Saturday, February 5, 2011

Thinking about Buying Additional Apple Products after buying the iPad?

All of the people that I turned on to the iPad has spoken about buying or at least considering purchasing additional Apple products as a result of buying the iPad. I am in this boat as well.

I was actually considering an Apple Mac Mini computer purchase prior to buying the iPad. I would have the Mac Mini today, if the iPad not been released. My decision to buy was based from buying the generation 1 iPod Touch. Being able to program for the iOS devices is my motivation. The only way that I can program for an iOS device is to own or have access to a Mac laptop or desktop computer.

Naturally I was excited about the idea of a giant iPod Touch coming to market. I loved my iPod Touch and the only things I didn't like was the small screen, lack of camera and not being able to be connected to the Internet all the time (or least when I needed to connect). The iPad addressed 2 of the 3 three faults of the iPod Touch. Using my iPad has done two things: reassured me that I need to program for the platform and delayed my purchased of a Mac (well it did a third thing, it made me spend additional money with Apple).

I am torn between getting a $999 Macbook or a $699 Mac Mini with a HDMI cable, Bluetooth keyboard and the touchpad. With the Applecare plan and taxes, either solution would be around $1200. With the Mac Mini being the cheaper of the two.

Mac Mini
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x1GB
320GB Serial ATA Drive
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Apple Magic Touchpad
Apple Wireless Keyboard
User's Guide (English)
Apple HDMI to HDMI Cable (1.8 m)
Mac mini - AppleCare Protection Plan
Price: $1,005.00

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x1GB
250GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
Keyboard (English) & User's Guide (English)
SuperDrive 8x DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW
AppleCare Protection Plan - Auto-enroll
Price: $1,248.00

My wife and agreed that it could be purchased in June. Hopefully the iPad 2 doesn't interfere with this plan.

My thinking is the Macbook would be portable. I could carry it an code while commuting Downtown. I have gotten used to carry a light load, I wouldn't want to carry the iPad and the Mac Book. The Mac mini would allow us to have a home computer again, using the 50 inch TV as the monitor. The Bluetooth keyboard and Bluetooth Touchpad would allow easy computing from the couch. The Mac Book could be used the same way, as the Mac Mini, and be connected to the TV and controlled by the wireless devices, but then it would be even more expensive.

Programming would mostly happen well after the other family members are in the bed, there is not much of a chance for conflicts with TV viewing schedules. In a pinch, I could use Ignition could be used to access the computer from my PC laptop or the iPad.

Someone else mentioned that they have the Mac Mini. I would love to hear from the owners of the Macbook and Mac Mini about the pros and cons of your choice. I would love to hear from those that are in the same boat: first time Mac owners or looking to become first time Mac owners.


Carl W. Brooks
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