When's Apple going to offer a cheaper 15" MBP that isn't 3-year-old technology?


macrumors member
Original poster
Apr 19, 2017
Apple sometimes make sense, like standardizing on one port.

For years average computer users got frustrated on having to know what type of connector they needed - and oh you have to look to see which way it goes into the port. So Apple goes all in on the Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C port, fixing that problem long term and some of you are complaining about dongles? In a couple years, you won't need dongles.

Then Apple doesn't make sense. Like $1,999 for a 15" MBP that has a 3-year-old chips. Sure it's a "2015 model" but it's using the same chip set that was in the 2014 15" MBP. It's at the bottom of the page as sort of a token "oh you don't want to spend over $2,000 for a 15-inch screen? Buy an old model that's not quite as expensive." And even the 2015 15" MBP is way too pricey at $1,999.

The entry-level 2017 15" MBP is $100 cheaper than the high-end 2006 15" MBP (when the MBP was first introduced at Macworld).

Not everyone buying a MBP wants to spend a fortune just to end up with a 13" screen. And the 13" MBP has gotten more expensive (unnecessarily) too.

There was a time where spec for spec MBPs were just a little bit more than the competition. Of course you were getting excellent build quality and better software for that extra $$$. I look at the price of the 2017 15" MBP compared to the competition and Apple's not even being competitive. They're price gouging.

Sorry for my rant but that's just the way I feel.

Matt Leaf

macrumors 6502
Feb 5, 2012
Unfortunately, I think the time has come to transition away from the Mac, at least for me. Looking at it as a transition is a good angle though I think, because I need to make sure all my stuff works on Windows. Or, I at least need to prepare for this. It is SO weird to not actually like a Macbook Pro, to actually think it sucks. It's a feeling I never had before about the MBP. And I refuse to simply buy it because of its name or brand. I will put my money where my mouth is and refuse to buy it.


macrumors 6502
Feb 3, 2008
If you take inflation into account, the price points are actually pretty much the same as they were back in 2006.

If you don't think they're competitively priced, then I guess you don't value the things about the MBP that are still superior to the competition – e.g. display, keyboard, trackpad, touch bar, SSD speed, speakers, user experience, build quality, I/O (and up to four 4K or two 5K external displays!).

If you want a cheaper Mac, get the 13-inch MBP or an iMac...

Stefan johansson

macrumors 65816
Apr 13, 2017
Apples policy is as usual to turn "old technology" into budget devices. In fact,the old technology is the reason why it's cheap. Newer tech will always be more expensive.
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