Is the late 2009, unibody polycarbonate (white) MacBook enough for iPad dev?

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  1. glossywhite macrumors 65816

    glossywhite

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    Hi there. I am looking at getting into iPhone & iPad dev, and I wanted to ask if there is any reason that I would not be able to use the late 2009 MacBook (the re-styled white) to do these tasks?.

    I know the CPU and ram are up to it, but is the screen?.

    Thanks.
     
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    What about the screen makes you think it might not be up to the task?

    The iPad uses 1024 x 768, the MacBook has 1280 x 800 as a resolution.
     
  3. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I wondered if the SDK scaled it down, that's all. Thanks.
     
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    No, it does not scale down, as far as I remember (AFAIR?).

    There were some similar threads not long ago (last two months obviously), you can use MRoogle to find them.
     
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    Ask this question in the Apple Developer Forums (registration required), "iPhone OS 3.2 beta" topic and I can provide a better answer without violating my NDA.
     
  6. kyzen macrumors regular

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    Even if the resolution isn't ideal, that's what external monitors are for :)
     
  7. firewood macrumors 604

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    According to support.apple.com, a mid/late 2009 model polycarbonate MacBook can drive a 1920 by 1200 external display.
     
  8. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't know where you got such a low resolution from, but:

    http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs.html

    ... states:

    Yep, I have no doubts whatsoever about the capability of the MB to drive full HD screens, as I own a 2005 eMac & 2005 iBook, both of which can drive my 22" LG 1920x1080, so that's great, but I wanted to just confirm that I could develop on the move. Cool, thanks chaps!.
     
  9. firewood macrumors 604

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP512

    for the 2009 model. The current model has updated graphics.
     
  10. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ah okay, but you did quote the spec from the mid 2009 model, when in fact I was asking about the late 2009 model, if you scroll up to the first post. :)
     

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