I am planning to buy macbook pro from US this month.(I live in India and one of my friend is coming from US next month).
Please help me in making right choice-
My options are-
1st choice- 2015 MBP 13 inch with price $1299. I want to do following updates to it:
a. Processor update from i5 to i7. Upgrade cost = $300.
b. RAM upgrade from 8 GB to 16 GB. Upgrade cost = $200.
c. SSD upgrade from 128 GB to 512 GB. Upgrade cost = $400.
Final cost of MBP = $1299+$300+$200+$400=$2199.
a. performance wise it is similar to 2016 non-touch version.
b. USB and other ports are available.
a. It is using 5th gen broadwell processor as compared with 2016 skylake processor.
b. Since apple dicontinue product after 5 years, so if I purchase 2015 model now I have 2.5 only years before it is discontinued. And after that if any part need replacement I will not be able to do that even if it is under apple care after 2.5 years.
2nd choice- 2016 MBP 13 inch non-touch bar version with price $1499. Similar upgrade as above for Processer, RAM and SSD. Final cost of MBP = $1499+$300+$200+$200=$2199. After doing upgrades its price is similar to 2015 model with similar upgrades.
pros- a. It is using skylake CPU.
cons- a. Ports are removed. I need to buy dongle. b. There is lot of negative reviews for 2016 model on internet. 3. No magsafe.
3rd choice- I have early 2011 13 inch model. I wanted to upgarde its RAM and SSD and use it instead of buying new MBP. But its battery cycle count is 1060 and since apple has discontiued the product I can not get battery replaced with apple manufactured battery and I am not sure about non-apple battery if they will work or not.
My choice is 2015 model but main problem I see in that is it has only 2.5 years before it become discontinued and if I buy applecare after 1 year that will make product warranty 1+2=3 years but MBP time remaining for discontinue is 2.5 years. So 6 months apple care will be of no use.