Question: 2016 Macbook (12inch) vs. Late 2008 MBP 2,66 (15 inch)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Can Inelli, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Can Inelli macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Hi everyone,

    I currently have a Late 2008 15 inch MBP 2,66. However due to my work I often have to carry my MBP with me these days.

    It's really heavy and the machine is also getting slow. I actually want to wait for the new MBP but I don't know if I can...

    I really like the design of the new 12 inch Macbook. Light and sleek.
    Is that machine faster than my Late 2008 MBP ?

    Will I have any problems editing photos in Photoshop and Lightroom ? I also edit some 1080-30 videos in iMovie.

    Do you think the new 12 inch Macbook will perform better than my Late 2008 MBP ? If so, then maybe I can use it for some time and then sell it and buy a new 15 inch MBP in 2017.

    Waiting for your guidance.

    Thanks !
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yep, the m3-6Y30 in the 1.1GHz MacBook is about 40-50% faster than the T9550 Core 2 Duo in your Late 2008 MBP.

    However it's worth considering that the MacBook is for ultraportability. The 13" Retina MacBook Pros aren't exactly behemoths to carry around.

    As you're also going from a 15" screen and lots of ports, I think that the 13" rMBP would be more suited to your usage. And of course it'll be considerably more powerful than the rMB. Either would run the apps you mentioned fine, though the rMBP would be much quicker.

    If money is no object and longevity is paramount, maybe have a look at the 15" Retina MacBook Pro. That thing is an absolute beast and will handle anything you can throw at it without a hiccup -- guaranteed. It's also super thin and light compared to your MacBook Pro. You'll be amazed how much sleeker and lighter it is.

    Regardless, any Retina MacBook/MacBook Pro or MacBook Air would be a big, big step up in performance with what you've currently got.

    Hope this helps. :)
  3. crewkid89 macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2011
    United States
    You will definitely be getting a much faster computer than what you have now. If you want portability, I really don't think there is anything better. I have the M5 512GB version. It seems to handle photoshop and lightroom fine. With video editing, you should be okay at 1080 30fps in iMovie. I have edited video at that resolution and the program behaves fine. Where you will notice a difference in speed between the Macbook and a Macbook Pro is your final render/export. It will take quite a bit longer. If you normally deal with 5-10min. videos you won't notice that much of a difference, but if you are regularly working with very large files, you are going to want a 13" or 15" MBP for that.

    You are going to need to pick your priorities between portability and power.
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    The middle of the road model would give you twice the performance in most tasks mate.
  5. Can Inelli thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Thanks a lot mate.

    I usually edit 1080-30 or 1080-60 videos with 5-10 minutes of length. Waiting for render is no problem for me. I can wait for the export time. Whats important is that the computer shouldnt lag while editing, cutting the clips etc. On my current Late 2008 MBP 1080-60 is a pain in the a..

    Thanks a lot for the reply ! As for ports, I really don't care. I just need to transfer photos from my Nikon and that's all. I never have lots of USB's plugged in.

    I don't want to spend too much on the current 15 rMBP now since the new ones are on the way. And 13 rMBP seems too old/outdated and heavy in comparison to rMB. I was at Apple Store today, played around with both rMB and 13rMBP. Absolutely love the portability, design and keyboard of rMB.

    Tough decision :) Can't decide if I should wait for new 15inch MBPs or just go with rMB..
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    If you can wait for the new ones, I would! If they're not to your liking, you'd then get a rMB for cheaper than you'd pay now :)
  7. Can Inelli thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Hi guys,

    I just ordered the m5 space grey version. It will arrive on Monday :)

    Could you recommend me a good quality USB-C Hub and a nice case/sleeve ?

    Thanks !
  8. funtoosh macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2010

    Congratulations, even i've the 2016 M5 space grey 512GB SSD version. It' worth the money.

    I'm using the USB-C hub from apple with three ports - USB-C, USB 3.0 and HDMI, though i rarely use this hub as it's usually not needed

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