Anybody use a 11" Air for Web/iOS Development?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Viantef, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Viantef macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    I absolutely love the 11 inch Macbook Air's form factor. I'm thinking of ordering one with 8GB Ram.

    However, I'm a tad skeptical on the screen size with development even though it'll likely be connected to a monitor.

  2. RiverDonkey macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I use a 13 inch for developing, and i would't go down to a 11 inch, unless your are gonna plug it into a external monitor :)
  3. xproc macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2012
  4. Viantef thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Hi, would it be fine to do some basic edits in Xcode?

    I'll just be using this computer to learn C/Obj-C, then ill purchase a MBPr 15" when I begin development on my project.
  5. yearofthe macrumors regular


    May 23, 2010
    Just saying the 11-inch doesn't have an SD card slot. :/ I found the screen to be too wide and too short if you ask me. The 13" feels pretty right to me. Oh, and the computer too..
  6. mikeray macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I am a Web Developer, and I just purchased my second 11-inch. I love these little guys. Fullscreen mode is your friend. :p

    I do have a 27" ACD at home, but am still able to code when it is not plugged into it. I can't say much about Xcode screen real estate on the 11-inch as I do not use that.
  7. catalyst07 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2013
    I've been developing on my 2012 11" i7 8gb for over a year now and it's more than enough for anything I've thrown at it. When I do web development, I routinely have 40+ tabs open in Chrome, many with inspectors running. If I'm at my desk, I output to a 27" Thunderbolt display while doing the same tasks and it's never hiccuped once. Running xcode and obj C is a breeze on it.

    TIP: If you're outputting to Thunderbolt display, make sure you're plugged in; it drains the battery on the 11" very fast if you're not.

    That being said, I recently ordered the new 11" air because I want longer battery life out of it. My 2012 model gets 4.5-5hrs on battery depending on usage and I think I'll get about 8-9hrs out of the new one. Hopefully I won't even have to bring my charger!
  8. dljeffery macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2011
    Issaquah, WA

    The Air will be fine for that. Other than possibly screen real estate, which is more of an adjustment than anything else. I did software development (iOS) on a 13" MacBook for a few years (the 11" Air actually has a bit more real estate).

    But I do agree that the 13" Air would be a better choice, unless you really need the extra portability of the 11" model... simply for the additional screen real estate. And the 15" rMPB doesn't improve that (over the 13" Air), unless you run at scaled resolutions.
  9. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    11'' MBA works well with XCode, I dont find it troublesome at all. Sure you have to toggle sidebars on and off, but its all part of using the tool and workflow. Its plenty portable and plenty powerful. Even once you get that MBPr, you could still take the 11'' with you to make changes on the go.
  10. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I use an 11" MBA for web development. PHP, jQuery, etc. It's not my main machine but it's great when on the road or working in the living room.
  11. yosemit macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2013
    I do programming on 11-in Air connected to a 24-in external monitor, Bluetooth mouse, and Bluetooth keyboard. Since I use external monitor anyway, 13-in or 15-in doesn't help, and 11-in is the logical choice.

  12. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    I had a 11" Air for a bit.

    It's an amazing piece of hardware, put it in your bag and you won't know it's there because it barely weights anything, the screen being 16:9 as well as 1366x768 resolution is a letdown (maybe not for you or anything else, but to me, it is, considering other MacBook products uses the master race 16:10 ratio)

    If you're going to be connecting it to a monitor when at home/office and take it with you when travelling, it's probably the best choice.

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