Price drop comin with refresh?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Aditya_S, May 29, 2017.

  1. Aditya_S macrumors 6502

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    I was holding off on buying a MacBook Pro because the 2016 models were too expensive and people made the 2015 one seem really outdated. Since Apple might refresh them in June, do you guys think a price drop will also happen? Has Apple historically dropped the price on the first refresh of a remodeled Mac?
     
  2. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Nothing significant. You'd probably do better with a refurb from Apple.
     
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    The 2016 will drop in price when they announce the 2017. :)
     
  4. Aditya_S thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought they just stop selling the 2016 model unless they drop the refurbished price even further.
     
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    I'm an idiot. :)

    2016 Refurb will drop.
     
  6. Aditya_S thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's good, I didn't really want the base model 13 inch with only 2 ports but that was really the only one I could afford but if the TouchBar MBP is $1300 - $1500 I may buy that.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Likely a specification update at best. I agree, purchase refurbished with the warranty and save some money.
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    No. Same prices. Just a spec bump on latest models.
     
  9. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    Early reports suggested the non-touchbar model pricing will decrease. However, this was made when the MacBook Air was considered a goner. Now, it appears the MacBook Air may get a refresh - leaving it in place as Apple's low-cost workhorse. With this information, plus information on increasing NAND prices, plus presumably good sales of the current models, plus there already being frequent sales of $200-400 off the 2016 models, I do not think price decreases are likely.
     
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    I could see the Touch Bar version dropping in price, especially if they get rid of the non-Touch Bar models. I'm pretty sure they dropped the price on the retina models in early 2013, so it's not unheard of, but probably more likely once the whole line moves to Touch Bar. That probably won't be until late this year or early next year, if I had to guess.
     
  11. Mr. Dee macrumors 65816

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    Considering shipping estimates are still based on the current pricing, aligning with delivery of the new spec bumps for next week announcements, I would say no, don't expect a price drop at all.
     
  12. NathanD macrumors member

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    When Apple released the rMBP in 2012 the 13" base model cost 1699$. After a few months in February 2013 they introduced the updated version with a lower price (1499$) and the same thing happened again in October 2013. So I'd say yes, it's possibile that we'll see a price drop, and I do hope so.
     
  13. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    i think the base model 13" nTB will go down to $1299. But if that happens, I wonder how Apple will handle their refurb prices for the 2016 base model 13". It's currently at $1269. Guess we'll know in six days.
     
  14. Aditya_S thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So apparently the Coffee Lake cpus are 30% more powerful than Kaby Lake so I'm scared I'm going to buy a MBP that's already outdated and I really can't wait longer. What should I do?
     
  15. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    If you can't wait, you have to buy now. There will always be a new faster system coming out.
     
  16. slitherjef macrumors 6502

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    My local best buy (as of yesterday anyway) had the 13" nTB for 200$ off and 100$ off the TB model. Not sure on the 15" ones however
     
  17. NathanD macrumors member

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    I think Coffee Lake CPUs (or at least the ones that Apple uses) won't be available this year so you'd have to wait until 2018. If you need a new MBP now then buy it.
     
  18. bopajuice macrumors 6502a

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    There was a time when with each new release you would get better performance for the same price. More recently apple will do things like making 8gb of ram the base in some laptops while not adding to the price.

    Maybe their current strategy is more in line with what they did to the Mini. Lower the price, but give you less. I may be wrong, but the days of getting more for less seems be gone.
     
  19. theitsage macrumors 6502a

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    I hope Apple offers a non-Touchbar 15" MBP for $1,999.
     
  20. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

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    A $50 reduction would make the lineup a bit more reasonable.
     
  21. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    Retina 5K iMac dropped to pre-Retina prices levels in the span of year or so. I suspect a price drop soon.
     
  22. leman macrumors 604

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    I certainly hope so!

    Yes, once in a while when they release some new tech thats more expensive to manufacture they rise the prices. But there would usually be a price drop afterwards as the process becomes more mature.
     
  23. Garrett998 macrumors member

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    I am hoping for a $100 price drop at least for the TB models, but I wouldn't be surprised if the pricing/specs remain the same minus the change of CPU to Kaby Lake.
     
  24. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    Some of this isn't exactly certain - Intel now faces a serious problem posed by AMD and all of a sudden find themselves having to justify their prices. They will, as any smart company, lean heavily on marketing.
     
  25. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    How are you getting the 30% more powerful? Coffee Lake still uses the 14 nm process like Kaby Lake. The top end units will support 6 execution threads, but that only matters if you run applications that can take advantage of the extra threads. For other apps, it will probably be a minor upgrade.
     

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