Mac vs iOS (iPhone) developer program

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Ger Teunis, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Ger Teunis macrumors member

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    Now that XCode 4 preview 2 is out for paid mac/iphone programs I am thinking about enrolling myself in a developer program.

    I am a bit surprised the Mac developer program has very little advantages over the iOS developer program, perhaps I am missing something: could you help me getting some insight?

    As I see it:

    iOS program
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    Early access to developer tools (XCode)
    Ability to sign, submit and adhoc release iOS software (!!)
    Pre-release of iOS SDK and OS
    Support

    Mac program
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    Early access to developer tools (XCode)
    Pre-releases of OSX
    osx server (?)
    Support


    So why would any mac developer get a mac program and not go for the iOS program because he then also gets the ability to create and submit ios apps in the future? Okay; you will not get the latest osx test version, but is that so bad?

    I think I am missing somethere here, what are your thought?

    thanks for moving moderator/administrator.
     
  2. hiddenpremise macrumors regular

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    Personally, I wouldn't choose the Mac developer program over the iPhone program because it's only advantage is pre-release copies of OS X and related software. I am lucky enough to have both (paid for by work not me! :D), but I have never had a real need for the pre-relase copies. The iOS dev kit provides all the same resources as the mac kit as far as xCode and Documentation goes.
     
  3. Ger Teunis thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your reply, that is what I was hoping to hear.
    I think I'll go for the iOS developer program as well, if I even (and I will) want to create a iphone app at least I can!
     
  4. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Well you also get a developer copy of Mac OS X Server (at least you used too) to test with.
     
  5. hiddenpremise macrumors regular

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    You still do, but I've found this to be rather frustrating because your license key for the server is constantly expiring.
     
  6. Ger Teunis thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your input guys. A OSX server isn't something I am waiting for personally. I'll go for the ios dev program then.
     

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