Two versions of app, one for iPad and one for iPhone... use same name?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by pinsrw, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. pinsrw macrumors regular

    May 30, 2010
    Hi all,

    I have an app whose guts are the same between the iPhone and iPad versions, more or less, and they use the same types of settings, but the GUIs are very different because of the different screen sizes.

    Is there any expectation that I will use the same name for both versions of the program?
    Is there any marketing advantage to using the same name for both?

  2. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Given how easy Apple has made it to create a Univesal App, I'm curious why you aren't considering that. You'll still have different view controllers and interface builder files, but your main logic will be in one place and the app will be easier to maintain and version.

    You may sell more of them as well, as users really appreciate being able to use apps on their iPhones and iPods.

    To answer your question, yeah, you can do it.

    Make the apps have the same bundle display name but different bundle ids.

    However -- iTunes won't know they are the same App, so ratings, reviews, "also bought" would be different between apps.
  3. pinsrw thread starter macrumors regular

    May 30, 2010
    I'm a newbie, so I hadn't heard about Apple making this easy.

    Hmm, I wonder. If I combine the two programs, which share maybe 70% of their code, could users copy program data between their iPhone and iPad via iTunes? That would actually be useful.

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