This mid-2015 MacBook Pro has been a workhorse for me but it’s time may be up! The battery service indicator appeared which means it could be pretty bad I’m thinking. It’s a 70+ step process to replace the battery so I’m opting to go pay the Apple store to fix it for $129. Otherwise I’d just DIY the battery replacement, but that’s not very Apple anymore I guess. I’m kind of expecting at the Genius Bar diagnostics reveal something more heinous is afoot. Basically the battery holds charge but upon waking the MacBook Pro screen will just do dark. The computer works fine again after plugging it in. I’m bracing for the worst. This is a four year old MacBook Pro after all. The clock is ticking.
The Mac portfolio has drastically changed over time. I’m wondering if I should go ultralight and just run with a MacBook Air or maybe I should just grab that top of the line MacBook Pro 15”? Is the 32GB of RAM really worth it when all I’m doing is running node servers and maybe a database locally? I can run the same setup on a Raspberry PI but that doesn’t mean my development machine should lack any sort of power. Sometimes I do use Photoshop and Sketch, run a dozen apps at once in the course of a day. I’ve used the Touch Bar before and honestly don’t care if I have it or not. Eventually I may get back into video production and I could just buy an external video card for when I do. I mainly just need this Mac for web development, to use as a presentation device and will be writing extensively on it.
Which Mac do you use to rock out your web development tasks? Please help!