The basics needed to become an iPhone App Developer

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by blgree8, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. blgree8 macrumors newbie

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    What are the essentials needed in developing applications for the iphone, such as a specific software and those types of things. I am really interested, so any information would be helpful.
    Thanks
     
  2. Maclver macrumors 68020

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    http://developer.apple.com/ will tell you everything you need to know to get started!
     
  3. BigOrangeSU macrumors regular

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    Iphone SDK which included in Xcode (make sure to download the one with the sdk)

    http://developer.apple.com/iPhone/program/

    You can download Xcode with the SDK for free, and then once you develop an application you should join the developer program to make sure you can get your apps listed on itunes.
     
  4. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    It's something you can't just pick up and do from reading a bunch of online articles. It takes a lot of effort. Goodluck though.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    As mentioned, the SDK is free, but to sell/give away apps, or to install on hardware, you need to register and pay the $99/year.

    Other than that, you'll need an iPhone or, at least, an iPod Touch. The simulator (available with the free registration) works pretty well, but if you're serious about development, you want actual hardware to install it on.

    So, at a minimum, if you truly want to develop, I'd say the $99 developer registration, a sub-$200 refurb/used Touch, and a couple of Objective-C and/or iPhone development books. The books you can do without, but I think they're worth the money. So, say, $200-$400 required.
     
  6. blgree8 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help! Whats the difference between the $99 standard program and the $299 enterprise program?
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The Enterprise version does not allow you access to the App store but does allow you to develop apps for in-house use. In essence, it lets you create your own mini App Store for just your apps and just people in your company.
     
  8. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

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    And if you're thinking about registering for the $99 dev program, you might want to start now, because the process can take weeks. Im about 2 weeks into the process, and Im still not done. Just a heads up notice.
     

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