New Mac Machine is asking apple id on start up of machine is it really required or mandatory to have an apple id to start with this? if so can i create an apple id without providing any credit card info?. Please guide this newbe...
You can absolutely skip the Sign in / Create AppleID step, simply click the "Skip" button in the lower right corner of the window:
You can always sign in and/or create an AppleID after the fact. After skipping the step in the initial setup you WILL be prompted to create an account, however this is a local user account that will be used to administer your Mac, this is in no way attached to AppleID aside from enabling the option to "allow AppleID to reset this password".