just got a lot easier.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac
Developing iOS apps no longer requires access to a Mac, thanks
to a new program introduced by Microsoft called Xamarin Live
unveiled the new tool today at its Build 2017 developer
conference. With Xamarin Live Player, developers can deploy iOS
apps directly to an iPhone using Visual Studio on a PC,
removing altogether the need for a Mac to code.
Microsoft’s update to Xamarin today, developers still needed a
Mac running Xcode on their local network. Visual Studio would
then remotely control the Mac to debug and test code.
Microsoft’s elimination of that requirement should open up iOS
development to even more devs who prefer to code in Visual
“Simply pair your device with Visual
Studio by scanning a QR code, and hit debug like you normally
Microsoft’s Nat Friedman explained during today’s demo.
“The application is deployed in seconds to the Live Player app,
enabling you to quickly develop and test your changes without
having to recompile and redeploy your application. And you can
set breakpoints and debug your application, on device, and over
submitting the app to the App Store and creating the final
build still require a Mac. However, you can now code on a PC
laptop from anywhere you want without worrying about needing a
One of the
other drawbacks of using Live Player to code iOS apps is that
it uses an interpreter for .NET code, which means apps that run
through it are slower than if you coded them on a Mac. Xamarin
Live Player supports Android apps as well, but developers have
been able to code on Windows PCs for ages now, so it’s not that
big of a feature.