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I'm going to be purchasing a Macbook Air. I'm a developer and all I'll use the computer for is Xcode. Should I be more concerned with upgrading the RAM or the CPU?

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Unless you have some sick soldering skills upgrading the CPU isn't even an option.

The processors on most Apple Laptops are soldered to the logic board. What you buy is what you're more or less stuck with, providing you don't purchase a new logic board with an upgrade CPU. Hard Drive upgrades and RAM upgrades are the DIY'ables. I recommend at least upgrading the RAM.

P.S. If you're looking for power in an AppleBook I wouldn't recommend the air.

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RAM will most likely be more important, as Xcode tends to use more and more as you leave it open. See http://apple.stackexchange.com/a/14924/49229 for a detailed description.

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