Furthering the premise of easing their software into the Mac App Store, today Apple released Xcode 4 for free for registered developers, but now everyone else can purchase the development environment for Mac OS X and iOS in the Mac App Store for $4.99. The download comes in at a size of 4.24 GB, so be prepared to make some popcorn while you wait.
When the Macworld's Mobile Apps Showcase debuted last year, it proved to be one of the most popular draws of the Expo. This year, giving the number of new iOS devices being snatched worldwide, and the consequential surge in iOS application revenue being enjoyed by Apple and developers, it should come as no surprise that this year's Macworld Expo will be playing host to a larger number of iOS developers than ever.
If you want to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to make a bleeding-edge iOS game, you can take a multi-year course on software development, or you can devout a few well-spent moments of your time to chat with John Carmack. Some of you out there may not be familiar with his name, but you’ll most certainly be aware of his work. As the lead designer on groundbreaking games such as Doom, Commander Keen and Quake, Carmack and id Software have helped to define the modern video game. Yesterday, Carmack’s latest creation--Rage--was made available in the iTunes App Store for all iOS devices. Despite his busy schedule, Carmack took the time to speak with us about the game.