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How to Develop iOS Applications

February 8th, 2017

iOS is an operating system for Apple mobile devices, like their iPad and iPhone. Within a few decades, Apple has become a household name around the world, and is now a cornerstone of popular culture. There are more than two million apps on the Apple’s App Store, and cumulatively in 2015, the App Store produced over $6B in revenue for the company– excluding developer cut. Here’s how you can begin developing iOS applications.

Get the machine

In order to begin developing for the app store, you need an Apple computer. If you are without an Apple computer and simply cannot afford the high price tag that comes with one, look to create a Hackintosh environment on your Linux or Windows computer.

Click here for a tutorial on how to setup a Hackintosh environment.

Download Xcode

Xcode is the development platform for Apple devices. Using Xcode, you can program applications for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Find the App Store on your Mac, or Hackintosh, and then search for Xcode. Xcode is completely free to download.

Learn Swift

While iOS applications can be programmed using a number of programming languages, Swift is the language that is most commonly used and pushed by Apple. One of the best ways to learn how to program on Swift is through tutorials on Team Treehouse. Team Treehouse tutorials can teach students with no previous development experience the skills that they need to develop a full-fledged iOS application.

Download Xcode

Xcode is the development platform for Apple devices. Using Xcode, you can program applications for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Find the App Store on your Mac, or Hackintosh, and then search for Xcode. Xcode is completely free to download.

Ready to Publish?

Follow Apple Guidelines

Apple reviews every iOS application that is submitted to the app store. If your app is not up to standard with Apple’s guidelines, it will not be approved. Click on the links below to learn about Apple’s review and design guidelines.

App Store Review Guidelines

Purchase an Apple Developer’s License

In order to publish your application to the app store, you will need to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program. Also as a member, you will get exclusive access to beta software, Apple will allow you to test your application on Apple devices, and you will be able to track analytical information about your app.