2GB memory for developing iOS apps

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rirawan, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. rirawan macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2008

    First of all sorry if this has been asked over and over again, i did tried to search the forum but can't find the answer i want :)

    It's impossible for me to get a BTO macbook air where i live in a short time, so if i want to buy now i can only get the standard models. My current plan with the MBA are:
    1. Develop iOS apps
    2. Browsing the web moderately and do small office app
    3. Occasionally use paralles/vmware to run IE for those IE-only-websites

    So based on those usages, should I get :
    1. 11" 128 SDD 2GB RAM or,
    2. 13" 128 SDD 2GB RAM or,
    3. Wait until i can get a BTO with 4GB RAM

    any comments/inputs are really appreciated

    thank you for your time :D
  2. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    I don't know much about IOS development or it's requirements, but I do know virtual machines are going to need a lot of RAM if you want to run them with acceptable performance. The extra few days of waiting for a BTO with 4GB is going to be well worth it.
  3. Detrias macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2011
    I was pretty much on that same boat as u are and to be honest is completely worth the wait. I got 2 friends who went with the base models and they regret not waiting like i did. I mean after all is not something u can decide to "fix" down the road, once u pick 2GB u gotta live with that decision. Also the 13 i find is the way to go unless u are not gonna be doing much on the road, but either 13 or 11 i recommend to buy an external monitor for your work station.
  4. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    I couldn't spring for the extra cost at the time, but I am developing iOS games on my base 11.6" Air (2GB/1.4GHz/64GB SSD) using Xcode, GameSalad, and Corona SDK. All of the apps have been working great with no complaints, even with other apps in the background that I use for image editing, text editors, etc. Because developing does read/write a lot of small files more excessively than standard use, it supposedly can wear the SSD drive down or shorten its lifespan. They recommend using an flash drive or USB hard drive to work off of.

    If I ever get too cramped with the 2GB, I'll simply hand it off to my wife and get the next gen or one with larger specs.
  5. rirawan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2008
    thank you all for your replies

    I should elaborate more about getting a BTO where i live, currently the online apple store is temporary not selling macs due to some customs problems and the reseller only have the standard model. The apple phone support also can't predict when they can start selling macs again. So it could be a long time (i've been waiting for about 1 month) before i can order a BTO macbook air.

    I kinda needed the MBA quite soon and i plan to use it for iOS development (i don't have any iOS developing experience), do you guys thinks is still worth the wait for the 4GB RAM?

    thanks again
  6. wisty macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2009
    What's your weekly salary?

    You might lose a week's pay waiting for the new machine. You can buy a new 2G machine, get started immediately, then sell it for >70% (I hope) if you decide to switch to a 4G machine. Or you could give the old one away.

    You could also prototype your app on a Windows machine. You can learn Objective C on Windows, but the libraries will be a bit different. That would mean your time waiting isn't entirely wasted.
  7. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    For basic iOS development a 2GB Air will work just fine.

    4GB might be indicated if you plan on doing a lot of video editing or running big VM's for linux or vista.
  8. rirawan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2008
    Getting a new machine when 2GB is not enough anymore definitely cross my mind, maybe by that time apple will have a better h/w specs as well

    About windows machine .... my desktop is debian linux, is it even worth trying to develop iOS apps in windows under vmware?

    Can you give iOS apps example that considered as a basic iOS dev?

    thanks again guys :)
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia

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