What is an APP STORE?
App Store is a digital distribution platform for mobile apps which are developed using iOS operating system. It is developed and managed by Apple Inc. User can search, browse and download app on their iphone smartphones, tablets and TV.
Steps for Submitting Your App to the App Store
iTunes Connect is required to submit your app to the APP STORE. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools created to guide developers to submit and manage their apps.
1. Become Apple Developer Program
First step in creating an iOS app is becoming an Apple Developer. Registration is free but there is a $99 fee for submitting your app to the app store.
2.Develop the App
App can be developed using SDK (Software Development Kit) for iOS. Programming languages supported are Objective-C or Swift.
3. Create App Record
After app is developed, you will need to create a record in iTunes Connect. This record is the app information and description that appears in the app store.
4. Upload the App
After app record is saved, you can upload your app’s build. Xcode and Application Loader Tools are required for uploading the app. Xcode is an integrated development environment that comes with all of the tools needed for your app and it is also used to upload your app to iTunes Connect. On the other hand, Application Loader is a tool that comes really handy if your app includes in-app purchase products that need to be configured for the app.
5. App Review
Applications are subject to approval by Apple. Applications may still be distributed “ad-hoc” if they are rejected, by the author manually submitting a request to Apple to license the application to individual iPhones, although Apple may withdraw the ability for authors to do this at a later date.
6. Release the App
After you submit your build, Apple will review the app and its metadata. If by any chance Apple rejects your build or metadata, the status of the app will be changed to “Rejected” and you will be notified with the reason for the rejection. iTunes Connect provides excellent Resolution Center to help you find the resolution for your problem. If Apple approves your app, the status of your app will change to “Ready for Sale” and you will also be notified of the status change. When the app becomes available in iTunes Connect you will be able to track the number of downloads and follow comments and issues users have. You can set your app to release automatically or manually. If you choose to release it automatically, it will become available in app store right after the app has been approved for release. Choosing to release it manually will give you the option to release it on a date of your choosing.