Xcode 4.1 Free On App Store For Lion Only

Along with the release of OS X Lion this morning, Apple also served up version 4.1 of development suite Xcode, available for free from the Mac App Store [App Store Link].


The prior version of Xcode was offered for $4.99 on the App Store to non-developers when it was released earlier this year.

Apple has traditionally included updated developers tools for free on the OS install DVD. With the advent of digital delivery, Apple has chosen to offer Xcode as a separate app download.

It seems likely that the $4.99 charge was related to Apple's convoluted accounting practices related to the addition of features without receiving direct payment for them. Because an improved version of Xcode wasn't originally included with Snow Leopard, Apple was required to charge for it to comply with certain accounting rules.

In its earnings call yesterday, Apple noted a change in how it was accounting for a portion of Mac and OS X sales to avoid such problems in the future.

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111 months ago
I can get it for free on my Snow Leopard Mac as well.
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111 months ago

I can get it for free on my Snow Leopard Mac as well.


As can I
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111 months ago
I'm getting an installation alart asking me to close iTunes part way through - iTunes hasn't been open, and yet...


Anyone got any good ideas?

Edit: Terminal "killall iTunesHelper"

Case sensitive (for when future google searches pull me back here ;-))
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111 months ago
I'm glad I waited! :) :cool:
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111 months ago

I'm getting an installation alart asking me to close iTunes part way through - iTunes hasn't been open, and yet...


Anyone got any good ideas?

Edit: Terminal "killall iTunesHelper"

Case sensitive (for when future google searches pull me back here ;-))


Thank you sir! Exactly what I was looking for.
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111 months ago



What's the difference between installing 4.1 from MAS Vs. The developer portal? Do both come with SDK etc? If it's the same I'd rather download from te store.


They're exactly the same. The Xcode in the MAS comes with everything, including the iOS SDK. (at least it did with 4.0)
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111 months ago

As can I


Well, it comes up as free on Snow Leopard, but when i try to install it says

"Xcode Install Assistant can't be installed on Macintosh HD because Mac OS X version 10.7 or later is required."
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111 months ago
Apple. New Xcode update strategy.

Step 1: Delta patch the installer containing a delta update for xcode.
Step 2: Run the installer and have it install the delta update.
Step 3: Profit.

This seems doable. Delta updates already exist on the MAS, it's just that Xcode breaks some of the rules so they had to come up with a different method of installation. They didn't think too hard about it I guess...
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111 months ago
So Xcode 4.1 is now free as nearly all of its predecessors had been?

Do Apple's accountants work on commission or something?
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