2012 MBA vs 2009 iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by spoolup, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    Hi guys,
    I find myself and somewhat of a pickle.
    I bought a 2012 MBA 13" (i5 1.8GHz) w/8gb o' RAM when it came out earlier this year.

    I am not as mobile as I expected to be and all my "away" work can be accomplished with an iPad and a keyboard.

    There's an offer to trade a 2009 iMac (i7 2.8GHz) for my MBA plus cash.

    Here's what the iMac would be used for:
    xcode and maybe garageband.....

    Would you recommend the swap based on the above?
    Would there be any noticeable performance loss apart from not having an SSD (which will be added in due time)

    Thanks in advance
  2. macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010

    27 inch. I guess I should verbalize the whole thought :D
    Sorry for omitting that
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2012
    I don't really think that would be good. I have the 2012 MacBook Air and an iPad 4th generation now, but there are just some things that are better on a computer than an iPad. If I were you, I would keep the MacBook Air. It will probably get more OS updates and features in the future. It also depends on what processor, amount of RAM, and the hard drive space the iMac has.
  5. spoolup, Dec 9, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012

    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    It's an i7 running at 2.8
    1TB HDD that'll be replaced with SSD
    And 8GB ram

    My away time is actually served better by an iPad. There are specific apps I have to use when away and the ipad ones are the only approved.....

    I am more interested in performance differences between the two.
    Thanks for the replies so far :)
  6. macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2012
    Those are some nice specs. But we all know Apple. The MacBook Air you have will be supported longer. Apple doesn't care about the hardware, they care about how old the machine is. I think you are better off keeping the MacBook Air, and if you definitely need a bigger screen, buy an external monitor. :apple:
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010

    i'd love to, but i'm strapped for cash. i just thought this was the best way to get the real estate needed.
    the deal fell through any way.
    there was another person interested in trading a 2010 i7 quad 2.93 w/4gb ram and a tb drive for my MBA plus cash.......
    I just didn't think a 2010 imac trade warranted cash on my side.... maybe i'm mistaken

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