Least expensive Mac I should buy?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by amazingdm, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. amazingdm macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure what to do. I want to buy a mac so I can develop iPhone apps..
     
  2. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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  3. iApache macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  4. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    If you have keyboard mouse and display, go for the mini, if not get a MacBook.
     
  5. dudeofblokes macrumors regular

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    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
     
  6. Durious macrumors 6502

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    I believe they have that software to develop on windows so a Mac machine isn't required
     
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  8. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a

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    mac mini all the way

    the resolution on the white macbook is too low and developing with it is going to be hard
     
  9. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  10. talmy macrumors 601

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    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.
     
  11. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a

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    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)
     
  12. talmy macrumors 601

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    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.
     
  13. H00513R macrumors 6502a

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    I second the lowest iMac suggestion. Beautiful screen and will do just fine (unless you are a hardcore gamer or something!).
     
  14. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a

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    I said from a fresh clean ;) so it has to compile everything including the libraries I use. otherwise it's pretty quick
     

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