Return my JB 7 Plus to put towards new MBP with touchbar. Opinions?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bootleg Gucci, Oct 27, 2016.

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Is the new MacBook Pro with Touchbar worth the price increase?

Poll closed Nov 1, 2016.
  1. Yes, shut up and take my money.

    2 vote(s)
    6.9%
  2. No.

    27 vote(s)
    93.1%
  1. Bootleg Gucci macrumors 6502

    Bootleg Gucci

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    With the new MacBook Pro pricing increase, I am considering returning my JB 7Plus to help offset the price surge.

    My main reason is that the value proposition for me upgrading from an unlocked 6S Plus 128GB A1634 to an unlocked 7 Plus 128GB A1661 doesn't appear worth the $400-$500 loss after craigslisting the 6S for $530-$580 (bought it for $1005 after tax in Oct 2015). New 7Plus cost $922 after tax. Like other forum members, I question what upgrades are worth it on the 7 Plus vs the 6S Plus (new home "button" is good, portrait camera 10.1 is ok, haven't had much use for camera telephoto lens other than video zoom, cellular reception same as 6S, A10 is not much faster for my tasks since I don't game or use heavy graphics other than iMovie, Jet Black finish is the main highlight, haven't run into hissing on this week 40 build, SIM card tray not flush by a long shot).

    So I've been waiting to upgrade my 2012 MBP 15" (first gen with Retina Display), 4.3 years of use and each battery cycle doesn't last long enough for me now. I custom ordered it with upgraded RAM and the price was $2179 and included a $100 gift card for being a student.
    With interest rates so low the last few years, inflation shouldn't be the main reason for the price hike. For a 512gb SSD size, base i7 processor, and 16GB Ram, new MBP price is $2599. If Apple could've been more generous with base SSD and RAM config (i.e. get rid of 256GB and 8GB and make 512GB SSD + 16GB memory standard for all MBP), then I might not be ranting on this forum and likely returning my 7Plus on last day of the return policy.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Floris macrumors 68020

    Floris

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    Sure, it's your money - if you dont' want the iPhone, .. and you rather have a touch-bar. Go for it.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    I usually do what I want. Do you usually do what strangers on the internet tell you to do?
     
  4. foxconn Suspended

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    macbooks (to me) are not worth what apple's asking for them considering how much use i get out of them.

    i use my iPhone every single day for at least 10hrs of the day, so to me it's a better "investment" than any computer out there.

    imo, keep the 7 and buy a 2015 mbp. the led bar is nice but pretty gimmicky.
     
  5. Geert76 macrumors 65816

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    why not just sell your house and get both!? iPhone 7 Plus 256Gb and a maxed out 2016 rMBP 15inch!

    win-win
     
  6. Floris macrumors 68020

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    I can probably ask more for the house if I remove the windows and put in a sun roof that lets in more light. And call it courage.
     
  7. Bootleg Gucci thread starter macrumors 6502

    Bootleg Gucci

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    Lol, I was secretly hoping for this kind of reply, just to keep both a new iPhone and rMBP, and it's okay to spend this level of money since It's normal for Apple fanboys. Lessens the guilt.
     
  8. E.Lizardo macrumors 68000

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    In that case you shoud definetly have both.God knows you deserve it after what you've been through and all the hard work you've put in,not to mention being an all around fantastic person,enriching the lives of all you come in contact with. In fact the very idea of you not having both is just so horribly horribly wrong that the thought of it brings me to tears! Go forth sir Gucci,and claim what is rightfully yours!!!
     
  9. Booloo macrumors regular

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    Do you need a new smartphone or do you need a new computer? What would make your day to day life easier/better?

    We are talking about two completely different types of products here. Should I buy a snowmobile or a Subaru Outback?

    If you're thinking about returning a phone for a new computer you either need to put your money into something more useful for day to day like the Mac, or just have the new toy itch. If it's fun factor, stay with the iPhone. A smartphone gives me more enjoyment than a computer. Mainly because it has a camera, records video, and I have a internet equipped device with me wherever I go.
     
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    Yes, go for it. I am an iOS critic though and find iPhones and iPads extremely crippled. Very anti-PC for a mobile OS. The price for the new MBP isn't any different than laptops that cost $1,500+ from a decade ago. And another reason is you will pay twice as much than an iPhone but the MacBook Pro will offer you at 2-3x more longer usage. That's $1700-$2600 for a solid 4-6 years of usage while most iPhones drop to half their price within a year once they get disposed of.

    Any sub-$500 or even sub-$100 smartphone can do 90% on what an iPhone can do except the camera. An iPhone can't do 100% of everything a Mac can do (and vice-versa) especially for productivity and work. It is good owning a notebook again where I can tilt the screen when streaming video. With iPhones or iPads, you need a kickstand. And less worrisome at upgrading, cracking screens, poor battery life, cheap enough battery replacements compared to the actual cost, etc.

    A real status symbol is owning Macs like a MacBook and iMac. Almost everyone these days owns or had owned an iPhone before. Being more expensive and less common is more luxurious than something a 8-year old child has using an iPhone. They can also last and last. I see folks here still using a Mac from 2008 and it still works like a charm! Try saying that about an iPhone 3G.
     
  11. thadoggfather macrumors G3

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    I think thread title and poll are two completely separate matters

    no, I estimate even by apple tax and price standards, the 13 and 15 to be overpriced somewhere between 300-500 (400-500 for 15 and 300ish for 13)

    as for whether to return your 7 plus, if you dont see the merit in upgrading from 6s+ also a great phone, then go for rMBP touchbar edition
     
  12. itsray macrumors 6502

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    all i can do is really laugh at this. the raise in price makes it laughable.
     
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    MacBook Pro
    + Life usage is longer
    + Retains resell value better
    + Better construction, cleaner look
    + More real computing power
    + File management
    + Torrent programs
    + Drag and drop is cinch w/o opening iTunes

    Apple iPhone 7
    + Cheaper
    + More portable
    + More fun to use
    + Has a rear camera
    + More apps and games

    I guess since smartphones are our most personal gadget, I always see posters saying they love a particular phone. The comments about the death of the Note7 sounded like John Lennon eulogy by sad ex-owners. With notebooks, not so much. Not so "personal" even if they last longer with us. I see threads saying they love their iPhone SE or even some gaming handheld where video games is connected with nostalgia but rarely do I see people say they love a certain computer. It is almost like they get looked upon like an appliance or TV set with no personal connection for them. While everyone is after an iPhone like a limited edition hot-selling toy from Apple .

    I love smartphones but having a laptop/notebook seems far more practical in the longer run. They last longer. No pressure with planned obsolescence. Most won't mind getting an older refurb which still cost more than some new iPhones. They retain their value longer. They are less common. There is nothing special owning an iPhone anymore. That stopped feeling special over five years ago. More toy than productive. But a Mac? Others will assume you are rich spending a couple of grand while they are stuck with a sub-$500 Windows PC that breaks down faster within 2-3 years.

    I don't think the new MacBook Pro is really that bad at all. Impressive enough. I would rather have one MBP than owning 2-3 iPhones that every obnoxious d*bag is holding at the airport while taking selfies to waste more time in their lives. People praised the Nintendo Switch without any knowledge of pricing and if this hybrid could really work while so many folks are angry with this MacBook when it still is alot more useful than a tablet and many smartphones used as backups .
     
  14. Bootleg Gucci thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Update, I just returned my JB 7Plus on the last day 14 of return policy at 9pm before closing. Hah, I really held on to it, but I decided on higher priority expenditures like my preordered DJI Mavic Pro on the way and 15" MBP touch bar in a month. To each their own desires.
     
  15. itsray macrumors 6502

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    if you can afford a dji mavic pro and a new mbp, you can afford to buy another 7
     

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