MacBook Pro Retina - Mid-2014 vs 2013

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  1. Rhinoe macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I had recently purchased a MacBook Pro Retina 13" with a 256gb SSD; After tax, and with the education discount, it had totaled out to be $1489. Later I came to find that B&H Photo is selling the older version MacBook Pro Retina 15" for $1599 (no tax).

    From what I can gather, these have the same display, thickness, 256gb SSD, and 8gb RAM. However, for $110 more I could upgrade to a 15" screen with a quad-core i7 CPU. Am I missing something here? I am tempted to return my rMBP to the Apple store and purchase the 15" model from B&H.
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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  3. Rhinoe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It seems like a great deal and the dimensions look to be the same, between late 2013 and mid-2014 15" models. Do the late 2013 models lack "Turbo Boost?"
     
  4. MTL18 macrumors regular

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    The 2013 computers have the 2013 haswell chip. The 2014 computers have the 2014 haswell chip which is a little bit faster.

    The 15 inch is the better deal, but you have to want that size.
     
  5. Rhinoe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Truth be told, I have never seen the 15" models in person. For whatever reason I had never noticed them at the Apple store and I had only ever seen the 13" model at Best Buy.

    As of right now, I feel completely content with the size of the 13" and I feel that it is the perfect size for use in a recliner, or bed. For the sake of a faster processor (with Turbo Boost), an hour more battery time, and additional portability...it may be best for me to stick with the 13". Sometime this week I will have to make it a point to see these 15" models at the Apple store.
     
  6. fanchee macrumors 6502a

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    I moved from a 2012 11" MBA to a 2014 15" MBP. But like you, I never even noticed or took a second glance at the 15" machines. I work from home, and 95% of the time, my machine stays plugged in on my desk. So this time around, I happened to stop and take a good, hard look at the 15" MBP. Wow. The retina screen blew me away.

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVED my 11" MBA for it's size. But I am not one that unplugs the computer and travels often at all. So I purchased the 15" and it is amazing. I am in awe and in love. :)

    If I needed portability, I would be second guessing my choice. I don't, so I went for the powerhouse.
     
  7. Rhinoe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a very nice desktop PC with ridiculous components and three 27" monitors set up in eyefinity. I was looking for portability on this purchase, but I can always appreciate a nice screen and I love this retina display as well. I can't imagine the 15" rMBP being that much larger than the 13", but I would have to see this in person.

    When I compared the MBA to the new rMBP, I felt that they were close enough in size that I couldn't possibly justify the loss in performance and a downgrade in screen size simply due to weight differences.
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The 2.0GHz 15" 2013 rMBP has turbo boost up to 3.2GHz. The 2.2GHz 15" 2014 rMBP has turbo boost up to 3.4GHz. You'd never notice the difference in normal day to day usage.
     
  9. Rhinoe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It seemed that the two laptops had the same dimensions as well. Are the screens exactly identical?
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The chassis and screens on the late 2013 and mid 2014 models are the same.
     
  11. Jwowbman macrumors member

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    I was looking at getting a new MacBook Pro Retina :apple: soon but I have seen a lot of stuff lately about another release coming. Does anyone know what is going on with that one? Im not in need of a SUPER COMPUTER, I have no use for the high powered things that the high end MCBr can do but I would like to weight out my options regardless and see what the new one is all about. Does anyone have any input on that?

    -Justin
     
  12. ABC5S, Sep 5, 2014
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    No other release. The Pro, and Air just got a mild update and a $100 price reduction. Next year will have another processor called broadwell, and that will be a mild update as well. Skylake however will come later, and that is the one to think about if you can. If not, get the one being offered now.
     

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  13. Jwowbman macrumors member

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    AWESOME! Thanks for the help! I am not in the market for an upgrade but more in the market for my first MBPr. I have a iMac 2012 right now but looking for something more mobile. Im glad I know that about the MBPr so Ill look for one now over waiting for an upgrade down the road
     

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