Last year, Apple allowed everyone who want to develop iOS apps, but cannot afford a subscription to the full iOS Developer Program to test their mobile software on their personal devices for free. Making iOS development available to a larger audience, Apple invites new development experts to take part in the expansion of the mobile app market, so if you are looking forward to get introduced to the word of iOS design, our digital agency’s experienced team of iPhone development experts have prepared this guide to iOS Developer Program.
About iOS Developer Program
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Free Membership vs Paid Subscription
Moreover, at the same time the OS X and iOS Developer Programs have become available with one single subscription, so paying the $99 fee, you can create and distribute apps for OS X, iOS and WatchOS. On the other hand, if you just want to practice developing apps with official Apple’s tools and are not intended to distribute them via APp Store, you can access the toolset for free. Other advantages that come with a paid subscription include the ability to conduct beta tests with TestFlight, get access to beta versions of various version of the iOS operating system and, of course, publish applications in App Store to make them available to the general public.
To attract more development experts, Microsoft released an update to their mobile operating system that enabled iOS and Android development to transfer apps to Windows Phones. At the same time, the Windows Universal App Platform allows you to build one single program that can be run across all different Windows devices - desktops, tablets, smartphones and laptops - the only aspect you have to adjust for different screen sizes is the user interface. As you can see, iOS finally succumbed and opened their toolset to aspiring development enthusiasts, making them more competitive in the face of their competitors such as Android and Microsoft.
How to Register a Free Account?
If the idea to pay $99 a year for the membership in the Apple Program, you have another option - to create a free Apple ID, which enables you to utilise a limited set of Apple development tools. To say the truth, the free account is not a development account in its full sense - Apple just gives people who have their Apple IDs but do not want to become a full-time iOS development access to Xcode tools, development forums,beta releases and other privileges. The most important feature, of course, is that any Apple ID owner now can deploy apps on personal devices including iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs as part of the app testing programme for free.
- Step One: Create a free Apple ID following this link. If you already have an ID registered, proceed to Step Two.
- Step Two: Use your Apple ID to sign in to the Apple Developer Member Center, which will grant you access to the limited set of tools. Read the initial form and agree to the conditions, checking the box.
- Step Three: Launch Xcode, go to Preferences and then Accounts.
- Step Four: Click the ‘+’ sign in the bottom left corner, choose Add the ID and enter your Apple ID to sign in.
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- Apple ID (Free):
- Xcode Tools
- Xcode Beta Releases
- Development Forums
- Bug Reporter
- Test on Device
- Individual Apple Developer Account ($99):
- Beta OS Releases
- Advanced App Capabilities
- App Store Distribution
- Safari Extensions
- Developer ID
- Technical Support Incidents
- TestFlight Beta Testing
- App Analytics
- Organisation Apple Developer Account ($99):
- Team Management
- Enterprise Program ($299):
- In-house App Distribution