Apple’s developers look set to be ready to use Xcode for gadgets following the discharge of iOS 14 later this year.
Xcode has only ever been formally supported on Mac. However, according to Jon Prosser, founding father of YouTube channel Front Page Tech, that’s about to change.
On 20th April, Prosser tweeted:
“Code is present on iOS / iPad OS 14.
The implications there are HUGE.
Opens the door for ‘Pro’ applications to come to the iPad.”
The report is unconfirmed, but the YouTube channel did recently properly call the release of the 2020 iPhone SE.
In response to Prosser’s tweet, iOS developer Steve Moser highlighted that an Xcode Preview app is hidden in iOS 13 that acts as a companion app to indicate layout previews on-device from the main Xcode Mac app.
While it’s unlikely anyone would need to make a full project on their iOS device; it may well be helpful for doing a bit of work on-the-move.
Apple is also creating an even bigger push to prove the iPad, particularly the professional lineup, is maturing into a full laptop computer replacement. Options debuted with iPads have created that somewhat possible for several tasks; even more so following the recent addition of support for iPad keyboard trackpads.
Support for trackpads isn’t the only hardware advancement Apple has added to iPads. An un-Apple like a switch to USB-C side true support for external drives; with a correct file system added on the platform-level.
Regardless of where you stand on whether or not the iPad may ever be a laptop computer replacement, full support for Xcode on iPad will go a long way to proving it will a minimum of doing some tasks if needed.
We should hear more during this year’s WWDC if there’s any truth to the Xcode on iOS 14 report. Due to the coronavirus, this year’s WWDC will be virtual.