I would like to do some app development for my iphone. Some simple stuff really, actually to make my job a bit easier. Anyway, The Mac mini looks like a good way for me to get started. I am new to Mac, but not new to Apple. We have almost every generation of iPod made. The quality is second to none on each device and they are just wonderful. Other than app development, it will be pretty much just used for web surfing or a little photo editing. Nothing really fancy. I do have a dual monitor setup right now that I would like to use with the mini. Can I connect two vga lcd monitors to the mini, and if so, is there any additional hardware that I would need to purchase?
So basically I have just two questions that I am having difficulties finding the answers to....
1. Will I be able to do fairly simple iPhone app development on the mini?
2. What do I have to do to connect two vga monitors to the mini to have the wider desktop?
I appreciate any help that anyone can give. I am not familiar with Macs at all & need a little help getting started!
Larger displays (like a 24 in monitor) require more graphics processing power to keep all of the pixels updated at a high refresh rate. You could live with 19 in low-res monitors for both, but you will eventually tire of that (I believe) an upgrade eventually to 24+ in moitors at 1980x1020 and higher.
If the only graphics card (the $599 model) you have is the one integrated into the CPU with less or even shared-with-the-system VRAM (video RAM), you may see slowdowns, jumpy playback, slower refresh rates.
If you have the discrete graphics card (the $799 model) the video can be handled for all needs (simple gaming eventually maybe, mutiple images for websurfing and email and quite possibly NetFlix).
But that does not mean the $599 model will be useless. Just will have more jumpy playback or slower response occasionally when switching images/tasks.
Spend only what you can afford. But be aware that many images on two screens can get jumpy or switching-slow with less graphics processing power.
Choose what fits your needs and budget is the bottom line.