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The first thing I thought of when I read this was what about the delay and it turns it to have been issue for them. I can understand that. I used to have HughesNet for an ISP and measured 2000mS turn around times often.
Here are some of the specs:
+ Dual Core Processor
+ 8GB of RAM (see Addons tab below to upgrade to 16GB of RAM)
+ macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 (Supports Xcode 9.4.1 and the latest Visual Studio for Mac with Xamarin components
+ 100Mbps Port Speed - Included
+ Includes pre-installed XCode 9.4.1, Visual Studio for Mac and more.
I think I'm going to try this out for a while.
You get 3 hours of daily access for $20 month.
The entire problem I have with doing more iOS development is that it isn't available in my "down times".
Now it could be available from anywhere (via RDP).
This is pretty cool.
Have any of you tried this out?
I signed up. You get a 24-hour trial for only $0.99 USD.
Amazing how fast it is really.
Here's a snapshot where I started an XCode Project: https://i.stack.imgur.com/N0DB2.png
So far this thing seems just as fast as the physical Mac Mini I use VNC to connect to. Interesting.
Added a simple label and ran the program on the iPhone 8 emulator. https://i.stack.imgur.com/kaGYj.png
I think it may be faster than my local Mac Mini. Seriously amazing. This could be a cost effective way for us Win10 people to do iOS dev.
I'm still not sure how they measure your 3 hours of daily time and what happens when your time is up.
Does it charge you more for going over or just stop your session? I would hope for the latter.
Usage Time and Charges
For Managed Subscription Plans:
For example, in a 3-hour daily limit plan, the user is allowed to be logged in for 3 hours per day total. The user may login multiple times per day and will not be charged for additional hours as long as the total login time does not exceed the daily limit. Please remember to log off the Mac account by using the Apple Icon > Log out after each usage.
A little scary since it seems like you could rack up a bill if you forget.
Also not sure how you would measure your time. I was on from 3:30 to 3:49, i think. I already forget.
Yeah, it's not a ton of time. However, the next tier is $25 for 5 hours each day.
And then it goes to 8 hours after that, but I'm not sure how much per day.
But, if you can't afford a Mac and you want to start learning to dev iOS apps it could be pretty nice.
I tried this service last year and wasn't impressed; I hit periods where high usage meant that it wasn't responding as rapidly as I would have liked. To be honest, you can pick up a Mac Mini for next to nothing so why not go that route instead?