Which Macbook for iPhone Development?

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  1. shuf, Aug 13, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011

    shuf macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2011

    I'm unsure about which macbook I should get for iPhone development.

    I either want the 15inch 2.3Ghz, 500GB 7200rpm mbp or the 13inch 1.8GHz, 256GB ssd mba.

    Ill be using this macbook as my main computer for iPhone development (programming and graphic work) and also as a music production workstation. So there will be lots of multitasking.

    First, I was leaning towards the mbp but a refresh might be coming in the next 2-4 months and the mba just got its refresh. Also, the mba is about 800$ cheaper but I will be using this macbook to make money so money is not too much of an issue. I also like to work outside so I need the anti-glare the mbp provides unless the mba's screen is fine outside.

    Do you think the mba is powerful enough for me?
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
  3. cinek macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    I'd go with mbp - the cheapest mba only comes with 64GB storage which isn't enough for 99.9% of users

    either mbp will be enough for you, but make sure you don't take 8GB ram from apple as they over charge, instead buy some ram for about $50 and upgrade it your self - it's user servicable so your warranty will stay
  4. shuf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2011
    Yes, but I'm new to mac programming (objective-c). Its more the graphic and music work I'm worried about.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Any Mac model... even the mini.... is powerful enough for your needs.
  6. iMacDragon macrumors 68000


    Oct 18, 2008
    You want as much screen estate as possible for coding, in general, so 15" with hi res screen or 17" ideally.

    If there is a MBP refresh still this year, it'll most likely be just small bumps, next big one won't be till feb/marsh next year probably.
  7. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
  8. shuf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2011
    I have external 24inch so its not that much of a problem. For the screen, im more concerned about reflections on the mba (working outside).
  9. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    13" will be more than enough for you. iPhone development isn't as heavy on the hardware as Mac development, so a high-end 13" will do.
  10. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    I'm using the base 13" 2011 MBP for iOS development. If I need a larger screen, I just connect it to my 23" LCD. I have no issues with using it without the external monitor, though.
  11. cinek macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    I have the high end 13" depending on the size of the app I either connect it to a 24" or a 27" external monitor. 13" is more portable than 15" & 17" since you already have an external monitor, 13" is the best choice imo
  12. lindstedt56 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    Get the 15 2.2 waste of money for 2.3 buy the better screen with the money you save.
  13. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    I use my MBP 17" for iOS dev (Xcode 3 & Adobe CS5) with also an external 24" display at home and think it is pretty awesome. The Sandy Bridge Core i7 is really fast. Compile times are so fast that I rarely use the simulator and will instead build to the device.

    I also have a MBA 11" i5/4/128 for Xcode 4 which always keeps me wondering how I could reconcile my feeling of what should be a screen that is too small with the reality that the screen is plenty big enough for serious coding.

    Nowadays, even when I have both machines available with me, I'll often choose to code on the small MBA. I haven't done any graphic design work on it though. I use the MBP for that since I have the external display and graphic tablet all set up and plugged into the MBP.

    If I could pick only one machine, it'd be the MBP 17. A second choice for primary machine would be the MBA 13", and third choice would be a MBP 15".
  14. shuf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2011
    Hows Intel HD Graphics 3000 for 3d work? I'm thinking of getting an 13" air.
  15. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    OP, you want to get at least a 13" MBP for iOS development! I have been working on my first application and I have a 13" MBP. It's working fine for me. The only thing is, if you do settle for a 13" one, you may want to invest in an external monitor. A bigger monitor will help a lot!

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