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    Requirements for iOS development
    I'm looking into starting iOS development and am on a strict budget. I've been advised that I can no longer use hardware with less then 4GB RAM and the dev tools will not work on anything less then Lion. I wanted to check with those whom know before I (save more to) buy brand new or whether I can get by for a while on an older mac with snow leopard and 2GB memory. Please advise.


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    Jul 17, 2009
    You need a Intel Mac for iOS development, you can definitely make do with Snow Leopard and 2GB..

    I initially started my iOS development path with a 2006 Mac Mini 1.83 GHz, Leopard and 2GB of memory and it worked fine..

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    Feb 25, 2009
    Yeah, you don't require Lion. You just need a Mac that can run Snow Leopard (intel Mac, C2D would be better then one of the original intel macs that weren't C2D) - more ram is better (mostly just for performance) so 4Gig (or more) would be good. XCode 4.0.2 runs on Snow Leopard and builds apps for the latest release version of iOS. XCode 4.1 is the lion version - it's no different from 4.0.2 aside from supporting Lion specific features (resume, full screen, etc.) Even the next release of iOS (5 which is in beta now) has a version of XCode for Snow Leopard, so you'll be fine.

    If you get a Mac with a C2D processor you can update to lion at any time should you choose to do so (at that point then you will definitely want 4G+ of ram).

    I've developed on a variety of machines - the one I'm on now is an older iMac with Snow Leopard with only 2 gig of ram and I have XCode 4.0.2 on it, my Mac Pro at home w/ 8 gig has snow leopard with 4.0.2 on it and my Air 11" has Lion with XCode 4.1.x on it and develop on that all for the current version of iOS.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Linux; Apple TV (1080p version)

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