Xcode Cloud Subscriptions Now Available for Developers

Apple today announced that developers can purchase subscriptions to Xcode Cloud, a continuous integration and delivery service that's built into the Xcode app. Apple designed Xcode Cloud to provide cloud-based tools to developers for building apps, running automated tests, providing apps to testers, and managing user feedback.

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Xcode Cloud has been available to all developers since June after several months of beta testing, but subscriptions were not able to be purchased until now. There are a total of four monthly plans that developers can choose from, which vary based on the total number of compute hours needed.

25 compute hours per month is free at the current time, but will later cost $15 per month. 100 computer hours per month is priced at $50/month, 250 compute hours per month is priced at $100/month, and 1000 compute hours per month is priced at $400/month.

Apple says that developers can get started by configuring a workflow in Xcode and will receive 25 compute hours per month at no cost until the end of 2023. As mentioned above, pricing for this plan will be $15 when the introductory period ends.

A compute hour is an hour of time that is used to execute a task in the cloud, like building an app or running tests. Compute hour usage can be tracked in App Store Connect and the Apple Developer app. Additional information can be found on Apple's Xcode Cloud website.

Top Rated Comments

nutmac Avatar
16 months ago

They do, but it expires. They should have a free forever tier… honestly the whole thing should be free forever. They’ve got enough money, and our yearly dev fee. Just give it away and make a nice goodwill gesture to the dev community
I am not sure about free forever, but it would be nice if... say, 10 hours a month is included with $99/year Apple Developer Program membership.
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Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
16 months ago
Still buggy af but now buggy af in the cloud :cool:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ios-dan Avatar
16 months ago

at the very least there ought to be a free tier so people can try it out. :c
They do, but it expires. They should have a free forever tier… honestly the whole thing should be free forever. They’ve got enough money, and our yearly dev fee. Just give it away and make a nice goodwill gesture to the dev community
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
temende Avatar
16 months ago
Seems like Tim Cook has identified *spins roulette wheel* developers as the next big services revenue boost.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
16 months ago
So, all developers currently developing using Xcode already have their own solutions set up. That’s a LOT of developers. This is just going to get the developers that don’t have the skills to set their own solutions up… and if you’re a developer that can’t set up your own CI solution… well that’s another problem.

It’s like a mechanic that doesn’t know how to pump gas into the car..
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
16 months ago

I don't understand, Apple is now charging us developers to just use Xcode?
Nah its for CI
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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