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Are students required to use a Mac?

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

We are standardized on Mac to streamline the classroom experience for our students. 

The Mac does not need to be brand new. Typically anything that is from the last few years, running the latest iOS, and a quad-core will work. If you're unsure about what you currently plan to use you can connect with us at admissions@primeacademy.io to double-check!

Operating System:
The laptop must be running OS X Catalina* (OS version 10.15) or newer.

Hardware:
  • MacBook introduced in early 2016 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in mid-2016 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in early 2014 or later (All Air from before 2021 are not recommended)
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!
  • 2016 or newer non-Air model.

*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.