The mac for developers?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by dannyjames8, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. dannyjames8 Guest

    Hi, i'm going to start developing apps for the iPhone and just thought i would ask some advice as to what would be a good mac for the job.

    I'm torn between the MBP 15" 2.4Ghz and the iMac 27" i5.

    do you think the 15" would be fine or i would more screen real estate so i should go for the 27"?

  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Well do you need the mobility? The more screen real estate the better. It can get a little cramped coding on a 15 inch screen.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I'm quite happy with a 15" MBP. Although I have gone for the hi-res screen on my new one (please arrive soon).
  4. ranguvar macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2009
    Get the 13" MBP and a 24" external monitor. If you're not developing huge apps that take ages to compile, you don't need great performance.
  5. skunkworker macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    For my macbookpro setup I have a 15" mbp hooked up to a cheap dell 23". If you don't need professional color correction you can get a dell 24" monitor for less then $200.
  6. dazcox5181 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2005
    Essex, UK
    Do all of my iPhone development on a MSI Wind running 10.6.2 :)
    (and occasionally on the wifes 17" MBP)
    Having said that it is connected to an external 22" 1080P display, but processor wise has no issues.
  7. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    If you're thinking of developing for the iPad, get as much screen resolution as you can, so that you can minimize (if not eliminate) scrolling within the Simulator.
  8. flyingturtle macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    Love my MBP 15". I connect my 24" monitor to it and I'm a happy camper.

    However, the need for portability has gone done for me so I'd buy a 27" iMac now over the MBP. You get more bang for your buck with the iMac.

    For coding, the extra screen space is a must -- having multiple Xcode windows open, and your iPad simimulator (if coding for that) takes up a lot of space on the screen.
  9. MrCrispy macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I love my 15" MBP. Living in Florida, I often times sit out at a restaurant by the beach or St. John's river and code. Especially this time of year when the weather is just perfect.
  10. dannyjames8 thread starter Guest

    Thank everyone for your great advice, i think i am going to get the 27" and then start saving up for a macbook, i already have a sony laptop so i will stick to that when im moving around the house
  11. andrewstephenso macrumors member


    Aug 9, 2009
    I started out on a MacBook Air, plenty power and the SSD was wonderful. However, I've had it replaced twice and repaired once, it's heading to Ebay soon.

    Very recently I bought a hi-res MacBook Pro with the i7 CPU.

    Compile times are much faster, opening apps is much slower (no SSD). The higher screen resolution makes developing easier as I can have everything on one screen.

    The only downside was that I was hoping that the vertical 1050 pixels would be enough to take full screen screenshots of the iPad simulator - it can't, still using landscape screenshots for the AppStore.

    Having said all that, I was using a Samsung NC10 for a few months and managed to get a fair amount of stuff done on it :)

    I mainly code during my train commute each morning so a laptop is a must, 27" machine would be amazing.

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