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Will I be able to create my MIDI program using an iMac?

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I'm frustrated with PC's and I'm thinking of getting an iMac. I want to create music programs, and iPad programs. I'm mainly focused on MIDI controllers, not fancy virtual synths, although that would be great if I could do that too.

Can someone prove to me that I will be able to do this?  I know C#, and I'm willing to learn whatever language as long as it's not extremely difficult compared to C# or VB.NET, and I have something like Visual Studio and it's not way too expensive (otherwise I would hire a programmer to do the job). Preferrably if I could do this in Basic, but I understand those limitations.

So the considerations are: Cost, ease of implementation (not hacking around), and ease of transition from Visual Studio to Mac platforms.
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Mac applications, as well as iPhone, are generally structured around Objective C and C++.  Coming from C# (which I assume is somewhat C based), the switch is not difficult.  As for the IDE, Instead of Visual Studio, you will also be most likely using XCode (which is very good).

In the mean time, I would suggest trying to run OSX in a Virtual Machine before you make a purchase, as iMacs can be quite expensive.
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Yes they are quite expensive. The Mac mini is the cheapest but you still have to buy a monitor which costs 999.99. I could get a Macbook though.
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