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#191887 19-Feb-2016 12:40
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To all the OSX devs out there - I have an old Macbook (2007) that can only run Lion, and I was thinking of doing some OSX dev on it, however I cannot find anything definitive on Apple's site re the requirements for XCode.

Does anyone know if it is possible to run XCode on an older Mac and still target 10.10+ platforms?  Or do I need to be running 10.10+ in order to build for those platforms?

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  #1495654 19-Feb-2016 13:28
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Nope 10.10 onwards for anything Swift.


Not sure if you'll even be allowed to install xcode on anything less, certainly not from the app store.


You might be able to get an old install off ??? someone ?? that could still install on Lion, but it wont do swift.

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  #1495657 19-Feb-2016 13:31
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Hmm, that's a bugger.  I assume that's the same for Xamarin when targeting iOS apps (as it uses XCode for the building)?



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  #1495663 19-Feb-2016 13:38
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Not an osx dev small hobby only from a few years back, on Lion. At that time it would not install the latest xcode from the app store iirc. Imo apps created with older xcode/os will run on later OS so not all is lost.

Submitting to the app store would be another thing again. I will guess Apple have some standards for new submits and maybe from older compiler and packages will not pass.

My impression overall support is ended pdq compared to windows world and latest hardware is required to maintain.

I hope this provides something to ponder until someone who actually knows the topic for sure appears : ).

Edit: OK ^that happened while composing..


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  #1495664 19-Feb-2016 13:42
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Something like this hosted virtual development environment for example may be an option:

I thought Apple would have killed them but still going.

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