Any ios developer using MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by asenor, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. asenor macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking getting a 2012 MBA 13'/i5/8GB/ 256GB ssd to ios development.
     
  2. joewillmott macrumors regular

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    I was using a rMBP but decided it was too much. Returned it today and my 13"/i5/8GB/128 MBA should arrive anytime after Thursday. I am sure it will be fine as I have been using a lower-res, 1GB RAM, Intel Atom laptop to develop for iOS for months.

    Excited!
     
  3. Xengo macrumors newbie

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    I brought one at the weekend (2012/13"/i5/128GB), specifically for development.

    Having used a Mac Mini previously, I'm very happy with the development speed of the new MBA, though I prefer to use a Magic Mouse over trackpad...
     
  4. robvas macrumors 68020

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    It's plenty. We have guys here that were using C2D Airs for iOS stuff.
     
  5. asenor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all for your responses. If it's possible I would like you to post pros and cons respect developing in a mbp 13".

    People tell me that a mbp is better than a mba for ios programming but I'm not sure of it, I think mba is a powerfull mac for all purposes except video editing.
     
  6. mrs1986, Jul 18, 2012
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    mrs1986 macrumors regular

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    I ask the same here so i dont make a new thread about this...

    I'm debatting between the MBA base vs the MBP with 256gb SSD and 8gb of ram, of course, i will get the ram and SSD from amazon togheter with the laptop.

    I take in count that the pro with those specs cost me a few more bucks... like 300...

    My only concern about the air is the ram, 4gb of ram (the one i can get in amazon) i dont know if they will be enough for a good couple of years...

    My main use will be development, java, .NET and i hope soon iOS too...

    What do you think? The 4gb on the air will last for those 3 or 4 years?? Or i should go directly for the Pro as the ram can be upgraded...

    I would really love the air because of the screen and the lightness of it... I'm currently carrying around an MSI GT780 DX, is a mosnter but my back is hurting, so i dont want to go for a laptop that is slower than my iPhone...

    Thanks.
     
  7. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Exactly what kind of iOS development are we talking about here? Hello World or Infinity Blade?

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    I would get an MBA with 8GB of RAM and an external monitor. Xcode is wonderful on wide displays. The more horizontal pixels, the better.
     
  8. mrs1986 macrumors regular

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    I would love to get the Air with 8gb of ram, that i think would be perfect for my needs for a while...

    But because i'm not from USA i cant buy it in the apple store online... Only at a physical store but i guess they dont sell them with 8gb there neither...
     
  9. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Some Apple stores carry the 8 GB model in stock. I am guessing you don't have those either in Uruguay though?
     
  10. mrs1986 macrumors regular

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    Hell no lol

    I'm going to buy it through amazon and get it sended to a friend in usa, he is in travell for two weeks there, but he is not the right person to go to a store and buy a nice laptop, he will probably buy something from 2003 lol, he does not understand too much about this...

    I saw a seller that has the 8gb version, but i dont trust any other than amazon...

    Do you know if there is chances on buying in other online place?? That could accept the CC from Uruguay in this case??

    Thanks
     
  11. asenor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not going to develop hardcore games. I'm going to develop some normal apps, if I develop a game it would use cocos2d or similar.
     
  12. littfam macrumors regular

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    I'm using my MBA 2.0 Ghz i7 for Developing, and am currently saving up for a 27" display. The extra real-estate is nice to have. Processing power is not the issue here, display space is important for me at times. I will on occasion pass files between my Air and 21" iMacs in my office at home, and use the Air at my side for dev. library reference etc. The portability of the air is nice at times.
     
  13. kthomp macrumors newbie

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    You might want to check out my thread here.

    I ended up getting the 13" i7/8/256 MBA. So far I've been using Xcode and Visual Studio in Parallels running Windows 7 Ultimate. I've got 2 cores and 3 GB for the Windows VM, and Xcode and Visual Studio are still both very fast and responsive. Note that I am not doing any 3D or game programming. I've only been at it a week and a half, but so far it's performing extremely well (I'm outputting to my 27" monitor when I'm at my desk).
     
  14. mrs1986 macrumors regular

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    Ok, thanks for the input...

    I think i should let the Air go and just get a Pro... I can get 8gb and 128Gb ssd for 1400~1450 with the i5 full speed.... And i get a external hard drive too...

    Well... Thats the end of the Air for me....
     
  15. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    You could try with B&H

    I was able to use google checkout with my guatemalan CC and shipped to my courier in miami, and you could also do a wire transfer to them as well
     
  16. mrs1986 macrumors regular

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    Thanks!!

    Actually, they dont have stock of the one i would buy, the base one with 8gb... It cost 1299 ant that other one you pass me cost 1699... I dont doubt it cost that much, but i cant pay it right now...:(
     
  17. Retina MacBook macrumors regular

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    Replacing the rMBP for an MBA? That is just wrong!
     
  18. firewood macrumors 604

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    I've developed several iOS (iPhone and iPad) apps using Xcode on an older MBA 11. No problems whatsoever. It builds apps faster than the Mac Pro I had used before it. The display of the 11 is a bit small for testing iPad apps, but I use a real iPad for that anyway, and the MBA can also hook up a large monitor for working on big artwork.

    I have an even faster MBP 13, but I much prefer the MBA 11's portability, as I don't like to sit at a desk or any one spot when developing.
     
  19. asenor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, your reply was very usefull.
     
  20. bizack macrumors 6502

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    I use a 2012 MBA 11/i7/8GB/256GB for iOS (and other) development. I like that I can fit my entire dev studio into a small bag and hop from coffee shop to coffee shop with very little weight. Lots of great Mac OS apps that make handling screen real estate easy. I have five iOS apps in the app store that were developed on an 11" MBA, from medium to large projects (including asset design).

    Hope that helps.
     
  21. asenor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, it helps me very much.

    About compilation times, there is much difference between a mba and a mbp?
    I'm thinking in large projects. I know that ssd makes difference but processor is important too.
     
  22. bizack macrumors 6502

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    Depends on which MBP. The 13" MBP and the CTO MacBook Air (2.0GHz) are pretty close. One of the larger apps I wrote is ~18MB (binary) and compiles pretty quickly (compilation times are not my bottleneck... I am). A lot of people here argue the 2.0GHz upgrade isn't worth it, but if you're using your machine for development, I think it's definitely worth it.
     
  23. asenor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking always in 13' models. I need a portable computer and I have a 22" screen to conect it.

    I thought at i5 over i7 for the little difference about battery, it could be cooler than i7 and, of course, for the money. Am I wrong?
     
  24. joewillmott macrumors regular

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    The rMBP was lovely, but there was enough problems with it to make it not worth an extra grand on top of a MBA.
     
  25. solderguy1 macrumors member

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    Yes, using a 2011 256G MBA as a full mobile suite.

    MacOS half of disk
    Xcode
    VirtualBox with a bunch of linux VMs and Win8 consumer preview

    BootCamp half of disk with Windows 7
    Java and Eclipse for Android
    Visual Studio with SDK for Windows phone
    Bunch of other software like Paint.net, Selenium, and Robotium

    20-ish Apress Ebooks on mobile. The cyber Monday (right after Black Friday) price got down to $10.50 each in bulk.

    It's handled everything thrown at it so far. I love my MBA.
     

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