rMBP late 2013 - time to upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by domineus, Oct 26, 2016.



  1. Yes

    10 vote(s)
  2. No

    22 vote(s)
  1. domineus macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2010
    Hi all

    I have a late 2013 rMBP (15 inch, 512 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, i7 with NVIDIA graphics card. The new mbp's will be announced tomorrow.

    Anyone with this configuration considering an upgrade? Part of me is just to see the new factor of course. But I'm curious to see if anyone with this configuration is considering upgrading.
  2. radus macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2009
    I have this ( with 1TB SSD ) for a part of my work. Until now there we no sufficient updates to justify an upgrade. I hope this will change tomorrow. Lets hope for a geekbench of 17.000, 2TB SSD, OLED touch display with pen input, LTE connectivity, Fingerprint sensor, Thunderbolt 3 with hdmi2.0 and displayport 1.2 adapter, nearly silent fan ... .
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Voted before I read the whole post. My late 2013 is a 13", but I see no reason to upgrade. I don't want to lose all my legacy ports, which I use every day, and the haswell processor is still plenty fast.
  4. domineus thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2010
    Agreed. My thought was to upgrade in 2014 but the major change was the force touch trackpad. It wasn't enough to justify the upgrade. I do need the ports (especially for my RX1RII or iphone or Android devices). I don't mind USB Type C for charging but the USB 3.0 and Thunderports are really necessary.

    I am not sure I need more than 500 GB though. I also noticed some of the keys on the keyboard look like the macbook keys and I am concerned about general keyboard travel.

    I guess upgrading is based on:
    1. How much I can get for my current rMBP
    2. How much the new rMBP will cost
    3. Ports and features

    Hopefully there's a new display with this and new processor and maybe a lower price point (who am I kidding this is Apple). But we will see
  5. jerryk, Oct 26, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2016

    jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    What is it that older USB or Thunderbolt ports have that you need and cannot get with a cable or dongle?

    USB-C is compatible with the older USB spec. You may need a cable with a different connector, but it is USB. In addition, the UBC-C support Thunderbolt-3 so older thunderbolt devices that used the mini Display Ports/Display Port should work with cable or dongle. So if there are, as the leaks show, 4 USB-C ports on the device you should have all of the connectivity you need. Also power for charging the device can be passed via a USB-C cable.
  6. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Right out of the gate I need 2 USB-C to USB adapters to just plug in my external HD and my iPhone
  7. ag29 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    Sounds like you have an awesome powerhouse of a laptop that can last you many many more years without feeling outdated at all in terms of raw power. Things like battery, force touch trackpad, faster ssd, overall slimmer size, will all be better in the new Mac's.

    I have a late 2013 and it's the most basic retina macbook pro 13 inch..128GB storage 4GB ram. I will be updating because I want more storage and ram..and a better processor, as well as better battery life.
  8. sarakn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2013
    I have the same model as you, but with 1TB. It has worked beautifully for me over the past 3 years and I'm glad I made the change from dell to mac. However, I probably would buy another one - this time a 13". If the 13" comes with 16GB ram and a 1TB storage, I'm going for it. If it comes with more, I'm still going for it.
    I travel a lot and I find the 15" feels a little too big. I hope the 13" of today will perform just as great as the 15" of 2013.
  9. Toutou macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2015
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Mine is a base 13" model, but — new MacBooks or not — this machine doesn't feel old at all.
  10. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    Do you need an upgrade or simply want an upgrade? If you want one, then buy it, if you need an upgrade because you're finding your computer slow, then buy it. If neither, then why?
  11. domineus thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2010
    I haven't really decided to be honest. But I wanted to hear feedback from the community though
  12. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    If you're not in need of an upgrade, i.e. your current computer handles all your needs just fine. I'd hold off, maybe put the money towards investing in accessories such as a possible upcoming display from Apple.

    I don't think the new design will be anything revolutionary to the previous generation. So it's something that would be a little faster here and there but all the new product excitement would probably wear off after a few weeks.

    So if you need one, upgrade! Otherwise hold onto that money.
  13. andreyush macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2015
    Dude...Even a macbook pro late 2011 is a powerhorse at the moment. I don't think that we will see a big performance bump in CPU or GPU today. From 2012 untill 2015 the CPU's are so similar in performance.
  14. Freyqq, Oct 27, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016

    Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I never buy first gen after a redesign. Often too many issues that are fixed in the next rev. Also, I'm not a fan of the MacBook keyboard that may be used in these.
  15. Texxy macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2011
    Definitely not worth upgrading Late 2013 rMBA 15"...especially after todays announcement.

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