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Discussion in 'iMac' started by amazingdm, Jul 10, 2010.
I'm not sure what to do. I want to buy a mac so I can develop iPhone apps..
A mac mini would require the OP to buy a monitor, no? Unless they have one. White MB is definitely a good way to go, or maybe even look into getting a refurb model or a MB or MBP, since you only seem to want it to make apps.
If you have keyboard mouse and display, go for the mini, if not get a MacBook.
id second this, the white macbook is a great machine in its own and would certainly cope with what you'd like it to very well and still have room to go into further various projects
I believe they have that software to develop on windows so a Mac machine isn't required
I hear the octo 2.93 MacPro is reasonable.
mac mini all the way
the resolution on the white macbook is too low and developing with it is going to be hard
Buy the cheapest iMac.
I'm surprised that I'm the first to say it considering this is an iMac forum.
Its better than the Mini because you don't need to buy a separate monitor, keyboard, and mouse. And it has a nice large screen for doing programing, as opposed to sitting at the tiny macbook.
Refurbished Mac Mini plus a large (in terms of pixels) monitor. You don't need the performance but will find lots of pixels are convenient.
You could also seek out a used mini or iMac. Any model with a Core 2 Duo would be fine.
I would disagree with that statement... my game now takes about 4-5 minutes to compile from a fresh clean on my old core 2 duo 27" iMac (just sold it to buy a 27" i7)
But wouldn't you mostly be incrementally recompiling changes? I don't do Mac/iPhone programming but I assume XCode will do this. I did a similar upgrade, but only for faster image and video processing and the high res display. Compilation speeds (Java, C cross-compilation, some Visual Studio under Parallels) was essentially instantaneous even with the C2D or my Pentium 4 PC at work.
I second the lowest iMac suggestion. Beautiful screen and will do just fine (unless you are a hardcore gamer or something!).
I said from a fresh clean so it has to compile everything including the libraries I use. otherwise it's pretty quick