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Adamapple

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Do you guys think it would be a good time to upgrade to the new Macbook? I have a Macbook Air, Mid 2013, 1.3Ghz, Intel Core i5, 4GB ram, 256 GB drive.

I would go to the:

12” Retina Model
256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
1.1GHz dual-core
Intel Core m3 processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz
8GB memory
Intel HD Graphics 515

Questions: As far as speed is concerned is this a good upgrade?

I mainly use my mac air for Internet, basic Adobe Creative Cloud work (Photoshop and Indesign), a few games, WOW, Simple Planes, Lots of Photos, and editing in Photoshop.

Thanks for any opinions!!!

If a good idea, I plan to buy asap.
 

tentales

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Dec 6, 2010
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Do you guys think it would be a good time to upgrade to the new Macbook? I have a Macbook Air, Mid 2013, 1.3Ghz, Intel Core i5, 4GB ram, 256 GB drive.

I would go to the:

12” Retina Model
256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
1.1GHz dual-core
Intel Core m3 processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz
8GB memory
Intel HD Graphics 515

Questions: As far as speed is concerned is this a good upgrade?

I mainly use my mac air for Internet, basic Adobe Creative Cloud work (Photoshop and Indesign), a few games, WOW, Simple Planes, Lots of Photos, and editing in Photoshop.

Thanks for any opinions!!!

If a good idea, I plan to buy asap.

Is the MBA too heavy ? Has it slowed down ? What's the motivation for change ?
Have you tried out the new Macbook at a store ? You don't mind the new keyboard feel or the lack of ports ?

I would save my money and wait for what's coming up in a month or 2 with 2016 Macbook Airs, or not.
Else, consider a refurb MBA 2015/6 with 8/256 config and save money.

If however, editing Photoshop and color accuracy is important, then you'd profit from the Retina display.
 
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Rok73

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the MacBook is Apple's new graphics and gaming powerhouse, that's why they stopped updating the Mac Pro. I say go for it.
Hm, sarcasm doesn't really help the OP.

OT

The MacBook only has an USB-C port. You'll need adapters for charging and using other devices at the same time. The MacBook Air is slightly faster or pretty even compared to the MacBook which has a mobile CPU. The MacBook has a retina screen so the GPU has to move more pixels. Quite a lot of people here in the forums don't like the keyboard haptic on the new MacBook. I can neither confirm nor deny this. Those are the most important differences, I think.

So if you want a lot of ports, and a nice fast machine with a good keyboard and don't care about the screen resolution stay with the Air or go for a refurbished 2015 one with 8GB RAM.

If you want a well designed, thin and light laptop with likely new technology, a brilliant display, new keyboard technology and only one USB-C port, go for the MacBook.
 
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thats all folks

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Dec 20, 2013
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Hm, sarcasm doesn't really help the OP.
actually, it can help by pointing out that the question being asked is a bad one. I will gladly engage in a deep spec and use case discussion. I will gladly walk someone, interested in help, through the decision they are stuck on. I just ask they spend a little time and consideration in crafting their question before I spend time and consideration crafting an answer. what I see in OPs question is, "I want a MacBook, tell me it's okay". but as you yourself pointed out, it's not. the poor performance and extensibility of the MacBook has been discussed here, and all over the internet, ad ifinitum. OP could have done a little research, could have thought about all their variables, before posting. and we would be responding with answers that address the actual issue instead of repeating what has been said here a hundred times before.

I'll offer this:
The MacBook is good at being small and attractive. and that is it. if the need for a new computer is about gaining performance, start by looking at anything from 2013 on with a quad core CPU and discrete graphics. if the lower spec MacBook is the limit of the available budget, keep saving for another year as you already have a machine better than that. If the purchase must be made now and it must be a small laptop under $2K, I would personally go for the 13" i7 2015 Air. if it's really just about a purchase for short term emotional satisfaction, I suggest custom made boots or an Akai GX-646.
 

bhayes444

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Jul 13, 2013
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Do you guys think it would be a good time to upgrade to the new Macbook? I have a Macbook Air, Mid 2013, 1.3Ghz, Intel Core i5, 4GB ram, 256 GB drive.

I would go to the:

12” Retina Model
256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
1.1GHz dual-core
Intel Core m3 processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz
8GB memory
Intel HD Graphics 515

Questions: As far as speed is concerned is this a good upgrade?

I mainly use my mac air for Internet, basic Adobe Creative Cloud work (Photoshop and Indesign), a few games, WOW, Simple Planes, Lots of Photos, and editing in Photoshop.

Thanks for any opinions!!!

If a good idea, I plan to buy asap.
If you're looking at synthetic benchmark scores for the processor, no it is not a good upgrade. It is more of a side-grade as the scores are about even with your 2013. I've heard, and seen scores, that the m5 MacBook is a better bet for speed; benchmarking better than the 2015 MBA. Of course the new MacBook has more RAM, faster storage, and nice screen when compared to your current MBA. That could be upgrade enough for you. Personally I wouldn't spend $1299 just for those upgrade points, but I am not you. As per your uses it seems like the MacBook would be fine, but you might want to pop over to the MacBook forum to see about sustained performance while gaming.
 

toddzrx

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Nov 20, 2012
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actually, it can help by pointing out that the question being asked is a bad one. I will gladly engage in a deep spec and use case discussion. I will gladly walk someone, interested in help, through the decision they are stuck on. I just ask they spend a little time and consideration in crafting their question before I spend time and consideration crafting an answer. what I see in OPs question is, "I want a MacBook, tell me it's okay". but as you yourself pointed out, it's not. the poor performance and extensibility of the MacBook has been discussed here, and all over the internet, ad ifinitum. OP could have done a little research, could have thought about all their variables, before posting. and we would be responding with answers that address the actual issue instead of repeating what has been said here a hundred times before.

I'll offer this:
The MacBook is good at being small and attractive. and that is it. if the need for a new computer is about gaining performance, start by looking at anything from 2013 on with a quad core CPU and discrete graphics. if the lower spec MacBook is the limit of the available budget, keep saving for another year as you already have a machine better than that. If the purchase must be made now and it must be a small laptop under $2K, I would personally go for the 13" i7 2015 Air. if it's really just about a purchase for short term emotional satisfaction, I suggest custom made boots or an Akai GX-646.

Dude; relax.
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Do you guys think it would be a good time to upgrade to the new Macbook? I have a Macbook Air, Mid 2013, 1.3Ghz, Intel Core i5, 4GB ram, 256 GB drive.

I would go to the:

12” Retina Model
256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
1.1GHz dual-core
Intel Core m3 processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz
8GB memory
Intel HD Graphics 515

Questions: As far as speed is concerned is this a good upgrade?

I mainly use my mac air for Internet, basic Adobe Creative Cloud work (Photoshop and Indesign), a few games, WOW, Simple Planes, Lots of Photos, and editing in Photoshop.

Thanks for any opinions!!!

If a good idea, I plan to buy asap.

You're probably better served by posting this in the MacBook forum.
 

Rok73

macrumors 65816
Apr 21, 2015
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actually, it can help by pointing out that the question being asked is a bad one. I will gladly engage in a deep spec and use case discussion. I will gladly walk someone, interested in help, through the decision they are stuck on. I just ask they spend a little time and consideration in crafting their question before I spend time and consideration crafting an answer. what I see in OPs question is, "I want a MacBook, tell me it's okay". but as you yourself pointed out, it's not. the poor performance and extensibility of the MacBook has been discussed here, and all over the internet, ad ifinitum. OP could have done a little research, could have thought about all their variables, before posting. and we would be responding with answers that address the actual issue instead of repeating what has been said here a hundred times before.

I'll offer this:
The MacBook is good at being small and attractive. and that is it. if the need for a new computer is about gaining performance, start by looking at anything from 2013 on with a quad core CPU and discrete graphics. if the lower spec MacBook is the limit of the available budget, keep saving for another year as you already have a machine better than that. If the purchase must be made now and it must be a small laptop under $2K, I would personally go for the 13" i7 2015 Air. if it's really just about a purchase for short term emotional satisfaction, I suggest custom made boots or an Akai GX-646.
TL;DR

I think I might have helped OP with his decision. That's it from me, more news at 11. Relax.
 

tentales

macrumors 6502a
Dec 6, 2010
771
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actually, it can help by pointing out that the question being asked is a bad one. I will gladly engage in a deep spec and use case discussion. I will gladly walk someone, interested in help, through the decision they are stuck on. I just ask they spend a little time and consideration in crafting their question before I spend time and consideration crafting an answer. what I see in OPs question is, "I want a MacBook, tell me it's okay". but as you yourself pointed out, it's not. the poor performance and extensibility of the MacBook has been discussed here, and all over the internet, ad ifinitum. OP could have done a little research, could have thought about all their variables, before posting. and we would be responding with answers that address the actual issue instead of repeating what has been said here a hundred times before.
....

Ever heard the expression, "The only bad question is the one you didn't ask ?"
You're very presumptive and your sarcasm is insulting.

The OP "coudda-shoudda-woudda", but he asked an earnest question and then you come along and basically call him an idiot for asking. smh

If you're annoyed/bored with newbies asking the same "lame" questions you detest, then why bother answering ?
 
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thats all folks

macrumors 6502a
Dec 20, 2013
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Ever heard the expression, "The only bad question is the one you didn't ask ?"
You're very presumptive and your sarcasm is insulting.

The OP "coudda-shoudda-woudda", but he asked an earnest question and then you come along and basically call him an idiot for asking. smh

If you're annoyed/bored with newbies asking the same "lame" questions you detest, then why bother answering ?
Presumptive, yes, your comments are. likely an honest answer to a bad question, will be a bad answer. but if you prefer polite to accurate. I prefer getting to the real questions so we can give real answers. also, ask around, my sarcasm is quite charming.

my position in this is that OP just wants to be told that the low spec MacBook is a great computer for all the things he wants to do and to go for it. I'd gladly accept his clarification otherwise, but as he hasn't bothered checking back in (not even to answer all the earnest questions you asked), I'll hold with that position.
 

ghanwani

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I'll offer this:
The MacBook is good at being small and attractive. and that is it. if the need for a new computer is about gaining performance, start by looking at anything from 2013 on with a quad core CPU and discrete graphics. if the lower spec MacBook is the limit of the available budget, keep saving for another year as you already have a machine better than that. If the purchase must be made now and it must be a small laptop under $2K, I would personally go for the 13" i7 2015 Air. if it's really just about a purchase for short term emotional satisfaction, I suggest custom made boots or an Akai GX-646.

This has put into words why I keep feeling attracted to the Macbook, but every time I actually go and play with one in the store, I realize the novelty will wear off and the impracticalities will start to hurt.

I'm totally with you on the MBA recommendation. The best Apple notebook right now is the 13" MBA. Its form factor is a little less than ideal, the edges a bit sharp. Otherwise, it's the machine which just flies because of the non-retina display, it has the keyboard and mouse we are all used to, it doesn't compromise on ports, and it has the very best battery life.
 
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toddzrx

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I'm totally with you on the MBA recommendation. The best Apple notebook right now is the 13" MBA. Its form factor is a little less than ideal, the edges a bit sharp. Otherwise, it's the machine which just flies because of the non-retina display, it has the keyboard and mouse we are all used to, it doesn't compromise on ports, and it has the very best battery life.

As has been stated many, many times before in countless threads, it all depends on the user's needs, not yours.
 
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