Value of 2015 Macbook in 4 Months

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Borja1055, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Borja1055 macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010

    I was thinking of buying the macbook now and cashing in on some of these discounts/sales as I need a new macbook ASAP. I am still using my Mid-2010 Unibody and it has finally started to fail me.

    If I can get the 512GB 2015 Macbook at around 1100$, how much would it degrade over a 4 month period?

    My plan would be to buy the SkyLake Macbook when (if?) it is released.

  2. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    Who knows, my gut is telling me these may be a harder sell after the fact, since many view the processor as "underpowered."

    But I've always been able to resell macs for around 75% of initial price, so I guess somewhere around $800 potentially..I feel like more around $600-$800 though, depending on the area, but that's obviously an extreme guess..

    Can I ask what you're looking for in the new one?

    I think the reason people should buy the 12", is because they're after a fanless/highly portable design - and I really doubt Skylake is going to improve on those features...

    Skylake isn't going to make it a powerhouse, so - what's the point exactly?

    I have the 512GB 1.2 12", and think it's perfect as is.
  3. Borja1055 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    I see, and I may end up going your route. However, I like to keep my laptops for as long as possible -- as evidenced by the fact I have a 2010 laptop. Therefore, when I buy, I like to buy as new as possible. I'd be disappointed if in a couple months a macbook came out with a few more ports and performance enhancements.

    While the Skylake processor may not be needed short term for me, it may help my laptop age.

    Any thoughts are appreciated.
  4. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2014
    Apple most likely won't add ports. If anything trend is to take away. Loss of dedicated microphone 3.5 jack, rj45 based Ethernet connection my basis for this. Miss both for various reasons.

    Performance updates they keep tight lipped. Call me bitter and jaded but laptop tech doesn't seem to bring much under the sun. But to be fair this is not just an apple thing, see it across many vendors.

    resale can be a buyers market. I know you want the new stuff and flipping yours to fund it, like many others are. I may want the new stuff too maybe. I will low ball as it were...the worst you can do is say no. And I have the out of waiting to find an earlier 2015 seller to price war it. this has worked frequently enough I stay with it for expensive gear buys (its gotten me a fair amount of higher end lens' for my cameras at nice prices at any rate).
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Look at the teardowns of the Macbook or go see one in person. There is no place for more ports without a physical redesign such as sharper rear corners, eliminating the headphone jack, or increasing the overall size. The left-side USBC port spans the space between the rear corner radius and the top row of the keyboard, no room front or back. The rear edge is not possible due to the screen flip design, and the front edges aren't thick enough.
  6. meboy macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2012
    It's going to be all down hill for people who paid full retail on the Macbook.

    The update at the least will bring Skylake with much improved graphics performance, small bump in processing power and an hour or so more battery life. All of which are desperately needed on the MB.
    They will also very likely drop the price by at least $100.

    Still going for about $1k on ebay for the base model.
    After update it could be $800 average or below.
  7. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    I disagree with that generalization. I'm sure it's true for those who really need a MBP not a rMB, much like those who really need a Ford F350 won't be very satisfied with a BMW i3. Horses for courses.

    Speaking for myself, I've found the rMB to be great at all the things I bought it to do. I don't need big cpu or graphics on the road, and I've yet to need to recharge when out so the 8-9+ hours of battery has been plenty.
  8. Fuzzball84 macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2015
    Ive got the 12 inch macbook and have a surface pro 4 (but I had a core M3 version before i swapped for the i5). I doubt the updated skylake processor would be of any noticeable difference to casual users of the macbook. The greatest improvement is likely to be the graphics while general performance and battery may be only very minor improvements.

    Check out the asus zenbook UX305 (compare FA core M broadwell versus CA coreM3 skylake on notebookcheck website) for an indication of what skylake would do for the macbook. However, keep in mind that asus might be throttleing the processor in the CA skylake version more aggressively to run the laptop cooler than the FA broad well.

    It would be great if apple increase battery life further. However, if its just 1 hour, id say buy the current macbook as its awesome as it is. Assuming there are no other major changes lol
  9. meboy macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2012
    You are a minority getting 8-9 hours.

    I knew I would get one of these responses. It's a poor excuse though.
    It noticeably lags doing very normal things. It doesn't for you right.. Maybe it does and you don't notice. Maybe you don't do what other call basic things. etc....
    Bottom line. It's barely capable of computer tasks. You want any computer to have some overhead. Not just barely be able to do a limited set of things. No that doesn't mean it will weigh a ton or be huge. It means they should have probably waited for skylake It would have been much more passable.
    People expect a little more from Apple. They should. They are certainly paying for it.
    We've been getting let down a lot lately.
  10. Buerkletucson macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2015

    I agree 100%.....

    Works perfect for the use issues with performance or battery life at all.
    If you need something more than this you purchased the wrong machine for the job.
  11. meboy macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2012
    You guys....

    Intended use. I guess Apple should have removed Spaces from OSX just for the macbook if they are not intended to be used. That would have made it's intended use much more clear.
    Or disable opening of large PDF's or large excel sheets, or chrome or firefox or not allow multiple tabs...
  12. Buerkletucson macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2015
    No problems with any of those things at all.....I use it for large Excel files all the time, use Chrome daily with 6+ tabs open, multiple PDFs open at once.
    I also run Parallels flipping from Windows to OSX all the time.

    Sounds like a disgruntled owner or defective MacBook to me.
  13. lite426 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2013
    6 tabs it's fine, 20 or 30 odd tabs it starts to struggle. My iPhone 5S can scroll PDFs smoother.
  14. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    My rMB is neither my first nor my only Mac.

    You probably ought to have your rMB checked for a hardware fault given how different your experience is from other people's. (You are speaking from experience of owning one, yes?)

    Either that or you're incorrectly thinking the world is full of power-users. A guy who need to haul a couple thousand pounds of stuff in a truck bed and/or tow around heavy trailers needs to buy a pickup truck not a Miata.
  15. zoneee macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    I own a 13" 2015 rMPB, 8gb/256gb, and a friend of mine in need of a mac for college offered me 1350 EU for my machine, which doesnt have apple care.

    Well I wouldnt know whar to buy ATM and ill probably wait for june, but hell yeah i think that offer is so good i cant pass.
  16. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    Are you talking about the 2015 12" rMB?

    I get 8-9 hours battery as well..I take mine to work (12 hrs), and use it quite a bit and still have battery left after. I stopped bringing the charger since I never needed it.

    I have the 512 GB version, and have Logic Pro X and about 300GB of Soft synths.

    I also use Sublime Text and work on programming projects.

    The 12" is definitely more capable than people give it credit for, and I definitely don't experience lag doing "every day" taks..

    Although I admit, Xcode can lag a bit, and I certainly wouldn't compose something with tons of tracks on Logic Pro X, with it..

    Have you checked your Activity Monitor for renegade processes that could be causing issues? And force closed apps you don't need running?

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