Can I develop my first iPhone app using only my Windows PC and an iPad?

July 10, 2013
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Just an introductory word of thanks to the employees, owner, and amdinistrators at MUO – IMHO there is no other tech help like it, and the service is free !!!

Now for my question – I’ve been wanting to try my hand at developing an iPhone app for a while, but I own only Windows PC’s and 1 iPad.

Is it PRACTICAL to develop an iPhone app with this hardware, or will I have lots of un-necessary and avoidable headaches that would be solved by investing in a Mac upfront.

And if you do recommend investing in a Mac, – I already have a nice, 24 inch Dell monitor – can I reuse it for developing on the Mac – and what would I have to spend for a decent iPhone development machine assuming I use my existing monitor (i.e, I like a big screen : ) ?

Thanks in advance,
Joe

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  1. Michael R
    August 9, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I tried both macincloud and http://XcodeClub.com and found XcodeClub to be way faster, and with a much better support. I also love having root admin access to my Mac meaning I can install any SDK I want - All in all very happy with XcodeClub so far. Highly recommended.

  2. Kayla H
    July 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm
  3. Jan F
    July 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    If you want your app to be available on the App Store I believe there is no way around using OS X and Xcode to digitally sign your App, etc.

    You could run OS X Server within VMware or give OSx86 (Hackintosh) a try but you'd need a powerful machine for virtualization or may run into various headaches trying to run OSx86

    You won't need anything special to start developing in terms of Mac hardware. If you want to use your existing monitor you can buy Mac Mini which is rather inexpensive.

    One alternative I came across was OS X cloud visualization. Basically you can rent a virtual Mac to do your development. The reviews are both very mixed.
    http://xcodeclub.com/
    http://www.macincloud.com/

    Personally I would just go with a Mac. You can always install Windows using Boot Camp (dual-boot) or standalone on your Mac if you don't have any use for OS X anymore.

    Also a Mac mini makes a nice media center device (except the missing optical drive) for your home cinema.

  4. Hovsep A
    July 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    winChain Builder
    http://code.google.com/p/winchain/wiki/HowToUse

    Tersus
    http://www.tersus.com/#Id=3215

    perhaps the way to go will be MAC so that to upload the application to iTunes