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Nov 3, 2012 1:47 PM

Hi all,

 

Ive had a quick look through here and the main apple site itself to see what i can find out but any direct help here would be appreciated.

 

So i have xcode and am starting to look at becoming a developer. I wanted to test a few things on my iPhone itself but from xcode needed a dev address. I hear people saying theres a free version and a $99 a year version, if i could have some clarfication on this that would be great.

 

Everytime i go onto become a dev on the Apple UK site, it takes me straight to the US site. Will this be ok if i reg with the US site to use on my UK devices ( assuming they are different )

 

If thats ok to do then great. But what will i get as a bonus when signing up as a free dev, will I be able to use xcode to test my apps on a real iphone? Or am i going to have to pay for this privaledge?

 

Anything would be a great help!

  • Michael Superczynski Level 5 Level 5 (7,105 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 2:15 PM (in response to P3DR0X)

    There is only one developer site.

     

    http://developer.apple.com

     

    You have to pay the annual fee of $99 in order to run apps on physical devices.

    There's much more for your pounds than just that though.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 2:40 PM (in response to P3DR0X)

    P3DR0X wrote:

     

    So i have xcode and am starting to look at becoming a developer. I wanted to test a few things on my iPhone itself but from xcode needed a dev address. I hear people saying theres a free version and a $99 a year version, if i could have some clarfication on this that would be great.

     

    The free developer account is a leftover from a long time ago when the "paid" account was $499 and the "student" account was $199. About the only thing the free account has ever provided is access to the bug reporting system and additional downloads of things like old versions of Xcode.

     

    The new, paid accounts provide the developer forums, two developer support tickets, access to WWDC, and access to the App Stores. In other words - much more for much less.

     

    Everytime i go onto become a dev on the Apple UK site, it takes me straight to the US site. Will this be ok if i reg with the US site to use on my UK devices ( assuming they are different )

     

    The only differences between countries is with the App Store via iTunes Connect. The Developer site is country agnostic.

     

    If thats ok to do then great. But what will i get as a bonus when signing up as a free dev, will I be able to use xcode to test my apps on a real iphone? Or am i going to have to pay for this privaledge?

     

    You have to pay to run on a live device.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 3:04 PM (in response to P3DR0X)

    It would be best to have your own Apple ID and associate all of your activity with that. Don't share an Apple ID. You are setting yourself up for a future of pain and hassle.

  • mark133 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 3:18 PM (in response to etresoft)

    To jump in here again uninvited...

     

    I bet the paid program is well worth it. My problem is I have to upgrade everything from Snow Leopard to get the system current and my box set of xCode and Final Cut Studio won't function on Lion. Plus I have a low interest estate, so $99 a year is equal to $2000 capital plus the transition cost. I have to trade that against the certainty that I now have a functioning system of technology that will probably change little in many years, with no cash flow subscription requirement, and two boys that I'm homeschooling who will need training and practice on this equipment over the next 5 years or so (they're already using motion to make cartoons from scripts, and we started using xCode last week).

     

    Anyway, I'm sure there are others out there with similar concerns and reasons for holding off on joining the club.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 3:19 PM (in response to P3DR0X)

    If you can change everything in the account and make it yours, then maybe you can try. Just don't assume you can "ring support" to get it all straightened out. You can, but it may take three months. Apple's developer support is pretty much constantly swamped.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 5:24 PM (in response to P3DR0X)

    It would be shocking to see an unrelated name involved when the (of legal age) principal used a payment method in their own name.

     

    It that's the case, you have bigger concerns, I think.

  • FoCus_huang Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2012 5:48 PM (in response to P3DR0X)

    You can not run any applications on the real dev if you don't enroll the developer plans.

    You can only just use the simulator to test your project.

    Actually, if you can run your application on your real dev, that could be better.

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