Will the 12" Macbook price drop when the new MBP is announced?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by anon08, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. anon08 macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2016
    Hey guys,

    I'm looking at making my first apple purchase in a long time. I've only ever owned the original iPod touch and the iPod video. So now I'm thinking I might try the Apple ecosystem and buy a macbook and an iPhone 7.

    I want a 12" macbook due to how small it is, and the main thing I'll use it for is browsing and word editing so it's great for me, except the price.

    So I'm wondering whether people think it will get cheaper once the new MBP is announced. Or should I just drop the cash on one now? Once a new MBP is announced the 12" MB will no longer be the newest macbook, so maybe it won't be so expensive? I haven't really paid much attention to how apple operates until recently so I don't really have any idea of their approach to pricing.
  2. Obi Wan Kenobi macrumors 6502

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 9, 2011
    London, UK
    Apple hasn't reduced prices like that before. It's the same price on the day it's released as it is on the day before the next upgrade (sometimes 9 months or a year later).

    When there are price adjustments this is usually to reflect long term currency evaluation changes (eg $ v € or $ v £). They seem to happen when new products are launched. In my experience, the prices have only ever gone up.

    The only product that had a price reduction that I can remember is the first Apple Watch. It had a price drop about 1 year after it's launch. That was a new product.

    My advice to you is to get one now, and get maximum value from it.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    No, why would it??

    It's the current model and Apple very rarely drop those prices I can think of only when the rmbp come out and the cmbp was dropped (mostly).

    If they drop the air then it may happen though.
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    It won't drop. But you may save a couple of hundred $ when we hit Black Friday, if it is of worth to you to wait. Also, it will likely go on offer around january.
  5. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I wouldn't be so sure it won't drop. I would expect the entire lineup to be shuffled around once they finally get around to announcing MBP/Air updates. Depending on exactly what they release it could change the MB's position in the lineup slightly. Even if they don't lower the price outright, I agree that we are coming into the time of year where deals are likely to happen independently.

    There are also a number of options available in the refurbished store if you'd like something sooner than later.
  6. brainwave89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2006
    Have you considered a Chromebook instead?
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why would apple reduce the price of one product when they roll out an update to a different product line? I don't understand the logic. Can you expound upon why this may occur.
  8. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    It all depends on how the new lineup looks. I would expect the new MBP to be considerably smaller and lighter. If they go against expectations here and also update the MBA then there could be considerable new pressure on the rMB that has not previously existed. There have been a ton of sales to people who might prefer an updated Air - or even Pro buyers who want a new, updated Mac of some sort. Depending on how all those new products are spec'ed and priced, it is definitely conceivable that they could adjust the price of the rMB.
  9. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    The MacBook Air started out as an expensive "thinner costs more" product that subsequenty dropped in price and became the "entry level" Mac laptop. It is feasible - but far from inevitable - that the 12" Macbook could go the same way.

    It partly depends on whether Apple are going to update or drop the MacBook Air - which in turn depends on how the new MacBook Pro 13" compares to the Air in terms of size, weight, battery life and price.
  10. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    I doubt the price will drop, no reason for it to do that.
  11. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    It might drop when they update it. This has happened before when component costs have reduced, particularly SSD prices in recent times.

    The MacBook Air reduced prices with updates as it became easier to manufacture the cutting edge design over time. I expect the same with the new MacBook.
  12. PilotWoo macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
    No. The MacBook pro price for the 13" models will go up to differentiate.
  13. dj23andMe macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Macbook price compares well to Dell's XPS 13. A kaby lake spec bump more likely than a price drop...
  14. anon08 thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2016
    I am not really sure of how Apple logic would work. But basically the way I see it, the current 12" is a new design etc but soon will be a couple years old so not really fresh. The current rMBP is an old design. So my thought is that Apple can charge more for a new laptop simply because it is a fresh design etc. When the new mbp comes out then the 12" will be not so new and the mbp will be new. So it would not make sense for them to have basically the same price for the macbook and the macbook pro when they both have new designs and the pro has better internals.

    But from what most of you are saying, the pro will likely see a bump in price and the 12" will remain the same. So now I'm thinking I might pick up the 2015 12" MB refurb and use that for a couple years until I see a refresh good enough to upgrade to...

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