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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To iPad and iPhone App Development by Troy Brant

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Before You Begin

You are likely chomping at the bit, ready to start building your first app, but there are a few things you should be aware of before forging ahead.

Hardware

To develop for iPhone and iPad, you must have an Intel-based Mac with OS X version 10.6 or later installed. If you have a Windows or Linux machine, you’ll need to take the plunge and buy a Mac if you want to do iPhone development. If you have a Mac, you can check the version you have by selecting Apple icon on the top bar > About This Mac.
The good news is that you do not need a physical device to get started developing for iPhone and iPad. The iPhone SDK comes with a software simulator you can use in lieu of running your app on a real device. The simulator can’t do ...

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