Wished you had bought a MacBook instead?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by psymac, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. psymac macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    For those 13 inch MacBook Pro owners, with or without Touch Bar, do you now wish you had bought a MacBook instead?

    I have a 2016 MacBook 1.1Ghz now and was waiting for the new 2017, but they have not been released yet and don't know when they will. Maybe not until June, and even then I may be disappointed with the limited upgrade.

    Now thinking I should go ahead and buy a 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but concerned that the extra weight and somewhat larger size will reduce the portability and ease-of-use. Certainly it's more powerful and will appreciate the extra ports especially.

    Anyone have a second thoughts or did you find adjusting to the extra weight and size was well worth the difference in power?
  2. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    Nah, not really.

    I had 2016 rMB for a bit, nice machine, portability was amazing, with 2016 nTB MB the portability is still there, it's small enough and the step up in performance is nice, especially on graphics side, it comes in really handy if you do any graphical work or gaming. An extra port, and with both ports being TB3, is a massive bonus.
  3. csurfr, Apr 25, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2017

    csurfr macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA

    One thing I don't understand is that the 12" MacBook isn't really *that* much more portable than the 13" MacBook Pro, and if you spec it out with the 1.2ghz processor, you're spending more than the entry level MacBook Pro, and you're nearly at MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar space. At that point why would you buy a MacBook?

    Sometimes I don't get Apple pricing schemes. The MacBook would be a lot more attractive if it had the Touch Bar, the gen two keyboard and a slight processor bump for the current price. . . Soon, I would guess.
  4. tubeexperience, Apr 25, 2017
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  5. azpekt macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2012
    hp, illinois
    as one having 2015 rmbp 15 - yeah, I`d like to have latest and greatest mbp instead
    it`s surprisingly snappy with fcpx and lightroom, and light enough

    so if anyone in SFBA wants to swap - gimme a shout :)
  6. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    Yeah, the pricing is too close to the base model of 13" MBP, I can see Apple eventually phasing out Air and have 12" MB take Air's price point.

    The Air branding seems to be on its way out, MBA hasn't been updated in a while (apart from the 4GB > 8GB RAM update) and they released new iPad without Air in the name.

    I'd like for Apple to shuffle things around and have things go like this - 12" be named MacBook Air , 13" without touch bar named MacBook, and 13"/15" with touch bar keeping their MacBook Pro name, it makes sense, to me at least.
  7. psymac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    Exactly my thinking, when I spec out the MB with the 1.3ghz M7 (about $1549), its nearly the same as the 13" MBPtb (on sale, $1599), so starting to rethink the multiple benefits of the MBP vs the weight and portability of the MB.
  8. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    Thats Apple's strategy, price you up till you just end up settling for the expensive Touch bar model. Its a win-win for them.
  9. Mr Retina macrumors regular

    Mr Retina

    Jun 5, 2013
    I recently purchased a 2016 13 inch to replace my 2015 rmb. I will say that I do love the portability even with a hardshell case on of the rmb, but the power and battery life have been less than desirable for the rmb even during standby. im sure the 2016 rmb are improved over the 2015 models, but I couldn't stand dealing with beach-balling and weird battery life variances with just browsing safari. the 2016 13 inch strikes a good balance with portability, performance, and battery life for my needs so far.
  10. csurfr macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    If that is indeed the case, it's a brilliant move.
  11. The Mercurian macrumors 68000

    Mar 17, 2012
    Funnily enough I was in a store buying an new iphone charging cable and I glanced at them today. I wouldn't buy any of them frankly, but I did take note that the 13"MBP screen seemed much better that the 12"MB screen. That doens't really answer your question but it was just an impression
  12. Ayemerica macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2011
    Atlantis but in space
    As someone who has used a 2015 MBA, a 2015 rMB and the current base model MBP I'll say that I feel as though my money is better spent for my personal uses compared to the rMB. The rMB is an amazing machine but it just wasn't quite enough or me, I would say play around with it and see if it will run through your work flow paces.

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