Woah, thanks for the quick reply! Your post sounds very familiar... I think my best bet is to go through my current MacBook (non-Retina 2012 with 500GB HDD) and try to delete some things.I had the 2015 1.2/512. I never used more then 175GB with my pics, music, Parallels with Win 10 Pro load and all 7 Star Wars movies . So when I had the chance to sell it and get a new 2016 I figured I'd get the faster CPU. More chance I'd use it than the extra SSD space. So far I'm happy. And the benchmarks are better. Real world... maybe a bit snappier.
But if you need the space, definitely go with the 512.
If you don't and can afford it, go m7.
It would actually be my on the go primary laptop to replace the MacBook Pro I mentioned earlier. So, ideally I would be able to have everything I own on it.For me, it would depend if the Macbook is a stay-home laptop or on-the-go secondary laptop.
If it is the former, then expanding storage won't be a big deal with external drives if needed. Plus the burst speed might help more demanding apps.
If it is the latter, then I would go for more internal storage for convenience sake. On the go, the speed difference might not be a big issue while having the peace of mind of not having to bring external drives is very convenient.
But that's just me. I think one can argue a complete opposite as well.
In that case, m5/512 would be the better option, especially if it's going to be your only machine (not sure if that's what you're implying, but if that's the case, you'll appreciate the extra storage).It would actually be my on the go primary laptop to replace the MacBook Pro I mentioned earlier. So, ideally I would be able to have everything I own on it.
To save some space you might consider moving over to Parallels Desktop and Windows 10 (you'd need Windows 10 to use Boot Camp, anyway). That way Windows takes up only as much space as it needs. In my case, I have Windows 10, Quicken 2016, Office 2016 Windows, and AVG Free Anti-Virus. The whole setup takes up about 45GB (plus 4GB more if I suspend the VM rather than shut it down). For what I use it for, Parallels is fast enough.Woah, thanks for the quick reply! Your post sounds very familiar... I think my best bet is to go through my current MacBook (non-Retina 2012 with 500GB HDD) and try to delete some things.
So far, I have a 60GB Windows 7 Boot Camp partition that I rarely use but I keep just in case, and I'm using 335.35 GB on my OS X partition, but most of it is junk. I don't think I have that much junk that is keeping me over the 256GB threshold though. We shall see. Thanks for the quick response!
I'd love to hear from others as well.
I think it depends on how long you plan on keeping it. If it's only for a few years then the m7/256 is probably the one to go for. Any longer I would go for the m5/512 or find the extra cash for the m7/512. You will always need more storage space than you think - especially over 3 or more years. 512 will also enhance the resale value - 256 may be fine now, but in 3-4 years it will look anemic, even by Apple standards!
There does seem to be a decent speed gap between the m5 and m7 this year compared to last years 1.2 vs 1.3 - the m7 will turbo 500 MHz higher than the m5 and the graphics are faster. Still no real difference between them for prolonged heavy lifting where the chips need to throttle though.
Everyone has different needs. I for one would rather have the 256gb with m7 than 512. I do not need the extra store I have 256 now and have 150 left at least on it . I have moved most of my storage photos and music (apple music) to the cloud and find no need for the storage. As I said everyone needs are different. The m7 should keep the computer more in date. I am moving from a 15inch macbook pro to the macbook asI would advice the m5/512. The 512 GB SSD is twice as big, and the write speeds are also higher than the 256 GB SSD.