What too buy for App development MBP or MBA

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Neilfau, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Neilfau macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2012
    Hi, I want to get into app development, I don't own a mac at the moment so this will be my first one, I was wondering what would be best & what kind of spec do I need? My budget is about £1500 max. I was thinking about a 13 inch 2.8Ghz MBP, but would a 13 inch air do as a good job? Anyone had a Experiance programming on a variety of machines, what would you recommend?

  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    The 13" MBA has one real advantage over the current 13" MBP. It comes with a higher resolution screen. Same as the base resolution as the base 15" MBP. (I have 4 Macs I use regularly, my 2008 13" MBP, 2009 15" MBP, 2010 15" MBP w/Hi-Res and 2011 MBA).

    More screen real estate can be a big plus when doing development.

    Of course you can offset this by using an external display during extended fixed location coding sessions, but a higher resolution internal display is handy.


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