1. radmore's Avatar

    I am about to start developing apps for the iPhone and iPad - I would like your feedback as to what is the best value for money/ performance machine available from Apple?
    1. Is the Mac Mini with the following sepcifications sufficient (priced at approximately $650) ?
    Processor, Memory, and Motherboard
    Hardware Platform: Mac
    Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo
    System Bus Speed: 1066
    Number of Processors: 1
    RAM: 2 GB
    RAM Type: SDRAM

    Hard Drive
    Size: 320 GB
    Manufacturer: None
    Type: Serial ATA

    Graphics and Display
    LCD Native Resolution: 2560 x 1600

    Thanks for the feedback......
    05-10-2011 02:31 AM
  2. Erta's Avatar
    i think that stuff is more than sufficient!
    05-11-2011 02:53 PM
  3. rumsoft's Avatar
    We've used a baseline original MacBook Air, a baseline last generation Mini, and a 2008 24" iMac - any of which is comparable to what you've listed. Really, I think any "modern" Mac that is capable of running XCode is plenty powerful to get started, and you don't need to break the bank. If you already have one or more decent displays then a Mini is a good choice.
    05-12-2011 03:17 AM
  4. MiracleMan's Avatar
    I would think that setup would be sufficient. I compiled apps using Xcode on my older MacBook pro (silver keys) which had a duo core 2.4mhz processor and 2gb of memory. But that price for those specs seems a bit high. MBP's with similar stats are selling in the $600-$700 range.
    05-23-2011 03:39 PM
  5. Fasttouch's Avatar
    Yep. It is sufficient. Have fun.
    05-24-2011 02:33 PM
  6. hitcode's Avatar
    I think, that is a good machine :-)
    05-25-2011 12:08 PM
  7. hitcode's Avatar
    I think, that more important is testing application on real hardware. I have been iphone 3g with 3.2 and i have been iphone 4 to test retina display.
    05-25-2011 12:14 PM
  8. atoms's Avatar
    I dunno if 2 GB of memory is enough though. I mean, if all you are doing is app dev, then maybe, but if you are also going to use it for email, web browsing and all that, then I would think you'd need more. I have 4GB in my Mac Book Pro and at times I could use more memory.

    The cannonical advice used to be to buy the Mac and then add memory on your own as it is a lot less expensive that way. I have not looked at the economics of that lately so YMMV. Also, technically it may void your warranty, but I've always done it and never had a problem using AppleCare.
    06-04-2011 10:35 AM
  9. Caballera's Avatar
    Just a little FYI, if you can you may want to put off purchasing a new Mac Mini. According to MacRumor's Mac Buyer's guide (Mac Buyer's Guide: Know When to Buy Your Mac, iPod or iPhone) the Mac Mini should be having a 'refresh' pretty soon (some think this Wednesday) for Mac Mini's and MacBook Airs.

    Or there's the refurbish Apple Store (Refurbished Mac - Apple Store (U.S.)) if you want it now and want it cheaper.
    06-12-2011 12:47 PM
  10. jellyfishstudio's Avatar
    The recent price of the mac mini is not the best deal to do! add a screen, keyboard...
    You need to take an Imac, for the price and the confort of utilization!
    06-20-2011 08:07 PM
  11. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    I'd personally would get a MacBook pro or an iMac. 21 or 27 inches.
    06-21-2011 04:05 AM
  12. genuinegraphics's Avatar
    Agree with the above although that spec would be sufficient if you're just using it for developing apps and nothing else. I'm using the iMac 21" for my apps but I also use it for my business too but so far loving it

    I don't like the MacBook pro because as far as I know it comes in 15" and that is a tiny screen and plus the iMac is cheaper and a much better spec.
    06-26-2011 05:49 PM
  13. hotpaw2's Avatar
    I currently do iOS development on an MBA 11. Works great, both with and without a large external monitor. Mostly without. Still works great.
    06-28-2011 10:34 PM
  14. crazy1234's Avatar
    mac mini is enough~
    07-01-2011 03:11 AM
  15. latman's Avatar
    I'd personally would get a MacBook pro or an iMac. 21 or 27 inches.
    I second that.
    07-07-2011 11:10 AM
  16. felixmo's Avatar
    I second that.
    Third that
    07-20-2011 07:51 PM
  17. jayfuerstenberg's Avatar
    The Mac mini needs a new product name because this thing is a workhorse! Definitely consider the mini for any task, be it web serving or Xcode development.
    08-12-2011 01:18 AM
  18. Peligro911's Avatar
    I doubt it's possible and don't shoot for asking but can you dev app using windows machine or can only a Mac do it ?
    08-12-2011 01:48 AM
  19. HRTapps's Avatar
    I doubt it's possible and don't shoot for asking but can you dev app using windows machine or can only a Mac do it ?
    If you want to use Apple's SDK, you need a Mac (or hack OS X to run on a PC and hope for the best).
    08-14-2011 11:21 PM
  20. Axeva's Avatar
    If this is your first foray in to iPhone development, you might want to consider a quick scan of eBay. A (slightly) used Mac Mini might be your best option.

    Once you've made your first hit game, you can spray out the cash for the God of Thunder Mac Pro configuration, but I'd rather see you spend $500 on promoting your new app rather than buying a brand new computer.

    Just a contrarian opinion...
    08-22-2011 03:39 PM
  21. PrettySweetie's Avatar
    Maybe MacBook? I am using it, and it works good
    08-23-2011 05:49 AM
  22. pmararav's Avatar
    I am using a mid-2007 iMac (2.4GHz Intel Core Duo 2) and an early-2008 macbook pro.
    Both of them with 4gig RAM and they work flawlessly.
    The only problem I have (not actual problem, rather preference) is the screen size as it cannot fit the full height of the iPad simulator.
    Other than that, all is ok...
    09-05-2011 03:12 AM
  23. jacob_sq's Avatar
    Macbook pro maybe good
    09-13-2011 10:43 PM
  24. iiiisoft's Avatar
    Mac Mini
    Macbook Pro
    11-21-2011 09:44 AM
  25. DoodleDudeDan's Avatar
    If you already have a different system with it's own screen (who doesn't) you can just swap back and forth (On my cheap little Acer that's just a touch of the input button). That reduces the "accessories" cost and makes the Mac Mini much more attractive. I've used one since last Feb, successfully built applications, and NEVER had an issue! I *love* my Mac Mini - and this coming from an ex-Windows platform guy!

    Extra benefit.

    1. Get a few extra cables so you can leave all existing cables set up,
    2. Unplug it.
    3. You can almost fit it in you pocket and take it with you anywhere!

    "Must haves" to make this quick and easy - any bluetooth mouse (I use a cheap knock off version), Apple's little wireless keyboard, and most importantly a VGA video conversion plug so you can use a generic monitor wherever you go (even the library if they're not watching too closely!)

    Oh! and stick a few batteries in your pocket for that most inconvenient moment possible when 1 of your Bluetooth accessories will decide to run out of juice...

    Happy Coding!

    11-22-2011 11:58 PM
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