free developer account?

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  1. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    is there a free developer account one can create? or do you have to pay the $99 in order to just mess around?
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    You can create apps and run them in the simulator for free, but I'm pretty sure that you need to pay to run them on physical hardware.
     
  3. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it is looking that way, bummer, I wanted to test on my phone instead of the simulator
     
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    If you are new to iOS dev, the simulator is a great way to learn. I started out with a paid account, then went back to the free one.

    Depending on what you want to do, the free account should be able to get you VERY close to the final product.
     
  5. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes, just starting out, going to play with the simulator for a while.
     
  6. Duncan C macrumors 6502a

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    That is correct. If you want to install apps on a device you have to pay $99/year.
     
  7. larswik macrumors 68000

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    Yep, I felt the same way as you when I started. Even though I almost knew nothing I still dropped $99 to test on my phone. For me it was worth the excitement to press a button and see "Hello World be displayed on my phone. But I paid my $99 the next year again when I was ready to upload my first app.
     
  8. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502

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    does it take long after you pay? or do you have to wait a few days?
     
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    IIRC, it was the same day. I hear it may depend on your bank account and which bank (US vs non-US).

    Most likely they just have security checks.
     
  10. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    Keep in mind that the simulator is a great starting point, but if you plan to do anything that requires a lot of power it is not too accurate. For example games may be very laggy in the simulator and behave completely different on the actual device.
     
  11. xArtx macrumors 6502a

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    It's been mentioned here before, that if you could run your Apps on the phone without
    the need for and account and certificates,
    then you could bypass the App Store altogether and distribute Apps your own way.
     
  12. firewood macrumors 604

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    You don't even need a iOS developer account to develop HTML5 web apps, which can be downloaded/clipped, have custom icons, and be run again completely offline like a native app.
     
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    I've heard they've made huge advances on HTML5. I think I heard they can access the device sensors too, but I don't see how.
     
  14. xArtx macrumors 6502a

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    Not without Apple providing access to platform specific APIs.. I'd be surprised.
     
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    That's exactly what I was thinking, without an API, it would just be another 'web app'. They'd need some kind of attachment from the browser to the sensors and I don't know if Apple would have those open.

    I can see where the GPS might be open so that google maps can tell where you are, but I can't see Apple opening all the other sensors to a web app.
     
  16. grandM macrumors 6502a

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    I was willing to text you Hello for $50.
     
  17. larswik macrumors 68000

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    Just would not have been the same :)
     

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