Upgrade from 2015 Macbook Pro to 2016?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Adelphos33, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I'm thinking about updating my 2015 13" rMBP (256GB, 8MB RAM to the 2016 13" Touchbar version with 16GB RAM. My main rationales are:

    - Weight (0.5 pounds lighter, thinner - I carry an iPad Pro when I travel as well, and saving the weight would help)
    - Screen quality
    - Speed and longevity (I expect to own this computer for four or five years, and I don't really anticipate rMBP overhauls for another few years)
    - Touchbar and TouchID
    - USB-C (I never use SD cards or HDMI; I could use USB-C to lightning cables to charge iPhone and iPad)

    The only con is that I don't know if I want to spend $2,500 on the computer after spending $2,000 in 2015. I would only get about $500 back for selling my current rMB

  2. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Surprised to hear your 2015 is only worth $500.

    I have a 2015 15" rMBP and am going to wait and see what 2017 brings. The 2016 is new and issues are still being discovered and worked on. And I think the process of manufacturing the new, smaller, MBPs is still being tweaked to improve quality. Also, USB-C accessory availability should get better as time goes on.

    I really want a dock or monitor that can run at full TB-3, charge a 15" MBP, and drive attached storage devices and ethernet. All on one USB-C cable.
  3. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Where are you getting that figure? You can sell your 2015 on Swappa for $1,040 at a minimum. That's the current lowest priced model that matches your configuration. While it's still a huge loss from the $2,000 or so you paid, it's much better than $500.

    However, I would agree with jerryk and hold off until the next release.
  4. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    The refurbished version of your computer with the lowest end CPU sells for like $1,200. You can get more than $500.

    However, it seems unlikely you would get much functional benefit from an upgrade, and you would certainly lose some money in the process. Further, you have a very mature platform, where as the TB versions are premiere models, and (like many premiere models) may suffer from more bugs/quirks than what follows the premier.

    As has been the case for several years, the differences among CPU generations see a very marginal gain, and the biggest gain is probably the iGPU and SSD (and your 2015 already has a solid version of each.) Unless you need 16 GB of RAM, differences in day-to-day operations will likely be minimal.

    The other reason to potentially hold off is because Apple is killing the MacBook Air, and several respected analysts feel the 13-inch MacBook Pro is going to see a considerable drop in price with the next generation (especially with the base version.)
  6. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I was tempted to upgrade my 2015 macbook pro due to lack of storage. I only have about 5-7 GB left on mine but really i have had to delete some stuff. The macbook pro 2015 is still great afterall.
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    It really is not worth it for most people but only you can put a price on those changes.

    You should get $1000 - $1200 for your 2015 though unless you have ruined it.
  8. Adelphos33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    Thanks guys. I'm keeping the Macbook. I've been using it more lately after ditching the case I bought for it (the case added bulk). It's a very good machine with two or three more years left.
  9. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I have updated from a 2015 model to a 2016 model (15"). Was totally worth it. CPU performance has increased around 25-30% and I am not even talking about graphical performance.

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