Question about WHEN to buy a MacBook Pro...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ThankYouRob, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. ThankYouRob macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2016
    Minneapolis, MN
    With the RUMORED announcement of the new MacBook Pro looming...

    For someone like me who doesn't care about the latest/greatest, does Apple usually drop the prices on their PREVIOUS model (say the 2015 models) once the newest model comes out? That is a typical business practice, however, Apple is not your typical business, thus the question...I've never really followed the new hardware releases so closely as I have with the rumored updated Macbook Pro line.

    I've been following the refurbished section on Apples site as I feel that is the best place to get a "new" Macbook with still getting the Apple warranty. Thoughts?
  2. xb2003 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2016
    Apple doesn't have a strict practice regarding this. Sometimes a product is completely abandoned and sometimes it is kept around for a while as a cheaper alternative. Such as with the iPhone or the Apple Watch, you can get last years model for a discount. At the same time, sometimes products are abandoned.

    Apple doesn't have a record for giving very large discounts...ever. You will still most likely find better deals from other retailers, whether they keep the current one around or not.
  3. mrex macrumors 68040


    Jul 16, 2014
    apples previous model may be as old as a dinosaur from its tech, althought manufactured on the last year.
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Couldn't have said it better myself. OP, this is 100% accurate.

    Basically, there's no way to tell. All we can say with certainty is not to buy now, due to the refresh on the horizon.
  5. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Don't bother with refurbished.

    You can get a new 2015 rMBP 13" for $999 and 2015 rMBP 15" for $1599.

    Check on slickdeals.
  6. IconicM macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2011
    Houston, Tx
    I was wondering the same thing. Unless the performance of the new machine is way better, I would be happy with the current rMBP.

    I am thinking besides getting a refurb, you might get a decent deal through BestBuy or similar on Black Friday. And Cyber Monday is just around the corner too.
  7. ThankYouRob thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2016
    Minneapolis, MN
    Why not bother with refurbished, if I can save $$$?

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