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Can I still use a Mac Mini 2012 as building/compiling machine?

MarkWalkMarkWalk USMember ✭✭

I have seen some similar questions like this, but they are a few years old and I don't know if things have changed.
I need a mac for compiling and running my apps on iOS devices. Will a Mac Mini from 2012/2011/2010 do, or have something changed making these machines challenging to use with latest versions of Xamarin?
I am just using it as a wireless host to build to iOS, and that's it. I am buying a used one, so if it should fail to work, it will be hard to return.

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  • MarkWalkMarkWalk USMember ✭✭

    Thanks, thats a simple and good guideline :smile:

  • ConwayConway USMember ✭✭

    @MarkWalk said:
    Thanks, thats a simple and good guideline :smile:

    That is normally good advice but in this case, it may not be valid. The high-end 2012 mac mini is similar or faster than the high-end 2014 in many CPU intensive tasks because Apple pulled the quad-core CPU model off the table in 2014. See Also, the 2014 models have the RAM soldered on; so if you go 2014, made sure you get enough RAM when you purchase because you won't be able to upgrade it later.

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