 15" macbook pros, they have not had a proper updates since 2012 lagging 4 generations behind until this last update, at least the 13" got broadwell (I know I know blame intel, whatever). The writing is on the wall that apple is reducing the mac line down to macbooks and macbook pros. No more cinema display, your imacs are next on the chopping block. We wanted to be impressed along the lines of the 2012 update- that was at a time when most laptops came with 2gb or 4gb and here you could get 16gb. Removing the cdrom was very smart, nobody ever used them except to find out it was broken when they needed to reinstall the OS. This was a true powerhouse in 2012 and is what converted me to use macs coming from a linux thinkpad. It is clear to everyone paying attention the mac is going to be whittled down into a small thing incapable of real performance. This update could have been "Mac Is Back" but instead it was "Guess We Will Be Waiting Five Years Or Forever".
  25. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    The eyes of a man are never satisfied.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 4, 2016 ---
    The 20th century produced gigantic leaps in technology. So far, the 21st century has been largely disappointing in that regard as well as in others.

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