An important bit of news from WWDC that deserves its own news item: you no longer need to be a licensed developer (i.e., paying) to test your applications on your own devices.
Xcode 7 and Swift now make it easier for everyone to build apps and run them directly on their Apple devices. Simply sign in with your Apple ID, and turn your idea into an app that you can touch on your iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch. Download Xcode 7 beta and try it yourself today. Program membership is not required.
Of course, to distribute them, you still need to pay up.
The wording isn’t clear to me. Has apple said more on the matter or is this it? Is this a perpetual right given to end users? Does it just apply to the beta? Are there any limits or restrictions on the apps that can be installed this way? Can we build new frameworks to deploy apps this way?
If this says what I hope it says, then I applaud it. Still needs to go further, but a move in the right direction never the less.
Doesn’t this mean that alternative app stores (Cydia, for instance) are now free to install provided they offer code that Xcode can compuke? Or other apps, provided they’re FOSS, like Firefox or any adblocking kit? I suspect that the “rootless” security that’s been rumored now is in place; otherwise this is essentially an open season to install things you’d otherwise need to jailbreak for.