Apple MGEM2B/A Mac Mini (Intel Core i5 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) from Amazon for £373.99
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Apple MGEM2B/A Mac Mini (Intel Core i5 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) from Amazon for £373.99

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Found 28th Feb 2015
Was looking for a cheap Mac to start developing some iPhone/iPad apps. and noticed Amazon had these down a little bit in price to £374 from £399

Yes. It's not a huge saving (6%), I'm not expecting performance with it's low spec CPU, HDD and RAM and it ain't a Pro, iMac or Air but a decent spec Mac costs a fair bit more than this, especially brand new (at least around £200 more)

At the end of the day, it depends on what you want it for and my current needs are just cheap and simple at this stage. Worse case scenario, I'll sell/re-purpose this and a media centre/streamer and spend the money and get a better one.

It might not be "Hot" UK Deal but to my eyes, a saving is a saving. Hope it helps someone

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Heat for your integrity man and that sounds like a good deal to me! (Tried to add heat but went from 8 to 5? Wtf?!!!

Hot

It is the same as the one on insight.

beerthebishop

Heat for your integrity man and that sounds like a good deal to me! … Heat for your integrity man and that sounds like a good deal to me! (Tried to add heat but went from 8 to 5? Wtf?!!!



You did add heat, the heat ratings are not live, so when you pressed heat some other people had already downrated the deal.

I bought the PCIe SSD version of this unit. Very fast. I got it to learn OSX, Swift and Xcode. I'm 44, a total novice at programming. I was taught at school and in the BTEC Computing course I did, but to be honest I never understood programming, as I wasn't motivated to learn it. I've worked with computers as a technician/manager for years now. Anyway what I'm saying in a long winded way is it's never too late to have a go. Try and fail and try again is my motto, mainly because I'm pretty good at Arsene Wengering everything I do.

Edited by: "fishmaster" 1st Mar 2015

worth flubiting too

fishmaster

I bought the PCIe SSD version of this unit. Very fast. I got it to learn … I bought the PCIe SSD version of this unit. Very fast. I got it to learn OSX, Swift and Xcode. I'm 44, a total novice at programming. I was taught at school and in the BTEC Computing course I did, but to be honest I never understood programming, as I wasn't motivated to learn it. I've worked with computers as a technician/manager for years now. Anyway what I'm saying in a long winded way is it's never too late to have a go. Try and fail and try again is my motto, mainly because I'm pretty good at Arsene Wengering everything I do.


Learn objective-c first. You'll need it.

dfarrall

Learn objective-c first. You'll need it.



Thanks. I'm going to start this course soon, got it for $10, as you always can with Udemy the price of $156 is nonsense, wait a week or two and all the course prices drop.

udemy.com/com…QN4

I've checked out why you mentioned to learn Objective-C and I see why >

developer.apple.com/lib…tml

fishmaster

Thanks. I'm going to start this course soon, got it for $10, as you … Thanks. I'm going to start this course soon, got it for $10, as you always can with Udemy the price of $156 is nonsense, wait a week or two and all the course prices drop. https://www.udemy.com/complete-ios-developer-course/?dtcode=yTj4mZ42tQN4I've checked out why you mentioned to learn Objective-C and I see why >https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/Swift/Conceptual/BuildingCocoaApps/MixandMatch.html



A lot of libraries still rely on it, and it's going to be around for a good few years yet. It's much easier to understand than swift if your not from a programming background and once you learn it swift will be easy. Theres lots more documentation out there when your stuck and loads of great courses.. Stanford for example do it.

I have an older model, i7, user upgraded to 16gb ram and 1tb hd. Ultimate media machine, love it

Just guessing, but won't this run REALLY slowly if your trying to do dev work on it? Like you start typing a word and have to wait a few seconds for the code-hinting to show up? Developers need beastly machines these days.

And if you don't have a physical iOS device and need to use the emulator it will be even worse.

friiza

Just guessing, but won't this run REALLY slowly if your trying to do dev … Just guessing, but won't this run REALLY slowly if your trying to do dev work on it? Like you start typing a word and have to wait a few seconds for the code-hinting to show up? Developers need beastly machines these days.And if you don't have a physical iOS device and need to use the emulator it will be even worse.



The CPU isn't amazingly powerful, however I have the blade ssd pcie version and it shifts around 600-700MB/s second. I can wait for compilation, if I get serious at dev work then I'd migrate to a unit with a more powerful CPU perhaps. I'm sure what I have is good enough currently.

I use a Mac Mini 2012 for dev stuff

I would STRONGLY recommend buying the 2012 model (yes slower graphics, but faster multi core CPU and more connectivity) - jigsaw24.com sell them brand new for £390 so just a little bit more than this.

You can user upgrade the RAM (mine is 16gb) and has a dual SSD/HDD combo. Super fast!!

fishmaster

I bought the PCIe SSD version of this unit. Very fast. I got it to learn … I bought the PCIe SSD version of this unit. Very fast. I got it to learn OSX, Swift and Xcode. I'm 44, a total novice at programming. I was taught at school and in the BTEC Computing course I did, but to be honest I never understood programming, as I wasn't motivated to learn it. I've worked with computers as a technician/manager for years now. Anyway what I'm saying in a long winded way is it's never too late to have a go. Try and fail and try again is my motto, mainly because I'm pretty good at Arsene Wengering everything I do.



Hi, Interesting reply IMHO. Could you please be kind enough to advise what resources you used to learn OSX, Swift and Xcode please? Also what other programming languages would you recommend a complete newbie to programming should start? Voted hot where the deal is concerned.

gadgeguru

Hi, Interesting reply IMHO. Could you please be kind enough to advise … Hi, Interesting reply IMHO. Could you please be kind enough to advise what resources you used to learn OSX, Swift and Xcode please? Also what other programming languages would you recommend a complete newbie to programming should start? Voted hot where the deal is concerned.



I haven't learnt OSX, Swift or Xcode. I know OSX in terms of selling Apple computers where I work but that's all I know. In terms of resources there's paid and non paid. I posted a link to a Udemy course earlier where the author of the course is respected and his manner of teaching is supposed to be effective. I have bought the course for $10 as I mentioned as they're often on sale on Udemy, the original course prices are bullcrap. I bought the Mac Mini so that I had a pure working OSX native environment to work with, rather than try to Hackintosh.

Along with the first iPad mini retina, this is almost a good value Apple product and worth having,

Tied to a nice monitor , it will do what it says on the tin, and look stylish at the same time

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gadgeguru

Hi, Interesting reply IMHO. Could you please be kind enough to advise … Hi, Interesting reply IMHO. Could you please be kind enough to advise what resources you used to learn OSX, Swift and Xcode please? Also what other programming languages would you recommend a complete newbie to programming should start? Voted hot where the deal is concerned.



The Stanford courses are very good if you have an understanding of OOP

friiza

Just guessing, but won't this run REALLY slowly if your trying to do dev … Just guessing, but won't this run REALLY slowly if your trying to do dev work on it? Like you start typing a word and have to wait a few seconds for the code-hinting to show up? Developers need beastly machines these days.And if you don't have a physical iOS device and need to use the emulator it will be even worse.



This is fine for getting started with dev work, I was still using a slower 2009 MacBook until recently and no issues with code completion or using the simulator. My only issue with this machine would be the 4GB RAM that cannot be increased, I'd want 8GB to give a bit more options if you get into more complex things.

xeroc

I use a Mac Mini 2012 for dev stuffI would STRONGLY recommend buying the … I use a Mac Mini 2012 for dev stuffI would STRONGLY recommend buying the 2012 model (yes slower graphics, but faster multi core CPU and more connectivity) - jigsaw24.com sell them brand new for £390 so just a little bit more than this. You can user upgrade the RAM (mine is 16gb) and has a dual SSD/HDD combo. Super fast!!



Came in here to say this. I have a couple of 2012 units and would struggle with the system linked in the OP due to lack of RAM and it not being upgradeable. You will (imo) need more RAM for running the iOS simulator and other build / test / development needs.

arclife

Came in here to say this. I have a couple of 2012 units and would … Came in here to say this. I have a couple of 2012 units and would struggle with the system linked in the OP due to lack of RAM and it not being upgradeable. You will (imo) need more RAM for running the iOS simulator and other build / test / development needs.



Yes it's the reason I went for the i5, 8GB, PCIe SSD version, but that's at least double the price of this deal.

arclife

Came in here to say this. I have a couple of 2012 units and would … Came in here to say this. I have a couple of 2012 units and would struggle with the system linked in the OP due to lack of RAM and it not being upgradeable. You will (imo) need more RAM for running the iOS simulator and other build / test / development needs.



tagy

This is fine for getting started with dev work, I was still using a … This is fine for getting started with dev work, I was still using a slower 2009 MacBook until recently and no issues with code completion or using the simulator. My only issue with this machine would be the 4GB RAM that cannot be increased, I'd want 8GB to give a bit more options if you get into more complex things.




Exactly. The non-upgradeable RAM alone makes it worthwhile getting the older (but oddly better) model. The upside of the better graphics would probably not be worthwhile for coding, unless you're doing 3D stuff. In which case you have a Mac Pro / high end iMac

By comparison, £390 vs £370 (2012 vs 2014) - I would go for the 2012 definitely. Madness!
Edited by: "xeroc" 1st Mar 2015

How about one of these badboys? People say we should get free upgrade to windows 10 soon so..
http://m.hp.com/h22175/UKStore/Html/Merch/Images/c04104205_1100x735.jpg
store.hp.com/UKS…BDT

montana78

How about one of these badboys? People say we should get free upgrade to … How about one of these badboys? People say we should get free upgrade to windows 10 soon so..http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=F6X31ET&opt=ABU&sel=PBDT



yes but not very useful if you want to develop iOS apps which requires OS X

Actually, it's cheaper here from an Authorised Apple Reseller:

jigsaw24.com/app…359

£358.80 which is in line with the Student Discount price at Apple
Edited by: "xeroc" 1st Mar 2015

dfarrall

Learn objective-c first. You'll need it.



Nope - this is wrong - you don't need to know Objective-C for Swift and I would stay well clear.

xeroc

I use a Mac Mini 2012 for dev stuffI would STRONGLY recommend buying the … I use a Mac Mini 2012 for dev stuffI would STRONGLY recommend buying the 2012 model (yes slower graphics, but faster multi core CPU and more connectivity) - jigsaw24.com sell them brand new for £390 so just a little bit more than this. You can user upgrade the RAM (mine is 16gb) and has a dual SSD/HDD combo. Super fast!!


And after months and years of waiting for a new version to be released and Apple finally doing so, this is what everyone is now saying.

Imagine the technology we could see and use if they unleashed their resources and released the best they could. Instead, they screw over their customer base with releases like this and the frankly laughable iPad mini 3 release.
Edited by: "WBRacing" 2nd Mar 2015

WBRacing

And after months and years of waiting for a new version to be released … And after months and years of waiting for a new version to be released and Apple finally doing so, this is what everyone is now saying.Imagine the technology we could see and use if they unleashed their resources and released the best they could. Instead, they screw over their customer base with releases like this and the frankly laughable iPad mini 3 release.




Clearly they want to promote the iMac line and get people moving that way. If you release a Mini with similar specs to the MBP/iMac (like they did pre-2014 model) then people have little incentive to buy iMacs, as you can buy a much cheaper Mini every few years and avoid replacing the monitor every time which isn't necessary.

I've ordered the 2012 version from Jigsaw24 (jigsaw24.com/pws…ice?ProductID=12170) with a view to upgrading the memory and putting an SSD in it.

I believe the RAM upgrade is an easy fix, but the SSD is a lot more difficult. I've built PC's before and I've upgraded hard drives to SSD's without any problem. Is it as simple as taking the old hard drive out and swapping in an SSD?

Do you need to clone the hard drive to the SSD or can you simply download the OS from the Internet (which is what I have read)?

Any help.

Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I think they'd be more future-proof.

Would be interested to know how you get on with upgrades.

Cheers

stu385

Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I … Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I think they'd be more future-proof. Would be interested to know how you get on with upgrades.Cheers



RAM was dead easy. I haven't done the SSD as the machine is fast enough in my opinion.

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stu385

Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I … Torn between a 2012 model from Jigsaw or the 2014 2.6Ghz i5 myself, as I think they'd be more future-proof. Would be interested to know how you get on with upgrades.Cheers


FYI. the 2014 model is non-upgradable, the RAM soldered and propitiatory SSD, so for these upgrade you need 2011 or 2012.

Liverpool_Bear

I've ordered the 2012 version from Jigsaw24 … I've ordered the 2012 version from Jigsaw24 (http://www.jigsaw24.com/pws/ProductDetails.ice?ProductID=12170) with a view to upgrading the memory and putting an SSD in it.I believe the RAM upgrade is an easy fix, but the SSD is a lot more difficult. I've built PC's before and I've upgraded hard drives to SSD's without any problem. Is it as simple as taking the old hard drive out and swapping in an SSD?Do you need to clone the hard drive to the SSD or can you simply download the OS from the Internet (which is what I have read)?Any help.


You are right RAM is very easy to upgrade, SSD is also easy, with the right tool, iFixit sells the Second HD kit with the tools work for 2011 and 2012. Since 2011, you can run the Internet Recovery, with a blank HD/SSD, it takes longer, since it downloads the entire OS dmg. On the other hand you can clone before you switch over, or install a clean OS on the new HD/SSD before switch over.

Buy an Intel NUC.
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