1. wolfdale's Avatar
    I'm wondering if the cost for a MBA (~$900) is really worth it. To me I can practically get the same (and even better) desktop by just going with a $200 laptop loaded with Xubuntu, which I do have. My dilemma follows. I program dot NET apps at work and I wanted to start developing iPhone apps but in order to do so I have to by a Mac. I need help justifying the outlandish cost for a MBA/MBP. I would appreciate some feedback from linux uses.
    11-29-2013 10:16 PM
  2. Algus's Avatar
    I ran Ubuntu as my primary OS for over 4 years. I love Linux but it was so tiresome to tackle hardware issues every six months. Eventually I went LTS only and then outright moved to Debian just so I'd have stability.

    For me OS X brings the usefulness of Unix without the frustrations of Linux.

    For that I'm willing to pay a premium
    For bundled OS X software I'm willing to pay a premium.
    For Apple build quality and design, I'm willing to pay a premium.

    The thing about Apple is that there is no buying it in part. It's a package deal: hardware and software. If you're OK with that, you're golden. It's not nearly as versatile or modular as Linux but it is virtually pain free for the end user.

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    11-30-2013 05:02 AM
  3. Trees's Avatar
    If your Xubuntu laptop has enough horsepower and supports the IDE and related dev/test tools that you need to use for iOS development, then you could start out with what you have. If the laptop is going to struggle and take a relatively long time for compiles and debugging, then that may be a breakpoint for you to consider a more modern and robust system.
    11-30-2013 10:01 AM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    If your Xubuntu laptop has enough horsepower and supports the IDE and related dev/test tools that you need to use for iOS development, then you could start out with what you have. If the laptop is going to struggle and take a relatively long time for compiles and debugging, then that may be a breakpoint for you to consider a more modern and robust system.
    It won't support it. iOS development requires a Mac to develop on. Yes there are some exceptions, but OP seems to want to do native iOS development and not a hybrid approach like PhoneGap so he/she needs a Mac.
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    11-30-2013 10:07 AM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I'm wondering if the cost for a MBA (~$900) is really worth it. To me I can practically get the same (and even better) desktop by just going with a $200 laptop loaded with Xubuntu, which I do have. My dilemma follows. I program dot NET apps at work and I wanted to start developing iPhone apps but in order to do so I have to by a Mac. I need help justifying the outlandish cost for a MBA/MBP. I would appreciate some feedback from linux uses.
    If you have an available monitor, I'd suggest getting a Mac Mini. That would cut down on the cost.
    11-30-2013 10:08 AM
  6. iHackPro's Avatar
    If you're willing to do a little work, maybe a Hackintosh is for you.

    Here are some Hackintosh-able laptops.
    The Best Hackintosh Laptops of 2012 - For Mountain Lion
    HCL 10.9.0/Portables - OSx86

    Could be a lot of headache though, you don't get Apple support, and you don't get that Apple build quality. To me, it's worth the cost though.
    11-30-2013 12:53 PM
  7. wolfdale's Avatar
    Hackintosh. I never heard of it but it does sound interesting. Thanks for the info.
    11-30-2013 02:40 PM
  8. Iosnation's Avatar
    Good quality feel, I like that. But I think it is expensive?
    12-01-2013 06:49 AM
  9. pkcable's Avatar
    You could get a Mac desktop and then use your Xubuntu laptop to remote in to it.
    12-03-2013 10:55 AM

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