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326 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2013 7:21 AM by _FBF_ RSS
_FBF_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 8, 2013 12:12 AM

Well im a college student and i might get a macbook this month...  im going for Computer Science and a dont know if this major has a lot of computer software of programing.   im really undecided i dont know if i should get a macbook pro retina 15  inch or a 13 inch.  Money is not a Problem.  I feel like i will need a 13 because its really portable..  i dont know if i might need a powerful machine like the rMBP 15 inch.  I dont really watch videos on Loptops but i defently browse the web..  i dont really want to stuck with a laptops that is useless.   i dont know if i might need to use heavy apps and i end up having a weak machine... Thanks for Helping.. 

MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mac OS X (10.0.x)
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,740 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 12:31 AM (in response to _FBF_)

    I'm not sure what your question is, but...


    ...if you're locked into the Retina models (I am not - I pray that the day never comes when Apple offers only completely closed systems in their notebook line) and if money is no issue, then I would suggest that you look at the more powerful 15" models rather than the 13" models. Because the Retina models are not user-upgradeable, be certain that you order a model with the maximum RAM (16GB) and enough flash storage so that you won't have to lug around an external drive (512GB is, to me, the minimum that I would order although Apple does offer a 768GB flash storage option).


    Should you need to run Windows (or any other OS) you can use Boot Camp, for Windows, or (my preference) a VM app, such as Parallels Desktop, to run just about any OS that you wish. Having a more powerful machine will give you the ability to run any OS and develop for any platform.


    I'm not certain that I helped to answer your question - call back if you need any clarification.


    Good luck,



    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 16GB RAM 512GB SSD Apple TB Display
  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,785 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 2:26 AM (in response to _FBF_)

    If the money isn't a problem then you need to go with the top of the line 15" model. Top of the line meaning with the fastest CPU, the most RAM and largest SSD storage offered. Nothing on the Retina model can be upgraded after time of purchase.

  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,785 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 6:55 AM (in response to _FBF_)

    And who is that last reply to?


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