Is it worth getting the Apple Developer Program for Me?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by MathBunny123, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2012
    Toronto, Canada | Sibiu, Romania
    Hello, I'm currently a 14 year old and I like programming. I have made some basic Xcode applications, including a calculator, Hello World, etc.. I do however have extensive experience in C#, Visual Basic & Java, and have made 3D applications in Unity, and compiled them for iOS.

    With this being said, would you say it would be worth it for me to get the Apple Developer program to test out my applications on a physical device? I would take this as say a 'birthday present'. Would it be worth it?

    I also heard you need to be 18+, so I would sign up under my dad's name. Would this affect me testing it on my own iPod Touch?
  2. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    As far as I know, if you're under 18 but would like to sign up, you need your parents to do something. Something about minors not being able to sign legally binding agreements for themselves but needing a guardians sponsorship. Something like that.

    If you're at the point when the simulator is no longer adequate for you and you need to install on a physical device to continue testing your app, then go for it. Otherwise, it seems like a lot of money to get so little in return.
  3. truehybridx macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2010
    100 bucks is still not worth it if you are just testing on your own device and you aren't really putting any apps to the store... Like at all, not worth it...

    Google: bypass Xcode code signing...

    Follow some of those guides and enjoy :)

    Then when you develop something you want to sell on the store, then you can make an account
  4. MattInOz macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    What about your school?

    I though Apple had an educational program that allowed your school to sign up students so they can test on device at least but not AppStore release.
    Maybe you'd need to start a school club and get a teacher on board to help out but if there is a bunch of kids at your school interested you could save 99 dollars till when you have something AppStore ready.
  5. xArtx macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    I signed up with no intention of publishing app.. because I wanted my own stuff to run on my device.

    If you only pay one year, you can get two years out of it (but only one where you can modify the app).
  6. MathBunny123 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2012
    Toronto, Canada | Sibiu, Romania

    Thank you very much! This will help a lot on my decision. :)
  7. xArtx macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    You'd probably figure it out in a year of using it,
    but you could test your apps on the device as you normally would,
    then in the last couple of weeks, become proficient at installing a new
    provisioning profile on your phone.

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