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Xcode: Mac OS X requirement  [SOLVED]

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Xcode: Mac OS X requirement

Postby makkar » 01 Apr 2012, 04:39

Hi,

The UAT online help says: "Mac OS X 10.5 or higher is required."

And the Xcode 4.3.2 page says: "Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later"
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xcode/id497799835?ls=1&mt=12

So Snow Leopard will not be compatible with the latest Xcode release?

It is a potential issue because of a Mac Mini having Intel Core Duo processor, so not upgradable to Lion.

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Re: Xcode: Mac OS X requirement  [SOLVED]

Postby dreamora » 01 Apr 2012, 09:21

OSX 10.5 is enough if you want to use iOS3 SDKs.
Already iOS4.0 had OSX 10.6 SDK, to develop for iOS 5.1+ you actually need the current Lion.
This is pretty standard with Apple, new XCode & iOS SDK = always requires the state of the art osx version at the time.

And yes you are correct, you can not install the latest xcode nor can you officially develop for iOS 5.1, the iPad3 etc.

But you are lucky cause there is a trick workaround: you can copy the iOS 5.1 related target stuff over to the XCode 4.3.0 you might have and it will just work. But keep in mind that you can fairly expect apple to cut that line with XCode 4.4 later this year and that you by then will have to invest the $600 in a new macmini after the 4+ years your old one bought ya :)
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