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I'm looking to buy a new Macbook to do Web, Android, and iOS development. I now from experience that web development is not an issue as I'm currently developing on my 2011 Macbook Air with 4GB RAM. I tried XCode and Android Studio and the experience was terrible with all the lags especially when I run the emulator. My budget can go up to 1800$, with that I can buy one of the following options:

  1. Macbook Pro / no TouchBar / Intel Dual-core i5 6th Gen (2.0GHz up to 3.1GHz) / 8GB RAM 1866MHz / 256 SSD - At 1500$
  2. Macbook Pro / no TouchBar / Intel Dual-core i5 6th Gen (2.0GHz up to 3.1GHz) / 16GB RAM 1866MHz / 256 SSD - At 1700$
  3. Macbook Pro / no TouchBar / Intel Dual-core i7 6th Gen (2.4GHz up to 3.4GHz) / 8GB RAM 1866MHz / 256 SSD - At 1800$
  4. Macbook Pro / with TouchBar / Intel Dual-core i5 6th Gen (2.9GHz up to 3.1GHz) / 8GB RAM 2133MHz / 256 SSD - At 1800$
  5. Macbook Pro 2015 / Intel Dual-core i7 5th Gen (3.1GHz up to 3.4GHz) / 16GB RAM 1866MHz / 128 SSD - At 1800$
  6. Macbook Air 2015 / Intel Dual-core i7 5th Gen (2.2GHz up to 3.1GHz) / 8GB RAM 1866MHz/ 128 SSD - At 1350$

Things to consider:

  • I'm not looking for the best of these options, I want a computer that can perform with minimum hiccups.
  • I only want a portable machine due to my line of work that's why I only picked Macbooks.
  • The prices displayed are final, there will be no taxes added as I'm buying it using student pricing program.
  • I don't work with external monitor nor do I need SD card, I will only buy a USB-A dongle if I have to.
  • This computer is supposed to last at least 3 years.

Please help me decide which one to buy.

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    Have you purchased macbook ? I also want to purchase macbook for same reason, but don't know the right choice – Androider Dec 8 '16 at 3:38
  • About ram for Android see this link hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/154/… – user5130 Dec 8 '16 at 3:42
  • I still haven't bought any Macbook, it's just that I think all the options are awful and a waste of money. Although, my old Macbook keeps crashing and I will have to decide soon. – Yousif Al-Raheem Dec 10 '16 at 13:22
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I think your best option is number 3. (Macbook Pro / no TouchBar / Intel Dual-core i7 6th Gen (2.4GHz up to 3.4GHz) / 8GB RAM 1866MHz / 256 SSD - At 1800$ )

I can't find specific recommended RAM capacity for xcode, but android studio recommends 8GB. Furthermore, the 6th gen i7 has a better benchmark than the other models mentioned and should suffice.

In Conclusion:

Choose Option 3 Because:

8GB meets the hardware recommendations

The 6th Gen i7 (4700HQ I assume) has a higher benchmark than the other options. This should mean smoother performance.

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  • I was wondering if 16GB RAM is more important than core i7. I've read somewhere that core i7 is more important for video editors. While more RAM means that emulators running smoothly. Do you have any information on this regard? – Yousif Al-Raheem Dec 16 '16 at 20:12
  • @YousifAl-Raheem As a video editor myself, I can definitely tell you that CPU power is very important in reducing render times. I would prioritize CPU power over RAM in this case because 8GB meets android studio's recommended hardware requirements. – 0-60FPS Dec 17 '16 at 0:21
  • Or go the non-mac laptop route, get one that you can access the ram slots yourself, and add ram without possibly violating the warranty. OSX can be run on anything. (seriously tho, a mac/pc....they are both personal computers.....mac vs pc line has to die lol) – NZKshatriya Jan 14 '17 at 2:35
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    I'm not sure OSX's EULA allows it to be run on non Apple hardware. c4sif.org/2012/10/… – 0-60FPS Jan 14 '17 at 2:40
  • @NZKshatriya You have a good point about the RAM. – 0-60FPS Jan 14 '17 at 2:43

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