Needs advice mac machine for development

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DrakeZ, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. DrakeZ macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2014
    Hello all, first of all nice to meet you all, i'm new here

    ok let's get down to business

    first of all, i'm a windows user and often develop android app with eclipse
    i often felt lag, very long compile time so that i have to restart my windows and sometimes eclipse just no responded, and i really tired with that

    and now i consider mac as my next machine, i also want to develop iOS apps

    i prefer macbook because of their mobility and sometimes i work at office and sometimes at home

    my requirements is:
    - Able to run iOS and android SDK smoothly and compile fast
    - Able to run iOS and android emulator smoothly for testing purpose
    - Lasts longer, at least for about 4-5 years

    so apparently in my country, only these options available that meets my budget

    Macbook Air 13"
    1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
    Intel HD Graphics 5000
    4GB memory
    128GB PCIe-based flash storage

    Macbook Pro 13"
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    4GB 1600MHz memory (with upgrade option to 8GB)
    500GB 5400-rpm hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    Retina Macbook Pro 13"
    2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    4GB 1600MHz memory
    128GB PCIe-based flash storage1
    Intel Iris Graphics

    which one is the best for developer? and is 4GB ram is enough? because only old MBP that has upgrade option to 8GB Ram, and for rMBP i have to buy another series which is more expensive and exceed my budgets

    thanks before
  2. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    Since you are a developer, I highly recommend 8GB of RAM. 4GB will get the job done, but 8 will get it done faster. The cMBP can be upgraded to 8GB of RAM, but in every other area it is worse than all current Apple products. I would not recommend that computer to anyone at this point. I would look in to getting a used 2012 15" rMBP. Otherwise, look at used 13" 8GB MBAs or rMBPs. You can find some really good deals on the used market, you just have to keep an eye out for them.

    If you don't like the used market, your best new option is an 11" 8GB/128GB MBA. It has the same power of the 13" model, it is just smaller and costs less. You can hook it up to an external monitor if you have one, and it will run perfectly. It is really the easiest and most effective solution to your dilemma.

  3. JohnPi314 macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2014
    I'm a fan of the Air's but for your uses I'd say go with the Pro. You don't need Retina for iOS dev and you'd benefit from the faster i5.
  4. nyc640 macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2014
    Apple just updated the entry level 13" retina macbook pro so that it has 8GB RAM. I wonder if it has yet to be updated in your country, but may be in the future. The used rMBP route is certainly an option, but if you don't want to deal with the hassle of finding a seller for that, you could also consider Apple's refurbished notebooks. They are usually about $200 cheaper in the US, so the better model of the 13" rMBP with 8GB RAM refurbished might be the same price as the new 13" rMBP with 4GB RAM. I don't have any firsthand experience with Apple's refurbished products, but I have heard that they are good as new. You should also be able to return them to Apple if you are not happy with the product.

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