MAC computer required to dev for iPad?

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    I have a PC.
    I have an iPad.

    Must I also purchase a MAC to be able to develop apps for the IPad? :mad:
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    IPad dev on a PC...

    Thank you, Hook, for your reply.

    Perhaps I'm too much of an iPad newbie to 'get it', but the first thing I did was to download the Xcode...........dmg file to my PC from the Apple dev site.

    Of course, my PC doesn't have a clue what to do with a .dmg file.

    Is there something I can read to know how to get started on a PC? I don't expect Apple to hold my hand, but they DO make money on the apps...so I'd really like to know what to do.

    I should have used a :confused: instead of a :mad:
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    If your PC is Intel based and not pure junk as most Windows PC are you can choose to convert it into a Hackintosh. This is not the forum to explain how to do that but a search for Hackintosh will yield what you need to know. It helps speed things along if you have an Nvidia graphics card.

    Anyone who plans to program for the iPad should be able to grasp what has to be done. Then set up your Hackintosh to dual boot Windows or the Mac OS. Within a few weeks you will begin to loath the Windows side of your machine as you learn the ins and outs of the Mac OS and the benefits it brings to the table.
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    Yes you must use a MAC.

    #1 yes there are some tools that claim to let you develope apps on PC
    #2 yes they still must be compiled on a MAC before submitting to the app store
    #3 yes apple can reject your apps for creating them on a PC and not directly in Xcode on a MAC


    Just get a MAC Mini, there not that expensive.
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    Mini Mac

    What are the monitor options for a mini?
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    You can use any monitor with the mini. For the price it is a awesome computer not much bigger than 4 DVD cases stacked. I have several installed as Mac servers using OSx 10 server.
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    I'm sorry I'm late to this party, but I also bought a mac (my first) to develop on the iPad.
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    No only did I buy a MAC Mini last year to develop with, the make mini has now become my main PC.

    My next computer purchase will be a MAC for sure.
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    I still find some quirks in OS X that I don't like. I was really HOT for the new 13" MacBook Air - until I saw with my own eyes how small a 13" screen really is. :( In the end I settled on a 15" MacBook Pro.

    Anyway, what I don't like about OS X, is made up for by how much I like programming Objective-C. :)

    But WTF is up with not being able to maximize a window or resize a window from anywhere else than the bottom right-hand corner. :confused:
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    Mini's are great little boxes and seem to do more with their RAM than my windows machines. Bought one to serve as a media box for our iPads but have grown to love it's minimal footprint and silent operation. Just thinking of ripping out the dvd and replacing it with a flash drive for more awesomeness.....
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    thats actualy something good, having one item take up the entire screen is a big waist of space. OSX will resize the window to the amount of space needed for that window and leave the rest of the space on the screen open for you to view other things. And with my dual monitors setup on it, its even better. Plenty of working space.

    have a website open, xcode open, and then on the other monitor use interface builder and some other things.
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    That bugged the hell out of me too when I first got my Macbook Pro and was used to working on PC but now I find it very convenient when working in more than one application at a time to be able to see everything I`m working on at the same time.
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    This is one reason why I don't use a Mac as my main computer platform: being told what is best. I can make those decisions on my own.

    I maximize windows for a variety of reasons, one of which is to maximize concentration with no distractions.




    Michael
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    Once that would have really bugged me, too. But with the nice big monitors these days, I don't miss it at all.
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    i heard about aplication who eliminates this bug in osx systems...
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    Yes you need a mac to develop since Apple ties you into the XCode environment.
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    Native App versus Web App

    There are lots of advantages to developing a "native" App for the iPad, which gives you access to hardware features.

    However, if you don't have a Mac, consider developing a web App. The browser on the iPad can run web Apps. If you know HTML and JavaScript, you can produce a web App that can run on the iPad, an iPhone, an Android and even my personal favourite, the Palm Prē.

    A web App can be developed on your computer of choice, including your PC.

    For more information:
    Chapter 9. "Mobile Web Apps Versus Native Applications" in Mobile Design and Development by Brian Fling (O'Reilly / Safari).

    "Developing for the iPhone OS: App Store vs. Web Apps" (if you're coding for the iPhone or iPad, you have to choose) by Ryan Faas in ComputerWorld.
    Among other things, a web App can be made available on your terms, quickly, without submitting to Apple's App Store requirements.

    NOTE: I'm a Newbie on this Forum, so I apparently can't post links. Try googling "web app versus native app". Let me know if you would like links to the above.
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    You can develop apps for jailbroken devices using Linux/Windows/Mac and on the iDevice itself.
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    Well apparently Apple has decided full screen apps are NOT a waste of space. ROFL!!!

    OSX 10.7 now has just that: full screen app mode.

    Too funny.



    Michael

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