Wait for minor refresh, or buy now and take advantage of the Student Deal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rbk23, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Rbk23 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2014
    Now that we know the new Broaswell chips will be delayed well into 2015, should I just bite the bullet now, or wait till the fall in hopes of a refresh?

    Positives of waiting
    Newest machine
    Will likely have higher resale value being a year newer
    May see a price decrease
    perhaps the baseline model will come with more Ram or bigger SSD.

    Cons of waiting
    Not being able to take advantage of the Student Deal
    8 months into the cycle, most bugs should be worked out.

    What would you do in my position? If the new processors were coming out this year it would be a no brainer.
  2. raptor402 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2011
    Personally, depending on my need, I wouldn't wait for a spec-bump. The best you can hope for is a 100MHz clock bump. Lower price on the rMBP is highly unlikely (my personal opinion). I would recommend 2.4GHz / 8GB / 256GB as an ideal configuration (I'm guessing that you're going with the 13" rMBP). You can also upgrade to the 2.6GHz i5 if budget permits.

    Best of luck
  3. Rbk23 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2014
    Yea I am thinking that 13" configuration.

    Right now with the Student deal, I can get it for $1449 Canadian, with a $110 GC that I will use towards Apple Care making it cost only $114 out of pocket. So I would be saving at least $100 if there is no price drop this fall.

    Does anyone know how much the Student Deal takes off normally? Right now it's $100 off + the $110 GC. Normally, is it just $100 off?
  4. Erphern macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    I'm trying to make myself wait, but it's difficult. I have a late 2013 13", but it turns out I really need at 15" - my job recently became more application development intensive, and the extra real estate would really help.

    The only reason for waiting at this point - for me - is to have a 2014 model. All spec changes are going to be close to irrelevant for my needs.
  5. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    well the 850M should be much better than 750m, so there is an upgrade there
  6. Rbk23 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2014
    Well I am not buying the high end 15" so it wouldn't benefit me there.
  7. ourmountain macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    Is a 100mhz spec bump worth $200+ to you? That's what you need to ask yourself.
  8. sdimas macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2014
  9. squidkitten macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2012
    I've been considering waiting for the spec bump but the deals right now are too good to pass up. I was really set on getting a 2014 model for the resale value, but honestly, the late 2013 rMBP models are very excellent machines and I feel like it's completely worth it to just get one now with the student deal and forget about a potential spec bump.

    There's always something new around the corner, I suppose!
  10. Sifinity macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2014
    im buying the max 15" and if they release only a spec bump in september/october im going to be so utterly pissed lol , but since its the max 15" im willing to wait , if it was others then theres no point you can't actually tell the difference between the minor spec bumps
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Well, its difficult to say what I would do in your position because you didn't state if you have another computer that you can use, or that you have an up and coming need, i.e., going to school, in the fall, etc.

    I'd say all things being equal, its not worth waiting until next year for the new MBP, I'd get what you need now and enjoy it now.
  12. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Get it now. In the long run, the enjoyment you get from using it now will outweigh any very slight increase in resale value down the line. You will not be able to tell the difference in speed from a minor spec bump.
  13. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Maybe if you are not set for Macbook Pro, maybe in fall they will release a new Macbook Air. I know, lots of "maybe" but you can wait i suppose if you are asking here for opinions
  14. Gpulvi macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2011
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Go for it! Take advantage of the discounts. Everybody supposes the specs bump will be minimal, so there's no need to wait.
  15. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2009
    Melbourne, AU
    Does anyone know if you can use the £60 apple store voucher to get iTunes vouchers of the same amount to buy iBooks with?
  16. GoneDrinkin macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2014
    Will the spec bump affect the integrated graphics on the 13" does anyone wonder?
  17. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    How long do you intend to keep the machine for and what do you plan to do with it? If you are going to keep this for the next 3 - 4 years the difference in resale value for a minor bump will smoothen over and become negligible. It may not be worth waiting a few months now to get $25 more in resale in 2018...
  18. Rbk23 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2014
    I went for it :)

    Almost pulled the trigger on the 15" but decided the 13" would be just fine for my basic needs.
    I ran the burn in test and everything seems fine. Tint is good.

    My read/write speed is 700/550 which seems to be lower than some, but I guess you can't win them all.
  19. Sifinity macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2014
    well if your buying the 13" then it was good decision , honestly the only people that should wait are the ones buying the high end 15"
  20. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    Yes you can, I bought a stand for my rMBP and used the rest on an iTunes gift card.
  21. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2009
    Melbourne, AU
    Awesome. There are few expensive books I'm after. :)
  22. horsebattery macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    If you don't mind getting a refurbished one, you might be better off going with that and getting AppleCare from places like B&H since they carry it for cheaper than Apple. Other places would include ebay, but it's a tad riskier because you may end up with a dud (although filing a dispute is pretty easy). Or hell, go through places like Best Buy (unless you want a configuration third-parties don't normally carry), since they're generally cheaper than Apple this late into the cycle.

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