Late 2013 vs newest

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  1. rpearlberg macrumors 6502a

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    What are the differences? I have a late 2013 13" rMBP 8GB/256GB.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    This may help: Ultimate Mac Comparison

    You didn't mention Early or Late 2013 or which processor you have, but that link should give you all the info you need.
     
  3. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Late 2013
    2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
    8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    256GB
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Faster CPU and SSD. Better battery life. Force touch trackpad.
     
  5. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    Late 2013		Early 2015
    2.4 GHz Intel Core i5	2.7GHz Intel Core i5
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3	8GB 1866MHz DDR3
    256GB			256GB
    
    And the force touch trackpad.
     
  6. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Cool. I wasn't even paying attention about the faster RAM.
     
  7. vanimal macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty noticeable jump in GPU power i believe. Also the the 2015 MBPR has a LEGIT 10 hour battery. I am on my first charge, as i just picked mine up from Best Buy earlier at about 4pm. I am having trouble knocking this thing down, battery wise! I used it for a few hours before the gym. Came home & watched two episodes from Curb Your Enthusiasm via HBO Now that i had pushed onto my 65" TV on the wall while i browsed on the MBPR. And this damn thing is STILL at 75%. :eek:

    I have a 2013 MBA that i just sold, and it for sure has a stronger battery than that. I won't be able to charge this thing until prob tomorrow afternoon lol. I am sure you are supposed to run it down on its first charge.

    SSD speed is much faster, not sure how much that would be noticeable.

    And lastly i thought the force touch track pad would be "gimmicky". But i went to factory reset my MBA to ship it out and MAN, going back to that trackpad is mehhhh. I really love the new trackpad. The old trackpad is so LOUD, for lack of a better word. But again, ONLY if you are used to the new force touch one.

    The battery is REALLY good in the 2015 MBPR, for the power it houses and the retina it pushes. You could prob get 11 hours battery with light use with screen at 50%. No joke.
     
  8. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the review. Trying to decide if it's worth the upgrade. If I was to get this, should i stick with 8GB/256GB? I know the hard drive size is personal preference as to how much stuff I have, but is there any reason to get 16GB of RAM?
     
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Probably not..

    worth the upgrade to be honest. Despite intels claims the GPU is very similar in performance.

    16gb of RAM is only any use if you use it, so for some software it's a bonus and if you run multiple VM's but otherwise it's a pointless extravagance.

    I would stick with yours for another year unless you really need an extra hour battery or more space or Ram...
     
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Impossible to say without knowing what you actually do with a computer. For all we know, you could get by with an iPad. Anyone answering otherwise would simply be taking a stab in the dark.

    Rule of thumb with computers: if you have to ask, you don't need it.
     
  11. Meister Suspended

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    OP has started several threads lately where he describes his usage. He could get by with an iPad. No idea why he wants to upgrade now.
    Maybe he's just bored.
     
  12. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, yes. I just like to get new stuff way too often.
     
  13. Meister Suspended

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    I thought so :)

    For your use the 2015 rmbp is basically the same as the 2013.
    You might be better off with an Air just for the fun of it.
     
  14. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Most likely I'll hold off for now. I just get bored with what I have and want something different all the time! I could always try the air for a bit and then get the next rMBP. We'll see.
     
  15. vanimal macrumors 6502a

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    2015 MBA 13" on sale at BB for $799!!!! Combine that with a 10% movers and man...... It's cheaper than the 2014 MBA lol. It's on sale until Sunday I believe.
     
  16. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That is a great price. Besides the retina screen, how much of a step down would it be from current rMBP?
     
  17. twocircles macrumors newbie

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    Oh no! Could Apple marketing be intending to make "Pro" mean something On the MacBook again? :eek:
     
  18. vanimal macrumors 6502a

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    Not much is you use it casually like I do. Now if you are editing videos etc I'm sure the MBPR will be a lot better.
     
  19. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I have the exact same machine: late 2013 13" retina with 2.4/8/256.

    On the new one, the GPU is maybe 20% faster, so it's a nice little bump if you play games. SSD is a lot faster in benchmarks, but the one on the 2013 is so good that I don't know what the real world difference would be. Ditto for the CPU bump.

    Plus battery life is somewhat better (1-2 hours maybe?) and force touch trackpad.

    My overall thought is that the new one looks like a lot of improvement on paper, but most users probably wouldn't know the difference except for the trackpad. The late '13" still looks remarkably like the latest and greatest, 18 months later.
     
  20. newellj macrumors 601

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    I have the same rMBP and IMO the internal upgrades aren't worth the cost at tis time. The new trackpad is amazing, but definitely not worth the cost of the upgrade. There's a good chance that we will see Skylake in the next 9-12 months, and that really will be worth upgrading for. Unless you have cash to burn, I'd wait a little longer.

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    Exactly this. It's all incremental. Unless you have cash burning a hole in your pocket, wait a little longer...
     
  21. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    I have the old trackpad and it is absolutely silent....but I have "tap to click" set.

    I am always surprised how many people don't seem to know about this option which is much quieter and quicker than actually physically clicking the trackpad.
     
  22. vanimal macrumors 6502a

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    Actually you are right, i never knew about it. I have a MBA as well i will have to try it out!
     
  23. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I've never been able to get used to tap to click, but i'm glad it's an option for the folks who like it.
     
  24. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    And I've always hated "the trackpad IS the button" approach. If the laptop still had a separate button, I'd click, otherwise it simply feels clunky and unnatural.
     
  25. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    I used to feel that same way until my 15" Early 2008 MBP (the last of the non-unibody models) finally kicked the bucket. But I've gotten so acclimated to the new style trackpad since then, if feels really weird going back to the old ones.

    "Tap" clicking is a bit to sensitive for me... :p

    One thing I absolutely love about the new Force Trackpad is that the "diving board" design is gone. The "click" registers the same on every part of the surface.
     

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