Macbook Pro 13" Mid-2012 or Macbook Air 11" Early-2014

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iespikka, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. iespikka macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2015
    Hello! I'm a college student who uses Photoshop CS6 and FCPX a lot. I currently have a MBA 11" Early-2014 but it actually doesn't even run FCPX and iMovie is too basic for my needs. FCPX shuts down on itself sometimes, or it takes 5 minutes to render 5 secs of footage. I have the chance to purchase the macbook pro 13 mid-2012 and upgrade it with an SSD. Do you think I should go for it or wait and save up enough money for the latest macbook pros (which will take me more than a year and i'll be stuck with this MBA unable to do any editing which is...ugh).
  2. Raavi1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2015
    Hi, you can try exchanging your MBA in apple store to the latest MBP released as of now, Instead of going with MBP mid 2012 and upgrading the SSD. you can buy a new one.
  3. Raavi1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2015
    Hi, Try to check in apple store if they will exchange your MBA. If yes u can buy a new MBP instead of going for Mid 2012 and upgrading with SSD.
  4. iespikka thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2015
    Hi! That option isn't available in my local Apple Store unfortunately. Do you have other suggestions?
  5. pjfan macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    Columbus OH
    That doesn't sound like a good idea... depending on the specs, the 2012 may offer short term gains, but it just seems like it's not an economical investment as I can't imagine the advantages will be significant.

    What are all the specifications on the 2014 11" Air you're using? Depending on the country you're in, the Apple Refurb Store offers decent deals on the 15" or 13" retina MacBooks.
  6. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Long rendering times are due to the cpu.
    The 2012 mbp is not gonna be much better in that regard.

    FCPX should run fine on the mba.

    5 minutes for rendering 5secs sounds extreme. What kind of footage are you editing?
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    You really need a quad core processor and a fairly decent graphics for what you want to do, so in a laptop thats the 15 inch macbook pro if you want to stay with apple.

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