[ACCEPTED]-Is it possible to develop iPhone apps with a Hackintosh?-macos

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Score: 73

The answer is yes.

To develop iPhone applications, you 12 need the iPhone SDK, which in turn requires Mac OS 11 X version 10.5 (Intel). If you can satisfy 10 this requirement in your OS X installation, then 9 you can build iPhone apps. Whether you can 8 test them just as easily depends on USB 7 support in your installation.

The fact that 6 the Mac Mini is $599 is irrelevant to the 5 question and how inexpensive it is, is relative. What 4 is inexpensive to one may not be to another 3 (especially since the OP states that he 2 is not in US, where it might be much more 1 than $599).

Score: 12

Yes, its possible. But, issue is that iPhone 7 SDK gets frequent updates and requires updated 6 version of Mac OS X - updating hackintosh 5 is pain (you can do better development on 4 MacMini instead of wasting time to upgrade) and 3 you will never know when your hackintosh 2 will be unbootable!

USB, Audio are another 1 issues I have seen in hackintosh.

Score: 7

It's definitely possible, and it's not even 26 that hard if you're buying the parts with 25 the intention of running OS X on them.

Most 24 of the difficulties and incompatibilities 23 people experience are due to attempting 22 to try out OS X on hardware they already 21 have. They may have an AMD system which 20 needs a Voodoo kernel, they may have a Radeon 19 4xxx which will only work in VESA mode without 18 hardware acceleration. Of course these things 17 can be made to work, and it is getting easier 16 all the time, but it's more effort and it's 15 where the bulk of the problems come from.

Once 14 you do get your Hybrid Mac working (as I 13 affectionately prefer to call them) it still 12 won't be as perfectly painless as the ideal 11 (note: not actual!) Mac owning experience. But 10 still, with a little common sense you get 9 a lot more computer for a half or less of 8 the price.

Edit: as for running OS X in a 7 VM on a PC, it's really not very nice at 6 all. It's a tremendous hassle to get it 5 to boot at all, and even then it's not very 4 usable as an environment, often without 3 working sound/LAN/etc. You can obtain complete 2 VMWare images of OS X which may not even 1 work inside different virtualised environments!

Score: 6

Technically: yes. Legally: no. The OSX EULA 7 doesn't permit it.

Note that having the right 6 tools for your job is important, and the 5 unknowns of running OSX on non-Apple hardware 4 could lead to problems down the road. The 3 Mac Mini isn't that expensive at $599, assuming 2 you've already got a keyboard, mouse and 1 monitor.

Score: 5

I know it will work, if you can get the 27 damn thing to install and your able to get 26 usb working.

I currently own a G4 mac mini 25 and had a 2nd gen intel IMac (had to sell 24 it to pay the bills). I paid for my iphone 23 developer lic., bought a 2nd gen touch, booted 22 my mini, downloaded the iphone sdk... Oh 21 no, you need 10.5. Bought and installed 20 10.5... Oh no, you need an intel mac. Forced 19 sdk install, apps build great for the simulator, but 18 what is this, I can't sign my code. More 17 hacking... Oh no, provisioning error. Connected 16 the touch, unable to mount dev partition. I 15 now left with no job, no money and no way 14 to release my apps to try to make some money.

Oh, yeah, I'm 13 going to try to install hackintosh in vmware, but 12 only because I'm flat broke. Also, I wouldn't 11 buy a another mini knowning that my g4 mini 10 cost $599 (back in the day) but once I was 9 done making it usable, I spent over $1000 8 ($200 aftermarket 1gig ram upgrade, $99 7 keyboard/mouse, $150 monitor, etc). Of course 6 it's cheaper for better hardware now, but 5 the mini nickel and dimes you to death. Do 4 yourself a favor and just get a macbook, that 3 will be my next buy.

And the funny and/or 2 worst part about all of this is, I don't 1 even like OSX or the iphone/touch.

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I've tried, but I haven't successfully run 9 OS/X in VMware. I do know someone who's 8 successfully developed iPhone apps on a 7 hackintosh, but getting your hackintosh 6 set up is quite difficult.

I'm in the same 5 boat, I don't want to shell out foir a Mac 4 until I know I'm comfortable with the toolchain, and 3 I'd like to get a feel for iPhone development 2 using my current hardware. Interested to 1 hear of others experiences.

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I was (with some effort) able to install 14 OS X, snow leopard, as well as the dev tools 13 onto my IBM X61 and have had no issues with 12 it or developing IPhone apps on it. I have 11 the OS fully functioning. Note: I bought 10 a retail copy of Snow Leopard for my project.

Why? I 9 had more time than money. If I had to choose 8 again and I had the $1500 beans (+tax, + whatever) to 7 buy a mac book pro I would have as it certainly 6 wasn't 'simple'. But I didn't.

But now that 5 I have done it, I have an immensely cool 4 IBM MacBook :) and am quite proud of the 3 accomplishment. I also learned an awful 2 lot in the process. Was it hell? Yes.. Was 1 it worth it? Yes...

Hope that helps!

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