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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:

- A Mac laptop running MacOS 10.12 or later

- 50GB of free hard drive space or cloud storage (cloud storage recommended)

We will be using the following tools throughout the program:


💻 Full Stack Software Engineering

Minimum Tech Requirements (Updated Oct 25, 2021)

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

The computer must be running OS X Big Sur (OS version 11) or newer - reference: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211238

NOTE: Apple is currently updating their processors -- some new models may be on the newer M1 and some may be on Intel -- Both will work, though you may have differences.

💻  Hardware:

  •  Macbook introduced in early 2015 or later
  • Macbook introduced in early 2014 or later (All air from before 2021 are not recommended)
  • Macbook Pro introduced in early 2014 or later

Remote students may also have one of the following:

  • Mac mini (2020 or later -- M1 mini, will need webcam)
  • iMac (2014 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or later -- 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!
  • 2018 or newer non-Air model
    • 2021 and younger M1 Air Models are

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