Will Apple withdraw the Macbook pro?

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  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68030

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    Given how much backlash the Macbook Pro got in its first 10 days, Apple might not withdraw it per se, but they could release an "updated" model within 6 to 12 months with higher specs, more ports, and lower price?

    This is what happened with the G4 Cube. It was an engineering marvel at the time, but high price , hard to upgrade, lower specs, and form over function made Apple discontinue it. Is the MBP 2016 going to face the same fate? Or will Apple continue to force their customers to adopt it?

    Share your thoughts.
     
  2. hj576 macrumors regular

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    They will drop the price in the next iteration and introduce 32GB ram with Kaby Lake , but there is no way they will reintroduce the ports.
    No matter how much people whine here, The fact deliveries are getting pushed back and are taking so long, proves these machines are in demand

    And Personally, even though i use the SD card a lot, I dont want apple to bring back ports. Let the industry move forward. Yes I will be carrying 2 dongles with me all the time, but well sacrifices have to be made.

    So, no apple wont call it back or add more ports. Better specs and lower price, next year is possible.
     
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Very likely, depending on Intel's schedule.

    Yep!
    Oh yeah!
    Definitely not. :D
     
  4. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    I like your generous "12 months" estimate, given Apple has updated nearly every laptop line within a year of every redesign. Plastic Macbook, original MBP, retina MBP (13 and 15) all had a spec bump within a year. The gap between the 2015 rMBP and this one is the largest time gap in a while. It just depends on intel's release cycle.

    I do think a price drop will happen, but we won't see any more ports. A year from now the landscape of accessories will be much different. I won't be surprised if iPhone 8 comes with USB-C -> lightning by default.
     
  5. robotica macrumors 6502a

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    I could see them putting MagSafe back... I love MagSafe.
     
  6. applesith macrumors 68030

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    Please make the thread title more relevant to the post. Withdrawal is a dramatic post and you even say that in so many words.

    OT: Maybe they will update before a 1 year cycle with Kaby Lake and potentially drop the price. They will not recall or end the product. Macs make up too small of their income to risk the PR nightmare of a recalled or early ended product.
     
  7. zhenya macrumors 603

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    No, they will not be adding any more ports.

    The previous machines were extremely limited because Apple had to make the choice of ports for you. No set of ports they could ever choose could meet the needs of all users. I've never used HDMI on my laptops, and don't care one whit about an SD card. Thunderbolt 3 ports means each user gets exactly the set of ports they need.
     
  8. chabig macrumors 601

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    Backlash means lack of sales. The cube simply didn't sell. By all accounts, these new machines are selling very well.
     
  9. Mr.Blacky macrumors 6502

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    The only MBP which is (barely) out in the wild at the moment is the entry level one. So I would suggest to wait a few weeks, until we get reviews for the higher end ones before we jump to any kind of conclusion! :cool:
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    I foresee a refresh when Kaby Lake is ready.

    They'll probably offer new CPU's, a 32gb RAM option, and a slightly lower price (if at all).

    That will be "about it".

    A "withdrawal"?
    No way.
     
  11. stockscalper macrumors 6502a

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    I wish they would, although I can't see them doing that. Apple doesn't have a habit of changing hardware back. I can't tell you how many times the MagSafe has benefitted me when pets ran into the cord and pulled it away from my computer.
     
  12. hj576 macrumors regular

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    wont happen
    let go of all hope
    You are in denial my brother :p its the first step of grieve.... :p
     
  13. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    I love MagSafe too but highly doubt it...
     
  14. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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  15. Foss macrumors 6502

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    Zero chance. The USB-C ports will require some transition pains. CPU/GPU will be updated in due course. A bunch of ballyhoo over nothing IMO.
     
  16. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Do you remember what Apple did back in 2012 to deal with the backlash from the original retina MacBook Pro redesign, which saw the loss of the SuperDrive, Ethernet, FireWire, and battery charge indicator (at the same time, raising the price 22%/27%)?

    I'd expect they do the same thing this time (even though the current backlash seems tepid compared to the backlash from back then).
     
  17. Tensakun macrumors 6502

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    Er...no, I don't recall that, since I'd bought an MBA the year before and was not really paying attention.

    Could you give a brief recap?

    With the 'new Apple' I wonder whether they'll divert effort away from iPhone 8, iPads & AppleWatches within the next year in order to placate some disgruntled MBP users...Or will they just assign a team to 'cook up' the next whizbang feature like the TB?
     
  18. Foss macrumors 6502

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    I remember the huge backlash off removing the optical drive specifically. I couldn't remember the last time I used physical media outside of a USB drive and thought saving the space for a fairly useless device was a great idea, but my opinion was in the minority. After the storm blew over, no one really cared. I'm expecting a similar outcome for the removal of USB-A and Magsafe ports. Then there will be posts of "I tried the other vendors and came back." I'm sure some will change but some will come back. The pattern is very predictable at this point.
     
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  20. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    The USB-A, Mini-DP, Magsafe, and HDMI ports, and the SD card reader went to the same place that DVD/CD readers did with the Retina. To some external device connected via the expansion ports, which are now the TB-3/USB-C ports.

    And it's about time.

    Too bad the iPhone 7 did not go USB-C like Android Phones.

    Next version will sport a Kaby-Lake processor, and maybe more memory option. Price will stay the same.
     
  21. haydn! macrumors 6502a

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    Spec bump and price drop is a certain within 6-12 months.

    New ports won't happen, but, I could see Apple sneakily adding a few basic dongles into the box though.
     
  22. monkeydax macrumors 6502

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    Doubt Apple will concede and add dongles to the box, would totally admit to the fact that they are missing something in their beloved new MBPs.
     
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  24. neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    My thoughts - and no I'm not a fan of the new MPBs... Apple will continue to force adoption, but they will lower the prices and increase the specs. Form factor will be baked in now... I don't think you'll see much if anything change. So just the price drop and upgraded specs down the line (they'll probably try to address and fix the 16GB RAM tops limit, nothing else will be changed of real significance). Sad to say but I doubt they'll add back ports/etc.
     
  25. EnderBeta macrumors 6502

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    Good for you. That doesn't mean other people where not using the ports. I use the SD card slot as a semi internal storage space effectively going from 128GB to 256GB of storage. I use the HDMI for testing the transmitters and receivers at job sites to make sure they are active. I use the USB A connector for connecting to the equipment to set up the components.

    In one foul swoop, all of those ports are gone, and the new MacBook Pro no longer meets my needs. News flash Apple, you don't dictate to me what ports I use. The machines I work on dictate the ports I need. If you drop the ports on your machines I will be forced to find another brand that puts the ports on their machine and use them instead ... which is everyone else.
     

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