Can I begin developing an Iphone App on windows then switch to Mac?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by Rbethell11, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. Rbethell11 macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2011
    Hey all,

    I have an app idea that I would like to start developing immediately. Problem is my macbook air is completely busted, and I am waiting until Christmas to get a new Macbook Pro. I currently have a rather powerful PC, and was wondering if I could START developing on the computer, then transfer the code over to my new mac when I get it.

    Any programs or advise would be much appreciated
  2. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    Well, you could type the source code in a text editor on Windows just like a text editor on Mac. But Xcode makes your life so much easier. There's no such thing as Xcode for Windows.

    UI could be modeled with UI planning tools.

    Can you develop on Windows? Sure. Will there be any tools to help you? Not many.
  3. Duncan C macrumors 6502a

    Duncan C

    Jan 21, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    Your only real option for developing native iOS apps (aside from the other poster's suggestion of typing code into a text editor and doing screen design) is to set up your PC as a "hackintosh" (A PC with bootleg Mac ROMs and running Mac OS.) I don't know anything about the particulars of setting one up, but if you search on that term you should find some good information.

    There are some cross-platform development tools that let you develop once using abstract tools and then deploy on different devices. Appcellerator and PhoneGap come to mind. There again, I don't have much specific knowledge.
  4. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Jet Brains makes an alternative IDE for iOS and OS X called App Coda. Unless I'm mistaken, the IDE is written in Java and so should work on PC.
  5. 1458279 Suspended


    May 1, 2010
    I've heard of "Mac in the cloud" as a service you rent. I understand it to be like a remote desktop and I've heard it's about $20 a month. I've heard some that can't afford a Mac computer use this.

    The Hackintosh is an excellent option because it makes OSX think it's on a Mac.

    You can buy the Intel processor, video card, just like used on the Mac, then research which board and other options to buy. People list the computers they've got it to work on.

    It works on notebook computers as well but you're best to check which one to get as some work better than others.

    You might have to do things like flash BIOS to get it to work. You will have to use a OS loader (boot loader).

    It's usually not so easy, but when done right, it works the same as a Mac.

    One upside is that with the price difference, you can get things like an SSD drive and extra RAM, faster CPU... you can even save enough to run 2 displays and you can boot back to Windows as you want.
  6. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Mac in a Cloud sounds like it could be a great solution, but it has been my experience that services like that tend to have noticeable and very frustrating lag.

    IE, I hate using Microsoft Remote Desktop because of how tedious it is trying to precisely scroll and click.
  7. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2013
    Building a Hackintosh is about dead simple anymore. You don't even need the "recommended" stuff if you can exit and inject kexts and flash BIOS's.
  8. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    I think you can get GNUstep for windows, which would give you a working environment like Cocoa to develop in. Might be more convenient that doing a Hackintosh.
  9. IDMah macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2011
    a Hackintosh in VMWare, isn't horrible, and then you don't have to

    It took about 30 minutes to set up: LifeHacker Guide

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