Random Thought: cMBP rebranded as MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KUguardgrl13, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    It's been three years since Apple has had a MacBook in the lineup of laptops. The 2010 white unibody was the last to be branded as a MacBook.

    Anyway, people seem to think that the cMBP will be phased out in favor of the retina model. What if instead Apple rebrands it as MacBook and sells it as either the budget model below the Air or between the Air and the Pro with retina.

    Thought this could be an interesting discussion while we wait for news. I don't claim to have a right or wrong answer, just an idea.
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Well with the Air starting at $999, that's the budget model. I imagine the cMBP will be discontinued.
  3. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    I agree with this. I feel like Apple is making the MBA their general purpose laptop in their lineup (which is the role the MB used to have).
  4. Yeswecanagain74 macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2012
    I think they should call the cMBP -- "The Pro" for people who choose to tinker with the laptop. The Retina line would be call the MacBook that would make more sense to me. But marketing would say keep the "Pro" line, so I would call the CMBP = Pro Plus. So MBPP.
  5. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    Tinkering does not a pro make..
  6. swerve147 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2013
    Apple brands "Pro" based on performance, and nothing else.

    Now you might disagree with what Apple considers "Pro" (lack of upgradability, no dGPU or otherwise), but that won't change Apple's marketing tactics.
  7. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Interesting idea. I think one problem is the long-term trajectory of the cMBP/MacBook line. How many years would it be around? The industry is moving away from everything that the cMBP represents: optical media and spinning HDD's.

    But again, this is a good idea for two to three years. Have the MacBook that is the cMBP as it exists now, the MacBook Airs, and the MacBook Pros which would all be retina. I don't know how Apple would work out pricing but I would think they could make the MacBook cheaper, starting at $799 maybe.

    They'd have a good price umbrella starting at less than $300 with the iPad Mini (non-retina with a price drop) all the way up to the top of the line MacBook Pros. It sure would kick the PC industry while it is down ;)
  8. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    The Air is the replacement for the Macbook. They're pretty clear that that is their new 'budget' model going forward. They've even been making it a bit cheaper with every update.
  9. mcarling macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2009
    The era of the internal optical brick is over. If Apple had wanted to keep a lower-cost option than the MBA, they would have kept the white unibody MacBook, with HDD but no optical brick.
  10. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    The only reason it still exists is to minimize the "shock" of puny SSD's and the costly display in the retina counterpart. And to also placate those folks still stuck in 1992 with their built-in optical drives and those that carry #00 screwdrivers with them at all times.

    The cMBP... it's a goner. :(
  11. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    People are getting used to this now though, I think. SSDs are now becoming commonplace, unlike a few years ago. So your average consumer is beginning to understand them better and adapt to the low storage space.

    Some people still present a blank face when you tell them there is no DVD drive, but you really don't need one these days.

    And the cost of the Retina screens will come down in time.
  12. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The 13" rMBP should be rebranded into a MacBook. Simple.
  13. yliu macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    I think the 13 inch MBP (retina or not) should have been names simply as Macbook, because there isn't anything 'pro' about it.

    The 15 inch might deserve the 'pro' as they have a dGPU and quad core CPU.
  14. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    I know hookers that probably underperform but they are still considered "Pros".

    Not for long! :D
  15. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    I hope it's going to discontinued and hopefully the Retina MacBook Pro prices will go down a bit :D
    Like others said, MacBook Air is the budget model and the MacBook Air is an amazing Mac compared to the old MacBook Pro.

    I would not recommend anyone to buy the old MacBook Pro, I know you're going to tell me things like the ability to upgrade RAM & Hard drive etc... but I think it's time to move forward :)
  16. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    When people talk about "budget model", you'll think about $250-$500 notebooks. Not a thousand dollar baby. It's better to be phrased as "base model".
  17. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    More than a few of us will wave bye to you as you move forward
  18. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    Better than carrying a pentalope screwdriver everywhere... Cheaper too! ;)
  19. ogi.nic macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2013
    I like your attitude :cool:

    Don't care about the "pro" tag. I only want something for getting my work done. In my case this includes a matte screen ...
    And, if possible, not a million things to worry about (external drive, TB-LAN-adapters, VGA-adapter, ...). If I want to worry about every little bit I'd rather stick with the original (Windows, that is).
  20. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    No, the Pro moniker should be stripped from ALL laptops except those capable of quad-core, 32 GiB RAM, and 1.5 TB storage.

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