Going Arround the App Store

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Macisgr8, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Macisgr8 macrumors member

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    I'm thinking of making a custom coded app for my biz. I was wondering if there is a way of releasing it to our 20 employees without releasing it on the app store. Is that possible?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Not unless you release it to cydia (jail break your phones).

    Or ... I do believe you can release it to 20 people if you add their phones to your dev account or something like that.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i dont know but good point

    you could always price it 10000000000 or so and use promo codes for your employees lol
     
  4. Macisgr8 thread starter macrumors member

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    Will apple even alllow me to price it that high.
     
  5. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

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    I think if you become a dev for $100 you can install your apps on up to 100 phones without going near the AppStore.
     
  6. Macisgr8 thread starter macrumors member

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    If I did other apps do they have to be the same 100 people. I want to also create a client app but have that available in the APP store. My problem is with the enterprise program it looks like it wont allow you to put it in the app store. I want both but realy dont want to fork over 400$.
     
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Okay I have to ask ...
    If you are a) capable of programming apps for the iPhone so much so that you want to put it on your employee's phones (this suggests that you either supply said phones for them or they just all own one) b) capable of programming an app that may prove to be useful (the second app for your clients is seemingly useful but the first one looks company-specific) then why in the world would you not develop and put in the app store? Charge a fee and if people want to waste cash on an app that they probably don't understand or need then so be it. Give promo codes to your clients and employees but make some cash off those people that just insist on buying every freaking app around that appears to be useful.

    I'm just saying that unless you know your app violates the SDK or TOS or whatever higher power Apple wants to hide behind, then you should just develop and submit.
     
  8. Macisgr8 thread starter macrumors member

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    App 1 would be an manual/calander/chat (livehelp) + combined server backend integration. (+ list all of the employees private information cell/adress ect I'm also thinking ticket administration. (enough to respond using canned msgs)

    Obviously if I put this in the app store it could be used for abuse against our servers

    The client app will be specific for our company products (deep integration that goes into software/servers) I'm not sure if Apple will allow it if only our customers would be able to take advantage of it. If they dont mind I'd love to have it in the app store (saves me on download costs :))
     
  9. golden3159 macrumors member

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    Did it ever occur to you he might want to make a program just for his business? You know, like his post says.

    Common sense FTW.
     
  10. Shoot macrumors regular

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    afaik apple are readying or already have made a corporate-specific store that is separate to the public store.
     
  11. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    This might possible work. But your app will always be in beta mode. I think Appe might have something against that.

    Have you called Apple? According to their SDK page, you need an Enterprise account to keep your apps out of the public app store. So like you said already, you would need a Developers account also to have a public app. I would call Apple. Otherwise, just call the $400 an investment.
     
  12. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You can use the officially supported ad-hoc distribution method which is hinted at above. This has a limit of 100 devices and is not like leaving your app in permanent beta. Apple promote this distribution method so will not "might have something against that".
     
  13. Macisgr8 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks but if you look at apple website http://developer.apple.com/iphone/program/apply.html

    Enterprise doesn't have App store
    and standard doesn't have in house .I et that I need the Enterprise but do I really need the Standard Program in addition to submit to app store.

    Also where would be a good place to hire someone for development. I'm running short on time lately.
     
  14. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

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    I am a part of the standard program and we can distribute 100 copies of apps via ad hoc and we get 50 promo codes per version released on the app store.

    So those are two routes to go.
     
  15. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Yet both have Ad-Hoc, the method I was talking about. I suggest you improve your reading skills before you try exercising your programming ones.
     

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