Learn how to sign up for Apple Developer Program, generate the various certificates needed, configure your app and submit an app to the App Store for approval, both manually and through automated processes through automated pipelines. You’ll learn how to use Apple TestFlight to add internal and external testers and receive feedback and crash reports.
iOS App Distribution starts with explaining hurdles everyone faces, such as code signing, provisioning profiles, and how to do manual releases. It’ll then go into more advanced topics, including distribution through TestFlight, build customization, automation, and continuous integration.
Note: This book is in early-access release. Estimated full release date: Winter 2021.
Before You Begin
This section tells you a few things you need to know before you get started, such as what you’ll need for hardware and software, where to find the project files for this book, and more.
Begin your journey into learning the best practices of the Apple Developer Program, generating the various certificates needed, configuring your app and submitting an app to the App Store for approval, both manually and through automated processes through automated pipelines. Learn to use Apple TestFlight to add internal and external testers and receive feedback and crash reports.
Getting started with the App Store release, here's a recap of what the App Store does, and the role it plays in the distribution of apps. Review the lifecycle of an app from inception to production, and how various topics in this book tie together to help you navigate Apple's release of process.
This chapter will walk you from a zero account to creating, building and archiving your first app. You'll wrap it up by code signing and uploading your first app to App Store Connect, all from within Xcode.
Learn to follow the App Store guidelines, as well as the pesky details of submissions such as metadata, advertising identifiers, and various release phases, You'll also learn what can go wrong, why your app may not be approved, and how to dispute Apple's decision.
Learn the differences between manual and automatic release, clearing App Store reviews, responding to customer review, and how to handle App Store Connect features like crash reports, analytics, trends and other features.
Learn the ins and outs of entitlements and how they affect the release process. You'll continue to add capabilities to the sample app to learn push notifications, as well as how to generate and upload a certificate.
Learn how to use fastlane to build a fully automated pipeline that runs tests, creates certificates, provisioning profiles and push notification certificates, and goes as far as uploading builds to Test Flight and submitting to App Store review, along with screenshots and metadata.
Mobile App Engineer; Author; MSc, MBA. http://www.linkedin.com/in/soheilazarpour
Who is this book for
This book is for beginner to experienced developers who want to know the best and most common workflow to releasing an app to the App store, as well as limiting frustration by troubleshooting and debugging common issues and problems associated with distributing apps.
Concepts covered in this book
App Store quick start
Provisioning, code signing and entitlements
Distribution channels and TestFlight
App Store Connect
First Edition - Early Access 1 · iOS 14.2, Swift 5.3, Xcode 12.2
Learn the best practices of the Apple Developer Program, generating the various certificates needed, configuring your app and submitting an app to the App Store for approval, both manually and through automated processes through automated pipelines. Learn to use Apple TestFlight to add internal and external testers and receive feedback and crash reports.
**Note**: This book is in early-access release. Estimated full release date: Winter 2021.
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