Apple Developer Program

By MacRumors Staff

Apple Developer Program Articles

iOS App Store General Feature Sqaure Complement

Apple Now Allows Developers to Transfer Ownership of App Store Apps That Use iCloud

Wednesday June 15, 2022 1:02 pm PDT by
Apple today announced that apps that use iCloud can now be transferred to another developer, solving a problem that developers have been dealing with for years now. Apple previously had an app transfer program for developers who want to transfer their apps to a new account or a new owner, but prior to now, it did not work with apps that use ‌iCloud‌. Given the sheer number of apps that...
iOS App Store General Feature Clorange

Judge Approves Apple's $100M Settlement in Developer Lawsuit, But Questions $27M Attorney Fee

Wednesday June 8, 2022 5:20 pm PDT by
Back in August 2021, Apple agreed to pay $100 million and make changes to the App Store to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against it by developers. Judge Yvonne-Gonzalez Rogers, who is overseeing the case, said yesterday that she plans to approve the settlement, but she raised concerns about the amount that attorneys are planning to charge. As outlined by Law360, Rogers said that she...
apple developer app feature

Apple Developer App Updated Ahead of WWDC 2022

Thursday May 26, 2022 11:14 am PDT by
Apple is preparing for the Worldwide Developers Conference that's set to kick off in less than two weeks, and today updated the Apple Developer app with information about the 2022 event. The Apple Developer app has details on session videos, Digital Lounges, labs, coding challenges, and more for WWDC 2022, allowing developers to sign up to participate directly within the app. Developers...
iOS App Store General Feature Desaturated

Apple-Commissioned Study Touts App Store Job Growth and Success of Small Developers

Wednesday May 25, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
Apple today shared details on developer studies sourced from economists at Analysis Group (commissioned by Apple) and the Progressive Policy Group, with the reports aimed at highlighting the successes of small businesses and independent developers on the App Store. Between 2019 and 2021, earnings for small developers increased by 113 percent, outpacing the growth of larger developers,...
iOS App Store General Feature Clorange

Apple Now Letting Developers Automatically Charge for Some Subscription Price Increases

Monday May 16, 2022 4:13 pm PDT by
Apple today informed developers that it is implementing a new subscription feature that will allow customers to be charged automatically when an app's subscription price goes up, which is not the way that subscriptions work at the current time. Right now, customers must explicitly agree to a pricing change when the cost of a subscription increases through an "Agree to New Price" interface....
iOS App Store General Feature Clorange

Apple Reminds Developers About $250 to $30K Payments From Apple Lawsuit Settlement

Monday April 25, 2022 10:29 am PDT by
Apple today reminded developers that they can submit a claim for the Small Developer Assistance Fund, a pool of money that Apple is providing to developers as part of a $100 million class-action lawsuit settlement over its App Store policies. Apple has been accepting submissions since January, and is today reminding developers have until May 20 to make a claim through the Small Developer...
iOS App Store General Feature Clorange

Developers May Soon Be Able to Automatically Charge Apple Users for Subscription Price Increases

Tuesday April 5, 2022 9:55 am PDT by
Apple appears to be testing a new feature that would allow developers to automatically charge users when a subscription price goes up, according to TechCrunch. Right now, Apple asks customers to explicitly agree to subscription pricing increases when the cost of a subscription goes up. If a customer does not tap on the presented "Agree to New Price" button, their subscription is...
apple tech talks

Apple Announces 'Tech Talks' Where Developers Can Interface With Apple Experts

Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:22 am PDT by
Apple today informed developers about a Tech Talks 2021 venture, which will allow developers to connect with Apple experts in more than 100 live online sessions and 1,500 available office hour appointments. Apple says that developers can use the sessions to dive into technical content, get answers to questions, and seek one-on-one meetings for guidance. Sessions will be held online from...
apple developer app banner

TestFlight for Mac Beta Now Available to Developers

Tuesday August 24, 2021 6:31 pm PDT by
Apple today informed developers that the beta version of TestFlight for Mac is now available and can be used to test Mac apps. Registered developers can download the TestFlight for Mac beta and can use the app to test their own apps and apps from other developers on macOS Monterey beta 5. TestFlight for Mac, like TestFlight for iOS, will make it simple for developers to test beta versions of ...
apple developer app feature

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Developer Tool Can More Heavily Prioritize 5G Versus Wi-Fi Connections

Wednesday August 11, 2021 1:54 pm PDT by
Apple today released a new developer tool that is designed to force devices running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to prioritize a 5G connection over a WiFi connection when on an insecure WiFi network or when a WiFi connection is slow. 5G devices running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 can automatically prioritize connecting via 5G instead of WiFi when the performance of WiFi networks you visit occasionally is...
app store blue banner

Apple Decreasing App Store Prices in the UK, South Africa, and Many European Countries

Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:56 am PDT by
Apple today told developers that it is updating App Store pricing in some countries due to taxes and changes in foreign exchange rates. Over the course of the next few days, app and in-app purchase pricing is set to decrease in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and all territories that use the Euro currency. Pricing of auto-renewable subscriptions will not change. Apple is increasing...
xcode cloud

Apple Now Offering Developers Access to Xcode Cloud

Monday June 28, 2021 11:55 am PDT by
Apple today began notifying developers that they're able to use the new Xcode Cloud service that was first introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. "We're pleased to let you know your account has been enabled for Xcode Cloud beta," reads the email sent out to developers. "You can now take advantage of continuous integration and delivery service built into Xcode 13." Xcode ...
apple developer app feature

Apple Again Extends Deadline Requiring Apps Offering Virtual Group Events to Use In-App Purchases

Thursday April 22, 2021 11:11 am PDT by
Last fall, Apple changed its App Store rules around in-app purchases for realtime experiences, and the guidelines technically require apps that offer virtual events to more than a single person to use in-app purchases. Apple is not yet enforcing that rule, however, and has once again extended the timeline of when in-app purchases will need to be implemented. Apple has set the new deadline...
nba tracking prompt

Apple Reminds Developers About Upcoming App Tracking Transparency Enforcement in iOS 14.5

Monday April 5, 2021 1:37 pm PDT by
Apple today reminded developers that its App Tracking Transparency rules will be enforced starting with the launch of iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and tvOS 14.5. When these updates are released, developers will need to get express permission to access the IDFA or advertising identifier on a device to track users across apps and websites for ad targeting purposes.Make sure your apps are ready for...
apple developer banner

Apple's Longtime App Store Developer Relations Lead Retires

Monday March 22, 2021 12:10 pm PDT by
Ron Okamoto, who has been working as the App Store's developer relations head since 2001, has retired this year, reports Bloomberg. Okamoto was responsible for overseeing the ‌App Store‌ review process and policies, distributing tools to allow developers to build and sell apps, developer support, developer communications, developer awards, and he also handled the annual Worldwide Developers...
mac mini developer transition kit photo feature

Developers Start Receiving $500 Credits for Returning DTK Mac Minis

Thursday March 4, 2021 4:31 pm PST by
Apple last week sent out emails to developers who are in possession of a Developer Transition Kit, providing instructions on returning the test machines. Developers have now started mailing in their DTKs, with Apple rewarding the promised $500 USD credit once the DTK has been received. In appreciation of your participation in the Universal App Quick Start program and to help with your...
mac mini developer transition kit photo feature

Apple Requiring Developers to Return DTK Mac Minis by March 31

Friday February 26, 2021 2:57 pm PST by
Apple today sent out emails to developers who are in possession of a Developer Transition Kit, asking them to return the machines by March 31. The Developer Transition Kits are Mac minis with A12Z chips that Apple provided for development purposes ahead of the release of the M1 Macs. Apple in the emails provided developers with shipping instructions, and plans to begin collecting the DTKs...
f1559583762

Apple Facing Antitrust Probe Over 'Sign in With Apple' and Other Developer Complaints

Tuesday February 23, 2021 1:05 pm PST by
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating complaints from developers over Apple's "Sign in with Apple" option, reports The Information. Introduced in iOS 13, Sign in with Apple is a privacy-focused login option that lets users opt to sign in to an app with their Apple ID, without the need to create a username or share an email address with developers. Apple requires all App Store...
apple developer banner

Apple Says COVID 'Health Pass' Apps Are Limited to Developers Working With Public Health Authorities

Tuesday February 16, 2021 3:03 pm PST by
Apple today informed developers that "health pass" apps can only be submitted by developers that are working with recognized public health authorities. A "health pass" app is classified as an app that generates a pass that's used to enter buildings and access in-person services based on testing and vaccination records. Apple says that to make sure these apps are responsibly handling...
ios 14 third party home screen widgets 1

Apple Inviting Developers to Online Events on Building Widgets, Creating App Clips and Bringing iPad Apps to Mac

Tuesday January 26, 2021 1:53 pm PST by
Apple today sent out email invitations to developers inviting them to join various events focused on specific iOS, iPadOS, and macOS features like widgets and App Clips. A widget-centric event called "Building Great Widget Experiences" is set to take place on February 1, 2021, and will provide developers with opportunities to learn new techniques for creating useful widgets for their apps.We'...