Replace 13-inch rMBP Late 2013 with 2015 model or wait for Skylake?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KimHansenDK, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. KimHansenDK macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2011
    I currently have the 13-inch rMBP Late 2013 and are considering replacing it with the new 13-inch 2015 model. But is it worth replacing it now or do you guys think that it's better to wait a year for the Skylake model and a more substantial boost in performance (especially iGPU)?

    Until now the Late 2013 model has worked fine - I primarily use it for web and app design in Photoshop/Illustrator and only do some basic 2D animation in Edge/After Effects. And of course browsing, music and movies etc.

    Would you replace it with the new model or wait a year for the Skylake model?
  2. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    @KimHansenDK: Wait for Skylake, if possible. It provides many enhancements for mobile devices like the 13" rMBP. Sell your old rMBP at the appropriate time.
  3. roncron macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2011
    I'd wait if I were you.

    I have the 2015 model. I don't think you'd notice much difference in performance compared to your late 2013 model. And it looks just like your 2013 model - same exact case and display, same keyboard.

    One of the reasons why Macbooks are more expensive than plasticky Windows laptops is you get a much better machine with a much longer usable life.
  4. KimHansenDK thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2011
    I think I will wait for the Skylake model then. Thanks guys! :)
  5. Ovedius macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2012
  6. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I'd wait until the model you have doesn't do the things you need it to do.
  7. mcarling macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2009
    Skylake is still vaporware. If you would benefit from a new model now, then buy one now. I'm happy with the mid-2015 15" MBP I got last week.
  8. vladzaharia macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    I don't think that word means what you think it means.

    Vaporware means the product is never manufactured nor cancelled, it's just left in limbo. Considering that we haven't even reached the time when they're supposed to be out (which is the first requirement for vaporware), and that Intel hasn't skipped a generation yet, it's never going to be vaporware.
  9. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    At the very least, wait just a few short days to see what, if anything, is announced concerning laptops at the upcoming WWDC. To me, it makes no sense (unless you 'need' it now) to spend thousands of dollars on an 'updated' 4th gen powered laptop 'if' you can invest your money in a new 5th, or even 6th generation MBP that may be only a few months away.
  10. placidity44 macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2015
    Easily Skylake. I think that you'll see a redesign as well as a performance boost.
  11. Husky1992 macrumors regular


    Aug 26, 2011
    when is skylake expected to launch on rMBP? wasn't just updated to broadwell?
  12. inhalexhale1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2011
    Awesome! So many using "vaporware" lately and clearly have no clue what it means.
  13. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    2013 is still relatively new, I say wait for Skylake
  14. Fthree macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    I had the late 2013 also and upgraded and am so happy with the new machine. Faster and I love the new trackpad. If you need one go for it you won't be disappointed but if you can play the waiting game then do that.
  15. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Supposedly some dual core Skylake CPUs will be getting eDRAM, increasing GPU performance by quite a bit.
  16. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Yeah, the increase in GPU is what makes me wait for the Skylake update, the eDRAM should increase Intel Iris performance which is the model found in 13" MBPs, I wonder do Intel not make Iris Pro for processors suitable for 13" MBPs or it's cause of heat issues?
  17. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  18. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Why replace it?
  19. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Skylake might even bring Thunderbolt 3 and USB type C ports. Not that you need them now, but it's always good to keep up in these times of port transitions.
  20. KimHansenDK thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2011
    That is the question. The Late 2013 works quite fine when designing for web and apps (and some light 2D animations) but I was wondering if everything will be even more smooth switching to the 2015 model (faster SSD and GPU), or if I will gain a more noticeable boost waiting for the Skylake model?

    I think it makes more sense to wait and get more out of my money :)
  21. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    For that work it will make practically no difference, the 2013 should see you through to 2017 at least, with an upgrade showing very little difference, unless 4K / 5K is important to you.
  22. KimHansenDK thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2011

    4K/5K is not that important, but could be of some use in order to see app interfaces in 1:1 on the screen. But then again, it has not been a problem as I just test it on the devices when designing.

    It makes sense to wait - at least until there are more new features added (maybe a new design) and also a larger jump in performance. Let's see what Skylake brings to the table :)
  23. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Speaking as the recent former owner of a late 2013 and new owner of an early 2015 13" rMBP, if performance is the only criterion, you should absolutely keep the current machine. My change was prompted by reasons that had nothing to do with basic computing performance.
  24. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    Saint Augustine, FL
    "Stop it, I mean it" ..... anybody got a peanut?
  25. TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    If it is mission critical and it is doing its job why would you replace it with a marginally better system?

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