Becoming an iPhone Application Developer
To start developing iPhone applications for sale or distribution through the iTunes’ App Store you first have to establish yourself as an actual iPhone developer. This is an official process in which you submit an application and are approved, though you do not have to worry about rejection like you do with music or video content submission. Here is a brief guide on how to register yourself with iTunes’ as an iPhone application developer.
You start by going to the Apple iPhone Development Center at http://developer.apple.com/ and select iPhone Development Center from the lower left hand corner. Here you will begin the quick process of registering as an iPhone application developer. You will be asked to log in with your iTunes account information, which is the same one you use to buy media content from iTunes or iPhone applications and games from the App Store.
Once you do, there will be a page that is partially filled out in accordance with the personal information that is set to your iTunes account, such as your name and email address. You will need to answer a few questions about your position as a possible iPhone application developer. These will be questions such as your primary application type, such as entertainment, productivity or game.
You will also state if you are going to focus on free or commercial applications, how long you have been in mobile software development, if you do any other application development, if you have developed software for other mobile devices, and if so what ones.
Once you complete this, you send it in and you will immediately receive an email to the email address set to your iTunes account. In the email there will be a confirmation number that you will enter on the last page of the developer application. Once this has been entered, you will be done with this.
iPhone Dev Center
After the application is submitted, you will be in the iPhone Dev Center. This is a primary location for those getting started in iPhone application development. It includes all the resources you need for coding help, SDK download and a whole series of “Featured Content.” This is the first major step for people attempting to get started with iPhone application development.
Once Your In
When you are approved you then have the ability to develop and submit apps for approval, but that does not necessarily mean that you are going to get in. Apple keeps a close eye on content and can refuse certain apps that are submitted if they do not feel as though they fit their standards. Either way, you will be able to then get tickets to events such as the annual World Wide Developers Conference where the newest iPhone is usually unveiled and where iCloud and the iOS 5 were shown this year. You will be given the ability to communicate with Apple about iOS bugs, get the full Xcode 3 and iOS SDK to begin working, and a whole lot of resources directly from Apple for their software.