Lets Get StartedTo get started open a web browser and head to https://developer.apple.com/programs/enroll/ Apple provides two main choices for registering as an Apple Developer. If you already have an iTunes or iCloud Account or have used the Apple Online Store before, you can use your existing Apple ID for your development activities. For me though, I decided to take the second option and create a brand new Apple ID. My thinking was that by having a separate Apple ID I could separate my app development activities from my personal account and is the assumption I’m going to make when I work through the rest of the process later in this post.
Creating a New Apple ID
If you’re following along and have already navigated to the registration page, select ‘Create Apple ID’. This brings up a four-stage wizard that Apple provides to guide you through the process of signing up for a new Apple ID. Enter your details (email address and password), Security Information and Personal Information and then select ‘Continue’.
Completing Your Professional ProfileOn the next screen you can enter information about you and your App Development activities. This includes which Apple Platforms you will be developing for, what your likely market will be and whether or not your currently enrolled in a College or University. My answers were as follows:
- Platforms: For me (and hopefully the readers of this blog), I’m going to be focusing on iOS Development so I selected that radio button.
- Markets: In terms of market, I guess you won’t really know yet (I certainly didn’t) so unless you have a killer app idea and already you know which market your idea fits into choose the market that is likely to be most relevant. For me I couldn’t really decide so I just selected Utility applications as a starter for ten.
- College / University: – As to College or University, those days have gone for me I’m afraid but if they are applicable to you, select the check box.
- Which type of iOS Applications do you plan on developing?: – I chose ‘Utilities’ again.
- Primary Category for Your Applications: – I went for Commercial Applications.
- How many years have you been developing for Apple platforms?: – I said that I was ‘New to Apple Platforms’
- Do you develop on other mobile platforms? – I said no.
Agreeing to the Apple Developer AgreementThe penultimate step in the registration process is agreeing to the Apple Developer Agreement. Make sure you read the agreement carefully as it’s a legally binding document. Once you’re happy select the check-box to confirm that you have read and agreed to it and then select ‘I Agree’. Apple should now send you a confirmation email through the ether.
Confirming Your Details
The final step of the registration process is to enter the verification code from the email that Apple sent you. In my case I receive the email pretty swiftly but your mileage may vary depending on the speed of your mail servers. If after an hour or so you haven’t received it, make sure you check your bulk mail or spam folders as some times over-zealous emails filters can drag the email into the black whole of the junk mail folder.