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by:Owen Rubin
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The tools that Apple provides only run on Mac. So officially, yes.

See this article: http://maniacdev.com/2010/01/iphone-development-windows-options-available/
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by:GeorgeJacobson
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Thank you for the prompt response.  Very good answer.  One final question (btw you will get full points) - am grateful for your reply).

If I bought this unit, for home use (why does everyone, ie my family, want this thing!).  Would it be adequate for basic app programming?
http://www.apple.com/macbook/

thx alot
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Owen Rubin earned 500 total points
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If the Macbook is an Intel device (meaning it is a newer MacBook), than you can do development with it quite easy. That said....

I find that having a larger monitor or a second monitor really helps. If you have an extra monitor around, pay the $30 and get a monitor adaptor and hook it up. You will be glad you did.

If no monitor, but if you have another computer around, even a Windows PC, you can "fake" a second monitor on your MacBook with this software, ScreenRecycler:

http://www.screenrecycler.com/ScreenRecycler.html

You put Screen Recycler on your Macbook, and a good VNC program on your "other computer" (follow the tutorial) and it connects your other computer to your Mac, and adds the other computer's monitor as an extended screen to the Mac. Once running, you can go into the System Preferences/Displays and rearrange the two monitors to make sense.  The second screen is not fast (it is VNC over a network after all) but it does act as an extended desktop. I find while developing, having room to display multiple windows is very important. BTW. I also use a MacBook for iPhone development, but I have a connected second monitor AND a Screen Recycler monitor to my PC, so I really have three screens.

Hope that helps.
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by:GeorgeJacobson
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Thank you very much!  Great help!!!
George
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