2020 MBA 16 gb vs 8 gb for developing in XCode

nill1234

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Hello,

i would like to start developing some apps but I cant justify the extra 225€ for the 16 gb of ram. My config would be i5 512 gb storage and 8 gb ram. I just want to code some apps And i still have my windows gaming machine and several windows notebooks. Does XCode run good on 8gb ram?
 

deaglecat

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More RAM is much better. I would suggest if you were tinkering then 8Gb but serious XCode then 16Gb or ideally more. A few posts on this topic on the Apple Developers forum.
 
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tskwara

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8GB will definitely get you by for early/initial development efforts using Xcode. 8GB doesn’t limit the actual ability to code, test or deploy. It does limit your efficiency though, as cycling between the various modes of development (edit, simulation) can be sluggish. More memory would help smooth things out, but is by no means an absolute requirement. I code iOS 10h/day for years - started with 8GB back then, now multiple machines with 64GB.
 
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nill1234

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Thanks for the advice, i just ordered it i5 256gb ssd and 16gb of ram. I will just use an external ssd if i need it, ram is more important to me.
 

Falcon80

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Thanks for the advice, i just ordered it i5 256gb ssd and 16gb of ram. I will just use an external ssd if i need it, ram is more important to me.
I am thinking of getting the same configuration. When is yours coming?
 
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