Monday, July 15, 2024

How to Create an iPhone App from Scratch (iOS)

The first and foremost thing you need to know about iOS is that it is not an application development platform in the same sense as Android or Windows Phone. iOS is an operating system that can run your app and is supported by Apple. But you must develop a UI for the application (the interface).

If you want to make an iPhone app from scratch, you’ve come to the right place! I’ll walk you through the process of creating an app from start to finish, step by step.

In this post, I’ll teach you how to create an app from start to finish. From designing your app to adding the code, this post will show you everything you need to know to build an app from scratch.

The only thing you need is your imagination!

In this video, I explain the steps to create my first-ever iPhone app from scratch. The app was called “Tribe”, featuring an audio podcast player with no ads and subscriptions. It was abandoned and removed from the store just over a year after launch. Creating an app from scratch taught me quite a lot about developing iPhone apps for the Apple Developer Program and Apple Store. It also taught me that to start creating an iPhone app; you must understand the basics of Objective-C, Cocoa, and Xcode.

iPhone App

Learn how to build an app for iOS.

Apple has released three versions of its development software since 2011. In this tutorial, we’ll look at Swift, a new language Apple introduced with version 4.0, and build a basic app with Xcode 7.

Let’s start with the basics. First, you must have a Mac running macOS 10.10 Yosemite or later. You’ll need the Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed if you’re using Windows.

Next, download Xcode 7. You can get it from the Mac App Store for $19.99.

Once you’ve downloaded Xcode, you can create new projects. Select File > New Project.

Choose the type of project you’d like to create. You can choose an existing template or create a new template.

You can choose to create an iPhone or iPad app.

Click Next.

You can create a single-view application if you’re creating a new app.

A single-view app consists of a single screen with no navigation controller.

I’m going to create a simple weather app.

Select the View as iPhone option.

Xcode will then create a new project.

You can name the project anything you like.

Leave the other settings on the defaults.

After creating the project, you’ll be prompted to connect your device. You’ll need to create a developer account if you haven’t already.

If you’ve created a new app before, you’ll need to log in with your Apple ID.

You can create one now if you don’t have an Apple ID.

Once you’re logged in, you’ll need to enter your credit card information.

Once your payment has been processed, you must set up a new provisioning profile.

You can create a new one or select an existing one.

You’ll need to add the new profile to your Xcode project.

Developing an app on iOS

The first step is to create an app in Xcode. This IDE allows you to write code, design user interfaces, and test apps on your iPhone or iPad.

You can download Xcode from the App Store, and you’ll need to sign up for an Apple ID. You can also download the Xcode Command Line Tools, which include the tools you’ll need to create and build your app.

Step 1: Creating an app in Xcode

Create an app in Xcode

Start by opening Xcode. You’ll see the welcome screen asking you to log in with your Apple ID.

To create an app, you must log in with your Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, click “Sign Up”.

Once logged in, click the plus (+) icon, then select “New Project.”

You’ll be prompted to enter a project name and location from here.

You can use any name you want for the project name, but it must be unique.

You’ll also be asked to provide a location, which will determine the type of device you’ll be developing for.

If you’re developing for the iPhone, you’ll want to select “iPhone.”

If you’re developing for the iPad, you’ll want to select “iPad.”

After you select a device, click Next.

Step 2: Configuring the project

Configuring the project

Next, you’ll see a list of available targets. Click the plus sign (+), then select “New Target.”

A new target will be created, and you’ll be presented with a template.

The template includes settings for the default view controller and the main storyboard. You’ll need to set the build destination for this template and be given instructions for fixing the deployment target.

How do I get started?

First thing first: you need an Apple developer account.

If you don’t already have one, go to Apple’s developer website. You must sign up and pay the $99/year fee.

Once you have an account, you can create an iOS application on your computer.

If you’re a Mac user, you can use Xcode. If you’re a PC user, you’ll need to download Xcode.

In this tutorial, we’ll use Xcode, a free app.

Once you’ve installed Xcode, click “Create a New Project.”

You’ll see this screen:

You can call this screen “New Project” or “Project” or “App” or whatever you want.

This screen has a bunch of options. We’ll focus on two:

**Name:** This is where you’ll give your app a name. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just make it short and descriptive.

**Screenshots:** This is where you’ll add screenshots of your app. You’ll need to include a screenshot for each of the main screens of your app.

Now, let’s talk about the “Main Screen.”

On the left side of the screen, you’ll see “Targets.” Click on this.

Scroll down until you see “App Icons and Launch Images.” Click on this.

Click on “Add.”

Here is a sample screenshot of your app’s icon.

Here is a sample screenshot of your app’s launch image.

Click on “Save.”

Now, let’s talk about the “Main Screen.”

On the left side of the screen, you’ll see “View Controller.” Click on this.

What should I know before starting?

Before you begin, it’s important to know that this process can take anywhere from two days to several months, depending on the app’s complexity.

You should also be aware that this is an intensive process and requires a fair bit of work, especially if you’re new to programming.

Don’t worry, though; this process is straightforward.

Frequently asked questions about iOS

Q: What is the process of creating an app?

A: It depends on the type of app you want to create. With an iPhone app, starting with a website is usually easier because more templates are available. If you have an idea and a basic understanding of programming, it’s easier to create an iPhone app yourself. However, if you are just starting and have no programming knowledge, more companies can help you.

Q: Why should I learn how to code?

A: To become an entrepreneur or to start a company. There are a lot of opportunities out there for those who are interested in starting their own business. You could either sell the app directly through iTunes or other retailers.

Q: How long does it take to build an iPhone app?

A: The average iPhone app takes about one year to develop.

Top Myths About iOS

  1. It would be best if you were a programmer to create an iPhone app.
  2. It would be best to have a lot of money to start creating an iPhone app.
  3. It’s expensive to develop an iPhone app.


The iOS app development community is growing faster than ever before. You can create your app, contribute to open-source projects, or work as a freelancer.

It’s one of the fastest-growing industries and an awesome way to start building a business from scratch.

But it’s not a simple process. The skills you need are only accessible to a small minority of people. It’s a highly competitive field, and there’s always the chance of getting scammed.

That’s why I recommend starting with a proven framework. Learn how to code, and use some of the tools available to build your app.

Once you have a prototype ready, try pitching your idea to some of the bigger names in the industry. If you can get funding, you could even create a sustainable business that lasts long after you’ve left the company.

William M. Alberts
William M. Alberts
Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Professional beer scholar. Problem solver. Extreme pop culture fan. Fixie owner, shiba-inu lover, band member, International Swiss style practitioner and holistic designer. Acting at the intersection of design and mathematics to save the world from bad design. I'm a designer and this is my work.

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