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Jean Malan10,781 Points
Is the new 2016 MacBook good enough for programming?
I'm looking at getting a new Mac and I would like to know what people think about running programming applications such as Jshell, Netbeans etc on the new MacBook? I do not wanna go ahead and a year later have to worry about performance. Let me know what you think! Here are some of the specs:
Display Retina display 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology 2304x1440 resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colours 16:10 aspect ratio Supported scaled resolutions: 1440x900 1280x800 1024x640
Processor 1.2GHz 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 4MB L3 cache
Memory 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Storage 512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 515
You may be better off with the cheapest 13" MacBook Pro, and purchasing extra RAM from a third party. The installation of RAM is pretty simple. You'd be looking at about $100 more if you upgraded it to 512GB hard drive. You'd also have a faster processor, and better graphics card. Personally, I don't think the MacBook, or MacBook Air are really made for programming outside of casual web development.
Whatever you decide to get, be sure you can upgrade your RAM. One thing I've learned from having Macs is that your available RAM gets eaten up quickly with the simplest of applications (like Chrome or Safari). You could even look at 2012 MacBook Pro models. They're definitely more than good enough.