How to develop iPhone applications using Visual Studio and C# .NET

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I've been developing an iPhone app using Visual Studio and C# .NET on Windows Vista. I've downloaded the SDK but I noticed the file has a .dmg extension and I can't open the file. Can I develop against iPhone APIs? How should I go about doing this? Thank you.

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A dmg file is an image file for Mac OS, that is why you cannot open it on a Windows machine.

It is possible to develop iPhone applications on Windows using C# and Visual Studio using Xamarin, but you still need a Mac to compile and build.

However, you need at least a business license to get the Visual Studio Integration, and it costs about $1K/year.  An indie license (about $300/year) will let you develop iPhone apps using Xamarin Studio, though.

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  • ToddN2000
    Why limit your app just for the iPhone? I'm working on a few ideas myself but I want to make available on as many platforms as possible.
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  • carlosdl
    With Xamarin it is possible to develop apps for several platforms.  I'm currently working on a project that includes iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

    A great benefit from using Xamarin is that a good portion of the code can be shared between all the platforms.  Of course there are things that need to be programmed specifically for each platform, but I would say that in most cases you can share at least about 50% of the code.
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