How to create a free app?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by gta1216, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. gta1216 macrumors newbie

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    I would like to create an app for personal use and would only be distributed within my family. I don't need anything fancy. Currently, I'm think just text and maybe some type of link that we can click to call a number.

    Is there anyway I can create one for free? I don't mind ads, but prefer no popup ads since some are not very tech savvy.
     
  2. atmenterprises macrumors 6502

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    You could develop it in Xcode then just deploy the app on each of those devices by plugging them in your development machine.

    If you go through the App Store you’ll have to pay the developer’s fee of $99. Not sure if there is an education discount.
     
  3. firewood macrumors 604

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    You can do that with a web page/app/clipping. With a springboard icon. Completely free. Don’t even need the developer program, Xcode or a Mac. Just a temporary web site or server (use your home computer or a Raspberry Pi, etc.)
     
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Must it have its own icon? A shared Note can contain clickable phone numbers.
     
  5. firewood macrumors 604

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    A web app or web clipping can have its own custom icon on an iPhone. Just use a manifest.

    That's how all iPhone apps were done in iOS 1.0, before the native SDK in iOS 2.0 and later.
     

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