When should I buy MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Christian 5G, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    I am needing an upgrade by end of this year from my Air due to my needs coming up with a lot of school and something I will have going on in a few months online.

    I don't need the top of the line but wondering when is a good time to buy the Pro and if I purchase the last years one, it'll still be useful for another 3-5 years?

    Has anyone purchased refurbished, experience?
  2. argentum47 macrumors regular


    Jun 18, 2014
    If you're price sensitive, you'll be able to buy some deeply discounted 2015 models (new, refurb, or like-new used ones) from now until the updated rMBPs arrive, starting at around $300+ discounts. Although we forumers like to complain that the CPUs in the 2015 models are 1+ years old, they are still very strong computers that will easily last 3 years, but I'm not sure about 5.

    This is because CPU performance has been improving very slowly since around 2010; 2011 (Sandy) and 2016 (Skylake) CPUs only differ by around 30% performance. On the other hand, graphics performance has been improving much faster, so if your work involves a lot of 3D graphics work or if you play games a lot, it might be worth waiting. If you are interested in neither, performance-wise, you're not really losing much by buying the 2015 model.

    Also this year, they're switching to all-USB-C connections, but these are not yet seeing very widespread use, so it might actually be easier to work with the 2015 models for maybe 1~2 more years. While USB-C is the future, they're not just there yet.

    But if you're not price sensitive, I'd just wait and buy the updated ones, especially since you already own a MBA. Who doesn't like flashy new gadgets :)
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The best bet is to buy right after apple updates the line.

    Also for price sensitive, consider apple's refurbs, you get a great machine at a lower price. BH Video typically runs sales, some very good ones, especially around the Christmas season, so keep that in mind.
  4. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I would be a little careful about the refurbs from Apple right now. I placed an order for one (15" 512GB, dGPU) Wednesday and 15 minutes later checked Amazon and they had a new one for $80 more . I cancelled the refurb and ordered the new one. Some ebay sellers seem even cheaper, but I like dealing with Amazon and other more established retailers.
  5. r2stu2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2016
    I bought a MacBook Pro in 2007. Despite the age, it still works great! Unfortunately, the battery gave out and I need a replacement. I called Apple Support for help and was underwhelmed to say the least.

    The first person I spoke with couldn't help so I asked to speak with someone who may have more resources at their disposal. The next person I spoke with came on the line with some serious attitude like "wow, your an idiot for owning such an old model so I'm going to talk to you like I would a child" sort of attitude.

    She also said Apple can't help me. I let her know that with a quick search online, I found multiple places that carry a battery for my model. She essentially said "great, go for it, we can't help you."

    Thanks Apple. Having been a customer for my entire working career (over 30 years) I'm really disappointed to find that you can't treat your customers with a little more respect and think a bit outside the box to solve my dilemma.

    Though I was planning on buying another Apple laptop within the next 6 months, I'm going to rethink that decision and try my hardest to see what alternatives I have in doing so.

  6. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Do you have one? Do you need one? Then buy it.

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