In short, you do not need a MAC to develop, build, and code sign hybrid mobile applications with AppBuilder and the Telerik Platform.
And here's the longer explanation. AppBuilder eliminates the need of a Mac by covering the following stages in the development lifecycle.
- It facilitates the configuration of your certificates and provisioning profiles by letting you create a certificate signing request within AppBuilder without the need of a Mac. You can import your certificates and provisioning profiles in AppBuilder to use them for code signing.
- With AppBuilder you can build and code sign your IPA.
- You can upload the finalized IPA to iTunes Connect for publishing in the App Store, again, without a Mac.
- For further convenience, AppBuilder provides the AppBuilder companion app with which you can test your apps on iOS devices prior to joining the Apple Developer Program and setting up any certificates or provisions.
To develop and distribute iOS applications, however, you need to be involved in the Apple Developer Program (this is a requirement that comes from Apple and is strictly related to app distribution to users), including having access to iTunes Connect. You will also need to set up your certificates and provisioning profiles in the iOS Dev Center in order to test on device and distribute your app.
And last but not least, after your trial expires (if you are still in trial), you will need to purchase an AppBuilder or Telerik Platform subscription as the Starter (free) edition will not let you build and upload IPAs for publishing.
Icenium is now Telerik AppBuilder
, and is part of the Telerik Platform
. For more information on the new name, and to learn more about the Platform, register for the free online keynote and webinar
on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT)