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Old 05-26-2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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Yo, Mac guys, I need advice!

I'm interested in getting into developing apps for the iPhone/iPad, but to do that I need to switch over to a Mac. I've only had PCs for a loooong time, so I haven't really paid much attention to the various flavors of Mac. Any advice on what I need to look for to get a used macbook that will do the trick for me? I'm thinking laptop because I like to stay mobile, and be able to work wherever I go.
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I changed to Mac about 2 years ago, I'll never go back. Any of the Macs will get you acquainted. I am still not as proficient as I was on PC's, still a lot to learn. I find the OS just more intuitive and I've never had an OS problem.
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I just sold a Macbook Pro (3 yrs old) for about 1K. Look into a pro version. Also, be sure to check out the itunes store. Search for Stanford and they have an extensive app dev course from Stanford Univ. that you may enjoy.
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I just sold a Macbook Pro (3 yrs old) for about 1K. Look into a pro version. Also, be sure to check out the itunes store. Search for Stanford and they have an extensive app dev course from Stanford Univ. that you may enjoy.
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Thanks, that's very helpful. I see the Stanford class has some info about system requirements for app development. Why didn't they have fun classes like that when I was in school? Oh yeah, because we were doing UNIX on a mainframe, they didn't even think that 'windows' thing was going to catch on...
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Steph, I've had Macs for a while now, and will probably upgrade to a 13" MacBook Pro in the near future. Current laptop is a G4 PowerBook. This was the last incarnation before the laptops went to Intel processors. The Intel-equipped ones are better because you can partition the hard drive, and load Windows on the partition, and run your Windows-friendly programs. I would recommend finding an Apple retailer in your area, rather than buying straight from Apple. You may get a discount from them, and they usually have more time to orient you with them. I would go with new over used, simply because you don't know when the previous owner spilled a cup of latte on the keyboard of the used one. The base model Macbook Pro 13" is about $1200 list.
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I have been on a Macbook Pro for three years and can't think of using anything else. I do web design and seo work and couldn't be happier with my set-up.
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FYI, apple offers student discounts
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Yes they do and so does Journey Education. They carry all of the leading software and offer great student discounts. You'll need to provide a copy of your student ID or some other form of ID showing you're a current student.

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You'll absolutely want to make sure it is an Intel based Mac if you buy used. Otherwise you won't even be able to use the latest SDK. Macs seem to hold a pretty high resale value so I vote buy new also. Even the lower end new ones are faster than older middle models.
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hi stef...

ANY of the intel chip macs can be used (laptops, minis, imac, etc...)

but IF u go LAPtop look for a ""Model Identifier: MacBookPro 4,1"" or LATER machine.

"model identifier" is the most reliable way to sort out processer/graphics/screen/ram/bus speed issues.

with the serial number or model identifier, one can LOOK UP every mac built on the company website and see the components.

then max out the ram IF not already done ...

i have sold several used macs, privately person2person and to the generic REsellers...

IF you buy from an online REseller check out 'mac of all trades' they are a legit biz.

'ifixit' is also a great resource for parts/diy repairs/how2s and some used machines.
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check back with me in late july or VERY early august...

i may just have a 17 inch mbp for REsale then and it will STILL have 1 year of factory/APPLECARE warranty.
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of course IF u plan to write for the phone/pod/pad u really need one of those little suckers too...

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Apple is to Airstream as PC is to Fleetwood.... HA. No seriously though; if you have the dough to invest I would go with a 17" Macbook Pro w/ 4 GB Memory and a 3.06 GHz Intel Processor. I have had several Macs and the Macbook Pro is built to last. Upgrade the hard drive for a minimal price and you'll never regret it. The 500 GB 7200 RPM is worth its wait in gold when you go to price out external hard drives to expand your memory needs. The bigger screen is nice for editing photos and design on the go. You never know what may interest you in the future. Good Luck.
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hi stef...

ANY of the intel chip macs can be used (laptops, minis, imac, etc...)

but IF u go LAPtop look for a ""Model Identifier: MacBookPro 4,1"" or LATER machine.

"model identifier" is the most reliable way to sort out processer/graphics/screen/ram/bus speed issues.

with the serial number or model identifier, one can LOOK UP every mac built on the company website and see the components.

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Here's what 2air was talking about, from mine (you don't want one like this, it is not the newer version):


Hardware Overview:

Model Name: PowerBook G4 15"
Model Identifier: PowerBook5,4
Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
Number Of CPUs: 1
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 2 GB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.8.6f0
Serial Number (system): RM4390C4QHY
Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-000D9331BEFA
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Like SilverHoot, I switched to Macs a couple of years ago and will never go back. I have the standard size MacBook and an desktop. I looked at the bigger Macbooks, but they were just too big for my taste. Get the biggest hard drive you can especially if you will be storing video.
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If you didn't have to be mobile, you could get an iMac with a Terrabyte hard drive and a much larger screen (the smaller one is 21.5", vs 13.3"on the Macbook Pro). The last iMac I had was a G3 with a 3 Gb hard drive, so I can't say how good or not the new ones are. It's just an option.
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