The classic macbook pro, still alive!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 0x100, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. 0x100 macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2014
    Checking the apple store, my favorite model, is still being sold!

    How much more do you think apple is going to sell the classic 08' design style?

    I bought mine last year with the I7. It's a beast.

    Upgraded mine to 16 gigs and SSD which is awesome (can't do that on the retina and air ones). I use the ethernet port and superdrive daily! (for IT and ripping CDs at high quality!). It has all the ports you'd ever need. it has 6 more ports tun the new macbook!

    Why aren't more people recommending this? It's awesome.

    I hope I never have to let it go.
  2. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2015
    cause its old and will soon be out the door with updates
  3. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    I think it'll finally be retired when the Skylake ones come out, or perhaps before. It's living on borrowed time already as it is, IMO, just going by the release date of its CPU.

    If I were in the market for one, I would get one while I still could.

    Little bit of devil's advocate here: More ports = more things to break = more support costs, etc. I suspect, long-term, Apple will end up reducing the ports on the rest of their stuff and just get their customers to dongle the crap out of everything.
  4. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Are they even making them anymore? I would think at this point they're just selling old stock. Why waste the factory space? Lol.
  5. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    The retinas aren't upgradable because they already come with an SSD and at least 8GB ram.

    I don't get buying a classic macbook pro now a days.
  6. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Because it has no Retina display (which to me is a huge drawback), 3 year old integrated graphics, and is also thicker and heavier than rMBPs.

    A late 2013 refurb rMBP would be a lot better deal at the same price point. An external disk drive and USB Ethernet adapter can always be used.
  7. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I really like my classic MBP, especially with the upgraded SSD, RAM, and BT 4.0 card. It has served me well over the years. As much as I enjoy using my Mac, I would not buy another classic. I will buy a newer model the next time I am in need.
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Who cares about upgradability any more, most people just buy it and use it until it dies.

    Besides, there's no need to upgrade considering:
    1. The stock parts are pretty powerful already
    2. You can always max it out online. If you can't max it out but want to future proof it, then save up.

    Myself, I max things out but don't believe in future proofing.
  9. Tex599 macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2015
    I just bought one yesterday to replace a mid 2012 MBA. I think I am going to return it, it's very slow compared to the SSD in the air and it takes forever to load programs, maybe I just got spoiled. The only reason I was replacing it is I keep running out of space, with the 64GB drive and thought the 500gb would be better. I think I might get the rMBP with 256GB SSD and 8mb of ram. I just run office and outlook. I am going to give it one more day at work to see, today I had to force a reboot, because it froze and force quit multiple times when stuff would hang up. I thought it would be faster than the air book, with the better processing speed.
  10. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2015
    Keep it and put in an ssd and use the 500 as an external. The new ones cant be updated in any way. Also i believe this model is $100 cheaper on amazon. With more ram and an ssd it'll fly.

  11. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I have a classic style late 2011 MBP but no way would I buy a new one today. After upgrading one with an SSD and more RAM, you've pretty much paid for a rMBP anyway but with an inferior processor and graphics card.

    Mine is the i7 2.8GHz updated with a SSD and 16GB RAM so I'll keep it until it starts to die but my next MBP will finally be Retina and 15".
  12. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    Bulky and underpowered are the two main things for me not to get one.


  13. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    Don't waste another day with it - take it back.

    Any upgrads you do, the retinas already come stock with.

    You're accepting a slower, bulkier, heavier, inferior screened computer that requires 2 upgrades just to get the specs close to a retina...and then you're left with a substantially inferior screen!

    Best buy price matches, you could walk out with a 13" retina with 256GB SSD and 8GB ram for $1,399 (current bhpphoto price that they will match).
  14. EmlynDewar macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    Chengdu, China
    The hardware is well out of date, that'll probably be why...

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