Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to hawknelson24)
This application requires a 1.83 Intel Core Duo or newer processor. This means that you can use it with your MacBook Air because you have a better procesor than the Intel Core Duo.
Anyway, if you are going to use Adobe apps, it's better to go for the MacBook Pro. It will provide more performance respecting to graphics and processor performance, specially with 15-inch MacBooks Pro
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 1:05 PM (in response to mende1)
So should I opt for the base 13" Pro over the 13" Air? Besides this app for my school, I'll only be using it for web browsing basically.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 20, 2013 1:07 PM (in response to hawknelson24)
For that app, the MacBook Air will work correctly. The problem is with heavy apps, but Adobe Connect doesn't require a lot, so the MacBook Air is sufficient
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to mende1)
I just had a follow up question since you were so helpful. I've been doing my research online the past few days and I'm really torn. I added the Air to my cart (13" with upgraded ram to 8GB, the i3 processor...) and its at $1199. The base retina is on Amazon for around $1400 which would save me about $100 over Apple. Would it be wise to fork out the extra $200~ for the retina? I'm stuck on the Air's astounding all day battery life, but the retina has an awesome display. I won't be doing anything other than school work (my college does a lot through Adobe Connect with the Skype-like classroom setting), writing, YouTube, iTunes, web-browsing and Spotify. No gaming or hardcore processing stuff, at least I don't think. Help...?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 12:17 PM (in response to hawknelson24)
The Retina display is only useful for some type of users like photographers. Other users may have problems with it, for example, with sites that aren't ready for Retina displays, so the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro without Retina display are much better
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2013 11:55 PM (in response to mende1)
I agree that the Retina display is only truly useful for photographers, etc; but as someone who owns a 13 inch Retina MBP and had a 13 inch MBA, I wouldn't necessarily clssify the non-Retina machines as "better". The difference in display quality is quite noticeable, I like it, and I've never had a problem running non-optimized websites or apps on the machine and I'm fussy about displays. Maybe that's because I've left it running at default settings.
It really all depends on where you want to put your bucks. In general, you can get slightly better performance for the same money with a non-Retina machine.
That said, if you're looking at benchmarks and using Geekbench, a 1.3 i5 2013 MBA comes out at 5940-5950; my 2012 2.5 i5 Retina benches out at 6777, so it's slightly faster but not remarkably so. The 2013 1.7 i7 MBA will match up with it and even exceed it a bit, at least until the Retinas are upgraded with Haswell later. I suspect they'll be faster, though it depends on what chips Apple uses and how much battery life they want to trade off for it. Also, you are using some graphics power with the Retina just to process the display, and the newer Intel graphics GPU's are generally stronger than the 4000 series in the current Retina, so that's a littl bit of the trade off you'd make.
The newer models have a faster disk access system and 8011.ac wireless though the latter is problematic at the moment and it will take some time for Apple to fix that. You'll also not be able to take too much advantage of the faster wirelss speeds immediately unless you buy a new (8011.ac) router; it will take a few years before the rest of the world catches up to the new standard. The 13 Retina MBP has an extra Thunderbolt port..which I routinely use..and an HDMI slot not present on the MBA.
Just do your homework, consider all your needs, and get what serves you best.