Apple Developer
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Type of site
Software development website
OwnerApple Inc.
Current statusActive

Apple Developer (formerly Apple Developer Connection) is Apple Inc.'s website for software development tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), and technical resources. It contains resources to help software developers write software for the macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS platforms.

The applications are created in Xcode, or sometimes using other supported 3rd party programs. The apps can then be submitted to App Store Connect (formerly iTunes Connect), another one of Apple's website for approval the internal review team. Once approved, they can be distributed publicly via the respective app stores, i.e. App Store (iOS) for iOS and iPadOS apps, iMessage app store for Messages apps and Sticker pack apps, App Store (tvOS) for Apple TV apps, watchOS app store for Apple Watch apps with watchOS 6 and later, and via App Store (iOS) for earlier versions of watchOS. macOS apps are a notable exception to this, as they can be distributed similarly via Apple's Mac App Store or independently on the World Wide Web.[1]

Software leaks

There have been several leaks of secret Apple software through the prerelease program, most notably the Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger leaks, in which Apple sued three men who allegedly obtained advance copies of Mac OS X 10.4 prerelease builds from the site and leaked it to BitTorrent.[2]

Attempted hacks

On July 18, 2013, an intruder attempted to access sensitive personal information on Apple's developer servers. The information was encrypted, but Apple could not guarantee that some information about developers may have been accessed. The Developer website was taken down for "maintenance" that Thursday, and was said to be undergoing maintenance through Sunday, when Apple posted a notice on the site notifying users of the attempted hack. They have stated that they will be rebuilding their servers and the developer system to prevent this from happening in the future.[3][4]

Developer tutorials and tools

Apple provides free tutorials and guide support for their developer program. There are many intuitive sites like MacDevelopers[5] and GeeksforGeeks[6] who provide free guides and resources for Apple Developers.

In the beginning of July, Apple finished construction on their Developer Center in Cupertino, California.[7] During special events, developers are able to visit the center for one-on-one’s with Apple employees, demos of upcoming software, and more.

See also


  1. ^ Apple, Inc. (2020). App Store - Apple Developer. Retrieved on 2020-05-12.
  2. ^ Fried, Ina (2004-12-21). "Apple sues over loose Tiger". CNET
  3. ^ Apple Developer website (2013). Apple Developer Maintenance page. Retrieved on 2013-07-22.
  4. ^ News article from hack (2013). "Apple Developer Website Taken Down After Hacker Attack". Retrieved on 2013-07-22.
  5. ^ "MacDevelopers".
  6. ^ "GeeksforGeeks".
  7. ^ "Apple Event". Apple. Retrieved 2022-11-01.