Apple delivered, in my opinion, with the recent update to the new MacBook Air - except for that keyboard
The keyboard is the only reason that I did not go for that computer immediately on release. I have been going back and forth since. I’m using a mid-2013 MacBook Air with 1,7 GHz Intel Core i7 and 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 Ram and a 256 GB SSD.
On good days this machine feels fine. But some days, it’s just so sluggish and it’s not worth to hang on to it. In all fairness, I have a lot of apps open at the same although that shouldn’t be a problem with MacOS.
Always open apps are: Safari, Mail, Fantastical, Day One, Tweetbot, Messages, iTunes, Notes, Reeder, OmniFocus and Google Chrome. I also run a lot of menubar apps: Evernote, 1Password, iStat Menus, Bartender, Mailbutler, Boom, TextExpander, Hazel, Backblaze, Shazam, PopClip, Yoink, Moom and BetterTouchTool.
Switching apps is not lightning fast anymore. Switching tabs in Safari is sluggish - I always a lot of tabs open at the same time. The battery is not good anymore and I’m at about 1200 charges in nearly 5 years. I charge my Mac at least once or sometime twice a day.
I don’t do any heavy workloads, like photo or video editing. I will occasionally watch Netflix or YouTube on my MacBook Air. But those apps mentioned above are usually where I am during the day. So will this new MacBook Air with 256 GB be fast enough for my needs? Or should I go for a MacBook Pro - in which case it would definitely be the MacBook Escape, which is a shame due to the older keyboard and the lack of TouchID. I don’t see any way of updating just the processor in the new MacBook Air. I can only choose the size of the SSD and between 8 and 16GB. I’m really tempted to go for 16 GB to be on the safe side. I’m gonna have this MacBook Air for the next 5 years. I’m in for the long haul. Is 16 GB better for me? For that reason, being in for the long haul, money isn’t really an object for me. Will a 500GB SSD also bring faster SSD speeds and a faster performance? If I go max on the RAM and 500 GB, I will be looking at 15000 kr or 2404 USD. That is a lot.
So, I think I’m gonna go for a new laptop. The only question is, which one should I get? Which current laptop will best service my needs? A new MacBook Air og a MacBook Pro?
I don’t think there’s much to debate really. I don’t like the TouchBar and I won’t like it. So the only real option is the new MacBook Air. But that keep keyboard really keeps me back.
I don’t have a lot of typing experience on it. I have tried it on the new MacBook Pros, but not for an extended period. So the question is: will I come around to it? I write a lot on my current MacBook Air and I really like that keyboard. But its so sluggish that when I type in Ulysses at times in big documents, the characters don’t appear immediately But, I don’t there is any way around it. I’m not an iPad person and I don’t see myself transitioning to an all-iPad environment anytime soon. But this new keyboard, sigh. But it is the way that Apple has chosen. If I want a new laptop, I don’t have any other choice and I just have to go through with it.
Another thing I’m wondering about is whether to go for 256 GB or 500 GB. Right now I’m at 79 GB of 256 GB. But will that be enough in 3 years time? It probably will. Photos takes up about 44 GB. Documents about 44 GB and iTunes about 33 GB, which I suspect is all the Audiobooks that I keep in there and will continue to add to. System is about 27 GB.
Will it be enough in 3 years? Am I pushing the limit? Will topping up to 500 GB in the new MacBook Air bring me more speed?
Another thing, I want to ask you, is what should I get in terms of additional equipment? I always carry an extra charger in my bag when I’m out and about. So an extra charger. I’m a teacher and I use my MacBook Air to connect to bigger screens through a Thunderbolt to VGA cable. I’m sure that will still work on the new MacBook Air, right? Any other cables or extra things that I should consider?
The next question is, how much can I charge for this Mid-2013 MacBook Air when re-selling it eventually? It’s slow, yes. But a clean install might help the new user with that. I have never played games on it and I have never really pushed it that hard through editing of photos or videos. There are no cracks or scratches. The keyboard is used but works fine. I usually always max out when I get a new laptop, so as far as I remember, this MacBook Air was the top of the line in late 2013, when I purchased it. How much should I charge for this? I’m in Denmark, bear that in mind… @Tonny_Bukdahl any ideas?
I’m gonna do a clean install on the MacBook Air and then install apps manually and set everything up manually. I don’t like doing Time Machine transfers on a completely new machine. I know that it doesn’t make sense, but I just prefer to have it completely clean when getting a new laptop. Any things I should remember when starting a new Mac and selling an old Mac? It’s been 5 years since last time…
Any other ideas or thought, then please let me know Thanks