When you no longer have the latest and greatest

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Totty1987, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Totty1987 macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    How does it make you feel when Apple update their line of Macs. Do you suddenly feel that your system isn't worth the amount of money you paid for it.

    I've just purchased a late '11 base MBP and I'm well aware of the impending refresh to the MBP line. I guess I just feel my laptop will be a very expensive outdated system.

    Do any of you guys, who have purchased Mac's 2-3 years ago get any sort of symptoms of buyers remorse when Apple have refreshed any of their lines.
  2. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    No. Because my Macbook doesn't suddenly stop working when a new one comes out. My current MBP is still able to handle anything I throw at it despite being less than a year old (mid-2010 model), and thats all I can ask.

    Apples always going to refresh, no matter what model you buy.
  3. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I agree.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I could care less.
    That's true of any computer you buy. As soon as an update comes out, your computer is worth less. The same is true of cars and anything else that depreciates. It's not an investment; it's a tool.
    None, whatsoever. My 3 1/2 yr old MBP still runs as well as it did when I took it out of the box. I haven't upgraded because I haven't seen anything in newer models that I need, that mine doesn't already provide. I only buy a new computer when mine no longer serves my needs.
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Nope. I bought a MacBook Pro back in 2006 and used it nearly everyday until a few months ago. Then I wiped it clean and gave it to some friends with no money and in need of a computer.

    It still works fantastic and I definitely got my money's worth out of it. I've never felt bad about a newer version of anything coming out after I've made a purchase.
  6. Jiten macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    I buy what I need at the moment and not waste my money buying the latest and greatest just to satisfy a psychological need/want/obsession. I simply invest and save the money I earn and always keep in the back of my mind that as long I have the cash in the bank, I can always buy the latest and greatest whenever I want too.
  7. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I need to learn to do this :(
  8. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Ive never really felt buyers remorse. I look at my MacBook Pro as an investment. Its not like it makes me any less money when the new one comes out.
  9. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Sells for less however :\
  10. Ant.honey macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    New York City
    I update when I need it. While I play with my computer, the majority of it's use pays my mortgage and lets me eat.
  11. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    ...then i've a serious psychological problem.


    What do you expect? More?
  12. squeakr macrumors 68000


    Apr 22, 2010
    I fixed your quote so the OP can feel supported in this thread!:D
  13. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Yeah but, with a PC laptop I'm not as bothered with not having the latest and greatest compared with an Apple product.

    I guess the hypes just not there with the PC laptops?

    I'm doing the right thing by waiting for a Ivy Bridge MBP though.
  14. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I don't care so long as what I have can do the job I bought it to do.

    When it can no longer satisfy my needs, I'll get a new one.

    No " keeping up with the Jonse's " on my part.

    I think that is just foolish.

    Funny thing, I remember my last MBP purchase prior to this one. I bought a 15" MBP and 6 days later the new one was released. Did I run to return mine and exchange it for the latest like the Apple Store employee said I could. NOPE, because for me at the time the one I had was better than the new model. Apple removed they removed the Express Card slot from it. When I got tire of the tiny 15" and wanted to step up I bought a 17" MBP. A month later the new ones came out.

    Ho hum! Who cares? :D
  15. visim91 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    The first time - fine no problem, it worked out, they removed the slot, you needed the slot - ipso facto you kept it - slot & all.
    The second time - you just didn't do your research - basic consumer research. Hell, in this case, you're just being stubborn man - you're a stubborn man!
  16. Suno macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2011
    I've owned many iPods in my life. Every time the newest of whatever model I would be carrying at the time came out, I would immediately feel the need to sell my current model for the newest. Sometimes, the newest feature (whether it's a software or hardware) would be worth it, sometimes not.

    In the case of a Macbook Pro, I don't think the recent changes are worth getting fussy over. However, the latest 2012 revamp, if rumors are correct and has the HD retina display, is worth the wait in my honest opinion. The iPhone 4 display has spoiled me.
  17. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

    You're right ... I am stubborn, I know what I need and I buy to fill that need.

    Second time around, because of the work I was doing I knew 15" as too small and stepped up to 17". What was there to research? I loved everything about the 15" except for the tiny screen! :D
  18. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    NZ, South Pacific
    Doesn't bother me a great deal. I know Apple products tend to hold their value, even if they are a couple of generations/models old.
  19. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    I don't care at all whether or not my model is the latest and greatest. I don't feel a loss of value when a new model is introduced.

    I do care if a new model has a new feature that I would benefit from. My previous mac was the last pre-unibody MBP. When they introduced the new line, I didn't even like it so much. However, when in 2010 they announced the new line with 10 hours battery life, I felt like this would be nice to have.

    Now, with my new 2011 model, the most notable updates are:
    - battery life (the old one was down to 2 hours)
    - a more solid feeling, i.e. I'm not afraid of picking it up with one hand
    - the SSD (application launch times)

    When the next model comes with a new design, more CPU power, and more battery life, I won't care so much. If at some point they have a model that lasts 10 hours under load with one battery charge, that is something I would like to have. Because then I would not have to carry around the charger.
  20. pat park macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    i have late 2011 13" base model and if I can squeeze out 3-4 years on this, I'll be more than happy. Running like a champ.

  21. rault18 macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2011
    Las Vegas, Nv
    the problem is that your statement is too general

    There are the people that have a computer for its capabilites and its asthetics...those people will be content with what they have and eventually upgrade..because they are thinking with their head not with their eyes.This people usually do more than just browsing

    The other group is the ones that just want to have the latest and the best...and usually this fellas only use the computer for browsing the internetz and watching porn and a movie or two

    And there is the group of the dirty rich and the ones that their job pays for it lol..I am far away from that group lol

    I just got my 13 as well and I am happy with it..got an additional 4gb of ram to it and I can edit the videos I need to edit and do some basic and light photo/video editing
  22. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I'm at that age where i really don't give a rats ass anymore.
  23. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    I figure it's best to keep a computer for 3-4 years. Therefore, if you bought a 2011 model, you can justify buying a 2014 model. If you wait for a 2012 model, then naturally you have to wait until 2015 to buy a new computer. Else, you risk Greenpeace picketing your house.
  24. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    I look forward to redesigns and can't wait to see the new models. I love technology and want to see it advance.

    I am hoping to have my current Macs become outdated ASAP. I'm not going to live forever and want to see as much advancement as possible in my lifetime.
  25. Joos24 macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2011
    Ah, the infamous line that gets written wrong every time. Did you mean you Couldn't Care less? ;)

    To the OP, I think you stretched it a bit far about feeling buyers remorse after having a MBP for 2-3 years. It's not like you can return it after that time. :D

    I've never felt like my machine is worthless in terms of the latest and greatest being faster or whatever but if a new model has a feature I was hoping for and needed then I might feel the need to upgrade but never buyers remorse.
    I have a late 2009 27" Core i7 iMac. It accepts up to 16GB ram just like the new models do. Still has a Core i7 (although not sandy bridge, but who cares) and it scored just under 10,000 on Xbench. :)

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