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Should I switch to MacBook for programming as a computer science student?

Hey, I'm a computer science student and I'm looking for a replacement for my laptop. My current laptop is windows laptop with i7 11th Gen (4c/8t) and 8GB of RAM. I'm looking for something that's efficient but also powerful enough. My usage are:

  • College tasks (I'm learning the tip of VM and also Cloud Computing as for now)
  • Personal projects (I want to dive deeper into web development)
  • Entertainment

So far with my current laptop, I can still run Cloudera VM and AWS EC2 smoothly, except for the battery life and the heat generated is just too much. I'm considering about the MacBook Air M2 8/256GB or the MacBook Air M3 8/256GB because my budget is restricted to $1200. Any recommendations and suggestions are really appreciated. Thankyou.

Notes:

  • I opt for the 256GB because I use external storage and I always move my data at the end of the semester, so every new semester my laptop is always clean.
  • Refurbished apple products are not available in my country. So I have to go with new products.
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2024/06/20
04:17 UTC

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should i get a 13” M2 256 gb 16 RAM Air? (graphic design student/freelancer here)

hello! i need to upgrade my laptop asap since i got my macbook pro 13” intel i7 8 RAM 256 gb water damaged, think this device is not worth fixing because it would be expensive and it’s a bit old, so i’ve been searching for better options. (I’m on a low budget so i can’t afford a M3 Pro one)

Saw on youtube many reviews on Air M2 and i see there’s mixed opinions about its performance with creative softwares so i was wondering if anyone has this laptop and works with Ai, Ps, Id and simple animation programs who can share with me their own thoughts on this device.

Any other suggestions are welcome! but please keep in mind i can’t spend more than 1,100 USD on a new laptop, thanks for your help!

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2024/06/20
03:38 UTC

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Newbie here

Hey everyone as the title suggests. I am new to the Apple ecosystem. I’m looking to buy my gf a MacBook not sure which one as I don’t know any. She doesn’t either. I’d rather spend less then a grand but if I have to spend the extra dollars I can. I wanted to surprise her since she’s going to school and it’s mostly for that. Simple photos simple texts I’m sure plenty of Netflix and YouTube. Any help would be appreciated thank you.

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2024/06/20
03:34 UTC

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Estimated 2010 Macbook Pro Stuck

Dad gave me his old Macbook to see if i could fix it for him , you guys have any ideas ? I have been strictly a Windows PC user for the last 9 years so i have not a slight clue here , thanks for the help and your time!

2 Comments
2024/06/20
02:00 UTC

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I need advice

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2024/06/19
23:36 UTC

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Can someone help me, my mac has been stuck for months like this.

I got this mac last christmas as a gift. It’s refurbished and doesn’t run the fastest. I am currently in school and a laptop is a necessity. Does anyone know how to fix this???

8 Comments
2024/06/19
22:57 UTC

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Increase Contrast Mode For Low End Macbooks

Hey all.

Im working with my older macbook air 2019 running sonoma. I was wondering if the "increase contrast" mode increases performance in any way. Does it reduce transparency further than the "reduce transparency" option in the settings? Thanks!

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2024/06/19
22:56 UTC

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Is this worth it

Someone on Facebook is selling a 2020 M1 pro 16gb 256gb 13 inch 2020 with 90% battery life

They're out of the warranty period. They are asking 530 USD.

I feel like I've seen mac prices all over the place on my local Facebook. Is this a decent deal or am I buying something that is 4 years old at this point and better to hold off for a used M2?

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2024/06/19
21:35 UTC

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My MacBook M1 is overheating at low Tasks

So, i spilled my MacBook with icetea and I repaired everything. But. Now the Temperature is getting at 98 degrees, but the CPU usage is on 25%-35% So my CPU Therma-Throttles the whole Time. Please give Advices! Should I use Thermal Pads or what should I do next?

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2024/06/19
21:11 UTC

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MacBook M3 Pro backlight

Does anyone elses keyboard backlight kinda stick in your eyes as my keyboard button 4?? Does the same under button 0.. the light is shining through.

2 Comments
2024/06/19
20:59 UTC

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Should I pay for this touchbar repair or just live with it?

My toddler spilt water on my 2020 MacBook Pro 13 keyboard and touchbar. We don’t have any apple stores here in New Zealand so I’ve taken it to an authorised repairer to advise if there’s any damage, for $90 they’ve diagnosed the following:

Apple VMI inspection passed, no signs of physical or liquid damage found. Apple AST diagnostics passed, verified device has Intermittent issues with the touch bar during live tests.

Recommended Solution: Need to replace Top case under out of warranty.

This will cost $1300 NZD.

Any advice? Should I bother or just live with it?

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2024/06/19
20:58 UTC

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MBP M1 Pro 2021 battery health down to 36% with just 499 cycles & a spoilt Magsafe Port

I bought this MBP in Dec 2021 along with a 94W charger. I feel this is too much of a decline for the battery, especially after the first year of use.

Currently, my MBP is shutting down if I remove the Power Adapter. In the last 6 months, the battery capacity came down to 2203 mAh from 5014 mAh. [Attached the history of my MBP's battery health status from CoconutBattery,]

I had a 11in MBA from mid-2012 whose battery lasted well till 2018.

Do any of you have the same problem? I don't know what to do.

https://preview.redd.it/qietsjpv8l7d1.png?width=3024&format=png&auto=webp&s=d1142709e9da052133ed4d82a0b482d204ff00de

8 Comments
2024/06/19
20:39 UTC

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Macbook Air Screen Replacement: Apple or Microcenter?

Hello!

My Macbook Air M2, Midnight has a cracked display I got while abroad. When I got back I researched how much it would cost and at Apple, they said it would cost me $605, which I cannot afford due to being a college student.

I know that Microcenter also offers Macbook Screen Replacements and on their website, they said it is $99.99 for labor costs, $39.99 for diagnostic costs, and an additional cost for the screen itself. I know they are also authorized to fix Apple products as well. Will the cost be cheaper at microcenter or will it be the same price as Apple?

Thanks so much!

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2024/06/19
20:28 UTC

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Make the Caps Lock key works every time you press it no matter the force

I've replied many messages on Reddit with this hidden gem of an app, many people believe their Caps Lock key is broken or only works sometimes, that they even switch it to the Shift key, but there's actually an app that fixes this issue for many of us. The app is called CapsLockNoDelay and it was made by u/gkpln3. Try it out and enjoy a full working Caps Lock key :)

EDIT: This is not the same as enabling Slow Keys on Settings. While enabling this works too, it makes the backspace and typing keys repeatedly super slow.

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2024/06/19
19:59 UTC

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The edges of trackpad not so responsive

I have a mba m1 for about 8 months now and I've noticed that the edges of the trackpad aren't that responsove to touch clicks..like on touching it sometimes doesn't work. But when u touch a bit hard (not click) it does. Also the arrow keys and the caps lock are not that good, like they work but when I'm typing in flow and click sometimes they don't. So can you all tell me your experiences and if my experience is normal ?

2 Comments
2024/06/19
19:32 UTC

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M3 Macbook Air Battery Life running on Windows Parralels

Hi,

Im considering getting an M3 Macbook air and was wondering how many hrs of battery life I can expect to get if i run Windows Parallels on it. I mainly use my Windows for Word, Excel and web browsing via Chrome (ARM based applications)

3 Comments
2024/06/19
19:03 UTC

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16gb ram vs 8gb ram

Greetings, community Is the 256gb SSD on macbook air m2/m3 that bad if you upgrade the 16gb of RAM?I mean in terms of usage, if you use it for browsing, editing rarely, tradingview and mostly google, is it that neccesary to upgrade the ssd as well if I have 16 on the Ram side already?

8 Comments
2024/06/19
18:48 UTC

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Undecided btw Macbook Pro vs Macbook Air

Hello, community I'm about to buy in the upcoming weeks a new laptop and I'm very wishy-washy regarding the type of mac to get.I have to options 1.Macbook Air M3 16gbRAM 512gbSSD, 15.3 inch 2.Macbook Pro M3 8gbRam 512gbSSD 14.2 inch

The price similarity is another thing that gets me undecided.Both are around 1.6k pounds What am I going to use it for?Nothing to push hard, browsing, technical analyses, courses, editing, excel, powerpoint etc.Because I don't do things that push it hard, I'm leaning towards the Air one with upgraded specs. What advice can you give me(especially those who own such a machine already)? Thanks

4 Comments
2024/06/19
18:40 UTC

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Should I ever buy a MB from FB marketplace?

I’m currently looking for a MB to use for college. I’m leaning towards a M3 Air 16GB 512 GB from Apple Refurbished for $1400 but FB marketplace always have some really good listings. I can be saving couple hundred for possibly even a better mb.

If I ever was to, how could I also authenticate? I’ve heard that everything can seem perfect and then you can be locked out.

8 Comments
2024/06/19
18:23 UTC

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Question

Hi there, I currently have an M1 MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM, but lately, it's been feeling a bit sluggish, especially after working for several hours straight. My question is, is it worth upgrading from the base M1 to the M3 Pro? Or should I wait for the M4 Pro? Is there a noticeable difference?

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2024/06/19
17:56 UTC

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Port not working

I have a 2017 macbook pro and for some reason the back usb c port isn't working but the front is. I brought it in a while back to fix a problem with it not charging untill the cord was at a certain angle or twist. This just recently started happening and I've looked on apple forums and tried stuff but it hasn't helped.

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2024/06/19
17:54 UTC

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Sleeve for extra protection INSIDE a backpack - MA 15

My backpack has a notebook slot, but the padding is getting old (esp on the bottom), and I'd like to buy a sleeve to go inside my backpack, ideally with good corner protection. The sleeve would reside IN the backpack probably 100% of the time.

The sleeve opening need to face the top of my backpack, so I can slide the MA out without having to pull the sleeve out first.

Recommendations?

Thanks...

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2024/06/19
16:54 UTC

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Is dictation and speech recognition accuracy any better on an M3 MBA compared to a 2020 MBP intel?

Thinking of upgrading from my 2020 MBP Intel to a MBA M3. I use dictation a ton and the accuracy of it always bugs me and is never consistent.

I tried looking it up but couldn’t find anything that directly said if the accuracy was improved on the Silicon Macs.

Anyone know if theres any significant improvements to the accuracy? Thinking of pulling the trigger and this might just make me do it.

1 Comment
2024/06/19
16:50 UTC

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Spilt water , p 0 delete button not working what to do

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2024/06/19
16:46 UTC

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Purchase Help: What Macbook Pro M3 Pro should I buy?

Hi all,

I am looking to upgrade my 2MacBook Pro.

I come from a 2020 13” MacBook Pro with an i7 intel processor, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. The laptop works fine but I’ve had issues with the battery since I bought it.

I am a creative project manager and a brand/web designer, so I do basic google docs, presentation and CRM work but also design on Adobe programs, Final Cut and Figma.

I am looking to upgrade to the M3 Pro Macbook. However I have doubts on which of this should I go for:

a) 11/14 M3 Pro Chip, 36 GB RAM and 512 GB storage (3,009 Euros)

b) M3 Pero Base Model: 11/14 M3 Pro Chip, 18 GB RAM and 512 GB storage (2,549 euros)

11/14 M3 Pro Chip, 18 GB RAM and 1 TB storage (2,779 Euros)

As of now I am torn between the Base Model and upgrading to the 36 GB RAM as I can always manage with external storage and it’s seem to me like way too much money for storage)

I would appreciate your help in this decision! Or if I should upgrade at all?!

4 Comments
2024/06/19
16:40 UTC

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MacBook Pro 13 inch (2017) A1708… replaced the battery but not discharging

Entire process for new battery went better than I expected. Fought the daughter board ribbon for half and hour to reconnect but it is connected.

Unit powers on. Shows a battery icon with X on login screen. Battery settings will not load Battery health shows a battery with 100 percent charge but needs to be replaced

Did the SMC reset.

Any advice?

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2024/06/19
15:50 UTC

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Buying Advice needed !

I want to buy a macbookpro 16” with 1TB ssd as my personal laptop. I am a software engineer who spends most of the time on office laptop. But they restrict the laptop to office use only. Even opening personal github is restricted. Having promoted to lead backend engineer, i want to do some experiments with concurrency, distributed systems and open source projects. Will it be worth it to spend 2.5 L in this case ?

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2024/06/19
15:31 UTC

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Macook m3 pro, good price?

Hi, I’m from sweden and I bought the MacBook Pro with the M3Pro chip, 18GB ram and 512Gb storage for 27000kr(2590USD) What do you think about the price?

4 Comments
2024/06/19
15:30 UTC

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