Did I make the right decision? Or was it a mistake?

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The next generation MacBook pro 15 is coming soon. But i couldn't wait that long as I've been waiting for almost an year, and still there is no official announcement from Apple. I purchased the current generation MacBook Pro 15. Was my decision right or did I make a mistake?
 
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An update is almost destined to happen in the 4th quarter of this year based on the collective "hive mind', but if you need it you need it. My only thought would have been to get a refurbished one to save a few hundred.
 
If you need hardware now then waiting isn't a possibility. Therefore not a mistake. If you can afford to wait, then there is always something new around the corner.

We expect USB-C and thunderbolt 3. As well as a CPU/GPU upgrade bump (as per usual). Whether that is important or not is up to you.
 
If you need hardware now then waiting isn't a possibility. Therefore not a mistake. If you can afford to wait, then there is always something new around the corner.

We expect USB-C and thunderbolt 3. As well as a CPU/GPU upgrade bump (as per usual). Whether that is important or not is up to you.

After using it for almost a day, I love this book. Comparing it with my 3 yr old HP Envy 15, (Which almost has an identical CPU) I find the difference like heaven and earth.
The only reason i waited was...

1) I was frustrated for apple using 3 yr old CPU for its top end MacBook when its smaller cousins had the latest CPU. I thought new CPU will add more battery life because of 16NM process, besides power
2) I thought the next upgrade might add double the storage at the same price.

Guys, thanks for the feedback. Now my question is, is it worth to buy apple care to get the warranty extended for 3 years? Specially when i will upgrade the SSD within an year, once the price of 2TB SSD are reasonable?
 
It will of course move to new CPU as noted. It will be interesting to see what they do GPU wise as well (continue with ATi, move to an nVidia based chip? What GPU's precisely?). Pricing on storage of course is at the discretion of Apple.

I personally always get Apple care, but that maybe because I tend to keep my machines a little longer. If you flip your machines every year, then it matters far less.
 
It will of course move to new CPU as noted. It will be interesting to see what they do GPU wise as well (continue with ATi, move to an nVidia based chip? What GPU's precisely?). Pricing on storage of course is at the discretion of Apple.

I personally always get Apple care, but that maybe because I tend to keep my machines a little longer. If you flip your machines every year, then it matters far less.

MacBook Pro is a premium product. I won't flip it every year. However i will replace the original SSD with a 2TB version, once its price declines. Till then, my 512GB version will be find
 
Flipping every year isn't the worst idea. You basically lose 20-30% to have top tier tech every year. If you're in an industry that needs cutting edge, then relatively speaking it's not a massive loss. It's more or less akin to getting a new cellphone every year and selling your old one.

On Apple care, I have found it's generally worth it to do. I had a Macbook Pro with the entire mainboard replaced (would have been $700 without it). My iMac had various parts including the DVD drive and mic connections replaced. I've always had a good experience with it. And every machine I've kept for the three years has needed something. Not to mention that the customer service regarding Apple care has always been good. More than I can say about most companies.
 
Flipping every year isn't the worst idea. You basically lose 20-30% to have top tier tech every year. If you're in an industry that needs cutting edge, then relatively speaking it's not a massive loss. It's more or less akin to getting a new cellphone every year and selling your old one.

On Apple care, I have found it's generally worth it to do. I had a Macbook Pro with the entire mainboard replaced (would have been $700 without it). My iMac had various parts including the DVD drive and mic connections replaced. I've always had a good experience with it. And every machine I've kept for the three years has needed something. Not to mention that the customer service regarding Apple care has always been good. More than I can say about most companies.

Thank you. I will use my MacBook for education and Xcode iPhone programming. So unless the next generation brings something cutting edge, only then i would consider an upgrade where 20-30% will be justifiable.

I will enrol for Apple care, not now but before the warranty expires, the dealer said that, i can go for it anytime within the warranty period.

1) I will replace the SSD myself, once a samsung 850 pro 2 tb price goes reasonable. Will it void the Apple care Warranty?
2) Can you recommend me an anti-virus software, anti-malware and anti-spyware for my macbook? Or i don't need it?
 
The next generation MacBook pro 15 is coming soon. But i couldn't wait that long as I've been waiting for almost an year, and still there is no official announcement from Apple. I purchased the current generation MacBook Pro 15. Was my decision right or did I make a mistake?

IMO. Yes. I have been wanting a new pro myself but holding off.


1) I will replace the SSD myself, once a samsung 850 pro 2 tb price goes reasonable. Will it void the Apple care Warranty?
Sure will
2) Can you recommend me an anti-virus software, anti-malware and anti-spyware for my macbook? Or i don't need it?
Yes but you already bought it. Mac OSX (really not needed - wast of $ to get such apps)
 
Get a SquareTrade warranty, instead. With their accidental handling coverage, you can dump a can of Pepsi on your MBP or throw it off a 4 story balcony and it'll be fully covered. SQ is less expensive, too.
 
IMO. Yes. I have been wanting a new pro myself but holding off.



Sure will

Yes but you already bought it. Mac OSX (really not needed - wast of $ to get such apps)

Thank you. So you are saying that. I can replace the SSD. However I should keep the original SSD, and God Forbid if something goes wrong within the warranty I should replace the original SSD before taking to the service centre?

There are some old threads where I was told that I still need Anti-Virus for Macs. But this is a good news that Mac OSX doesn't need any of these security softwares. Even if there is a need I would go for something free of cost.
 
Thank you. So you are saying that. I can replace the SSD. However I should keep the original SSD, and God Forbid if something goes wrong within the warranty I should replace the original SSD before taking to the service centre?

There are some old threads where I was told that I still need Anti-Virus for Macs. But this is a good news that Mac OSX doesn't need any of these security softwares. Even if there is a need I would go for something free of cost.

i was of the impression that the HD has a sticker so they can tell if / when you touched the HD. I'm not saying they do not have virus for mac's im saying they are far and few. I personally do not run any on my machine and have been okay for 2+ years thus far.
 
You can't put an off the shelf SSD into that machine, it needs Apple's special PCIe SSD module. There's a few places you can buy them, but I wouldn't expect the price to drop in any major way over the life of your machine.
 
You can't put an off the shelf SSD into that machine, it needs Apple's special PCIe SSD module. There's a few places you can buy them, but I wouldn't expect the price to drop in any major way over the life of your machine.

not 100% true but the amount of SSD's which will work are very few.
 
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