Best mac for programming and everyday use?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by reeceado, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. reeceado macrumors member

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    Hi macbook pro i5 or imac 27" quad core i5?
    im going into programming and want a mac for iphone programming aswell. Which would be the best?
    im thinking iMac
    thanks
     
  2. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    You don't really want to simulate a 1Ghz processor on a machine running a quad core processor running almost 3 times faster. Screen size is always nice, though. Split the difference and go with a 21" iMac.
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    You will not need a quad core for iPhone programming :rolleyes:

    I'd just get the 21" iMac or the 27" WITHOUT quad core (if thats possible).
     
  4. reeceado thread starter macrumors member

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    Isn't the core 2 duo getting outdated?
    I woul rather have an updated one like because I will probably have it for about 2 years until I go uni
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Why would you need such a fast machine to program on? You can program for the iPhone just fine on a CoreDuo Macbook.

    There is no information that confirms the processor of the iPhone runs at 1Ghz.
     
  6. reeceado thread starter macrumors member

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    21.5" chipset update

    Iv decided to go with the iMac 21.5" but I'll wait. Do you think that apple will put the i5 and i7 into the 21.5" soon?
    Cheers
     
  7. vixducis macrumors regular

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    I'd go for the 27" just for the amazing screen real estate. You won't regret it.
     
  8. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Why not consult the buyer's guide? http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#iMac

    Personally if portability isn't a concern I would go with the Mac mini and buy two 30 inch screens for it. I like having a lot of real estate when programming, so I don't have to move windows around.
     
  9. unixham macrumors newbie

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    Mac Mini supports 2 displays with up to 2560x1600 on the mini display port and 1920x1200 on the mini dvi/dvi port.

    So the mini will only drive one 30" at full res and one 24" at full res.
    That said, the point is valid, a mini will give you serious realestate.
     
  10. reeceado thread starter macrumors member

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    Iv changed my mind to the 27" again lol
    Anybody got one, specs review etc mutely appreciated :)
    Cheers
     
  11. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    2 years? I got a core duo MBP and I'm expecting to keep it for 4 years. You simply don't need Quad Core...
     
  12. reeceado thread starter macrumors member

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    I mean I will be using it for 2 years but will keep it and get a MacBook pro fir uni
     
  13. zaffle macrumors member

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    there are endless reviews on the net of the 27" c2d, but not many of the i5 and i7.

    my review of the i7: bloody blisteringly fast. should hope so too as i intend this to be my primary system for 4+ years.
     
  14. MacOCD macrumors regular

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    iMacs are scheduled for an update, watch out.
     
  15. Block macrumors 6502a

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    The update will be after the Back to School promotion ends. So pick which you want more.
     
  16. reeceado thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi
    I'm saving up for a mac now so I'm going to be waiting till the update :) USB 3.0 sounds cool
     

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