1. spareshoota's Avatar
    I am definitely buying a MacBook; I have an iPhone 5 and an iPad w/ Retina display and know that a Mac is best for me. The problem is that I don't know which one to get. Here are the things that I would be doing with it:

    -Running Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheets (not complicated)
    -Editing small movies
    -Editing pictures
    -Running windows-based software
    -Learning how to make apps
    -Managing iTunes library (have all music on external harddrive)

    Funds are not unlimited, so I have to really think about this. I am going to the Apple Store Thursday and my current choices are:

    MacBook Air $1,199
    MacBook Pro $1,299
    MacBook Pro $1,499

    My thought process is the following: as much as I'd like to save some money, this laptop is replacing the one that just died, so I should probably spend a little more to get the better processor and memory. (OBV if I had all the money in the world, I'd take a 13" MacBook Pro and beef everything up). What I don't know is how much of a difference in performance I will see between:

    1.3Ghz i5 vs 2.4GHz i5
    4GB memory vs. 8GB memory

    I don't expect either machine to be "slow" when compared to my old laptop (a POS dell), but I don't want to handicap myself.

    Additionally, what is your opinion on AppleCare? For $249 and 3 years of coverage, is it worth it for someone like me who treats his computers like babies? Could I get away with NOT buying AppleCare and should I even consider doing that? Thanks in advance everyone!
    03-04-2014 02:21 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    If your going to be doing video editing and possibly app development, go with the most powerful you can afford. However, RAM is more important than raw CPU speed, so if it fits your budget I'd bump the RAM up to 16GB even if it means sacrificing some CPU speed.
    03-04-2014 03:11 PM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Since AppleCare for a Mac does not include damage and only extends the warranty, you can buy it anytime within the first year. So you can get the Mac now and add AppleCare if you want it later.
    03-04-2014 03:12 PM
  4. spareshoota's Avatar
    But do you think 8GB is sufficient? I kinda need this computer before the weekend and if I customize it, I dont think I'll have it on time.
    03-04-2014 04:29 PM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    It will run fine with 8GB. 16GB is more for future proofing
    03-04-2014 07:17 PM
  6. Peter Cohen's Avatar
    "and only extends the warranty"

    AppleCare doesn't just extend the warranty. It also extends the toll-free tech support you can receive from Apple from 90 days to three full years. This may not be a big deal to many self-sufficient Mac users, but Apple's phone support is phenomenal, and something that can be truly helpful for someone switching to the Mac from another platform. You can call them any time day or night, 365 days a year, and talk with someone about anything related to the Mac's operation or the software that comes on it.

    But Karen's absolutely right - AppleCare can be purchased any time within the first year of ownership, so there's no rush to do it on day one if funds are an issue.
    03-06-2014 07:33 AM
  7. Peter Cohen's Avatar
    Everything you've discussed is well within the realm of what an 8 GB machine should be able to handle. 16 GB might be helpful if you were running apps that have big memory footprints, like professional video editing software, multi-track music recording and audio engineering software, or pro image editing apps, but sounds more like general use stuff, which will be fine.

    Regarding Air vs. Pro, the tradeoff is weight and all-day battery life vs. power. The Pro has a beefier processor and faster graphics.
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    03-06-2014 07:36 AM
  8. spareshoota's Avatar
    Went with the $1499 MacBook pro thanks everyones
    03-07-2014 10:27 AM
  9. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Congrats!


    {iRiidium} Technophile. 4 of 4 
    03-08-2014 03:22 PM
  10. ame's Avatar
    Did you get Applecare? It really is worth it. If there's any craziness going on, you can make a Genius Bar appt and almost everything is covered, save for damage.
    03-14-2014 10:00 AM
  11. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Did you get Applecare? It really is worth it. If there's any craziness going on, you can make a Genius Bar appt and almost everything is covered, save for damage.
    You can purchase AppleCare for the MBP anytime in the first year so no rush if you didn't already get it.
    03-14-2014 12:53 PM
  12. mattipar's Avatar
    Hi I am wanting to buy a 13 inch Mac book pro with retina display. I don't know a lot about computers so I was wondering if I should get 8 or 4 GB and if I should get 2.4GHz or some thing else. I want to use it to play minecraft and I want to use photoshop on it too. So which model should I get? Would it be worth it to get a 15 inch?
    03-29-2014 05:18 PM
  13. Septembersrain's Avatar
    For the price difference I'd definitely opt into the 2.4GHz and 8GB of memory. You intend to keep it awhile correct? Investing a little more now will go a long way when it comes to future updates and compatibility.

    As for Apple Care, it's a very costly laptop right? I'd always say it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Just my opinion!

    Good luck. 😁


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    03-29-2014 05:58 PM

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