Sign up Calendar Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
bestgamesstudios

Avatar / Picture

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 535
Reply with quote  #1 
Hello! I'm considering buying a mac mini - will it work for iOS development? Are they under-powered?

Thanks in advance!
 

__________________
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Best+Games+Studios
Diary: http://www.howtomakemobilegames.com/post/best-games-studios-diary-7386298?pid=1288723175
0
authwobe

Registered:
Posts: 168
Reply with quote  #2 
Depends how new it is, i wouldn't recommend buying anything under mid 2012, because the technology and the OS are keep changing so a old mac machine would not last long.
You can buy any mac for development as far as they are newer than 2011-2012, also I would recommend an SSD drive as it wil speed up you work for some extra money.
You can buy mac mini, macbook (pro or air), iMac it doesn't really matter. 
And no Mac mini is not a under powered machine.
0
mzr

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 222
Reply with quote  #3 
Some time ago I had the same problem.
I went with a new macbook air 13 (the cheapest version), it works fine, a bigger disc would be good, I could add a Win10 partition.
If I was to say what's the single best thing about it - I'd say touchpad gestures, mac mini doesn't have that, you'd have to buy an additional accessory (not that cheap for a touchpad).

Keep in mind that the latest mac minis are non upgradable (at least the cheapest one), unless something changed in those the last months. But if you don't need a laptop then mac mini should be fine.

__________________

http://www.howtomakemobilegames.com/post/twin-stick-shooter-7140396

My second game: Google Play
My first game: Google Play  Amazon iOS

0
Roman

Avatar / Picture

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 304
Reply with quote  #4 
I am also buying mac mini atm. I need it just for publishing(working on virtual machine takes too long). I will probably buy late 2009 with dual core proccessor 2.5, 8 Gb of ram and ssd. I think it will be faster then the cheapest new one with 4Gb of ram and i5 1.4GHz 2 core processor.

Cheapest new one costs 550€ in Slovenia(around 600$), used one will cost around 300€(350$).

Is the new one really that much better that I should spend 300$ extra?

__________________
http://wasted-droid.com
0
mzr

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 222
Reply with quote  #5 
If you need it jest for publishing then you just have to make sure it can run the latest Xcode.
I think 2009 is the oldest one than handles the latest Xcode. No guarantees for the future though.

__________________

http://www.howtomakemobilegames.com/post/twin-stick-shooter-7140396

My second game: Google Play
My first game: Google Play  Amazon iOS

0
Roman

Avatar / Picture

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 304
Reply with quote  #6 
hmmm... didn't know that. So it is better to buy new one... even if it's slower in performance?
__________________
http://wasted-droid.com
0
mzr

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 222
Reply with quote  #7 
I'd go for the cheaper, old one. Macs have great resale value, so you'll easily sell it for 200$ in the future if you need to upgrade. And it seems to be able to run new Xcode, so it's gonna be fine for now.
__________________

http://www.howtomakemobilegames.com/post/twin-stick-shooter-7140396

My second game: Google Play
My first game: Google Play  Amazon iOS

0
XdebugX

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 374
Reply with quote  #8 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roman
I am also buying mac mini atm. I need it just for publishing(working on virtual machine takes too long). I will probably buy late 2009 with dual core proccessor 2.5, 8 Gb of ram and ssd. I think it will be faster then the cheapest new one with 4Gb of ram and i5 1.4GHz 2 core processor.

Cheapest new one costs 550€ in Slovenia(around 600$), used one will cost around 300€(350$).

Is the new one really that much better that I should spend 300$ extra?


I made a hackintosh with i5, 8gb ram and SSD for about $600. This is the best guide: http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-august-2015.html Best part is Yosemite is free to download from the app store. But you will need a friend with a mac to download it.
0
jtrencsenyi

Member
Registered:
Posts: 49
Reply with quote  #9 

Hi XdebugX,

I have an old (2009) Macbook now but the next one will a Hackintosh me too. [smile]

Jozsef

0
Crichton333

Avatar / Picture

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 273
Reply with quote  #10 
Ive seen people use Mac in Cloud, could be a good option for people that just use it for building games and uploading then to the app store. 

http://www.macincloud.com/

__________________

"Smoke me a kipper i'll be back for breakfast." -- iOS: Nebula Virtual Reality

0
GexMob

Avatar / Picture

Member
Registered:
Posts: 47
Reply with quote  #11 
I'm a PC User, Now I want a mac but I wanna buy Macbook Pro 
I heard about "Macincloud"

Do someone Try it already
a Mac Virtual Machine online

http://www.macincloud.com/

__________________
Hey
*  Check me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gexmobile

*  Check out my Games on the PlayStore
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Gexmob
or http://www.GexMob.com
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.