The iPhone maker firm is in process of developing an independent version of XCode to run on iPhones and iPads. The company might introduce the new feature in iOS14 and iPadOS 14. The ability to code on the tablet and smartphone will change the way developers look at mobile devices. A tweet by Apple analyst Jon Prosser reveals the news.
Another iOS developer. Steve Moser has also confirmed the leak. He says that there is a hidden Xcode preview application in iOS 13. Moser said that the Preview version is used as a companion app for the Mac-based version of Xcode. It shows layouts previews on the iPhone and iPad.
Currently, Apple does not allow users to develop applications on devices. The closet to an app development environment on an iPad is the Swift Playground app. The app shows trails with Swift enhancements.
Apple developers need to use macOS to develop, test, visualise applications and their outlines. It is possible to load the under-development projects on the iPhone or iPad for preview. However, Apple has not opened the way for people to develop apps without the need for a Mac.
It is not clear whether Apple will introduce a full version of XCode for iOS and iPadOS. It is quite possible that Apple will limit some features of the XCode only to the Mac version. The plans for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 won’t be fully known until WWDC 2020.