Which Macbook? Please Help

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

  1. nomac macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    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

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    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

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  5. Glockron macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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

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