I have a 2015 13" MacBook Pro. Lately I have found that I don’t use it as much as I used to and have been toting around my iPad Air with a Brydge keyboard for lighter work like e-mail and web surfing. The laptop was more for when I was away for more than 24 hours and needed a mobile office.
However, at some point I will have to upgrade, and I was thinking of getting a MacBook Air. My audio, video, and photo editing are all done on my Mac Mini, so I don’t anticipate heavy duty usage on my laptop. I am an attorney using cloud based apps and Office 365.
The Baseline MacBook Air comes with an Intel i3 chip and 8Gb of RAM. I have always skewed towards the i5 chip, but am now wondering if I should/need to pay more for the i5. Do I really need it for my use case, or am I just being a CPU snob?
Also, although the 256Gb SSD on the baseline model is more than sufficient, should I upgrade from 8Gb of RAM to 16? I want to be sure I future-proof the machine against new versions of macOS that may be RAM hogs.
So what does the collective hivemind think? Should I get the i3 or the i5? Or should I wait for a MacBook Air with Apple Silicon? 8Gb of RAM or 16?