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    Basically I need a mac for a small project im doing wont be really using any real programs its more the features of the OS I need to explore..so I really dont want to buy the latest version as for what I need it for it just isnt worth it I tried simply runing the OS as a VM but fell into issurs so I really need to get some type of mac to get access to it. Please recommend the most budjet system that functions that I can get as I know nothing about macs tbh.

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    (Original post by Superhotfire)
    Basically I need a mac for a small project im doing wont be really using any real programs its more the features of the OS I need to explore..so I really dont want to buy the latest version as for what I need it for it just isnt worth it I tried simply runing the OS as a VM but fell into issurs so I really need to get some type of mac to get access to it. Please recommend the most budjet system that functions that I can get as I know nothing about macs tbh.

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    2008 or earlier models.
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    (Original post by honestly)
    2008 or earlier models.
    Do they have specific names? Would I be able to upgrade to the latest OS?

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    Apple IIIs are getting quite cheap.
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    (Original post by Superhotfire)
    Do they have specific names? Would I be able to upgrade to the latest OS?

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    There's essentially two tiers of running the OS at this point, those that can run it with some features disabled and some that can run it entirely. Essentially any MacBook released after 2008 (or 2007 for the 15" MacBook Pros) will run El Capitan, while you will need a model released in 2012 or later to use some features (most notably Handoff, Instant Hotspot and AirDrop). Be sure to get the serial number or product code on any models you consider buying so that you can check online to confirm compatibility.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    There's essentially two tiers of running the OS at this point, those that can run it with some features disabled and some that can run it entirely. Essentially any MacBook released after 2008 (or 2007 for the 15" MacBook Pros) will run El Capitan, while you will need a model released in 2012 or later to use some features (most notably Handoff, Instant Hotspot and AirDrop). Be sure to get the serial number or product code on any models you consider buying so that you can check online to confirm compatibility.
    Thanks for that info

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    Check Cash Exchange, the Cash Exchange I walk by has a Mac (old version, I'm not sure which one) for £450. It's second hand though.
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    (Original post by Superhotfire)
    Do they have specific names? Would I be able to upgrade to the latest OS?

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    No your upgrade will be limited, if not because of software updates then its because the hardware will be too old. But google it, I'm not final authority on all things apple. yes its a macbook you want; and the white plastic ones are the cheaper models. From 2008 they started the aluminium MacBooks which are more pricey. One thing I can say is that since Ive upgraded Ive loved every moment as a user!
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    (Original post by honestly)
    Yes its a macbook you want; and the white plastic ones are the cheaper models. From 2008 they started the aluminium MacBooks which are more pricey.
    As a minor correction, Apple were updating the white plastic MacBooks until 2009 and selling them until as late as 2011, before dropping the line until it was resurrected last year :yep:
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    you can get a macbook air from ebay for 300-450 or amazon for 450 if u dont mind connecting to a monitor or tv u can get a mac mini from 150-400 from ebay or 300-450 on amazon tbh if u just want the software buy a shitty laptp from ebay i suggest a acer aspire zg5 its around 40-50 and buy a mac os preloaded usb for hackintosh around £10 then u can make a hackintosh when your dont u can sell it for £80 i sold one for £120 but most go for 80
    (Original post by Superhotfire)
    Basically I need a mac for a small project im doing wont be really using any real programs its more the features of the OS I need to explore..so I really dont want to buy the latest version as for what I need it for it just isnt worth it I tried simply runing the OS as a VM but fell into issurs so I really need to get some type of mac to get access to it. Please recommend the most budjet system that functions that I can get as I know nothing about macs tbh.]


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    if i were you i will not get so cheap mac, try and tested the life span is to quick not worth to buy
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    (Original post by Superhotfire)
    Basically I need a mac for a small project im doing wont be really using any real programs its more the features of the OS I need to explore..so I really dont want to buy the latest version as for what I need it for it just isnt worth it I tried simply runing the OS as a VM but fell into issurs so I really need to get some type of mac to get access to it. Please recommend the most budjet system that functions that I can get as I know nothing about macs tbh.

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    Do NOT buy used Macs. They are notorious for being unreliable after their warranty period is up.
    Buy a PC laptop new, or a used one that suits the size you'd like(ThinkPads are used widely among techies for their reliability and ease of upgrading), then upgrade the storage capacity, possibly to SSD if you'd like, as well as the memory: you'll need at least 4GB RAM.

    Good luck

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