E-Book and digital comic developers that made apps for iOS normally had to buy a MAC in order to write and test their code. Microsoft has just announced a new initiative that allows you to do it all with a PC with the new Xamarin Live Player, you can deploy, run, test and debug iOS apps directly from a Windows PC that runs Visual Studio.
Microsoft has secured Apple’s blessing and is marketing Windows 10 as a cross platform operating system, but developers are expressing some trepidation. Nobody is writing Objective-C or Swift mobile apps on Windows, most people are using Xcode.
The final build and submission to the App Store will still require a Mac, so you can’t go without an Apple system entirely, but what this means is that if you want to develop, as many of us do, on a laptop and aren’t on the same network as your Mac, you can.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.