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Old 05-26-2010, 08:08 PM   #15
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do I really need to add anything else... you all got it. Perfect match.
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I'd definitely go with a MacBook Pro - be sure to the Intel chip mentioned in other posts. The new ones have gone to 5 and 7 cores (from 2) and changed to 2 graphics cards - one for low power and one for power. You might watch Apple's web store for refurbished ones, usually a good deal.

You'll love it and then need an iPad for mobility. ;-)
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:23 PM   #17
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Keep in mind that you're developing for a small mobile device on a very powerful laptop/desktop. Many developers are disappointed that their apps run so well on an iPhone simulator, then slow down dramatically when ported to a real device. Thus, you don't need a monster platform for developing on that little device.

You do need to be sure that your machine is Snow Leopard compatible to run the current release (3.2.2 of XCode) or 4.0, when released.

I love my 15" MBP, but recommended the white 13" to my son. Refurbished units can be really affordable.

Plan on additional documentation and resources beyond the Stanford iTunesU course -- moving from a Windows platform is a bit more of a mind shift than most realize.

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I have an Imac too. Really enjoy the Macbook Pro's mobility. The Imac has had some issues with Kernel Panic and lack of ability to upgrade. If you want "big" you might consider the Mac Pro quad-core or 8-core. You will never outgrow that machine. They are extremely costly ,on my budget, which is limited. You won't go wrong with a Mac either way.
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Thank you very much for all this info. I really didn't know a lot of this stuff - it's like insider information to someone coming form a PC
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I would suggest a Pro as well. Also, your education was not wasted, Unix is the mother language of all Mac's.
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it's another REALLY GOOD place to learn about the older machines, see DIY upgrades and repairs...

while the justification for trying a mac may be 2 write apps for phones/pods/pads...

the same machine will quickly FILL all the pc needs.

so screen size matters as do ports, graphics, processor/bus speed, wifi, broadband capability and so on...

4,1 machines are FULL function on osX10.6

and were the last models to include firewire 400 AND 800 AND usb AND express 34 slots, on BOTH 15s and 17s

(new 17s still have all these ports but are $$$$)

they also have quick swap external batteries and glossy OR matte finish screens.

new models have dropped some USEFUL ports and NON swappable batteries (although run time is UP x2) ...

and older models are much slower with 10.5 or 10.6
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but ALL the machines (even PREintel) have great parts replacements and DIY support.

and as with ALL 'purters the machine choice should be based on the applications and activities to be done..

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Thanks, 2Air, good info as always...
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APPLECARE!!!!! Don't buy a new machine without it.
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..photo biz is heavily mac & I made the switch over 10 years ago and, like most, have no intention of ever switching back... you wont' regret it!..

..I have the First issue of MacWorld Magazine with a very young Steve Jobs on the cover and an interview with a child-like Bill Gates and already you can read between the lines where Mr. Gates had designs on the mac interface.."hmmm...I could call mine...DOORS...no that doesn't sound right....
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Stephanie,

If you are already a student, or can enroll prior to purchasing your Mac you may want to look at Apple's online store for students. You save I think save ~10%, and Apple just started their back to school promo yesterday or the day before, which gives you a free iPod (including the Touch). This may be a nice option if you don't already have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Then you can see what your work looks like first hand.

I have a 13" MB (White) at home, and I work on a 15" MBP. I personally like the form factor of the 13" better, but the MBP is better performance wise. The newer 13" MBP are really nice, although they're in the middle of a graphic card issue right now and only offer the older Core2Duo as a processor. I would probably opt for the 15" i7 if you can afford it. Ideally if I had my choice I would opt for a 13" MBP with the i5, but unfortunately it doesn't exist yet.

Don't upgrade the RAM or hard drive with Apple. They are way too expensive and replacing both these items is easy. You can buy more RAM and a larger and faster hard drive from somewhere like OWC or New Egg for a fraction of the cost.

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I've been using Macs for 20 years and they are very reliable and relatively simple to use. My 2000 Powerbook was going strong after 6 years when I decided I just had to have the 17" screen. Like Terry, I also have the last Powerbook and after 4 1/2 years it's still working fine. I bought a refurbished one from Apple at a 20% discount. Check the Apple website and look for refurbished ones—it's not easy to find the right page, but worth the discounts. Yes, they are expensive, but they last and last.

The newer ones, it appears, have batteries that cannot be replaced by the user and that is not something I'd want. I just replaced my battery and wouldn't want to have to send it back to Apple to have them replace it (I couldn't live without my computer), so I'll hold onto this one for a long time. This seems to be bad marketing to me, but Apple wants you to buy another one instead of buying a new battery.

Even with the battery issue (don't they do the same thing with their other products?), a Mac is a fine machine. Apple is now worth more than Microsoft (and at least as arrogant) and there's a good reason for that.

If you buy one, invest in a manual to explain how things work (paperwork with them is near worthless). NY Times columnist Pogue produces manuals for all of them.

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If you buy one, invest in a manual to explain how things work (paperwork with them is near worthless). NY Times columnist Pogue produces manuals for all of them.
Good thought, Gene. I'll certainly second Gene's recommendation on David Pogue's books, especially for someone new to Mac. They are titled "The Missing Manual" and are really easy to read and very well written. They even go as far as making comparisons to Windows for MS-converted users, like "if you did this task in Windows..., then this is how you now do that same task in OSX...". You can pick them up on Amazon for <$20 if I remember correctly, and they are like 800+ pages of great reference material. I would pick one up for 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

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This is a very timely thread. Today, for the first time in history, Apples market cap has surpassed the old king of the hill, Miccrosoft! Wow, who would have thunk.
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