MBP 2018 vs 2019 for coding

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  1. yeahtyeaht macrumors 6502

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    Hello, I want to buy a MacBook Pro with 13 inch for coding with Swift. I wonder which model makes more sense. Should I buy the 2018? As I understood if the keyboard gets a failure I will get the 2019 keyboard. Or should I buy directly the 2019 one? I could get the older model for 2060€ at the refurb Store from Apple. 2019 would cost me 2300€
     
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  3. yeahtyeaht thread starter macrumors 6502

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    MacBook Air with 16GB ram and 512GB ssd would cost me 2090€. I think this would be a bad choice because I can get the 2018 MBP for 2060€
     
  4. Ael_MR macrumors newbie

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    Either one will be more computer then you’d ever need for the foreseeable future. Go cheaper and be content that you got a good deal. Enjoy.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Either one is more then enough power to handle coding. I personally would go with the newer one, simply because it has the 4th gen keyboard
     
  6. nudoru macrumors regular

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    I would get the 13" rather than an Air since it has a larger screen and more powerful processor for compilation and any graphics work you may want to do in the future for your apps/games/projects.

    If you can get the afford the 2019 models, get that since it is faster for the same form factor. Yes, the 2018 keyboards will be replaced with the 2019's "new materials" versions.
     
  7. 960design macrumors 68030

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    I would agree with previous. Newer for the 'better' keyboard ( although I'm really liking my 2017 MBPr15 keyboard ). Coding is just typing in a simple text editor. Swift within Xcode can use quite a bit more resources, but any MBPr within the last three years can handle it without a hiccup.
     
  8. reserves macrumors member

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    Depends on the price difference! They are very similar machines.
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    For that price difference I'd get the new one, it's not that much difference.
     
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  10. uecker87 macrumors regular

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    I'd personally buy a 2018 refurb. Then as you mentioned if the keyboard develops any issues, you will end up getting the same 4th gen keyboard.

    Would be saving hundreds going with the 2018 model refurb vs a new 2019. Just my two cents.
     
  11. Howard2k macrumors 68020

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    Seconded. There are some improvements in the 2019 but I think I'd lean towards the 2018 to save a few hundred and get then add Apple Care.
     
  12. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Either one will work fine. If you are sitting at a desk you may want to consider an external monitor anyway. XCode has a lot of windows and panes that crowd a screen and have a second display is really nice.

    Also, if you are going that way, get an external keyboard and mouse. After that 10th (or 15th) hour of coding for the day, your fingers will thank you.
     
  13. yeahtyeaht thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a display, keyboard and mouse because I’m currently using a Windows PC at home
     
  14. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Sounds like you are set then hardware-wise except for the Mac. Given that, I would lean toward the 2018 since Apple will cover keyboard issue for 4 years after your purchase and you can save some money.
     

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