- Jun 28, 2017
Buying any Intel based Mac right now would be a solid move especially considering your point about still being able to run Windows and Linux on it. It used to that you would hear that Windows runs better on a Mac, so an Intel Mac is still a solid Windows machine for some years to come.Yes, this is also the reason why I would like to get an Intel one because if macOS and iOS development doesn't work out, I can still run Windows and Linux on it
I wouldn't consider purchasing an ARM based Mac now, 1. because you cannot purchase one now, 2. the initial audience for the is leaning towards "consumers" of tech rather than "developers" of tech.
As you know with an Intel Mac you will be still be able to target iOS, iPadOS, and with Big Sur and the accompanying Xcode update, you will be able to target Universal2 binaries to support Intel and ARM based Macs with a single bundle.
Top all this off with the announcement that new Intel based hardware is coming later in the year, I think it is unlikely that a "developer" machine will be deprecated any sooner than a 4 year timeline. You might even consider that the 4 year timer starts ticking after the new Intel based Macs are released later this year.
I recently purchased a new iMac and MacBook Pro not even out of the box yet, but it will be a big upgrade from a HP Laptop and MacMini combination. There is no denying the cost of the Apple hardware is more expensive but if you can and are willing to do your own upgrades, you can bring the price down at least for the iMac with memory and storage DIY upgrades. The storage DIY upgrade will void the warranty, but no problem installing your own memory upgrades to save some money.