Apple Teaches You How To Make Your First App Store App With New Guide
Alex Heath (1:03 pm PDT, Feb 17th 2012)
Are you interested in making iPhone and iPad apps for the App Store? If you’d like to get your feet wet, or at least see what’s involved, Apple has posted a new walkthrough called “Start Developing iOS Apps Today.”
The simple guide takes you through the initial setup and teaches you about basic tools, frameworks, Apple’s design policies, and more. The goal is that you will be able to create an app from scratch and have it ready to debut in the App Store.
While not the most technical explanation of iOS development, Apple has done a great job of consolidating information into one easy destination for curious eyes. Here’s the official rundown:
Creating iOS apps is fun and rewarding, and if you’re a new developer you might be wondering where to begin. This road map provides the perfect starting point for iOS app development. On your Mac computer, you can create iOS apps that run on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Follow this road map to learn where to get the tools you need, understand the major concepts and best practices, and see where to find more information.
As you proceed through the road map, you will use Xcode and the iOS SDK, Apple’s tools for app development. You will learn the basics of programming with Objective-C, the language that powers all iOS apps and frameworks, and will explore the Cocoa Touch frameworks. You will create a simple iOS app and learn how to test it on a device. Finally, you will learn how to submit an app to the App Store.
The document is broken up into 13 pages. There’s only a couple paragraphs and illustrations per section, but Apple has included helpful links to more detailed resources from the iOS Developer Library, like how to write Objective-C code .
Anyone can access Apple’s new guide from this link. To actually publish an app in the App Store, you must purchase an official developer account from Apple for $99/year.