what specification would be good?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by creeper_X, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. creeper_X macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2015
    I am going to buy my first mac, I will use it for programming and I don't know what specifications I would need? what specifications would be good?
  2. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    More info please. What screen size do you want (21.5" or 27"), how much are you willing to pay?

    For simple programming, you won't need a lot of power. The most important thing to get is an SSD or at least a Fusion drive.
  3. creeper_X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2015
    my budget is about $1400
    i will by either the lost specs imac 21"($1299)
    or the mac mini which has better specs ($699)or the($999)
  4. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    The Mac mini is a fine choice if you don't mind having to add a display, but be sure to add an SSD or Fusion drive as that will improve performance the most.

    The base model late 2013 21.5" iMac actually has better specs than the high-end mini.
  5. creeper_X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2015
  6. cerberusss, Jul 11, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2015

    cerberusss macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2013
    The Netherlands
    If you're going to use Xcode for development, then I suggest you think about your screen setup, perhaps more so than the exact specs.

    For instance, if you use Interface Builder, you'll often want to use the assistant editor right next to it:

    Now, the above is a somewhat old picture; it's just an iPhone screen which is small. But nowadays you'll build universal apps and then there'll be an iPad-sized screen there.

    A resolution of 2560x1440 is good enough to comfortably work with Interface Builder. I found the 1920x1080 resolution lacking and thus I wouldn't get the iMac.

    You'll also probably start using Swift instead of Objective-C. Currently, the Swift compiler is pretty slow. It's getting faster all the time, but more than two cores helps a lot. But like the other poster said, get an SSD above that.

    I'd get the middle model $699 Mac Mini and upgrade to a 256 GB SSD. Then with the budget left, I'd get a decent monitor, perhaps Dell Ultrasharp U2515H (which is 2560x1440 for around $330) or even better, Samsung U28D590D which is 3840x2160 for about $400. I'm just giving examples, I don't actually know if these are compatible or the best in their category.

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