rMBP 13" 2015 good for lasting 5+ years?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by colonel179, May 7, 2015.

  1. colonel179 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Hi, Sorry for bringing this subject again.

    I am planning to buy a MBP. For me, the prioirity is to buy a MBP that can last long and has the better chance of being supported for many years. My current MBP is turning 6 years. It was the highest-spec model for the 13" MBP mid 2009 (the first ones to have the SD card slot).

    This time, I am really trying to consider a 15" rMBP, but my budget is not quite enough. Maybe if I knew for sure that there would be a redesign or new features of some sort (other than Broadwell chips and Force Touch) I would take the plunge easier.

    Since my budget is limited, I would like to know how well would I be with a rMBP 13" with 16GB RAM and 256 SSD. I am not a pro user or anything like that, but considering that technology gets better in a much faster pace, would a dual core i5, 16GB RAM, etc be enough for a 5 year period?

    There's the other issue that I am not from the US, and prices where I live are much higher. I'd still buy the MBP in the US, but the dollar exchange rate is increasing very fast, so I fear that waiting will just make it more expensive.

    The thing is, If I made an impulse buy right now and get the 13" would I regret it? Would I have prefered to get the 15" instead, or the 13" would be good enough? (and not about screen size, but overall).

    Please tell me about your opinion, since I am very lost right now and confused because I think I overthought things too much.
  2. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    My previous machine was a 2009 13"MBP. Worked great for me for 5+ years...until my mother poured soda on it. This machine will still be fast in 5 years.
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Any new Apple computer you buy right now is very likely to be supported in 5 years. However, it is also possible that all of them will be dead obsolete in 5 years, given the potential of the chip stacking technology we only now begin to uncover.
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    My old mid 2009 13" MBP is still running, the only reason I'm not using it anymore is because the GPU just wasn't cutting it.

    Depending on your needs and usage, the current rMBPs should last just as long.
  5. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    The base 13" rMBP only lacks a little bit of storage, depending on your usage, but I think that most non-granmas and non-granpas will need something bigger than 128GB after a year of use. This can be easily solved by fitting your SD card slot with a Transcend JetDrive Lite.

    If you buy Apple Care, you'll probably have to wait three years until you'll be safe to upgrade the internal SSD (which will certainly be available within 3 years). In 2018, we expect that there will be ~2GB/s PCIe 3.0 SSDs. If you opt for this route (upgrade it later) chances are that your rMBP will then be a faster machine than today.

    I think the base 13" rMBP is the best deal on Apple laptops, because you can save around $120 by buying an external SD card, which provides a fair performance as media storage.
  6. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Your biggest threat is running out of storage if you buy the 128gb version, but even that is by no means fatal.
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    You did overthink things a whole lot.

    Let's keep it simple. If you have a certain set of needs that the computer meets right now, and you don't see those needs changing for X amount of time, then it'll last that amount of time.

    Plain and simple.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I have a 2010 13" MBP going strong. My kids use it all the time, and I've needed to use it from time to time myself. I think its quite possible to keep using a laptop for over 5 years.

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