Tools Needed to Build an iPhone App

Smartphones have revolutionized the way we communicate with one another. With Apps being introduced in to the market every day, there is opportunity at every corner to serve untapped niches with new Apps. One of the best parts of creating an iPhone App is that it is relatively cheap to get started. You will, however, need a few tools to begin.

An Apple Smartphone

Depending on what platform you would like to create your apps on, you will need that device to truly understand what is possible and to test your App. For example, if you are creating an iPhone app, you will need an iPhone or even an iPod touch that is capable of running Apps. It is important to note that Android Apps cannot run on iPhone apps, so make sure your device can run whatever App you are trying to create.

Admission in to the iOS Developer Program

This yearly fee is paid to Apple for $99. This is absolutely required in order to bring your App in to the market. It is also a good tool to use to get you introduced in to App creation because of the depth of documentation and training materials they provide. Furthermore, they provide further tools to actually start developing.

iOS SDK

This is the complete toolset available on the Apple site to begin working on iPhone Apps. This is the complete package that you are provided after registering in the Developer Program.

Mac Computer

Unfortunately, there is no way to run the software and tools above without using a Mac computer. Therefore, in order to code using Xcode and the iPhone SDK, you will need an Intel Mac-based computer to run this software.

Non-Disclosure Agreement

If you’d like to outsource your development, you will need a Non-Disclosure Agreement and funds to hire a freelance programmer or a technical firm. A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is used so that firms, freelance programmers, or even friends do not steal your idea and claim it for their own. This is especially important if you have a new and unique idea that you’d like to bring to the market.

Patience

If you are trying to learn how to program on your own, you will need patience. It is a difficult task to learn, but once you do it is a very satisfying and rewarding skill to have.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should be enough to get you started with building iPhone Apps.


Author: Ernest Monyers