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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:03 PM   #1
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Could I find a MacBook for $400?

I need a Mac so I can develop for the iOS market, (already have an iPhone 5), but I need a cheap Mac.

Can I find a MacBook for $400?
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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Is it possible to get a relatively new Macbook? Like from 2011?
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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What do you mean by "Hot"?
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 09:19 PM   #7
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I need a Mac so I can develop for the iOS market, (already have an iPhone 5), but I need a cheap Mac.

Can I find a MacBook for $400?
You can find some on eBay or CraigList
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 06:19 PM   #8
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Would it be easier to just Virtual Machine Mac OS X on my PC by buying the Snow Leopard $19.99 OS DVD from Apple's Store

Is this against Apple's terms or whatever?
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 06:36 PM   #9
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Would it be easier to just Virtual Machine Mac OS X on my PC by buying the Snow Leopard $19.99 OS DVD from Apple's Store

Is this against Apple's terms or whatever?
You can't install OS X on PC's, and if you do manage it, it won't be the latest XCODE. (It will develop apps for iOS 4 or 5.).
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You can't install OS X on PC's, and if you do manage it, it won't be the latest XCODE. (It will develop apps for iOS 4 or 5.).
Why not just load up mac app store and get the latest xcode then?
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 07:30 PM   #11
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I just sold my 2008 white macbook for $500. So a 2011 for $400 will be virtually impossible, Macs hold their value extremely well
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 12:20 AM   #12
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Why not just load up mac app store and get the latest xcode then?
The latest Xcode versions require Lion/Mountain Lion.
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You can't install OS X on PC's
Actually, you can run OS X 10.6.8 Server in Virtual Machine, as permitted by the EULA. Of course, you can Hackintosh, but that is a whole different story.
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I just sold my 2008 white macbook for $500. So a 2011 for $400 will be virtually impossible, Macs hold their value extremely well
A smart buyer should be able to do better than that. Used Macs hold their value below a certain amount. Once you get below $900 or so, the dropoff is sometimes much slower, as you're no longer in a price range where Apple offers refurbished or lower end models. If you're talking about the 15" machines, it becomes an issue of whether a new lower end machine outpaces the more expensive one from a generation or two back. I'd say you did much better than the buyer on that sale.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 10:05 PM   #15
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Actually, you can run OS X 10.6.8 Server in Virtual Machine, as permitted by the EULA. Of course, you can Hackintosh, but that is a whole different story.
Is either method inexpensive and permitted by the EULA?

I just want an inexpensive way to develop for the iOS market.

Like I said, I have an iPhone and ways to develop for it, but I do not have the Mac needed.. and while I love the Mac operating system, the hardware itself is over expensive ************.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 03:34 PM   #16
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Hardware wise a Mac mini and a MacBook are pretty much the same. They both use the same notebook hardware
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