Should I buy the new MacBook Pro now or wait for the March update?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by A11, Dec 22, 2016.


What would you choose?

  1. Wait for the March update

    53 vote(s)
  2. Buy a MacBook Pro now

    62 vote(s)
  1. A11 macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2016
    I was planning on buying a new MacBook Pro for College and Video editing since my old MacBook Pro is hopeless. I was planning on buying the MacBook Pro with these specifications:
    - 15"
    - 1TB SSD
    - Radeon 460
    - i7 2.9GHz Turbo Boost to 3.8GHz

    But I have been doing some digging of my own in these forums and I have seen rumors about a Kaby Lake CPU possibly coming out on the March Update and some improvements to the laptop itself.

    Im not sure if these rumors are true or Apple will make them happen, I just want your opinion if I should buy the MacBook Pro now or wait instead?
  2. therealseebs macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2010
    We don't even know whether or not there will be a "March update".

    That said... Right now, if I were gonna get a machine, I'd get a 2015. The 2016s are having way too many reliability problems for my taste.
  3. monkeydax macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2012
    March update...there isn't a march update. You think Apple would update the product 5 months after launch?
  4. Ries, Dec 22, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016

    Ries macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2007
    All the time actually...

    Macbook Pro 2011 Early
    Macbook Pro 2011 Late
    Macbook Pro 2012 Mid
    Macbook Pro 2012 Late
    Macbook Pro 2013 Early
    Macbook Pro 2013 Late
    Macbook Pro 2014 Mid
    Macbook Pro 2015 Early
    Macbook Pro 2015 Mid
    Macbook Pro 2016 "Mid"
    Macbook Pro 2017 Early/Mid
    Macbook Pro 2017 Late

    So atleast once a year.
  5. havenyoung macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2013
    More like 8 months, but definitely not 5 months. a March update is extremely unlikely.
  6. A11 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2016
  7. Anoi macrumors member

    May 18, 2006
    I don't know, it was ~18 months between the last 2015 and the 2016, it would seem right that they will screw early adopters with an updated version ~4 months later!
  8. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    March is the time for iPad updates.

    I suspect the MacBook Pro will be updated in fall 2017. With Kaby Lake processor, maybe a True tone screen, and according to Kuo, lower prices. Also, by then the USB-C accessory scene should be more defined.

    I will probably update from my 2015 rMBP 15 at that time. I really wish they would go with a Nvidia GPU, but doubt they will, so will consider an external GPU co-processor box.
  9. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Wait for next revision and hope Apple irons out the bugs.
  10. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    March 2018 maybe.... I highly doubt the MacBook's will update this March and I'd even be a bit surprised if they updated the end of 2017...
  11. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    The discount price of the adapters ends March 31st. Don't expect anything before then...and if so, the Mac cycles have become extended release cycles now. Good chance it won't happen until next fall unless there is a major boycott against the current models.
  12. Jaekae macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2012
    Bugs are in firmware and software, so they get ironed out on this model also then.
  13. Howard2k macrumors 6502a


    Mar 10, 2016

  14. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    Wait it out or opt for a cheaper last gen model.
  15. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2016
    A mobile quad core Kaby Lake CPU appropriate for the 2016 15" is expected to be released at the end of January. A competitor's product lineup has already been leaked with many models releasing January 31st.

    Kaby Lake for the 13" is coming later. Apple may choose to delay the 15" update so as to release both models at the same time.
  16. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Funny how that didn't work for the first gen rMBPs with screen ghosting, yellow tints, burn-in, overheating, etc.

    Sure, some of the issues may get ironed out with firmware/software updates, but surely you'd agree that all of them might not?

    So: wait until Apple can deliver one with no issues out of the box.
  17. democracyrules macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2016
    Totally agree!! A lot of issues have been discovered in the 2016 MacBook Pro laptops. All the buyers paid higher price with high issues with their purchases.
  18. skids929 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2011

    thats funny I've had three, yes three different 2016 MBPs and all performed the EXACT same without any issues. So my experience is the opposite of this.
  19. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    That's good to read!
  20. A11 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2016
    Could you post a link to that leak?
  21. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    How is that funny? Just because you haven't had any issues doesn't mean lots of other people have not.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 22, 2016 ---
    Sure, here:
  22. Jaekae macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2012
    You said bugs, and yes this new model have quite many bugs in drivers now combined with many bugs sierra have since sierra is quite new.

    But not many have hardware defects. if they do you just get a new one until you get one that has only the bugs that get ironed out later on
  23. skids929 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2011

    It's a figure of speech..But it does sort of make me giggle a bit how everyone has a sky is falling perception of Apple based on the things on THIS website reports; which in the grand scheme of how many satisfied MBP customers there are that don't report on MR is about equal to my statement above.

    The real point is, the issues with this generation of MBPs doesn't in any way reflect there is something wrong with Apple anymore than it did during the last release. People just like to make a big deal out of one story, it's the way of the world nowadays. If you don't like it don't buy one, or return it and then why bother reporting opinions on website dedicated to a computer you don't own.
  24. A11 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2016
    What do you guys think? When would you expect to see the MacBook Pros with a Kaby Lake processor. I mean its just changing the chip and doing some minor optimizing and adjustments.

    I would love to know what predictions you make of it.
  25. eulslix macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2016
    Nobody knows. The only rumours out there hint at a fall 2017 release, but these are very vague rumours. There are rumours about OLED screens, CPU upgrades, battery upgrades, force touch for tb upgrades, RAM upgrades ... It's basically impossible to say which of these improvements Apple ends up bundling at which point of time.

    You know, I'm forgiving about someone making mistakes ... but Apple's information policy really doesn't make things easier. That's the one thing that really pisses me off about this company.

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