New here and a couple questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by steveh552, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. steveh552 macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2014
    I'm new to this forum and have read quite a bit before posting. First off I have to say iv not kept up with tech like I use to and so not nearly as smart as I once was on the latest.

    First off I am looking at replacing my cheap dell notebook that I hate (windows 8) with a rMBP. I went to the apple store to loom at them and compare them with the air and the display sold me. I mainly will use it for watching movies and tv shows (we don't have cable, only a few shows I watch) and browsing the web. Looking at the 13in with 8gig and 256 memory in hope it will last quite awhile.

    So the big questions:
    1. Advantages of buying from apple instead of best buy? The salesman yesterday only gave one reason and that was the one2one program but I'm not interested in that.

    2. Is AppleCare worth the extra money?

    3. Must have software?

    4. How easy will it be to get music and videos from the windows machine to the mbp?

    Note this will he my first Mac, use to avoid them but with windows 8 on this PC giving me tons of freeze ups and crashes and my new found love of my iPhone (was an android guy) I want to love on.
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    1. no advantage were you buy as long as they are authorized, your going to want to bring it to an apple store either way if you ever have issues

    2. yes lots can go wrong in year 2 and 3 that could cost tripple what apple care costs

    3. be more specific

    4. very easy just copy them on an external drive and you can copy them on you mac, a format like fat32 is the best if you dont have any files large than 4GB, fat32 format allows for read and write on both computers
  3. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    How about an iPad Air? Or an apple tv or mac mini? :confused:

    Almost 1800,- for rmbp + applecare to watch shows and web browsing is just very bizarre. :eek:

    Like someone wrote on here recently: No wonder people are in such bad financial situations these days.

    (In 2012 I almost solely used my iPad 1 via hdmi adapter to watch movies and shows.)
  4. steveh552 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2014

    I do other things on a computer and iv had tablets found they are not as useful to me as a computer.

    I do photography as a hobby and do some editing along with graphics but it's not nearly as often as it has been.

    As for financial situation, if I could not afford it I would not be buying it. I'm 35 years old with a house and 2 newer cars and a boat all paid, no banks involved and nobody helped me get any of it. I work a very good job and saved to get I to my financial position
  5. Meister, Jan 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

    Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Nice! Very good for you :)

    For photography the 13" 8gb/256gb is a great bang for the buck!

    If you got the cash the lower 15" is great, too.


    Must have software:

    MS Office for Mac
    Adobe Ligthroom + Photoshop
  6. Intelligent macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2013

    Omg, i don't get it why people always say "just use iPad for internet browsing". I love OS X way more than iOS, iOS is not bad but you know OS X is a computer system, and computers do a lot more than tablets or phones,.
  7. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    For example ... :confused:
  8. accountforit macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2014
    Spreadsheets. Try doing real work on an iPad and see how long it takes you.
  9. steveh552 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2014
    I'm not sure photo editing would be much fun on a tablet, or things like heavy email and message boarding
  10. Meister, Jan 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

    Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Now you are writing that you need it for photo editing...

    I recommended an iPad for the use originaly posted and thats the best suggestion you can get.

    Photo editing and huge spreadsheets are best not mainly done on an ipad.
    I never wrote that iPads completely replace computers (yet) but they are the best choice for most consumers.

    (even though you can do a certain amount of numbers on it very smoothly)


    Ive done real and important work on iPads since they first came out.
    There are limitations to it still. I was refering to the OPs original post of movies and webbrowsing.
  11. steveh552 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2014
    I guess I did leave out the editing in the first post. I do not do it as often as I did but I still do in occasion
  12. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    The 13" 2.4/8/256 is a really nice machine. I've had mine since the day after release and use it daily for school work, Netflix, and web browsing.

    1. Depends. If you can qualify for a work or school discount, those are usually only offered through Otherwise it's not a huge deal. Buying through Apple does make returns and exchanges a little easier.

    2. YES. Costly repairs can be necessary after the first year if you want to use the machine for any length of time.

    3. MS Office or iWork (Office 2014 should be out in the next few months, so you may want to use the free iWork apps in the mean time), Adobe apps that you might want to use for photography, otherwise lots of built-in apps for everyday tasks. Web browser is up to you; I use Chrome, but many people argue that it's a resource hog

    4. Depends on how they're stored. It can be as simple as drag and drop across your network or from an external hard drive or flash drive. If you have your music on an iPod (not touch or iPhone) you can move it using that, but you lose play counts.

    Good luck, and welcome to Mac!
  13. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    If the music and videos are stored under your Windows User ID (In C:\Users\steveh552\My Music and My Videos, migration assistant should copy them over along with your Internet Explorer favourites, etc.
  14. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    Buy with an American Express card, get an extra year of warranty and ditch th overpriced apple care.
  15. Robster3, Feb 1, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2014

    Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    works for me:)
  16. guineaphinea macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2014
    Regarding AppleCare, YES YES YES. If you ever have to use it, you'll be grateful.

    I regretfully didn't purchase AppleCare and now I'm stuck trying to diagnose and repair a Macbook Pro that's 3 weeks out of warranty. I'm doing the repair myself to save cash AND because I live nowhere near an Apple Store.

    Regardless, I'd still buy another Macbook Pro today if I needed to, great little machine and the first that has met all of my needs...I'd just buy AppleCare to go along with it. :D Also, you can purchase AppleCare any time during your existing 1-year warranty period so it doesn't have to be purchased now.

    Good luck and enjoy your Mac, I know I have!
  17. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I cannot comment on the best warranty but I can tell you that AppleCare is definitely worth the dough. As long as you buy from a reliable place like Best Buy or Apple you will have no issues. As for software, the Mac App Store is a great place to start! Transferring files is simple with Migration Assistant when you first start it up.

    Welcome to MacRumors!
  18. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Note that the RAM is soldered into the logic board and can't be upgraded post-purchase.

    I suggest you max out the RAM.

    Oh by the way, if you're getting the 256GB variant, you're going to get into the lottery of getting either a SanDisk or Samsung SSD.

    The SanDisk ones are around 150MB/s slower in writes than the Samsung ones, but there's not much noticeable difference in real-world usage.
  19. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    Have you rang Apple? I had a iMac 21" screen replaced for free that was 2.5 years out of warranty no joke. Just mentioned it when i rang up about a iPad problem, he put me on hold and come back and said they would replace it. Only 3 weeks out of warranty they may help you.
  20. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    1. Not really, I get a student discount because of where I work (teaching hospital), so for me there is an advantage.

    2. Conventional wisdom indicates its worth the extra money especially the low repairability mark iFixit gives it (hard of any of us to repair it).

    3. For photo editing that you mentioned later in the thread, Aperture, Lightroom, iPhoto, Photoshop and Pixelmator are all great apps for managing or editing your images.

    4. Pretty easy, you can access a share from the windows machine, hook up the computers directly with a ethernet cable, or use a usb flash drive.
  21. steveh552 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2014
    Again thanks for the comments. I'm looking at the 15in version as well, the $1999 model. We shall see I don't want to buy until 100% sure
  22. guineaphinea macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2014
    If my current efforts fail, I'll definitely do that... You can follow the escapade here if you want :rolleyes:

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