I had being using the Automatically Manage Signing option for some time. Yet when I do so in the recent Xcode 8.0 version it forces me to use the developer Code Signing Identity even for release and distribution in the Build Settings, what is quite strange per se. And when I submit the relative binary I get the dreaded Missing Push Notification Entitlement email from Apple. To make up for it I disabled the automatic option and returned manually specifying the profiles, and that allowed me to keep the distribution profile in the distribution Build Setting and save me the warning email from Apple.
Why the automatic management works this way and what to do to adjust its behaviour?
With the release of Xcode 8, Apple introduced a new way of managing the signing configuration. Now you have two options
Automatic Signing doesn't work the same way as it did in previous Xcode versions. Before, when you set
Automatic provisioning profiles, Xcode was using the first provisioning profile and certificate in your computer that matches the entitlements and bundle identifier that you were trying to use.
In Xcode 8,
Automatic Signing is going to manage profiles, entitlements and certificates for you, but only for
Development. If you select automatic, you are forced to use
Development signing and Xcode-created provisioning profiles.
On the WWDC 2016 (Session 401 - What's new in Xcode app signing) they explain this new signing method and describe some 'Best Practices'. When you are building for distribution and using
Automatic Signing or
Manual you should Archive for
Development and then export (from the organizer or the command line tools
xcodebuild -exportArchive) as
Distribution. The organizer will re-sign your app for
Distribution even if it was archived for
The other issue that you describe, "Missing Push Notification Entitlement" is because Xcode 8 has changed the way it applies entitlements. With previous versions of Xcode, you didn't have to explicitly add the
APS Environment entitlement, it was enough if your provisioning profile had that entitlement. Make sure that you have the
Push Notification capability enabled in the
Capabilities tab, and check that there are no errors there.
(Edit: this new behavior is intentional and described in the Xcode 8 release notes: https://developer.apple.com/library/content/releasenotes/DeveloperTools/RN-Xcode/Introduction.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40001051-CH1-DontLinkElementID_44)
Xcode 8 does not automatically copy the aps-environment entitlement from provisioning profiles at build time. This behavior is intentional. To use this entitlement, either enable Push Notifications in the project editor’s Capabilities pane, or manually add the entitlement to your entitlements file. (28076333)