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We’ll be updating this as we go… but here are our first thoughts.

M1 Chip!

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The big secret is… that the actual programming – requires very very little computing power.

It’s the video calls and screen-sharing – and actually – the web browser itself – that takes up most of the processor’s time and energy.

You’ll have to decide for yourself – but here are our recommendations as of this latest updated date:

  1. If money isn't an issue

    Either way – you are a student / so – check out the discounts on Apple’s website. If you aren’t forced to use a special credit card at BestBuy or Costco or something — then the source (Apple themselves) – is the way to go.

    https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/back-to-school

    The best setup you could get right now would be

    1. Apple 13″ Macbook Pro (M1 chip) (laptop) 512mb hard-drive and 16mb memory
    2. and then an additional external monitor  21″ or 27″
    3. In that case – also an external mouse and keyboard (we like the keyboard with the 10-key)
  2. If you aren't already rich ; )

    Apple 13″ M1 chip (laptop) (latest) 256 hard-drive and 16mb memory

    https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/back-to-school

    You can always add a monitor later. (the whole course is filmed on a 13″ monitor – to prove that you can do all this stuff on that small of a screen)

    We think the memory is more important than the hard drive (but you can’t add more of either later – because it’s soldered in!)

    So, it’s up to you to figure out how much hard drive space you need. If you are going to be doing any video editing or something else – we don’t know about – just talk to Derek about it and he’ll help you choose. If you are a digital file hoarder – (and you can afford it) get a 512 hard drive – and there are these really great/fast/cheap new external hard drives where you can store all that stuff.

  3. What can I get away with?

    You know what – it’s WAY better than just getting away with the bare-bones: The new M1 MacBook Air – is really really great. Our only worry is that it’s so thin we’re afraid we’ll bend it. We recommend holding it in your hand first. It is more than powerful enough – and you can always trade up later.

    900/12 months – is about as cheap as you can ask for. https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/buy-mac/macbook-air

  4. I have a mac already

    Some people have a Mac Mini – or an older computer – and it’s going to vary. So, ask Derek.

    But – we’ve found that MOST people who went with an older computer ended up buying a new one a month in – and wished that they have bought one at the beginning. (Even the Linux people).

    Some people actually bought mac minis or iMacs – and then turned them back in for a laptop after the first month — so,  — this class is going to cost money – and your TIME is going to cost — and so, don’t skimp on things out of fear. Choose something that is going to get you pumped and excited for a new era of your life.

  5. I really really don't want to use a Mac

    In some cases, we have allowed students to use their regular ol’ PC computers (those not Apple computers).

    This has always resulted in a lot of frustration on their part.

    Is it the computer’s fault? Or is it just a red flag that the student is starting out on the “I think I know better than the instructors” foot? We aren’t sure. Sometimes it’s the OS that’s the problem. How new is the computer? Microsoft has made a lot of improvements – but its operating system interface is still pretty crappy. And we’ve had some Linux lovers too- who have always regretted not buying a Mac – and who often end up buying one a month into the course.

    So – can you use a PC? No.

    But then if you really really really love your PC – and you can give us some real reasons… then maybe. But we haven’t seen a single student who has been happy about that decision – and it will come with stipulations. You’ll have to talk to us about it.

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