New dev machine, PC laptop or Macbook Pro?

LindsayMilesLindsayMiles CAMember ✭✭


Just thought I'd look for some input seeing I'm about to spend $$$.

Either new PC laptop, Win10, VS2017 etc etc, connect to existing Mac/xcode for iOS dev work/build purposes.
New Macbook Pro, run Win10 in parallels or vmware and VS2017 there, connect to Xcode on host machine for iOS work/build purposes..

Btw, projects include an Azure App Service and need do some work outside of the Xamarin env. and only Azure and ASP.Net, hence on a Win10 instance, however that may be set up.

Not doing any Windows apps at all. Android & iOS only.

Your thoughts? :smiley:



  • LyndonHugheyLyndonHughey USUniversity ✭✭✭

    You'll need a solid Mac environment for ios development. With that in mind, I'd pick up a MBP.

  • mikeacostamikeacosta USUniversity ✭✭✭
    edited October 20

    I would agree that in general, for iOS dev, you'd need a MBP, but the fact you already have a Mac makes it less clear.

    FWIW, I work w/guys doing Xamarin.iOS dev. I guess I just assumed they were using MBP, but during an online demo, I was surprised to see the lead guy using Win10 & VS2017.

    If you go MBP w/Parallels, imo you need to go top shelf specs-wise: 1TB SSD + 16GB RAM. This could potentially make price a greater issue.


    a guy running Parallels on a 512GB SSD/8GB RAM MBP

  • LindsayMilesLindsayMiles CAMember ✭✭

    Thx, I find that the same tech spec in PC is less than half, HALF that of the same Mac.
    As much as I'd love a new Mac, outrageous pricing really...

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