iOS hardware

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by rajetst, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. rajetst macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hello guys

    I am very new in the field of IOS development, as a matter of fact I just started learning about IOS development. I want to start developing Apps for iphone and Ipad. I don't have any mac for IOS development. I really need portability for my development.

    Can you guys please suggest which kind of mac i should buy?

    I am thinking about getting
    15inch: 2.6GHz
    with Retina display
    Specifications
    2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory


    I will be mostly travelling so does 15inch screen works for most of you? (I never had laptop less then 15inch screen) when at home i will be pluging into my external 24 inch monitor.
    Is i5 processor and 8gb memory is enough for most of you?
    I am not going to devleop any games or very graphic intensive apps. I will be developing mostly business related functional app.
    I have been in developing / managing softwares for businesses since last 15 years in Java and now (i know i am late) i am thinking about jumping into this field.

    Please let me know your thoughts

    Thank you

    -Raj
     
  2. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

    AxoNeuron

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    The Left Coast
    #2
    Back in 2012 I bought a 15" Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM, a 2.3Ghz i7 quad core, and a 256GB SSD. The only issue I've had with it is RAM. It has served me perfectly until the last few months when I started getting in to iOS development, and having safari + mail + photoshop + multiple xcode projects open at the same time is...doable but not as fast as on my 16GB Hack Pro. I'd recommend getting the 16GB RAM. Don't make the same mistake I made!
     
  3. loon3y macrumors 65816

    loon3y

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    #3


    bigger screen usually helps, especially if your App is going to talk to some sort of backend program,


    but I'm using a 13" 2010 MBP, so you're good brother!
     
  4. grandM macrumors 6502a

    grandM

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    mac mini + huge screen
    install 16 GB ram yourself
     
  5. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

    AxoNeuron

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    That would be perfect, as long as you don't need to travel and code and don't need to do very heavy media editing, the Mac mini is a perfect developer machine.
     
  6. firewood macrumors 604

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    Any Mac that can run Yosemite will work. An SSD and an i5 processor will speed things up.

    I use a recent MBA 11 for the vast majority of my iOS development. Occasionally, connecting a really big monitor helps with storyboard editing and pixel detail review on the Simulator. But for most coding and device testing, any Mac from the cheapest to a fully loaded Mac Pro will work just fine. Let your budget decide.
     

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