Apple releases Xcode 5 with iOS 7 SDK, 64-bit compiler

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Apple has released Xcode 5, the latest version of the tool used by developers to make apps, with support for the iOS 7 SDK, a 64-bit compiler for the iPhone 5s, and entirely new interface and a lot more.

Here are the release notes:

• Includes SDKs for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and iOS 7.
• LLVM compiler builds 64-bit apps for iOS 7.
• Automatic Configuration enables services like iCloud and Game Center with one click.
• Test Navigator helps you quickly add, edit, and run unit tests.
• Test Assistants display tests and code side-by-side for test driven development.
• Auto Layout in IB can generate constraints automatically, or allow free-form design.
• Preview Assistant demonstrates your UI in portrait or landscape, for iOS 6 or iOS 7.
• Asset Catalog organizes all your project’s images in a single .xcassets archive.
• Debug Gauges show CPU, memory, iCloud, and OpenGL ES usage at a glance.
• Source Control top-level menu enables context sensitive branching and merging.
• Modules build setting speeds compile times, and enables auto-linking system frameworks.

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Xcode 5 is available as a free download to everyone (not just registered developers) from the Mac App Store. If you have Xcode 4 installed, you can update it from the “Updates” tab on the Mac App Store.

Download link:

➤ Xcode 5