iOS Dev - Which of these is a better option for Dev?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by surfer17, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. surfer17 macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2012
    I already have a gaming rig with very good specs, but sadly it can't run OS X.

    I am in need of a laptop for school when I go back in Sept 2013. However, I need something for iOS dev too.

    Here are my option and thoughts, please help me choose:

    1) Get a Macbook Air, use it with an external monitor - i5/256gb SSD/8gb RAM ($1513 incl. tax[Canada]) - I like this option mainly because of the battery life of the new machine that was introduced yesterday. But I'm not sure if it will be powerful enough for iOS dev for next 3 years.

    2) Get a Mac Mini + a cheap Windows Laptop - Only because Mac Mini is user upgradeable. (Don't really know which option would be good enough here)

    3) Get a rMBP - I feel its not the right choice for me when I think about all the issues its laden with (ghosting, non-user upgradeable, over heating). Also not inclined towards it due to the high pricing when I already have a powerful desktop.

    4) Get a cMBP - Would have like to get this. In fact I had decided upon getting the 15" cMBP with high-res display if it was updated with Haswell. But doesn't look like it will be happening.
  2. iPlodder macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2008
    This would be my choice of the options listed. I'd probably try and save for an i7 if you're looking at keeping it for 3 years, maybe look at a refurb or the 11" (assuming the 13" was what you were after), especially if you've a screen you can reuse from your existing Windows PC.

    This would be my second choice. I'm not sure what your school is like, but a (very) cheap Windows laptop may be a better bet if there's a risk of damage or it being stolen. The extras of a keyboard and track-pad/mouse for the Mini will also need to be factored in if you need them.

    You could use an iPad+keyboard for the school work? Assuming you're just looking to take note in class? You'll need something to test your iOS apps on once you've written them.
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    One advantage of a retina model is that it will let you run your iOS apps in the simulator at full retina resolution without making the simulator window gigantic.
  4. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2011
    South Melbourne, Australia
    +1 this :)

    and also if you're dealing with retina resolutions wallpapers, icons, etc inside xcode you'll appreciate the retina display.

    you can just get the 13", that would be enough for xcoding :D
  5. lavipsi macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2013
    yeah, Assuming you're just looking to take note in class? You'll need something to test your iOS apps on once you've written them. [​IMG]

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