so this isn't meant to start an android v ios v windows phone war and i dont want it to be either (at least until my question is answered at least). so i attempted to develop for ios about a year ago, and then realized i wasnt good at it. so in the spirit of open mindedness could someone explain the following:
why would one want to develop for ios when it requires the following (and if im wrong on any of these please let me know):
-a $100 yearly membership for access to the app store/xcode/the virtual iphone/obj-c compiler/dev suite when the android sdk is free and windows has a free release
-it takes i think two weeks per release
-your more than likely to lose money on it
also what is great about obj-c? it seems like the love child of java and c. it was very confusing. so what did you like about it and what advantages does it provide?
The development suite (XCode) is actually free. This means that the Objective-C compiler, virtual iPhone, and all the development tools are free. https://developer.apple.com/xcode/
As for Objective-C, I quietly suspect that Apple NeXT just wanted to pick a compiled language that wasn't as complex/difficult as C++, was closer to C-family languages than Smalltalk, and didn't want to go for Java for one reason or another (Sun Microsystems?).
I can't stand iOS development. At every corner Apple takes away another freedom. You're not allowed to use software that I developed how you wish, even if you pay Apple you can't distribute your own software in the manner you see fit.