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7 Reasons to Buy the 2019 MacBook Pro & 4 Reasons to Wait



“Should I buy for the 2019 MacBook Pro?” That’s the biggest question from MacBook Pro shoppers as the holiday buying season heats up, Black Friday approaches and a 2020 MacBook Pro release draws closer. We have the answers on what’s new and what you need to know so you can decide if you should buy the 2019 MacBook Pro or keep waiting.

Apple updated the base 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID, plus a $100 price drop and earlier this year updated the rest of the product lineup. There is still one potential 2019 MacBook Pro upgrade — a 16-inch MacBook Pro. This may be the right time for you to buy the 2019 MacBook Pro, but there are a few reasons to wait.

Buyers get the Touch Bar on all the 2019 MacBook Pro models, including the base 13-inch. This includes the T2 Security chip and Touch ID.

If you are shopping for a new MacBook Pro today, you can buy the 2019 MacBook Pro that starts at $1,299, buy an older 2015 MacBook Pro, look for a 2018 MacBook Pro deal, pick up a MacBook Pro alternative or like many shoppers, wait for a new MacBook Pro.

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Here are the reasons to buy the 2019 MacBook Pro;

  1. Buy if You Need More Power
  2. Buy for a New Keyboard
  3. Buy for a Better Display
  4. Buy for Touch ID
  5. Buy if You Want Hey Siri
  6. Buy if You Like The Current Deals
  7. Buy if You Keep Your Computer for a Long Time

While there are a number of reasons you should buy the 2019 MacBook Pro, there are also compelling reasons you should wait or look at other options.

  1. Wait for a Bigger Screen
  2. Wait for a 5G MacBook Pro
  3. Wait for Bigger MacBook Pro Deals
  4. Explore MacBook Pro Alternatives

Keep reading below to learn more about each of these reasons you should and shouldn’t buy the 2019 MacBook Pro.

Buy if You Need More Power

Buy if You Need More Power

Do you need an absolute ton of power in a mobile package? If so, this is a major reason to buy the 2019 MacBook Pro. 

Even if you are using a 2018 MacBook Pro, this may be a tempting upgrade. Apple calls this the "fastest Mac notebook ever."

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with 8-core Intel 9th gen processor is two times faster than the quad-core MacBook Pro and 40% faster than the 6-core MacBook Pro. 

Even the cheaper base MacBook Pro now includes an updated quad-core processor that can deliver more power than the 2018 model. 

For users still longing for a Mac Pro or simply in need of an impressive amount of portable power, this is a very tempting option. 

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  1. wambam

    05/08/2019 at 2:40 pm

    I’d love a 14″ screen upgrade to the 13″ with similarly small bezel solution.

    • No Troll

      05/18/2019 at 5:54 am

      why do people voice their opinion and wishes here? It’s not like it’s gonna have an influence on the decision making by Apple – or even kick off a discussion on this random Blog…

      • don't be stupid

        05/20/2019 at 9:06 am

        Because we are social creatures, ffs.

  2. Pete Shea

    05/19/2019 at 6:21 am

    I wonder if they’ll replace the sharp outer edges with beveled/radius edges in the interest of ergonomics and eliminated related furniture damage.

    Also, it’s see at last one standard USB port, the reintroduction of Magsafe 1 and the return of the glowing apple on the other side of the display.

  3. j

    05/19/2019 at 5:24 pm


  4. Doug Lerner

    05/26/2019 at 12:53 pm

    I wonder when I should upgrade my 2013 MBP retina. It still works, but I wish I had at least a 1TB SSD. Anybody find the touchbar useful?

    • Rob

      07/08/2019 at 12:14 pm

      I used to have a 2012 MacBook Pro Retina.
      Those computers are very well made, and the parts are replaceable.
      If yours is still going strong I’d recommend getting the computer serviced and you can have the SSD switched out for a TB… i did the same.

  5. David Robinson

    06/11/2019 at 11:35 am

    Good article. I am one. of those who always overbuys tech in the beginning and then uses for a very long time. My 15″ mid-2014 MacBook Pro I purchased at a discount fully loaded as it was factory refurbished by Apple. It. has been great for more than 4.5 years. But now it. is time to look for the next great Mac. Looking at both the 2019 15″ MacBook and new photo grade monitor for home or maybe the new top line iMac with faster i9 8 core, well dressed out except for memory which I can buy much cheaper and install myself. Than maybe look to get in iPad Pro for lighter weight travel. (I carry a lot of camera gear). The iPad can be used for screening, sorting and pre-editing my road photography and since. I use a Lightroom centric work flow, anything done on the iPad will automatically sync to the iMac at home where I do my serious work. Decisions, decisions. I’ve loved my old MacBook Pro but it is banged up and technologically can’t quite keep up any more (well it can it just takes a lot longer to do things). Decisions, decisions. Good article. with good information.

  6. Shiva

    06/20/2019 at 10:10 pm

    Bought a MBP 13 2019 (Touch Bar variety) recently. So far, all good. The best part was realizing that Mac is built on Unix, so as an added bonus I’ve been able to play with command lines on the Terminal and even set up things like Emacs (remember Emacs editor anyone?). I have the $1799 variety, and got a $100 educator’s discount (not a big discount, really, but helps). With this MBP I’ve moved from a still working but slow 2011 Thinkpad to something up to date and am enjoying it. I did try out quite a few Windows laptops before getting this MBP and probably would have been quite happy with a (cheaper than MBP) but top notch laptop, but then here I am with an MBP, probably lured by the fact that I do have the other Apple products (iPhone, watch and iPad Pro 10.5 which I use for various edu purposes but also for use on the go, leaving my laptop at home). Still have a good solid ACER PC desktop at home and that one will stay for several more years. Overall, for those who are wondering whether to move from a windows laptop to Mac, I’d say yes. Everything works, including MS Office (I have an edu-based account) and it is really quite nice. I’m just dreading the next credit card bill :( though.

  7. The internet

    07/12/2019 at 1:35 pm

    I would strongly suggest changing your development strategy for this website. There is no reason to be fetching new URL paths while paging between “reason to _ buy ”


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