Best Computer for iPhone/iPad App Development Computer

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  1. infosprt macrumors regular

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    I am considering purchasing a Mac computer to do development for the iPhone and iPad and was wondering which computer to buy. Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    It doesn't really matter since any of the laptops can make use of an external display, or the iMac/Mac Pros have/require one.

    The reason I say this is that you will be looking at code for hours, and it's not fun to hunch over a laptop to write on.
     
  3. infosprt, Dec 26, 2010
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    infosprt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you think the iMac 21" (4GB) is adequate for development?
     
  4. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Definitely.
     
  5. SimonasLT macrumors newbie

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    What about MBA (1.83GHz; 4GB RAM)? Could it run SDK without any slowdowns? I wanna to be mobile...

    (Didn`t want to create another thread)
     
  6. lloyddean macrumors 6502a

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    ANY Intel based Mac is more than adequate to the task! The real question is are you?
     
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    Which includes the Mac mini, the lowest entry price.
     
  8. firewood macrumors 604

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    Any Intel Mac running Snow Leopard will work.

    One with an SSD, such as the cheapest MacBook Air, will compile the fastest. A huge monitor also helps for faster easier development. So my recommendation would be a Pro or iMac with a large monitor or even dual monitors, a Mini with a large monitor, or a MacBook or Air with an optional large monitor for use when at your desk.

    That's pretty much Apple's complete line of Macs. Last years models and refurbs will also work.
     
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    A bottom-of-the-line Air (1.4GHz, 2GB) will usually compile iPhone apps faster than a top of the line stock Mac Pro.
     
  10. infosprt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank for the recommendations. Bought a base model iMac (4GB with 21 inch screen, full size wired keyboard and wireless mouse). Very nice computer. Being a Windows user for many years I have a lot of learning to do. So far its been good except wish for a right click capability on the mouse (I miss this the most).

    Looking forward to developing iPhone and iPad apps. Downloading the SDK now!

    -Al
     
  11. lloyddean macrumors 6502a

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    So turn it on! You can do so by going to "System Preferences…" (in theApple Menu) and selecting the "Mouse" preference panel. Right-click can then be done by pressing the right half of the mouse.
     
  12. infosprt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you. Thank you.

    As you can see I have a lot to learn with the Mac.

    I am very impressed with the iMac and OS X. This is so much faster than what I am used to as well as having some things built in that I had to download for Windows, e.g. unzipping very large .tgz files.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Take time to learn the basics before questioning "where things went", so to speak. But welcome aboard! :)
     

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