Do I need a Mac computer?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by calvinc, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. calvinc macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    I have never owned any Apple products before. I am thinking of buying the iPhone 4. My question is will a Mac computer enhance the overall iPhone experience? I currently have a 3 yr old laptop running Windows XP. Thanks.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  3. brayhite macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky
    Not necessarily. I was the opposite- have a MacBook Pro and other Apple products, but no iPhone and owning the Apple products already are what made me ultimately decide to get an iPhone 4. Kind of complete the circle, you know?

    I wouldn't say a Mac is required, but it streamlines everything. Hardly any hardware/software conflict, but nearly everything you can do with a Mac and iPhone you can do with a PC and iPhone. Just may take some extra messing around with.
  4. mickeyp49 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    You do not need a mac computer, but it would enhance your iphone experience a little (not enought that you need a mac though).

    That said, you should strongly consider getting a mac when your computer gets older. I own both os and i love osx alot more than windows.
  5. Sirolway macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
  6. Holiday6 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2010
    You will not need a new Mac computer but having one definitely does enhance having an iPhone for with it's great intergration using Mobile me which syncs your phones contacts, notes etc with the Mac. If you could afford it, buy one. Besides that You can utilize all of the iPhones features with your current computer using iTunes.
  7. EarlofCroydon macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2010
    Whilst you do NOT need a mac to use the iPhone I would say this, Calendars (iCal) Contacts (AddressBook) and indeed Photos (iPhoto) ar synced effortlessly through iTunes and your iPhone I used an iPhone with a PC for about a year and found putting these extras on was a difficulty. Microsoft Office Exhange is the program for contacts syncing on PC and I know no one who uses that and as for calendars there isn't anything like iCal for the PC. on iOS 4 you can also see Events, Places and Categories of Contacts if syncing with a mac and it's software. So up to you, forget the iphone it's worth getting a mac anyway. Yu'll never look back!
  8. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2008
    You do need a Mac if you want to develop for the iPhone, as Xcode, the development tool, only works on Mac OS X.
  9. Phi4sius macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2010
    Awesome- I was just about to post this question as I was just wondering the same thing. Looks like I'll be getting an iMac to develop iPhone apps. :D :D :D :D
  10. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    Don't buy a Mac just because of the gimmicks. I have Macs and I have an iPhone, but now I don't use them together. It's better to keep things simple.
  11. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Yes you need a Mac.

    ITunes runs sluggish on anything other than a supercomputer on windows. It's designed to actually. On purpose. To get you to switch.

    Synching happens three times faster on iTunes on a Mac vs a regular windows.
  12. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009

    It's a great combination. They were designed to interface seamlessly. I have a new 2010 core i7 MacBook Pro that I use with my fourth (got a few defective ones) iPhone 4. The way they compliment each other is quite significant. I used to use a PC and iPhone 3Gs. It works but is dull by comparison.
  13. kr00k322 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    Long Beach, CA
    It's not necessary but for certain things it works like a charm. I had a few online charges on my cards and using the 1Password app on my phone and Mac have really helped me protect my information and build better online security for my information. I think there's better reasons to buy a Mac than to match with the iPhone 4 the experience alone is worth it. The iPhone syncing just becomes an extra bonus ;) If you are happy with Windows I would say that should suffice.
  14. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    Excellent points which I've experienced prior to buying my new MacBook Pro at the suggestion of the top ranked Genius at my local Apple store. He was right on. The combo of these two is fantastic. Worth the premium price for the MBP.

    In addition I use MobileMe. That's a great way to have over the air, wireless real time sync so that my calendar, contacts & notes stay current on my phone & computer. Since they are syncing to the same apps (which cannot be done on a PC) it's just that much nicer. The list of advantages goes on & on.
  15. Autopilot638 macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2010
    Too hot in summer, too cold in winter
    Do you NEED a Mac computer?

    No. But I bet you'd like it. :)
  16. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    If you do get a Mac, you will not want to go back. I tell you that from first hand experience!
  17. bleighv macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2010
    +1 for this :)
  18. calvinc thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Thanks for the responses! i will probably wait for the next generation of Mac Book Pro. I shouldn't spend money that I don't have.
  19. calvinc thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    No wonder why iTunes is so slow on my computer. I will wait for awhile before I get a Mac Book Pro though.
  20. Block macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    You don't need a Mac to use an iPhone. You will need one however if you decide to develop for the iPhone.
  21. megsalias macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Mobile, AL
    I run iTunes on Windows 7, and it's just as quick as it is on my brother's Mac.
  22. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    I know this is a Mac forum but there is so much misinformation here I don't know where to begin. The fact is that the iPhone works beautifully with Windows 7. iTunes runs just fine and syncs with Outlook and Exchange server. Outlook is as full featured an email, calender and contact management program as you will ever find. It's number one for a reason. Nothing against Macs but this thread is a little too one sided.
  23. iceman718 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2010
    So true. On Windows, all you have to do is check a box to sync email, calendar, contacts, photos, notes, etc. You can't get any easier than that. The 'it's more difficult' response is completely wrong.
  24. Opstech macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2010
    Do you like how easy it is to use your iPhone? Try a Mac out. It’s just as easy to use!
  25. BlondeBuddhist macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2010
    If you have the means then go for it.

    My first Apple product was the 3G. Then the GS.

    After that in February of this year I bought the white MacBook.
    Now I have the iphone 4.

    My ONLY regret is not getting the MacBook Pro. My local MacMan store offered me $650 to trade in for a MBP, but I am considering going straight to Apple to take advantage of the education pricing/free iPod touch. I'd like to support my local MacMan people (they're all superb humans) since $650 seems like a legit quote. We'll see.

    Blonde Buddhist

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