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Apple Developer vs Apple Enterprise Licenses – what does it mean to you?

Posted on November 16, 2012, by
Apple Developer vs Apple Enterprise Licenses – what does it mean to you?

Building a learning app that can be installed on an iPhone or iPad requires the app to be published through Apple’s developer licensing program. For clarification, a developer licence is only applicable if you wish to distribute your learning as a packaged app that a user installs on their device, it is not needed if users will access the learning via the web browser on their device.

With two licence types available, we often get asked which Apple developer licence is required. The following table summarizes the licence types available and which one may be appropriate to your project.

Licence types

Principally there are two licence types relevant iOS App development and distribution:

  iOS Developer Program iOS Developer Enterprise Program
Cost: $99 per year $299 per year
Features
  • Distribute your app via the App Store
  • Test on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

 

  • Distribute proprietary apps directly to employees hosted by you.
  • Test on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Receive code level technical support
Distribution Once your app has been built and tested, it is then submitted to the App Store for review and acceptance.  Review time typically takes 10 days. Once your app has been built and tested, you can launch it immediately.
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When developing a learning app for iPhone or iPad and to determine the appropriate licence, the key consideration is whether the app will be made available to the general public or restricted to their organization. In summary:

  • If your learning app will be made available to the general public the iOS Developer Program is required.
  • If your learning app is strictly for your employees, the iOS Developer Enterprise Program is required.

Once you have registered for the relevant developer program, you can use it for as many learning apps as required. You can also register for both developer programs if you intend to distribute apps internally and to the general public.

It’s worth noting, that if you wish to distribute your App via the App Store, Epic can also distribute this on your behalf using their licence, thus negating the need for your own licence. Epic have done this for a number of clients to date, including:

  HEA Annual Conference 2012
The 8th Higher Education Academy Annual Conference took place in July 2012 at the University of Manchester, UK.
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  NHS Adult Drug Calculations UK
Learn the formulae to calculate and administer drugs for adults, practise your skills and see how well you’re doing with this 40 minute app.
View in iTunes
  Learning Technologies / Learning and Skills 2012
Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills is the leading European exhibition and conference for organisational learning, and it’s now quite literally bigger and more vital than ever before.
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If you have any questions, or would like to discuss building a learning app for your business, please contact Epic.

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