Starting a company, looking to upgrade MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ndewacht, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. Ndewacht macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone,

    I am brand new to the forum! I currently use a 13" MBP (2011) with 2.4ghz i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and running Yosemite. I am worried this will not be enough for both iOS and Android development as well as the business needs I have. The laptop needs to perform consistently without quitting, I will be using it as my business lifeline. I am looking to possibly upgrade if need-be, I prefer 13" to 15" and am looking at the 13" MBP Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. I am wondering if the upgrade is advisable or necessary from anyones experience. I use external displays so do not need the increased screen space on my laptop.

    Any help is great!
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I think the machine should be plenty reliable, especially with a good backup and archive plan in place. I was going to add the need for screen real estate is (IMHO) a necessity for development, but it sounds like you have that covered. Upgrading to a new machine [with more RAM, Haswell] will give you a performance boost, and with the Retina Display, you also have the option to run it at a higher, scaled, resolution when you're mobile. Still, you probably can get by for some time with just a RAM upgrade to the 2011.

    Edit: If you go with the 2014, I would plan on getting it full up with 16 GB RAM. It's not something that can be changed later.
     
  3. luked14 macrumors 6502

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    Another consideration to make is that Retina MBP's late 2013 and newer still don't have third-party SSD's available to upgrade, so you may or may not be stuck with the storage size you choose.
     

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