Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am a mobile developer. I have some expertise in Android development, and now I wish to start developing for the iPhone \ iPad. I plan to be using xcode for iOS 5.

I found this deal on a second-hand shop:

  • iMac - 17"
  • Processor - Core 2 \ 2 GHZ
  • RAM - 2 GB
  • hard disk - 320 GB

Price : 485$

What do you think? Is it worth it?

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by bmike Jun 23 at 0:02

  • This question does not appear to be about Apple hardware or software within the scope defined in the help center.
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
I'm not an expert at second-hand shopping, but I'd definitely bump memory to at least 4GB. –  Eimantas Jan 29 '12 at 12:24
    
For development purposes, I'd say you'd want a larger screen, and definitely more RAM, but you'd want to look at the age of the machine since if it is an early iMac, its at the bottom end of the Lion spec range. –  Stu Wilson Jan 29 '12 at 12:31
    
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about hardware shopping. –  bmike Jun 23 at 0:02

2 Answers 2

up vote 4 down vote accepted

If you're developing for iOS, you are going to want a more recent machine than that - the 17" iMac dates back past snow leopard and possibly even leopard itself, which you are going to need to run Xcode.

Also, as mentioned above, a 17" screen is likely too small for iOS development to be comfortable - I use a 24" and even then sometimes it's cramped.

Last but not least, to me $500 for long outdated hardware is a lot of cash. Second hand stores are rarely amazingly good deals - they buy cheap and hike up for their own profit. If you are going to go down the second hand route I'd definitely advise going to a private seller (of some level of trust).

If I were you I'd put the bucks into a brand new machine and recover the cost with the app sales, as a new machine will last longer, perform better and definitely accept all the software you need.

share|improve this answer

it would be a wise choice to get a recent mac mini for your $500.00

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.