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IOS 4.3 Now Available For Download

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @07:50PM (#35437304)

    I didn't want to be dependent on AT&T and Samsung to push out an Android update and I didn't want to have to root my phone on day one.
    I choose an iPhone 4 because for all it's suck Apple is in control of OS updates not AT&T.

  • by hsmith (818216) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @08:03PM (#35437408)
    Yet, Apple disallows developers from charging for updates.
  • by 1729 (581437) <slashdot1729@gmai l . c om> on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @08:55PM (#35437856)

    Jesus christ, it's just an IDE. You can still develop Mac apps with vim and gcc.

    Without XCode? Getting a working toolchain on OS X without first installing XCode (which includes gcc and binutils) is non-trivial.

  • by Qbertino (265505) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @09:18PM (#35438060)

    Apple did a tremendous job in the last decade in kicking some serious ass in the industry where ass-kicking was in dire need. Ever since Steve Jobs made the bold and very smart move to Unix I have allways been favourable to them. The fist iMac was the first PC ever not requiring a Monitor adjustment and setup - something most novices were not capable of. My first Mac was a later generation iBook G4 - the cheapest subnotebook available at the time. It played along perfectly with my otherwise entirely Linux driven setup. And its in regular use to this very day, chugging along on the last PPC version of Tiger. With Apache, Samba, the entire GNU Stack and yet some OSS goodies pre-installed and configured. There are a lot more positive things I could detail that they've done - like breaking the carrier grip on cellphones and the software they run or comming up with the best possible DRM compromise at the time and convincing the industry that that is the maximum possible.

    The latest developments however don't get my approval at all. The iPad is the sweet looking end of a very ugly solid vertical distribution-and-access lock-in cortesy to apple. The device looks cool, no doubt, but it is factually a step backwards in technology as it effectively is not a turing complete computer anymore. I just talked to a guy at our local apple vendor about this: It apparently isn't possible to install your own software on this thing without having a 99$/year developer subscription with apple. If I have to do that, then this is in effect not a turing complete device and thus factually no computer anymore. It's a neat computer driven consumer device - but that's all.

    What I'm wondering is how far Apple will be able to go with this until people notice that they are a new sort of old IBM and start switching to more open devices. If Apple continues building them neat enough, maybe never? Who knows.
    I for one can say that I am not buying, unless Im paid insane or at least solid amounts of money for developing for the iPad. I might by yet another M*cBook, but as for these oh-so-neat 'Post-PC-Devices', as they are called, I'm going to test the waters with a far more open and thus truely turing complete solution. My new HTC Desire HD btw is an awesome such device. Definitely the iPhone killer. ... FYI: I'm writing this on a Mac.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @09:57PM (#35438356)

    While I agree and lament the fact that Slashdot often favors "sensational" and completely incorrect posts and stories, your accusation here is without merit. Xcode is not free with a free developer account. It requires the $99 Mac or iOS developer program subscription, or can be purchased for $4.99 from the Mac app store, as previously stated.

    I have a free developer account, and this is what http://developer.apple.com/xcode/ [apple.com] tells me when I try to download it:

    Hi [my name],

    You must be an iOS or Mac Developer Program member to download Xcode 4 or you can purchase Xcode 4 from the Mac App Store.

    View Xcode 4 on the Mac App Store [apple.com]

    Learn about Apple Developer Programs [apple.com]

    It seems that your post is the one that's ignorant and factually incorrect.

  • by Just Some Guy (3352) <kirk+slashdot@strauser.com> on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @11:00PM (#35438736) Homepage Journal

    The $4.99 is simply an accounting fee due to Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002.

    And that's simply a lie. Google gives away almost all of their services, Microsoft gives away versions of Visual Studio, Red Hat gives away darn near everything, but Apple has to charge for a completely optional download that a tiny percentage of users will want to use? Nope, I don't buy it for a second. Either Apple has the most incompetent accountants in the technology sector, or they're charging because they want to for whatever reason.

  • by Sandcastle (563801) on Thursday March 10, 2011 @01:08AM (#35439460)
    How much is a new version of Internet Explorer?

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