Which Macbook? Please Help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nomac, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. nomac macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012

    I am a complete noob in macbooks. But I want to buy one for my brother. He wants to develop apps. Could you help me choose the cheapest one where he can do this? I know there are some older versions available also. Should I go for any of those?

    thanks a lot for your help!!!
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    yes buying a 2011 model from the refurbished sections is a great option to save money and the mac will still be plenty powerfull to develop apps

    i would recomend the early or late 2011 15" model
  3. nomac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
  5. Glockron macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    For development, I'd go for the newest 13" Air. It's a little more expensive than refurbs, but you get a fast SSD for booting, opening and closing of apps. Just makes it snappier. Most importantly the screen "seems" to have less glare, and has a higher resolution - which is important for coding or developing. You need as much screen space as possibe ;)
  6. chriscl macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2008
    Stuttgart, Germany
    The base-level 13" MBP (mid-2012 model) would be fine for Development use.

    You can upgrade the RAM later yourself (cheaper than doing it from Apple) and even swap in a bigger hard disk or an SSD (Solid-State Disk) if you need to, so there is an amount of future-proofing there.
  7. nomac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012

    thanks for all the input. I'll go with the base level macbook pro

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