Mid 2012 Macbook Pro (Non Retina): The Last of the Easily Customizable/Swappable/?

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  1. alohamade macrumors regular

    alohamade

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    Hey all!

    So, I recently put 16GB of RAM and a 256GB Crucial M4 SSD into my mid 2011 Mac Mini and I am tremendously happy with it. For the longest time, I wanted to get a MacBook Air to compliment it but I'm now backtracking on those thoughts because of how easy it would be to just buy a mid 2012 MacBook Pro and swap the HDD for an SSD and the standard 4GB for 16GB RAM for little cost.

    With that said, do you guys think that the Mid 2012 MacBook Pro (Non Retina) will be the last of the MacBook Pros we see that are easily opened up and customizable? The thing with the MacBook Air/Retina MacBook Pro is that they're hardly user serviceable, something in which I see to be lacking for a guy like me that loves swapping parts. Do we expect the MacBook Air line to take the place of the current MBPs?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    There was an article by iFixit guy... can't find it now.

    basically, when Macbook Air 13 was offered with the same pricetag as baseline Macbook Pro 13, apple consumers were given a choice:
    Air - ultraportable, slim, fancy, better screen, no expandability, hard to service
    Mbp - less portable, very expandable, decent screen, easy to service

    Air sales went through the roof. result? Same choice for the "Pro" line:
    rMBP - ultraportable, slim, fancy, better screen, no expandability, hard to service
    MBP - not so portable, very expandable, decent screen, easy to service

    What will get killed off? All depends on the sales, which I believe due to current pricing will be in favor of rMBP. There simply is no rationale in getting the old unibody. To get it on par with RAM and SSD with Retina, you're paying the same money. What you are getting? Another internal Sata3 port in favor of a thunderbolt port, which has more total bandwidth.

    If apple were giving the old unibody a fair chance, they would have replaced the FW800 port with another thunderbolt. That's how we have it.
     
  3. Essenar macrumors 6502a

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    The difference is in the pudding, my friend.

    The MacBook Air was the same price as the MacBook Pro. And it also depends on where the consumers are. Power users bought the Pro, no questions about it. If it was their single computer to use, then it was a no-brainer because of how cheap it would be to self-upgrade.

    But power users aren't the majority of Apple owners.

    I believe Apple will continue to push out classic MacBook Pro's because, let's face it, the majority of owners aren't going to just throw $1700 at a 13" integrated graphics laptop that can't be upgraded.

    But if you're right, I'm certainly glad I own a mid 2012 MacBook Pro 13" Classic. Maybe it will be worth good money on Ebay after I upgrade the ram to 16GB to complement my SSD and optical tray mechanical drive.
     
  4. richnyc macrumors regular

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    THE RETINA MACBOOK PRO WAS ‘VERIFIED’ EPEAT GOLD, BUT IT’S NOT GREEN

    The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable

    ^^^ Agreed, until the rMBP prices come down but that might take some time;)
     
  5. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Until the rmbp costs the same as the cmbp, this correlation is irrelevant. I foresee the rmbp coming down $100 in the next rev to make it more competitive.
     
  6. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    There is no way Apple will make the rMBP the only game in town, if they did, then I would say they are not focused on what customers want.

    The rMBP models are meant for a select few, the MBP meet the needs of the majority of users. I can not see them forcing people to spend more money on less power with limited upgrade functions.

    I would love to see my 2012 13" MBP morph in the size of the rMBP 13"

    I am ready to give up my superdrive for a thinner and lighter system, however only if I can upgrade the ram and SSD, otherwise I will keep buying the 13" units as the 17 and 15 are a tad too big and I do not do anything that requires a dedicated GPU. I wish I never got rid of my 2009 15" 2.53 with 4GB/500GB the ones with the nVidia 9600GT it was such a nice machine, but I never regret going wi thebase 13" alwas a good machine for the price.
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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  8. Tonsko macrumors 6502

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    So if I was to buy the base 13" 2012 MBP now, then I could upgrade the HD with my own SSD and plug in a load of ram as well?

    What about installing SL? Will that work too?
     

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