Apple Account Creation

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Written by Scott Roberts

When we start working with a new client in which we are creating an iOS app we always state that clients should control what they own. The following is a quick guide on how to create and obtain a business apple account to allow us to distribute your app onto the store.

D-U-N-S Number Requirements

Apple require a D-U-N-S number to create either an Apple Developer Account to publish an app on the App Store as a company or an enterprise account for internal distribution.

A D-U-N-S number is a unique 9 digit sequence which is recognised as a universal standard of identifying and keeping track of worldwide businesses.

This is 100% free and to obtain yours please complete the following steps;

  1. Go to http://www.dnb.co.uk/dandb-duns-number
  2. Fill in your contact details and go to the next page.
  3. Fill in your company registration number or details.
  4. Select your company.
  • Your D-U-N-S number will be emailed to you shortly, the number will look like the following 99-999-9999

Apple Account Creation

View the memberships available to you here:

https://developer.apple.com/support/compare-memberships/

A quick summary of the most common ones follows;

Individual: for individual people, sole proprietor/single person business.

The cost of this at the time of writing is 99 USD / year

Enrolling in the program as an Organisation

  • Enterprise: This allows us to bypass the app store and distribute apps exclusively to your organistions employees.

The cost of this is 299 USD / year

  • Apple Developer Program: You can sell and distribute apps on the App Sore from your legal entity name.

The cost of this is 99 USD / year

As this is the most common one we will quickly describe what you need to do. More instructions on this are provided by Apple (https://developer.apple.com/programs/enroll/).

  • First you will need a DUNS number described above.
  • Second you will need to make sure you have legal entity status to enter in contract with Apple.
  • Third you will need to be the legal binding authority for the company. As you will be binding your organisation to legal agreements.
  • And last an Apple Account / Apple ID that is not already bound to an Apple Developer program.

To start the process visit https://developer.apple.com/programs/enroll/ and click the blue button at the bottom.

Need help? Don’t hesitate to ask us.