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Getting Started with Apple iPhone / Touch Development for ~$400 USD

To my shock and horror, the Apple iPhone SDK is only supported on Apple Mac OS.

Not wanting to part with what could be a considerable sum of money to toe-dip into the iPhone/Touch development pool (read: no way in hell I'm spending $600+ USD on a whim), I think I've found a compromise:

  1. Dell Mini 9 from eBay = $299 USD
  2. Apple Mac OS X = ~$100 USD
  3. Hackintosh Tutorial = free

So, for ~$400 USD, I could get a netbook (that I can always revert back to XP or run Ubuntu, etc.), that gets me what I need to get started with the Apple iPhone / Touch SDK vs. an entry-level $600 USD Mac Mini.

Thoughts from the Mac fans?

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