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Any way? I have someone looking to either purchase a Mac or find a way to use the dev kit for apps from Windows. I've never used a Mac nor do I do what he is looking to do inside Windows so I am looking for solutions.
 
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nope. buy a mac. thats what my programming buddies ended up doing.
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i purchased a emac, but it runs 10.5 fairly decent, and it works with the dev kit.

the only downside for developing for apps for the iphone/ipad/touch is that you have to use a mac, so you ahve to buy one, and then there is no guarantee that your app is going to be on the appstore, so you just spent x amount for the mac, and then $100 dollars a year to "lease" the dev kit, and no way to recoup your losses if it isn't accepted in the app store.

prolly in your buddies best interest to develop for android platform, the sdk is free, and can be ran in windows, and the android store is a bit of a mess but higher chance of your app becoming successful there, and from the looks of it, android is going to be taking over the market sooner than later.
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i purchased a emac, but it runs 10.5 fairly decent, and it works with the dev kit.

the only downside for developing for apps for the iphone/ipad/touch is that you have to use a mac, so you ahve to buy one, and then there is no guarantee that your app is going to be on the appstore, so you just spent x amount for the mac, and then $100 dollars a year to "lease" the dev kit, and no way to recoup your losses if it isn't accepted in the app store.

prolly in your buddies best interest to develop for android platform, the sdk is free, and can be ran in windows, and the android store is a bit of a mess but higher chance of your app becoming successful there, and from the looks of it, android is going to be taking over the market sooner than later.
It's not for personal developement or monetary gain. We have clients that already use iPhones (android too) and we are in the asset managment/equipment automation industry. To be able to control their buildings from their phones is a huge selling point so we need to cover all platforms.
 
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There's no way round it currently, you can't even virtualize ios because of apple's EULA stating that it can only be ran on Apple Hardware. If you're a large business it's not wroth the risk.

What if you have a dev team? Do you all have to use macs now?
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There's no way round it currently, you can't even virtualize ios because of apple's EULA stating that it can only be ran on Apple Hardware. If you're a large business it's not wroth the risk.

What if you have a dev team? Do you all have to use macs now?
No, this office will never reach that point if I have anything to say about it.

Luckily the development team is me and one other person so all I need is 1 mac.
 
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It's not for personal developement or monetary gain. We have clients that already use iPhones (android too) and we are in the asset managment/equipment automation industry. To be able to control their buildings from their phones is a huge selling point so we need to cover all platforms.
yes i know how this is, its unfortunate that apple is such tools in this regard. i honestly don't understand why they've locked the sdk to only mac osx, as it is circular logic, if i was a start out developer, based on the iphone model, it wouldn't be my first choice to develop for, i know as for popularity, its up there right now, but that was cause for a long time of lack of competition.

with *droid devices hitting the market, and them improving with each revision and release, to me it will be just a matter of time that apple iOS devices, like their desktop/notebooks will fall back into a "niche" market, cause of their rigidness to adapt to the shift of the market.

as a developer myself, i long for the day of "universal compatibility" among all devices/software.

browse craigslist and local flee markets, and computer shops, i find mac's all the time that are still good, just need a HDD replacement or upgrade in ram, or other slight maintenance to become usable again, be far cheaper than buying a new mac (if cost is a problem).

if it is new enough and fast enough, spend the $30 bucks on the upgrade for 10.6 snow leopard, put it on there, and call it good.

there are of course the "pc" alternatives to buying a mac, but i wouldn't recommend them, as they are flakey and at times unstable depending on the hardware that was used, i wouldn't trust my data to them.
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