IMAC 21" or 27" for xcode & swift coding

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MediaMaster, May 15, 2015.

  1. MediaMaster macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2015
    Hi Folks.

    I'm new to the Mac technology and always be an android developer on windows platform. I started a step forward to start the IOS development which needs a Mac of course. As i was so confused at the beginning, I decided to go with the IMAC option to start my journey. My budget is not that high and almost I got 1700 $ to buy the new IMAC. I'm a little bit confused on which model to buy. I looked @ apple website and after reading some reviews i decided to buy the second model with some customization ( 2.7 GHZ with 256 GB SSD and 16 GB RAM (I don't know if the RAM option is needed) which will cost almost the same budget I have. My concern that I saw some posts confirmed that the 21.5 option is poor for development and you have to got the 27 model for better screen resolution as needed by the Xcode. I'm not sure if that is correct or not bbut just got confused. if I buy the 3.2 GHZ 27" model, I will stick to the original configuration which i don't like the original HDD (7200 RPM) as it may be slower than the SSD or fusion drive.

    So I would appreciate any help with clearing any confusion that i have from experts with IOS coding. Do i have to get the base 27 model without any customization or I can get the 21 model with SSD & ram upgrade if it worth it.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

  2. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2007
    You could still code on a 11' MacBook Air if you wanted to. It's just that the more screen space you have, the more you can see and also you can have more windows open. It's definitely more convenient when you are using XCode, but even then, the 21 inch 1920x1080 screen is still great.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Any Mac connected to an external display will do fine.
  4. redheeler, May 15, 2015
    Last edited: May 15, 2015

    redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Get whichever one you want, although the one with the SSD will be noticeably quicker.
  5. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Honestly, any Mac that was released after 2011 should be capable of making apps through Xcode. I have a friend who has his Mac Pro (albeit the classic model) at home and 2011 MBA 11" to code and program.

    Having said that, I think its better if you get the model that has SSD over HDDs. The PCIe on the new models just screams the SATA based Macs out of the water.
  6. MediaMaster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2015
    Folks, You made my day, Thank you very much. Do you recommend to get 16 GB of Ram? does it worth it? I would order now.
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    8GB is more than enough based on your needs.

    Just get one with at least a Fusion Drive or a 256GB SSD.

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