Need help on buying Macbook for iOS development

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  1. a2usmani, Jul 11, 2017
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    a2usmani macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys

    I am a totally new guy for macbook. I am planning to learn swift language for ios development.

    I wanna buy a macbook. My budget is low.

    Please suggest me a old macbook which can help me for next 2 years for studying.
    And also which can run xcode for development
    An urgent answer will be helpful. Thankyou
     
  2. maerz001, Jul 11, 2017
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    maerz001 macrumors 6502

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    Any used MB 2016 is good. Or if budget is really low better go for a used MB Air from 2013 or newer. Look for 8GB RAM
     
  3. meboy macrumors regular

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    Get an old Mac mini maxed quad core i7 and pop an SSD in it. $600-$800
    Hook it up to a Dell U2515h. $250-$300
    Cheap and way better for real work than a silly 12" barely computer with very limited power.
     
  4. a2usmani thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks
    Which model for mac i mean which year. As it should support xcode and other stuff for iOS development
     
  5. einbahnstrasse macrumors newbie

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    Find a used or refurb MBA or MBP with 8GB Ram, most likely ssd get 256 or more. Need great screen go MBP otherwise MBA.
     
  6. a2usmani thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks
    Which model for mbp or mba i mean which year. As it should support xcode and other stuff for iOS development
     
  7. c0ppo macrumors 6502a

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    That depends on your budget. But 8GB of RAM is a bare minimum, don't even consider those 4GB RAM in most macbook airs.

    Take a look at 2013/14 MBP 13". I believe you can find some great deals on those. Just make sure that the battery is in good health.
     
  8. maerz001, Jul 13, 2017
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    maerz001 macrumors 6502

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    Every model later than 2010 supports the latest macOS and Xcode

    I would recommend nothing older than 4years, SSD and 8GB Ram when u want to use it for a few years.
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    Well this sums up to about $1200. Wich is double the price of a MBA I recommended.
    yes for serious development quad core has double the power. But OP should know if he wants a PC or notebook;)

    OP what is your low budget limit?
     
  9. meboy macrumors regular

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    a 13" screen is not productive. Especially for dev work. End of story.
     
  10. maerz001, Jul 14, 2017
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    maerz001 macrumors 6502

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    It's funny how this topics go. OP asks for which car to buy. Than we fish in the dark and find out he just needs a transportation vehicle. But still we don't know what he can afford and if a bike, truck or airplane would be best for him:)
     
  11. a2usmani thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Budget is around 400-500$
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    Budget is around 400-500$
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    Would a mid 2012 10.10.5 /13.3 inch /i5/4GB/500GB work for ios develoment. getting it from walmart for 560$.
     
  12. meboy macrumors regular

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    Your budget is too small.
    Need at least double that.
     
  13. Graham Perks macrumors member

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    Assuming you already have a keyboard/screen/mouse, any used Mac mini from 2012+ would be great.

    I don't know what used MacBooks you could get for that money; a 13" MBP maybe?

    Any Mac from 2012-ish or newer will be fine for learning development (you just want something new enough to run the latest macOS/Xcode). People were writing apps on 2008 and older Macs after all, they are all fast enough :) If you can, an SSD & 8GB (avoid 4GB) should be your prime considerations.
     
  14. maerz001, Jul 15, 2017
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    maerz001 macrumors 6502

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    U say ur budget is 400-500 and in the next sentence u ask for 560???

    As we told u already forget HDD and 4GB. Why u ask again?
    All I can say it will be super slow and a pain in the ass to use.

    I bought a 2013 MacBook Air with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM from eBay for 560€ this year which runs ok. Maybe u can get a 13" rMBP from 2012 for that money which will be even better for screen and speed.

    The MacBook u linked to is garbage. Please don't buy
     

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