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I want to learn to code an iphone app, and understand this has to be done on a mac. Does anyone know the least powerful (or cheapest!) machine I would need to buy to allow this? I already have a screen, keyboard etc, so assume the mini is the way to go?
I'm pretty sure the mid range (2.53ghz, 4GB etc) is powerful enough but I think the entry maybe also. Hopefully, someone can confirm this, in terms of price, brand new, the base model is £510 and the one I mentioned £663, saying that have a look in the forums classifieds or on the bay where you can pick up a mac for a really good price
as fat jez mentions, if you are willing to wait and want a brand new(ish) machine for a good price, wait to see if the mac mini refresh is as confirmed then hopefully Apple will shift some of the current generation to the refurb store
as far as I am aware, the new mac mini will have a HDMI port (this is kinda big as mac mini has a cult following as a HTPC) and also generally speed boosts etc
If cheap as possible, try getting a 2.0 GHZ core2duo mac mini they sell about 300 I think in the forums and the bay or 1.83GHZ core2duo (£260-275). As at least you will have a 64bit capable machine, if the iphone SDK does work on the older generation, then the mac mini 1.66GHZ core duo range is a good bet, they generally go for about 200 quid.
and lol, double click works! I am using my mac with a microsoft keyboard comfort curve 2000 and a Microsoft Mouse IntelliExplorer something. So don't worry, your peripherals will work
refresh is almost certainly imminent, as current orders have delayed delivery times and many places are showing out of stock. The refresh will probably take the Mini to a similar spec as the Macbook, in terms of CPU, graphics and RAM, so you'll possibly find bargains on the refurb store as Apple dump unsold stock (but you get a machine in brand new condition).