Debating on which one to get for development

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by snappleyum, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. snappleyum macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2016
    I'm on the fence about which new 2016 MacBook to pick up. I could go either 13 inch or 15 inch but I'm not sure where the bottleneck in hardware will be. I know for sure I'm getting 16 gigs of ram. My question is if it's even worth it to get a quad-core or is it fine to just get the dual-core i7 or even i5?

    Basically I will be running Xcode (swift) which is a processor hog for compiling and an Ubuntu Vagrant box + docker. I'm guessing the ram will be my issue before the processor difference is even noticeable but I haven't been looking at hardware in awhile.
  2. mctrials23 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2013
    Depends whether portability or a little more power is more important to you. Personally I am in a similar situation to you and I am considering the 13" middle spec with 16gb RAM
  3. snappleyum thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2016
    Yea I think the portability might be more important if processing power isn't really noticeable.
  4. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    I'm looking at the lower 15" MBP with Touch Bar. I could see that being helpful with debugging, the quad-core seems to be worth it when it comes to compiling large projects.
  5. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I went with a 15" screen for development. I find with debugging, code, and UI windows I needed as much screen real estate as possible.
  6. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I've gone for a 13" one with an adapter so I can use my Thunderbolt Display. Only went with 8GB RAM as that was all that the budget would allow, in an ideal world I would've picked 16 but 8 should be fine for 90% of the time. My current 2011 MBP only has 8 and it copes with most of my Xcode projects fine so I hope it'll suffice.
  7. snappleyum thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2016
    Yea good point. I have an 8gb air right now and it can deal with projects fine. Maybe I'm overly worried about specs.
  8. poorcody macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2013
    Ditto here... I just never have enough screen real estate with development... especially with all those Xcode panels. I particularly like Retina screens because I can drop the resolution when space isn't as tight to make things bigger without any noticeable fuzziness. I had stayed away from the 15-inches until now because of size, but the new one doesn't seem much bigger than my 13" Air (and is actually thinner).

    Honestly I would think a dual-core would be enough, but obviously you can't get that at 15".
  9. antipex macrumors member


    Aug 31, 2006
    Portland, Oregon
    I've been doing iOS and Mac development on a 13" rMBP for a year and a half now; I just ordered a 15" version of the new rMBP. The extra resolution will be very helpful, and I'm looking forward to having a dedicated GPU so I can play a few games on the side.

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