New Macbook Pro 13inch - Which Processor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ka Tec, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. Ka Tec macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2015
    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking to purchase the new Macbook 13 inch kabylake and need help deciding which processor to get. The background is I am currently using the Macbook 12 inch connected to an external screen for html web-development. This has been working great until recently when I switched to a platform called Ionic 2. The platform ports my javascript code to XCode and Android Studio so that I can produce iOS and Android apps. In short the compiling and emulation is way too intensive in Ionic, Xcode and Android for the Macbook 12 inch and therefore super slow to do anything productive.

    So now looking at the Macbook 13 inch Kabylake I am trying to work out which processor should I get?
    The primary use will for compiling and emulating in X-Code as well as Android Studio as well using Logic and Adobe Video/Photo editing for time to time.

    At this stage I am thinking of the Touchbar - 3.3GHz dual Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.7Ghz. Do think there will be a big difference in performance from this and 3.5GHz Intel Core i7? This is going to be a 3-4 yr investment so would like to get it right so all comments are appreciated and thanks in advance.
  2. underattack macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    I have not seen the actual CPU part number that is used in these MacBook Pros (does Apple document that anywhere?). But based on my best guess via the Intel website, the only difference between the i5 and i7 is the frequency. I didn't see any features listed that are unique to the i7.

    Here are the CPUs that I think are in these machines:


    one variable is that Intel gives manufacturers different power options. So they may not run at "full power" in Macbooks.
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    And just found this benchmark comparison. Looks like you get about 10% bump out of an i7 over an i5. Doubt that is noticeable.
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    For your usage, I think the touch-bar models with 28W would be better suited.

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