1. anm99's Avatar
    Hi,
    I'm going to buy my first mac laptop. It's been years I look at the lineup and see an obvious upgrade coming and then delay the purchase till the next year.

    The new retina line-up (mid 2014) has recently come out and I'm thinking of just taking the plunge, although I know the Broadwell processors have likely been merely delayed till next year.

    Wanting to take the plunge as I want to learn iphone app development and need a machine that will allow to me do that while I can also use it for my day to day - surfing, mails, office, music, etc.

    My biggest problem is I want to get the best value for my money and so am unsure which model to go for. The entry level 13 inch model with 8gb RAM and 128 flash is the cheapest and I think should allow me to do everything I want.

    However, given this is going to be my primary machine and I will want to keep it for the next 3-5 years I'm considering upgrading the RAM to 16GB at which point it seems almost unfair not to upgrade the flash to 256GB too. Going for the 256GB with 8GB RAM also feels a bit unfair, as I can always use external drive for storing things but will be stuck with whatever RAM I have. With both the upgrades I'm basically at the same price as the 15 inch base model which comes with the 16GB RAM as standard and 256GB flash but also gives me a quad core i7!!

    Now it seems, that I'm going to get a lot more for my money on the base 15 inch - but then there's the issue of portability at which point I think I should just go for the 13 inch base model - then the whole loop plays back and I'm stuck trying to decide which one I should go for. It's partly because the retina models aren't upgradable at a later date.

    Can you mac experts please help me?
    08-29-2014 06:55 AM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    15" if you're going to do development. You'll want the extra screen size.
    08-29-2014 06:58 AM
  3. anm99's Avatar
    Is it not a hassle to carry around though? Also, for most of my dev related work I'm likely to use whatever macbook I get and connect it to screens so the screen size isn't a real concern..
    08-29-2014 07:15 AM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    If you're going to use an external monitor, then the the smaller one would be fine. But no I don't think the 15" is too large for carrying around, but I'm not a student or someone who needs to carry it commuting on a train or bus. I have on rare occasions carried it thru an airport without thinking it was too big.
    08-29-2014 07:32 AM
  5. anm99's Avatar
    Okay, between the 13 inches - which one would you recommend?
    08-29-2014 09:07 AM
  6. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    16GB RAM and as much storage as you can afford. Neither SSD nor RAM are upgradeable aftermarket.
    08-29-2014 10:32 AM

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