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Are students required to use a Mac?

Everything you need to know about getting a Mac for Prime!

Yes, all students must have a Mac that meets our computer requirements. The requirements are different for each program - please review carefully to make sure your device meets our requirements. All students must have a laptop that meets these requirements prior to the start of the program (Tier 1).

✏️ User Experience Design 

To ensure students are able to participate fully and use the required program software, the Prime UX program has a set of baseline standardized technology requirements. Students entering the program must have full-time access to a Mac laptop that meets the requirements below.

Minimum Tech Requirements:  (Updated April 2023)

  • A Mac laptop running MacOS 11 (Big Sur) or above
    • MacBook (2015 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro (Late 2013 or newer)
    • MacBook Air (2013 or newer)
  • 50GB of free hard drive space or cloud storage (cloud storage recommended)
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB+ of RAM is recommended to help with Figma and Zoom performance)

We will be using the following tools throughout the program:

💻 Full Stack Software Engineering

Minimum Tech Requirements (Updated April 2023)

Your experience will be better if you have newer equipment and software.

The computer must be running OS X Monterey (OS version 12.X) or newer.


NOTE: Apple is currently updating their processors -- some models may be on the newer `M1/M2` and some may be on `Intel` -- Both can work, though you *may* have differences. 

💻  Hardware:

In Person Hardware – Laptops only:

  • MacBook introduced in early 2016 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in early 2018 or later
    • NOTE: Macbook Airs with the Intel chip are not recommended 
  • MacBook Pro introduced in early  2015 or later

Remote Hardware – laptop or desktop:

All In Person Hardware is fine, plus these desktop options

  • REMOTE ONLY Mac mini (2020 or later -- M1 mini,  will need webcam)
  • REMOTE ONLY iMac (2015 or later)
  • REMOTE ONLY iMac Pro (2017 or later)
  • REMOTE ONLY Mac Pro (2013 or later -- will need webcam)
  • REMOTE ONLY Mac Studio (2022 – will need webcam)

   You'll ideally want to look for the following:

    • i5 or i7 processor
    • 250GB-1TB storage. A hard disk drive (HDD) is A-OK! A faster solid state drive (SSD) isn't required.
    • 8GB or 16GB of memory. More is better!
    • Any M1/M2 Laptop will work, including M1/M2 Macbook Air

💭 Have more questions?

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, reach out to our admissions team at admissions@primeacademy.io.