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    Question Most priceworthy Mac to buy for development now?

    I have used Mac in Cloud for building my games in Xcode so far, but I have some extra cash to spare right now so I think I would make it a bit easier on myself and get a proper Mac for development. What would be your guys recommendation? I want to go as cheap as possible, but at the same time be somewhat "futureproof" and not sit on a piece of junk in a year or so when Apple makes a new OS and disgards the one I have bought, (dont know how often that happens?)

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    I'm not a Mac guy so someone else could chime in.. but I bought a Mac mini around 3 years ago, I've been able to continue upgrading my OS to the latest version.. but it's running slowww now.. nothing an extra couple of GB's of ram wouldn't sort out though.

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    Mac mini's are a great affordable solution. I've got a Mac mini which I bought 5 years ago and have just updated to the latest OS X El Capitan public beta. The official release is at the end of this month. I have 16GB of Ram and two 256GB SSD hard drives inside. Everything runs very fast and I have CT Fusion running in Crossover. If you buy a new Mac mini (like my son did) the RAM is soldered on to the motherboard, so it's worth buying one with the greatest amount of RAM straight from Apple. It's still possible to upgrade the hard drive later I believe.

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    +1 for Mac Mini, however they were updated about a year ago and it's totally possible that Apple refreshes them before the end of the year with Skylake or perhaps Broadwell CPU's.

    Note that you'll need to provide your own keyboard/monitor/mouse or use a KVM to switch between the ones on your existing PC.

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    Hi,
    I have Mac Mini 2014 (with i5 2,6 Ghz, 8GB Ram and Iris Pro graphic) and it's ok for development.

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    I think Mac Minis are the cheapest version.

    By the way, OS X El Capitan is coming out tomorrow.

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    Not sure the price difference, but I have been using a 12' MacbookPro for 2 years now. I bought the bottom of the line for about $1400 and it works well for MMF project building. It also takes up no space at all and doesn't require any monitor or keyboard space.

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    Note: I am currently using a Early 2011 13" MacBook Pro, and it works fast with El capitan. (at least faster than an Dell Inspiron 410 zino with Win10.)

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