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08 April 2010, 17:28

MonoTouch 2.0 adds iPad support

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MonoTouch Logo Novell has announced the availability version 2.0 of MonoTouch, based on the open source Mono .NET development framework. Using MonoTouch, developers can write applications for Apple's iPhone OS platform using Mono and C#.

The latest 2.0 release of MonoTouch generates smaller executables, adds support for Apple's latest iPad devices, and includes profiling support using Shark and Instruments. In addition to performance improvements, version 2.0 also includes support for new .NET Libraries such as JSon, WCF, LINQ, XML and Cairo, and an improved MonoDevelop IDE for OS X users. Miguel de Icaza, Mono project leader and vice president of Developer Platforms at Novell, said that “Our MonoTouch software development kit allows developers on the popular Microsoft .NET platform to take advantage of iPad's larger screen and many new features. MonoTouch makes iPad development more accessible to .NET developers worldwide, and will help to significantly increase the size of the iPad ecosystem.”

More details about MonoTouch 2.0 can be found in the release announcement and in the provided documentation. MonoTouch costs $399 for the "personal edition", $999 for the Enterprise edition and $3,999 for the "5 developer Enterprise edition". MonoTouch requires a Mac and Apple's iPhone SDK. Developers wanting to test and deploy their applications must also be part of Apple's iPhone developer program.

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