New MacBook Airs are here!
The reviews have started pouring in for the updated Core i5/i7 Macbook Airs released in July 2011, and they have been unanimously acclaiming the ultra-portable laptop / notebook. There’s no question they are a leap in performance from the prior models, and they are now powerful enough to be considered tools for more than the casual user. I even think they are good enough to be considered by media professionals and developers.
I decided to pick up the 13″ Macbook Air to see if it could replace or be a secondary machine in use for iOS development. I originally ordered the top i7/256 model, but returned it in favour of the more affordable i5/128 which in my experience (so far) has been more than sufficient. I have a 2007 17″ Macbook Pro (2.4 c2d / 4gb / 500gb HD / 1920 x 1200) that I have been using for my primary development. I have enjoyed using the 17″ screen for iPad development – particularly being able to use the simulator at full scale, while having XCode on the same screen.