Transitioning from PC to Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bap3221, May 25, 2015.

  1. bap3221, May 25, 2015
    Last edited: May 25, 2015

    bap3221 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    Im a graphic designer but planning on using this for coding since i already have a pc desktop for Adobe programs.

    Long story short, im tired of all the bugs and forcequits from adobe programs (experience the same with Dell computer at work and homemade computer at home). Same with Microsoft Publisher, Blackberry programs, and sometimes iTunes.

    I had a mac for 5 years til 2012 when my macbook pro failed from old age(2003 iBook and 2007 Macbook Pro 15") Then i started work where they had PC's and found the transition hard so i built a PC.

    I see a refurbished 2014 11" Macbook Air ($679) at the Apple online store and a 2012 11" Macbook Pro on average ($500) but i dont see much of a change in specs from 2010 to 2015. Just battery life, slight changes in processors, and addition of ports i dont need (except for thunderbolt). The difference i see is maybe the use of battery.

    Originally i wanted the 2015 Gold Macbook but no Magsafe makes it an absolute no. Cant tell you how many times i trip on mine and other ppls laptop cords and saved my butt on Macbooks. The most genius idea.

    Difference between Yosemite and previous versions? Dont care much for Facetime and iPhone apps. I use a Blackberry so i want to be able to use Blend and back up my phone.

    I just use it for work. I dont watch TV. I prefer the 11". What is your suggestion yearwise for macbook airs? Do the macbook air's age and fail after 5 years like all the other previous macbooks?
  2. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    The 2014 Airs have much better battery life than 2012 or older and $679 for a refurbished 2014 is a good deal.
  3. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    There is no such thing as an 11" MacBook Pro… I assume you mean 2012 MacBook Air? :) In 2013, Apple added 802.11ac wifi to the MBA. Of course you need a compatible router, but I really appreciate the speed difference from my 2011 MBA. I can copy files on the LAN over wifi at about 60MB/sec on my 2013 MBA. Might be nice to have if you work with large graphic files.

    Actually, if you can find a refurb 2013 MBA, I think that's the sweet spot in terms of price/performance.
  4. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I'm pretty sure the 2013s also use Haswell processors and thus have super long battery life.
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Yes they do. I went from a 2011 13" MBA to a 2013 11" MBA. The 2013 got about 6 hours on battery, the 2013 is about 10 hours. And the 13" model should do even better. :)
  6. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Agreed. If you can hold out for a 2013 model, you can get a much better deal.

    Though it might not look like it in terms of just numbers, the 2013-current models are much better than the 2010-2012 models. USB 3.0, much better battery life, much faster SSD speeds and more efficient processors put the post-2013 models much further ahead of their predecessors.

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