Best Hardware for developing applications on Mac OS? Mac Mini still king?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by zeemac, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. zeemac macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2017
    Working with a small group to develop a app on Mac OS, right now we are thinking of testing applications on Mac Minis? Yay or Nay? is there a better alternative readily available for testing?

    We are looking to do this fairly professionally (startup fingers crossed), do professional app developers generally test their applications on Mac Minis/Pros on premise or is it commonplace to use mac hosting providers (of the handful that exist)?
  2. Senor Cuete macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    Aren't you going to test on your development machine?
  3. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    --- Post Merged, Jun 7, 2017 ---
    What are you building the application on? I build applications for the Mac OS using
    I test on my go to build machine: MBP15(2016) and test on iMac27 and MacMini
  4. nanwang2016 macrumors newbie


    May 18, 2017
    Perth, WA
    It really depend on what you are developing. As long as you can run latest Xcode, it should not be a problem.
  5. Graham Perks macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Are you asking about which machine to test on, or which for development? For development I'd ask for a more up to date spec than the mini has; though the minis are excellent.
  6. Qot macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2016
    I'm developing on Late 2012 i7 model for many years. Everything is smooth but it was a bit slow to start Xcode or simulator or other heavy apps. Then my HDD died, so I installed SSD instead and now it's great.

    Still it's better to wait at least until autumn – I bet new ones are coming together with a new Pro.
  7. rich1812 macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2015
    I develop on a late 2012 i7 mini with 16G Ram and a 500 G SSD. This is a little power house, perfectly for any iOS dev. :)
  8. 0002378, Jul 1, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2017

    0002378 Suspended


    May 28, 2017
    I developed for many years (at work) on a powerful Mac Pro, and it was boss !

    I thought that Mac Mini is like the base model or Honda Civic of Macs - cheapest (least powerful) machine that gives you "Mac" bragging rights :D
  9. Qot macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2016
    Maybe but why spend more if the cheapest does everything well?
  10. 0002378 Suspended


    May 28, 2017
    Agreed. I just personally wouldn't use/recommend it for software development. I'm sure it's just fine for the average user.
  11. kage207 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I generally recommend developers test on their development machines. There's no harm there.

    Then for actual user testing, get a group of users with a range of the devices you are seeking to hit with your product and distribute release candidate builds (RC) to them. Then have them do the testing as their systems will be more likely close to end user environments.

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