Xcode provides developers with a didactic approach to create powerful applications for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. However, before the launch of Xcode on Mac App Store, only the members of Apple iOS Developer Program were able to download Xcode for free.
But there’s a catch involved: Developers had to pay $99 to gain access into the Apple iOS Developer Program. And then download the elegant Xcode app.
Buy Xcode From Mac App Store at $4.99
If shelling out $99 every year is not an option to consider, but you are still willing to buy Xcode to code Mac-based apps, then head over to the Mac App Store. Here you will find the genuine Xcode program available for download at a really cheap price.
At the price tag of $4.99, Xcode is available in the Mac App Store. So, all you need to do is to launch the Mac App Store — works only on Mac 10.6+ OS — and search for “Xcode.” The download should start immediately after transacting the payment.
The only downside linked with Xcode is the size which is 4.5GB. Also, there are no incremental updates, meaning every time there is an upgrade available, you should download the entire 4GB+ file from the Mac App Store.
Apart from these minor drawbacks, Xcode is well worth the $5 investment, especially given the streamlined interface that assists you to plan, design, code, test and debug the codes in a single window.