macbook air good enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Sendaii, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Sendaii macrumors member

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    Thinking about purchasing a 13-inch macbook air for programming, using Sublime Text as well as Xcode.
    Do you think the macbook air has sufficient enough power? And what, if any, upgrades should I add to it before ordering?
     
  2. virulent macrumors newbie

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    it's way more than enough.

    if you searched you'd probably find everyone screams "8GB RAM !!!" so you probably want to go for that. as a developer myself also it's easy to use up 8 GB if you really want to and it's not as constricting as 4.
     
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    If you're only planning on running 1VM at a time, or just xcode, 4gb is fine. You'll start to run into trouble if you have Photoshop, a web server, iTunes, and a VM with Visual Studio all going at once though.

    From personal experience :D

    Keep in mind, if you want to use an emulator (Android or WP) that's going to use another 1gb+ of RAM. If you're using it for "enterprise" work, with large projects and 100000+ of lines of code, you'll probably want more... everything.

    And if you plan on doing anything related to Android development, you'll want a 32-core Mac Pro from 2016.
     
  4. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it's more than sufficient. Go get it! :)
     
  5. kage207 macrumors 6502a

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    I love my MBA 13". I just wish I got a bigger HDD as I got the 128GB. The 256GB HDD would be the best if you are going to have a VM copy on your machine.

    I also went with the 8GB of RAM. The reason I got is because I usually run, Xcode, Calendars, Mail, Reminders, Messages, Safari (or Chrome), iTunes, DropBox, ColorPicker, and Box all at the same time. Though right now I have iTunes off and watching Netflix on my external monitor as I do my web development for my personal site as it is my time to relax on Saturday.

    Yes, the MBA is amazing. I just recommend 8GB of RAM and 256GB HDD (SSD). i7 isn't worth it.
     
  6. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    You mite want to check out the refurbished MBA's , you can save allot of money
     
  7. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

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    sometimes i'm using xcode with MBA air (4GB/128GB) and all is fine.
    but, when u come with 8GB ram is better.
     
  8. kelon111 macrumors 6502

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    I remember writing programs on a desktop with a Pentium 4 processor. A fancy 2013 MacBook Air with its Haswell based Intel CPU , SSD , etc. should have no issues with basic programming unless you are doing something wrong.
     
  9. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    I saved 40$ going this route and got a higher specced then I wanted.
     
  10. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    You mean I don't need a quad core CPU to run bash? I started coding on a Heathkit breadboard with 512 bytes RAM, LOL. :)

    [​IMG]

    On topic, I've done OS X and iOS programming on 2GB and 4GB machines without RAM-related issues. Heck, I have more Xcode-related issues than anything.
     
  11. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    Remember the Radio Shack TRS-80
     
  12. kelon111 macrumors 6502

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    Well , I started out with C and then went to Intel ASM.
    You probably are quite old if you used the Heathkit breadboard.
    I don't think any universities in modern times use that to teach programming.

    A Pentium 4 based computer is still acceptable for quite a few programming tasks which is why some schools still use them.

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    OP , why don't you consider the Retina model? The screen is a lot better.
     
  13. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    Well? Did you pull the trigger?
     
  14. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    I used to hit radio shack on Saturday afternoons after paying off my paper route and practice my BASIC programming skills on the model I and model III (64K! 2! Floppy drives! TRS-DOS!) computers.
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

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    Same here - the good ol' days :D

    OP, did you take the plunge with the MBA, as others stated that would be more then enough machine for your needs.
     
  16. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    It was my technical high school electronics track where I used the heathkit. :) the breadboard was straight ASM, entered in hex.

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    Amazing what 36 years has given us in tech breakthroughs.
     
  17. Sendaii thread starter macrumors member

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    I decided to go with the base 13inch model, with only 4gb of RAM. I hope that's enough, but so far it's going smoothly. I haven't started listening to iTunes yet while working though. That'll be the real test I think.
     
  18. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

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    iTunes use around 65mb...I think you'll be fine. ;)
     
  19. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    Think we're showing some age :cool: Oh yea Dual Floppy's Amber Screen and a 20 Meg HD was 500 dollars . Ok didn't mean to steal the thread.

    LOTS of new refurbs posted today, picked up " I think " a sweet deal on a 13" MBA, 8GB, 256 Flash Drive.

    TO OP you have 14 days guy
     
  20. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    Post updates of your experience to share with others that mite be in the same boat. :cool:
     
  21. Meister Suspended

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    The real test would be to run lots of media apps simultaneously.
    Itunes is not going to make a difference.
    Besides that you will be very happy with the base mba. We have one, too and its very snappy. Enjoy!
     

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