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  • No Developer Account Needed to Make Apps and Install Them on Your iPhone With Xcode 7


    Apple has made a stunning change to the developer program with the latest iteration of Xcode, Xcode 7 (still in beta right now). No longer does Apple require a Developer Program subscription to be able to build your own applications and physically run them on your own iOS devices.

    Apple is pushing to make developers more aware of Swift and iOS as a whole, especially with the announcement of Swift 2.0. Apple realizes that its developers are what make the iPhone and iPad a great platform, so Apple is trying to get the programming abilities in the hands of as many people as possible so that more people can realize their potential.

    Obviously, you still need a Developer Program subscription to submit applications to the App Store and have them sold on the App Store for everyone else to use, but the ability to ultimately 'side-load' applications on your own devices means that you can create your own cool applications for your own personal use, or practice coding on your favorite devices without having to pay a pretty penny to do so.

    All a user needs to do is sign into Xcode 7 with their Apple ID, and they'll be able to start making an application that they can then install on their own personal device(s).

    Sources: Apple

    Thanks for the tip, Zokunei!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No Developer Account Needed to Make Apps and Install Them on Your iPhone With Xcode 7 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      I know it isn't "easy", but, is building an application "hard"?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      I know it isn't "easy", but, is building an application "hard"?
      If you know how to code makin code in swift is easier by a lot.
    1. cptmooseinc's Avatar
      cptmooseinc -
      Just, in theory, couldn't someone release source (like a jailbreak tweak), and each individual user install it via this method and totally circumvent the need to jailbreak any further? That is, of course, for developers that are willing to give away their source or have a donation-method for their work.
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cptmooseinc View Post
      Just, in theory, couldn't someone release source (like a jailbreak tweak), and each individual user install it via this method and totally circumvent the need to jailbreak any further? That is, of course, for developers that are willing to give away their source or have a donation-method for their work.
      The issue is that most of the most useful tweaks are not Apps per say, they're tweaks, so they depend on a deeper level of the OS that just an app won't do.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      yeah!! you got a point there, no more need for jailbreak
    1. Robertsdp's Avatar
      Robertsdp -
      Quote Originally Posted by cptmooseinc View Post
      Just, in theory, couldn't someone release source (like a jailbreak tweak), and each individual user install it via this method and totally circumvent the need to jailbreak any further? That is, of course, for developers that are willing to give away their source or have a donation-method for their work.
      Not a dev, but I believe tweaks need to have root access or whatever. where as the apps are sandboxed, as they dont have access to the full ios
      So a tweak like adding switches to some menu wont work, but a dev who makes a app that apple for some reason rejects *cough* Porn *cough* could potentially github it and give everyone free reign to add it to their phone that way.

      I do think however dev teams will find an exploit where they can use this to their advantage... by possibly creating an app (or maybe cydia) that uses the exploit to give root access to be able to jail break the phone with out the need for having a jailbreak tool for windows and mac...
      it will be interesting to see what happens though
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      This only bypasses arbitrary restrictions of the App Store and not security features of the system (providing you have the source code), but I applaud their goal of letting people develop for their own devices.

      They also said in the Platforms State of the Union that they're doing this to encourage younger developers.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      yeah!! you got a point there, no more need for jailbreak
      There's always a need for a jailbreak!
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Attachment 705596 Update: I have an extremely bad file browser working on my non-jailbroken iPhone with no hacks.