Never too late to start
I would like to dip my retired toes in the murky waters of iPad app development. I have a two-year-old Mac mini. Will this give me good enough performance for programming with Xcode? Are there any (cheap) upgrades I should consider? Mark Naughton
The Mac mini is fine for learning to program and will run Xcode without any problems. I do a lot of my programming on one. The cheapest 2012 mini is slightly faster than its 2014 replacement due to its 2.5GHz processor. 8GB RAM is a good idea and here the 2012 mini scores again because it is easily upgradeable, unlike the newer model.
You can also replace the hard disk with an SSD if you really need to, but I don’t think you will. I recommend you just get stuck in and see first.
Don’t be put off by the Mac mini’s low price tag – it’s decent for app development.