iOS hardware

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

  1. rajetst macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2010
    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
    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

  2. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2012
    The Left Coast
    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


    Oct 21, 2011

    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


    Oct 14, 2013
    mac mini + huge screen
    install 16 GB ram yourself
  5. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2012
    The Left Coast
    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

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    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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