Late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cabuckn, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. cabuckn macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2017
    United States
    Hey folks!

    Friend of mine is selling me his Late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 13" (super good deal) and I'm excited to finally get back to using a Mac (been since around 2012 for me).

    I'm curious, do any of you still use an older MacBook pro like this? If so, how does it hold up these days?

    My plans for use are:
    • Lots of safari
    • Messing in Xcode
    • Managing photos/videos of my kiddos
    I'm assuming it'll do just fine, even being older.
  2. TBFoxRDMS macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    I have a 2013 MbPro Retina that I got from Apple refurb store in 2014 and it kicks butt. I was even debating switching to new MacBook for portability but I decided it wasn't worth it for the loss in processing power. I routinely use Camtasia and Adobe Premiere Elements with no problems. Enjoy!
  3. cabuckn thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2017
    United States
    Great news, thanks!
  4. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Even the base model of this system is still a solid machine for most of today's usage. It's not ideal for massive amounts of 4k material, but for what you are doing it should work great.

    If this is the base 128 GB model, you have upgrade options: the internal hard drive IS upgradable, and you can also use a product called the Transcend Jet Drive Lite to add up to 256 GB of internal flash storage (it will be slower than the internal SSD, but it is very, very reliable flash memory and great for media storage - and, no differently from the internal SSD, any contents on it can and should be backed up with Time Machine or an alternative backup method.)

    If you are a heavy Safari User, and as I see you have an iPhone 7, this may interest you
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    My 2013 is coming up 4 years old, its never skipped a beat and is still more machine than I need by a long way, with a similar use case.
  6. gregamerine macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2016
    I’m wondering if I could upgrade my late 2013 MBP with 256ssd to a 1TB? Any thoughts?
  7. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area

    It is some work to update the SSD. This thread has the details on how to do this.
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I am writing this on a late 2013 MBPr, 8gb memory and 512 SSD (paid extra when ordered). It has run with no issues and I have taken it when traveling. It is a great machine. I also have a 2016 MBPr with TB, but I hate the keyboard so it didn't replace this one although that was my plan. While the 2016 was faster the lousy keyboard was... I do use it for watching video since it has a better screen than the 2013. The 2013 has been on pretty much 24/7 since I bought it, only shutting it down when traveling. I have no idea what would be a good price though.

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