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Xcode returns to Mac App Store with 4.1 update, no cost

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Wed July 20, 2011

Makes Lion mandatory

Shortly after Xcode 4 went missing from the Mac App Store, Apple has replaced it with an updated suite, Xcode 4.1. The software is used to develop apps for OS X and iOS, and in its new incarnation includes SDKs for both OS X Lion and iOS 4.3. It has also been made free, with the catch that the suite requires Lion to run.

In terms of improvements the v4.1 update adds Interface Builder support for Auto Layout and new Aqua controls, such as NSPopover. Like the updated versions of iTunes and iWork a fullscreen mode has been added, though this works only in the workspace, project and organizer windows. A project modernization function can be used to find and fix outdated build settings.

Other changes include custom key bindings for behaviors, source control enhancements for pushing, pulling, and managing remote servers, and finally assistant editor support for the display of generated assembly and preprocessed output. Xcode 4.1 is a 2.96GB download. As with Xcode 4, users must be a registered developer to submit apps to the Mac or iOS App Stores, or even test and deploy in the case of iOS.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Berko

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Xcode 3.2.6 still available

    Xcode 3.2.6 is still available from the Apple Developer web site (on the iOS SDK 4.3 tab) and is both Snow Leopard and Lion compatible.

  1. facebook_Francis

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    Joined: Jul 2011


    So essentially

    Xcode 4.1 costs $30 to most buyers (the cost of Lion, or much more for the purchase of a new Lion-equipped Mac), and this $30+ cost also includes the risk factor of legacy apps being unable to run at the moment. Meanwhile, software compiled for OS X through this has a small risk of being unable to run on older versions of OS X due to updated dependencies (unless there are compatibility settings; I'm not a developer yet), which could cause minor or major graphical/performance/stability glitches on non-Lion computers.

    Just something to keep in mind to early adopters.

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