Macbook Pro 2019 1.4 ghz for programming

latifatci

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I am planning to buy MBP 13” 1.4 ghz i5/16/512. I want to do some ios development and data science. Is it good decision for these? Can i use it for 4-5 years?
 

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I am planning to buy MBP 13” 1.4 ghz i5/16/512. I want to do some ios development and data science. Is it good decision for these? Can i use it for 4-5 years?
Of course you can. In fact I just bought the exact same model with the exact same configuration for myself, as a Full Stack Systems dev.

On this particular model the 1.7 ghz i7 doesn’t provide that much of a boost compared to the stock 1.4ghz i5, so I didn’t think that upgrade was necessary. On the other hand going with 16 GB of RAM and upgrading the stock SSD storage (for faster read & write speeds) are far more worthwhile upgrades, and as a result your MBP should be able to handle anything you throw at it for the next 4 or 5 years.
 

latifatci

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Thank you for your response. I have one more question, 1.4 i5/16/512 vs 2.4 i5/16/512 is it worth it to pay 400$ and buy high end level 13” or should i stay with 1.4?
 

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The base 13" Pro is plenty good enough. The difference in price doesn't justify the negligible improvement you'd see.
 
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Kung gu

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Thank you for your response. I have one more question, 1.4 i5/16/512 vs 2.4 i5/16/512 is it worth it to pay 400$ and buy high end level 13” or should i stay with 1.4?
if you want dual fan cooling, 4Thunderbolt, faster ssd then u get that along with higher base i5 for $400.

imo get 1.4gtz i5 and save rest
 

ghanwani

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Thank you for your response. I have one more question, 1.4 i5/16/512 vs 2.4 i5/16/512 is it worth it to pay 400$ and buy high end level 13” or should i stay with 1.4?
Difference should be $300 not $400 unless you're not in the US. And I don't think it is worth it, but it depends on what value the upgrades bring to you: 4TB ports v. 2, slightly faster processor (about 10%), better WiFi (I think, based on discussions here), better speakers, etc. On the flip side, battery life may be better with the 1.4 since it has a larger battery and lower wattage processor with a single fan, but I have not seen any tests.
 
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alias99

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if you want dual fan cooling, 4Thunderbolt, faster ssd then u get that along with higher base i5 for $400.

imo get 1.4gtz i5 and save rest

If he wants the 512gb the speed difference is not a lot between both models, the lower capacity drives are worse.

As for dual fan cooling, the 1.4 has a much lower TDP and celling with one fan is pretty much the same as the 2.4 model with 2 fans.
 
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Hey guys :) May be someone have a similar stack and using MBP 13" 2019 1.4Ghz for it. I`ll be very thankful for any information & advices. My current stack is: node.js, angular 6/7/8, im usually using VCode IDE, and other time is web browsing & console work, sometimes i need to run one or two lightweight docker containers (<1gb RAM). Now i have 15" with i7 7700HQ with 16GB RAM (usually have 8-9Gb free on ArchLinux) & 256SSD, but i need more small & lightweight laptop with macOS.
So, 1.4Ghz with 256Gb SSD and 8Gb RAM is enough? Thank you all)
 

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Hey guys :) May be someone have a similar stack and using MBP 13" 2019 1.4Ghz for it. I`ll be very thankful for any information & advices. My current stack is: node.js, angular 6/7/8, im usually using VCode IDE, and other time is web browsing & console work, sometimes i need to run one or two lightweight docker containers (<1gb RAM). Now i have 15" with i7 7700HQ with 16GB RAM (usually have 8-9Gb free on ArchLinux) & 256SSD, but i need more small & lightweight laptop with macOS.
So, 1.4Ghz with 256Gb SSD and 8Gb RAM is enough? Thank you all)
I would recommend to have 16gb of RAM (even if you can save some memory with VCode). Big project + Chrome + docker + VCode you will be really close to border and if you switch to WebStorm for example, you will be out of your memory limit. I have big project + chrome + webstorm and I use ~ 9.5-12 gb of ram. If I use VCode it could be 8-10. If you plan to use your mac for a couple of years, I would recommend 16gb of Ram.

PS: "Of course if you use angular <= 6, 8 gb should be enough ))) ";
 
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phpmaven

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Of course you can. In fact I just bought the exact same model with the exact same configuration for myself, as a Full Stack Systems dev.

On this particular model the 1.7 ghz i7 doesn’t provide that much of a boost compared to the stock 1.4ghz i5, so I didn’t think that upgrade was necessary. On the other hand going with 16 GB of RAM and upgrading the stock SSD storage (for faster read & write speeds) are far more worthwhile upgrades, and as a result your MBP should be able to handle anything you throw at it for the next 4 or 5 years.
I don't know what kind of development you are doing, but if it involves a lot of compiling, I wouldn't even think about getting an i5, I would go with the highest end processor you can deck it out with.
 
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