What is the best Apple laptop to run Yosemite?

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  1. Fantoni macrumors member

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    Hi, I'm currently a Windows user, but I would like to buy an Apple laptop with Yosemite. I will use Office, Photoshop, SketchUp.

    Should I buy a MacBook Air 13" (256GB + 8GB RAM) or a MacBook Pro Retina 13" (256GB + 8GB RAM)? I ask this question because I've read that the MBP Retina has some graphic issues (lags, etc.) especially with Yosemite. Is the MBA's graphic performance better because of its non-retina display?

    Thanks
     
  2. Trioptre macrumors newbie

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    Go Retina

    I have the rMBP 2013 2.4 i5, and it's fantastic. The right combination of cost and power. The retina screen is worth the price of admission. Get what best suits your needs.
     
  3. TechGod macrumors 68040

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  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Go retina

    I have no graphics issues with my 13 inch retina 2013 on mavericks and Yosemite is reportedly even smoother.

    That retina screen is definitely worth it everything looks great but text especially is amazing.
     
  5. nightlong macrumors 6502a

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    My 13" MBPr late 2013 is much faster and smoother on Yosemite than it was on Mavericks.
     
  6. leman macrumors G3

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    Any of them will run Yosemite, there is no 'best' one.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    I think any of the current or near current machines are fine for Yosemite. Its running great on my 2012 rMBP.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    As stated above, any of the current Mac laptops will run Yosemite just fine

    I have the 15" late 2013 rMBP and there are no lag issues whatsoever
    And I run 2 large external monitors in addition to the laptop monitor
     
  9. Johbremat macrumors regular

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    Have 10.10 installed on an early-2011 15" MBP (7200RPM HDD; 8GB RAM) and I dare say it runs better than Mavericks.

    Been a bit since I've rebuilt the machine...may be that blatting the disk and doing a fresh install could (read: possibly, but won't hedge bets) yield better results.
     
  10. Fantoni thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you think that taking the having 8GB RAM could improve the graphic performance of the MacBook Pro Retina 13"?
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Only if you are using a lot of ram

    The Iris graphics will comandeer up to 1.5 gb of RAM if needed so if you run a lot of programs at the same time it could become a bottleneck with 4gb
     
  12. Allograft macrumors regular

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    Lovin' Yosemite on mid-2014 15" rMBP base model
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    I found 8GB to be the sweet spot for most users, and 4GB to be on the too small side of the fence. To be sure, many people are running with 4GB w/o any issues, but I think the long run 8GB is better. I think Yosemite can probably spread its wings a little better with 8GB and will work more smoothly.
     
  14. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    Holy smokes, now I am frantically searching for lag on my relatively new rMBP 13. ;-)
    This thing has been pretty much flawless on Yosemite all through the beta. I had the wifi flipping out for about a week, but a patch fixed that. Great laptop
     
  15. Fantoni thread starter macrumors member

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    16GB RAM: graphic performance boost?

    I've just noticed that 8GB Ram is already the default for MBPr 13". So I edit my original question: "do you think that 16GB RAM could improve the graphic performance of the MBPr 13"?"
     
  16. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    In a word No.

    Basically nothing will improve the graphics performance, extra RAM may be useful in rendering large RAW files, or Editing HD video that will also max out your graphics processor nut it will not actually make your graphics any better.
     

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