September 23, 2013 in App Development
Now that I have my Mac and app source code. I’m ready to start working on my first app. The next step is to sign up for the Apple Developer’s License. This is a required step that will cost $99 a year. Having the Developer’s License will allow you to upload apps to iTunes and also let you test apps on your iOS device. The first thing you’ll need is an Apple ID. This is the same ID you use to purchase apps in the App Store.
Create a New Apple ID or Use Existing?
One of the questions I see asked alot is whether to use your existing Apple ID or create a new one? This is entirely up to you but I want to let you know what I did. I decided to create a brand new Apple ID for the work I’m doing in app development. The reason is that I want to separate my company business from my personal stuff. I’m also thinking into the future in case I hire people that need access to my account. Speaking of company, I do have a business license and all my online activities are conducted through my company. So it was obvious to me that I needed to create a brand new Apple ID.
Individual or Company Account?
The next step is to actually apply for the Developer’s License. Here, you are faced with two more choices. Signing up as an Individual or as a Company. Signing up as an Individual is easy. You just need submit your usual information like name, address, phone, etc. You also need a social security number. If you don’t have a business license at the moment, I’ve heard you can easily convert your Individual account to a Company account. I’m signing up as a company because first of all, I have a company and second of all, a company license allows me to add a team to my account. Again, this is just me planning for the future if I hire developers that need access to my account. However, after saying that, it might not be as easy as people say. Keep reading. Read the rest of this entry →