When you think of Apple, you probably envision sleek iPhones, powerful Macs, Apple TVs, and the harmonious integration of all these devices. As a self-proclaimed Apple enthusiast, I have immersed myself in this ecosystem, exploring the fascinating world the tech giant has crafted for its users. However, this article is not about Apple’s cutting-edge devices; it’s about a different kind of apple—the one that represents apps, the backbone of the Apple experience.
Apple has successfully sold us not just products but a dream. They’ve made programming and tech sexy, turning app developers into the rockstars of the digital age. It’s not merely about creating apps; it’s a lifestyle—an opportunity to turn ideas, passions, and problem-solving into tangible, shareable solutions. But, as I discovered, this journey is not as straightforward as the dazzling presentations at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) may lead you to believe.
The initial excitement of having an idea and bringing it to life fuels Day 1. Whether it’s a day, a month, or a year of coding, the joy of creating your app is unmatched. You’ve made something for yourself, but if you aspire to share it with the world, Day 2 beckons.
Day 2 isn’t about coding; it’s about everything else. To put your app on the App Store, you need to become an official Apple developer, which comes at a cost—$99 for the privilege. Once you’ve acquired the rights, you enter a realm of metadata: naming, icons, descriptions. Essentially, the details that make your app presentable.
Start by purchasing the official developer rights from Apple, costing $99. This marks your entry into the Apple ecosystem.
Naming, icons, and descriptions are critical. These details are what make your app stand out in the crowded App Store. Ensure you have a compelling name, eye-catching icons, and a detailed yet concise description of your app.
Day 3 unravels the hidden complexities. Making an app involves more than just passion; it demands a business mindset. You realize:
Explore revenuecat.com, a free starter account that simplifies subscription support. It provides documentation and video tutorials to guide you through the process.
Your goal is to build a sexy Apple app, not a website. A simple one-page site with images, a description, FAQs, and a contact form will suffice. Platforms like netlify.com or wix.com can help you create and host a website for cheap or free (depending on the work you are willing to put in).
Design various sizes and formats of icons using figma.com. It’s a free (to start) design tool that allows you to create and export icons in different resolutions.
Enduring paperwork, server setups, and website creation, you reach the final stretch of Day 4. However, the journey is far from over.
Ensure your app’s entitlements, such as network access or Bluetooth access, are clearly explained. Request entitlements and articulate why your app needs them.
The final hurdle: App Review. Create a demo video showcasing your app’s features, ensuring it can be easily understood by reviewers. Cross-check all links, including the EULA link in the description, and the URLs for your marketing and support websites.
App Review. The climax. A demo video, meticulous checks, and entitlement explanations are your weapons against potential rejection. Hit submit and brace for the wait.
Approval arrives, marking the transition from a passionate creator to a validated app developer. The pain is forgotten, replaced by the thrill of sharing your creation with the world.
Day 6 isn’t the end; it’s the beginning of your app marketing journey. Spreading the word about your magnificent creation is the next challenge for the now-certified sexy app developer.
Embark on this journey, armed with knowledge, dedication, and a touch of Apple’s magic, as you transform your dreams into digital reality.