Cescy Cescy - 13 days ago 5
iOS Question

Build an iOS app without owning a mac?

Please correct me if in wrong.

I'm new to mobile development and I would like to develop an app to submit to the apple store.

But I am heavily discouraged by the prices of the macs then I am developing the app in mind.

Say I know exactly what I want and how to code it.

If I was to create a developers account and pay the fee - then borrow my friends mac, write the code and submit my code to apple. Is that all I need the mac for? And then I'll be able to access all the stats etc through iTunes on my windows computer?

Can someone please tell me I'm delusional?

RDC RDC
Answer

Let me tell you step by step few years back I was in same situation.

So We have two Phases

  1. iPhone/iPad (iOS) app development
  2. iPhone/iPad (iOS) app development and Publish to iTunes Store

1. iPhone/iPad (iOS) app development

So If you just want to develop iOS apps you don't want to pay anything,

You just need Mac + XCode IDE

  1. Get Mac Mini or Mac Machine
  2. Create Developer Account on Apple its free
  3. After login developer account you can download Xcode IDE's .dmg file
  4. That's all.

Now you just install Xcode and start developing iOS apps and test/debug with Simulator..

2. iPhone/iPad (iOS) app development and Publish to iTunes Store

for publishing your app on iTunes store you need to pay (example $99 / year) .

So For complete iOS Development Setup you need

  1. Get Mac Mini or Mac Machine
  2. Create Developer Account on Apple its free
  3. After login developer account you can download Xcode IDE's .dmg file
  4. pay $99 for publish apps on iTunes
  5. create your certificates for development/distribution on your apple account
  6. download all certificate on mac machine and install into XCode using Keychain tool
  7. Get at least one iOS Device
  8. Register you device on your apple account
  9. Now you can develop iOS app, test on Real Device and also publish on iTunes Store
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