Pro vs Air 2015

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by manwinder, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. manwinder macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2015
    So being the dumbas* i decided to wait for the macbook air 12 (macbook retina 12inch), not noticing that the dollar in Canada got weaker. So i was going to pull the trigger on a i5 256GB 8GB 13 inch air but the price got up to like $1800 and i was like brah thats a lot of money, i should wait for the annoucement.

    So the prices of the macbook pro 13inch and air's has gone up $200 in Canada, so now i pay $2000 .... FML. And if i buy a macbook air 13, i end up paying $200 more for an ssd thats twice as fast, assuming that broadwells performance is negligible, i don't care about the graphics increase. So i wanted to get the air because its light weight and i could do what i needed to do (school work and programming).

    But now feeling like an idiot, i see no reason to get it cause i am paying $200 more for a faster ssd, why not pay $200 more for a fast ssd, +1 hour battery life and a force touch trackpad. The pros resale value is probably gonna be higher than the air (Cause the air's update was more minor than the pro's)

    Now the weight isn't much different, 13 inch pro is at like 3.5 pounds and the air is 3 pounds. You guys think the weight difference is massive?

    Also i could get an Air 13 inch with an i7 vs a Pro 13 inch i5 (the standard cheapest one). I looked at some benchmarks and the i7 is up there with the i5 (haswell), the i5 does beat the i7 in a couple of benchmarks, which is expected cause the i5 takes more juice.

    What should i get guys:

    Macbook Air 13 inch, 256GB 8GB i7

    Macbook Pro 13 inch, 256Gb 8GB i5

    Both cost me around $2000

    Guidance would be appreciated. Thanks

    PS this will be my first macbook
  2. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    East of Eden
    My opinion? If the price is really about the same, the i7 will probably prove nothing for you in any computing tasks but will drain you battery a little faster. The retina display in the rMBP is really a vast improvement, especially with Yosemite. I have two MBAs in the house right now and the difference in the displays is night and day.

    Other differences, if they matter. The MBA will run longer without a charge, but I've never had trouble getting through a day with the rMBP. The rMBP has a smaller footprint than the MBA but is thicker at the front edge (they're +/- 1mm at the hinge end). The rMBP weighs about 8 ounces more than the MBA, which wouldn't matter to most people.
  3. manwinder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2015
    thanks for your input. 1 point to Grif.. i mean the Pro

    i should've included a poll on this post
  4. sevoneone macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2010
    IMO, if you don't care about the graphics update, look at a refurbished Haswell

    13 inch, 256GB 8GB 2.6GHz i5 is $1,349 CAN. The SSDs in those models are already screaming fast. My 2013 2.4GHz 256GB 8GB model scores 400MB/s writes and 500MB/s Reads in everyday tasks. If you need more speed than that you probably need desktop class CPU/GPU performance too.

    I don't think you'd be missing much vs. the amount of savings. If you're worried about resale value, in two years the price difference between a July 2014 unit and a March 2015 unit is probably going to be pretty negligible, and you'll get a much higher percentage of your $$ back in the case of the 2014.

    Heck the 2014 might be worth more if people decide they hate the force touch trackpad.
  5. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    13" Pro, no contest, the Air is too expensive now, and Apple`s in-house upgrades are notoriously expensive. Own and used both and the Retina is far superior and frankly better value for money.

    As some have stated get round to Apple quick as they may have some of the 2014`s still in stock and they will be reduced in price (slightly)

  6. manwinder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2015
    is this the one you were talking about

    like i don't know why but some stupid thing inside me keeps saying no buy the macbook pro for $2000, i could save like ~$400 and get the refurb (including apple care) but then why don't i just get a macbook air 8GB 256 GB haswell, thats what i wanted originally. But those are all sold out and nothing in the refurb store is haswell and has the 8GB.

    Also i am a student and I was wondering if you guys know how much i could save using my student card (in Canada). I assume its a $100 but i read somewhere it could be $200. Can this also be used on the refurbs?

    Thanks for the help guys

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