Easy Steps To Develop Your First iPhone App

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Although developing an iPhone application isn’t really rocket science, there are a number of potentially challenging obstacles that you will have to surmount. There is a fair degree of programming involved, and although it is not quite as intensive as that required for other software development tasks, it may prove a bit challenging for someone with relatively little experience. Nevertheless, there are many resources available on the Web, and anyone with the inclination to learn-and the willingness to put in some work–may just be able to develop an iPhone app that measures up to the best of them.

This article helps you in understanding the process or steps involved in developing iPhone Apps.

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Easy Steps To Develop Your First iPhone App

Before we get started on the steps involved in creating your first app, it would be helpful to mention that creating one will require spending $99 in order to upload your creation. Furthermore, you will either need to already own a Mac-or purchase one-since you will have to program your app using Mac-specific code. If you are willing to put up with these considerations, then you can move on to the steps in creating your own iPhone app! – http://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/

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Snapshot of iOS Developer Program page.

Come up with unique idea

Come up with unique idea
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The first step toward building an iPhone app is coming up with an idea. And not just any idea, mind you–it really has to be something unique in order to stand out from the hundreds of apps that are already on the market. If you want to have a chance at being able to sell your app, you have to ask yourself what makes your planned app so special, and why people should pay money for it.

Of course, there is a good chance that your app is similar in form and/or function to a few others. If you still want to go through with your plan, it would be a good idea to improve on your design by adding more features, increasing functionality, or simply making sure that your app does what the other apps do, but better.

Get a Mac

This is an inevitable part of the app building process, and there really is no getting around it: you absolutely need a Mac in order to build an app for the iPhone. While you may be able to design iPhone apps on a PC using jailbreak mode, making full and efficient use of the iPhone development tools–all of which are only available for the Mac platforms–will require you to pony up for a Mac at some point. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to purchase a high end Mac Book Pro for developing an app. In most cases, a Mac mini would be more than sufficient.

Register as a developer

To gain access to Mac tools, you will have to sign up as an official Apple Developer. The registration is free however, so all you have to do is provide some personal information and agree to the terms. The registration process is a one time sign up as well, and you will be able to use the same username and password that you use for your iTunes account. Once you have been approved as an Apple Developer, you will have access to all the development tools necessary for building iPhone apps – here is the link for iOS Dev Center.

Download the iPhone SDK

The next important step of the process is downloading the iPhone Software Development Kit. This will give you all the tools necessary to start building your app. Keep in mind that the download might take a long time, as it includes all the documentation, sample codes, and utilities necessary for app development.

Download XCode

Another key piece of software is XCode. This is a complete IDE that ensures a more efficient workflow when it comes time to edit source code. XCode will come in handy during the building and compilation processes, and when you being graphical debugging. XCode allows you to perform all these tasks while still keeping an eye on your source code. Like the SDK, this is also a huge download, so you will want to allot plenty of time for it before getting started.

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Develop your app using the SDK templates

At this point, you should have already made a draft of your app design either on paper or in a computer graphics program. You can then begin the actual process of design using the templates that came with the SDK. Remember the long wait for the download to complete? This is when all that time waiting will pay off, since the SDK comes with a wealth of useful templates that you can use in your work. You should also check out the many tutorial videos on the Internet in order to learn how to make full and efficient use of these templates.

Develop your app using the SDK templates

Learn Objective-C

Another inevitable step of the process is learning Objective-C. This shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge if you already have an aptitude for programming languages. Otherwise, you might be in for a significant learning curve. Thankfully, there are many resources available on the Internet and in print, so you should be able to gain sufficient proficiency with the language with a little time and study.

Books for learning Objective C: Below are reference books which helps you in learning Objective C.

There are many more like this, choose your favorite writer and pick your book in which you are comfortable enough. I recommend PDF from Apple site which suggests good examples.

Program your app

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Once you have gained a bit of familiarity with Objective-C, the actual programming part of the task can begin. It would be a good idea to take screenshots periodically throughout the process so you can go back and revise parts of your code if necessary. There really is no shortcut to this part of the process, and depending on the particular app you are trying to develop, you may have it put in anywhere from a few hours to several weeks–or even months–into the programming process.

Test your app using the iPhone simulator

The SDK comes with a particularly useful tool called the iPhone Simulator. This will allow you to load up your app and test it before release, giving you the opportunity to identify any bugs and modify your app to suit as many user preferences as possible.

Upload your app on iTunes

In order to upload your app to iTunes, you will have to pay a membership fee of $99. The good news is that you only have to pay this fee once, and if your app is any good, there is a good chance that you will make more than your money back. And as a further benefit, you get to become a member of a global community of iPhone developers.

Have your app tested?

After you have paid the fee, you will be given access to the worldwide app developer community. This is particular useful for “test driving” your app and having other developers check for bugs. This will help ensure the stability and performance of your app.

Submit your app

After having your app extensively tested, and ironing out any bugs that may have been detected, you can finally submit your app to iTunes. Keep in mind that dozens of apps are submitted every month, so you may have to wait a couple of weeks before receiving word that your app has been approved.

These are the most important steps in the development of an iPhone app. With any luck, it shouldn’t take too long before your creation becomes a sought after part of the global iPhone apps collection, and you might even make some money in the process.

I have a link which Guide for Apple App Store submissions – Article by Joe Ward

Conclusion

This article helps you in understanding the process or steps involved in developing iPhone Apps.

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