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Publishing a PhoneGap App to the Apple App Store Part 2

Posted: November 30, 2014
Written by: Saints At Play
Category: PhoneGap

If you haven't done so already make sure you read part 1 of this series where we discussed setting the initial foundations for a PhoneGap App. In this second instalment we're going to take a look at setting up the necessary accounts for you to be able to publish your iOS Apps to the Apple App store...

First things first

Head over to the Apple developer website and create an account so you can access resources such as software and tutorials, not to mention lay the initial foundation for being able to publish Apps to the Apple App Store.

To create a developer account click start by clicking on the Member Center link at the top of the page.

Apple Developer Website 

You will be redirected to the following screen where you can log-in, if you have an existing Apple developer account, or Register for an Apple developer account. As you'll be creating an Apple Developer account click on Register:

Apple Developer Account Log-in Screen

On the initial register screen choose the Create Apple ID option:

Apple Developer Website Register Screen

Now create an Apple ID specifically for use with a Developer Account dedicated to creating, managing and publishing your subsequent App Store Apps:

Apple Developer - Create Apple ID Screen

Once your Apple ID has been successfully created you'll receive a confirmation message informing you that an activation e-mail has been sent to the e-mail address you have just registered:

Apple Developer website - Apple ID created

Open the e-mail and click on the Verify Now link contained within to complete the verification check:

Once you've verified your Apple ID you can then log in to your Apple Developer account where there's a couple more steps left to complete before your registration is completed:

Now you're logged in to your newly created Apple Developer account you'll be asked to review the license agreement:

Then the next step is to tell Apple a little bit about yourself:

Once you've completed this step the registering of your Apple Developer account is finally complete:

iOS developer program

Now it's time to enrol on the iOS Developer Program.

Navigate to the following URL - https://developer.apple.com/programs/:

Apple Developer Programs

Select the iOS Developer Program option and click on Enroll now:

iOS Developer initial enrolment screne

The following screen provides information on the iOS Developer enrollment process and its different stages.

Read this carefully, to get a good understanding of what's involved, and then click on the Continue button:

iOS Developer enrolment screen

Choose the Sign-in option (where you'll use the Apple ID you created in the previous section):

iOS developer enrolment sign-up

And decide whether you are choosing to enroll as an individual or as a company/organization.

For the purposes of this tutorial we're going to enrol under the company/organization option:

Developer enrolment type

Now enter the Apple ID and password you created in the previous section:

Apple Developer Account Log-in Screen

Complete your company information (pay attention to the D-U-N-S number section - as this is very important):

iOS Developer enter company information

If you do not know your D-U-N-S Number then the easiest way to obtain one is to use the DUNS Lookup tool and, after successfully completing the look-up form, you'll receive your company's DUNS number (a 9 digit business reference) by e-mail.

When entering your DUNS number into the field in the Enter your organization information section of the iOS Developer enrolment form process be sure to enter WITHOUT the hyphens.

Once you've done this and continued to the next screen you'll be asked to verify your organisation's address. If all details presented on the screen are correct continue with the enrolment otherwise go back and amend where necessary.

IOS Developer Program - verify organisation address 

When you're satisfied that the organisation address details are accurate you can now choose the developer program type.

As you're going to be developing mobile/tablet Apps for the Apple App Store you'll want to select the iOS Developer Program only:

Select Developer program type

The next step is to review the enrolment information prior to continuing:

iOS Developer - review enrolment information

Now that you've reviewed the information entered/selected so far you'll be informed that your enrollment is being processed.

This may take some time before you receive an e-mail with instructions on how to complete the enrollment process:

iOS Developer enrolment being processed

Wrapping up the enrollment process

Once you receive the e-mail from Apple verifying your signature authority you'll be able to complete the iOS Developer enrollment process based on the instructions contained within.

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