Programming: 13" or 15" TB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rekhyt, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. rekhyt, Jun 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017

    rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    Want to learn Swift from scratch and get into iOS programming. Might also be running a Linux VM as well, so I'll be maxing out RAM. Also will be running an additional screen.

    Is the 13" or 15" more suitable for this purpose?

    Dual core on the 13" seems to be a major limitation.
  2. jerryk, Jun 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017

    jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Dual core is fine for programming. But, of course more power is better. Screen real estate is a bigger issue. XCode does a lot with visual editors and these take up a screen space. I find a 13" to be too cramped for me and I have to hide too many windows. The 15" is better.

    But most of the time I use an external monitor or two.
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    13" is fine but the extra screen space and the extra 2 cores makes things smoother on the 15"
  4. Graham Perks macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Dual core is fine. If your project gets large you will appreciate more. If you're running an external monitor then the 13" will not be an issue. I run a large Swift project and even a MacBook display works well (e.g. when traveling - it is noticeably slower, though quite usable). 16GB is ample for me. I've got Xcode, Sketch (with a 445MB file open), Outlook, Safari, Slack, and the Simulator all running and Activity Monitor tells me I'm using a hair under 13GB.

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