Need some advice... Mac for iOS Programming

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by Jetboss, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. Jetboss macrumors newbie


    Sep 16, 2018
    hi guys been playing around with an app idea for a while in my head, recently I got an iPhone and while having a conversation with a co worker he said why don’t you develop that app? So now I’m here with no programming experience or hardware I’m looking to start developing. what I need to know, is what’s the best Mac I can get on my budget of approximately $ 600- 700 and any tips for a total beginner. Looking at buying one from Swappa
  2. LogicalVue macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2007
    USA (Maine)
    For that budget, a MacBook Air is your best bet I think. Hook it up to an external display for development, though.

    And if you are a total beginner you might want to check out Xojo for making an iOS app. It would be a lot simpler to work with than Xcode, which can be a bit daunting for beginners.
  3. TokMok3 macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2015

    With your budget I will buy a Mac mini 2014 i5 8GB with a 120GB SDD drive for improved speed. Around $400 on eBay. You can install a second SDD drive in this machine.

    A wide screen monitor: 29 inch. Bestbuy has those on sale most of the time for $220 dollars. You need to have Xcode open and a eBook or web browser, So the wider the screen, the better.

    This system will be good for the next 3 years for basic stuff, if you want to program some Tensorflow stuff, then you need a 2018 MacBook Pro.
  4. Jetboss thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 16, 2018
    Thanks for the reply I ended up getting a MacBook Air 13 2015 model 8gb ram 128 SSD since I live in Trinidad and Tobago I’ll be receiving it Saturday coming.
  5. TokMok3 macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2015
    MacBook Air is a great computer, good buy. Good luck!

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