Why is Xcode sometimes free, other times $4.99?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by macrumorsuser10, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. macrumorsuser10 macrumors 6502

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    I've occasionally looked into iOS/MacOS programming, but sometimes I see that Xcode is free (like in 2010 and right now) and other times it's a few dollars (e.g. $4.99 in 2011) to download. Why does the price vary?
     
  2. WildCard^ macrumors regular

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    I have never seen it not free, the few times I have looked for it.

    If you are looking for a book to start, look into Big Nerd Ranch's iOS programming or Objective C. Both have great reviews.
     
  3. Red Menace macrumors 6502

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    As far as I can remember, Apple has always charged for Xcode 4 in Snow Leopard (the version released with Snow Leopard was 3.2.x) - there was some argument at the time about it most likely being due to Xcode 4 providing new functionality that was not part of the advertised package at the time Snow Leopard was released and an overly strict interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley. The original developer preview was available in the AppStore (with people howling about paying $5), but when Lion was released it was removed and can now only be accessed via a paid developer program. The version of Xcode written for any given version of OS X has otherwise been free (well, it is included in the cost of the OS anyway).
     
  4. Blakeasd macrumors 6502a

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    I've been a Mac user/developer since 2009 and 2011 is the only time I ever recall Xcode being non-free.
     
  5. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Accounting shenanigans, basically.
     
  6. Red Menace macrumors 6502

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    More like laziness. Plus, it gave them some feedback about what people thought about having to pay.
     
  7. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the book recommendation
     

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