How to Join the Apple Developer Program

By Neal Goldstein, Tony Bove

To run your app on a real iPad or get a chance to profile your app in the App Store, you have to enroll in either the Standard or Enterprise version of the iPhone Developer Program. The iPhone Developer Program membership approval process used to take a while, and although the process does seem quicker these days, it’s still true that you can’t run your apps on your iPad until you’re approved for the program. You should enroll as early as possible.

1Go to the iPad SDK section of Apple’s Web site.

The address is http://www.apple.com/ipad/sdk. Scroll down to the Test and Distribute Your iPad App section near the bottom.

2Click the Learn More button.

The iPhone Developer Program page appears.

3On the left side of the screen, click the Enroll Now button.

A new page appears with an overview of the process of joining the program.

4Click Continue to enroll.

A screen appears with the option to create a new Apple account (or use an existing one).

5Choose an option to create a new Apple account or use an existing one.

If you already registered, select the I’m Registered as a Developer with Apple option. If you haven’t registered yet but have an Apple ID already (from iTunes Store or Apple Store purchases), select the I Currently Have an Apple ID option. If you don’t have an ID, select the I Need to Create a New Account option.

6Click Continue.

A screen appears asking whether you’re enrolling as an Individual or a Company, and providing information about the Individual and Company enrollment options.

7Click Individual or Company.

The Apple Developer Program Enrollment Personal Profile page appears if you need to continue adding personal information for an Apple account and to register as a developer. If you are already registered and have already agreed to the developer agreement, you go directly to the payment page.

8Enter your payment information and click Continue.

Depending on the option you selected, you’re either given the opportunity to pay (if you selected Individual) or you’re asked for some more company information and then given the ability to pay. (But pay you will.)

9Continue through the process, and eventually you will be accepted in the Developer Program of your choice.

After acceptance, you can log in to the iPhone Dev Center as an Official iPhone Developer and see the page shown in this figure.

10Click the iPhone Provisioning Portal link in the right column.

You see all sorts of things you can do as a developer in the portal.