The process of creating an app is involves many steps from an idea to the design and so on. Once that idea exists and you have a general idea of how your app should look, the fun part begins – creating the app itself.
In this post, I will cover the requirements of creating a project for an iOS app and mention a few of the requirements that need to be met before you can begin.
The requirements are actually pretty simple. All you need is a Mac or device running the macOS operating system with Xcode installed. You can simply download Xcode from the AppStore if you don’t have it installed yet. Thats it!
How to Create the Project
The welcome screen will then appear giving you a few options to choose from.
Select Create a new Xcode project
A new window will popup for you to set up the type of app you want to create. For this tutorial, we will create a simple iOS App.
Ensure iOS is selected at the top and App is selected below that and click next
This will then bring up a new window again, asking us to fill in a few details regarding your app
We now have to fill in a few things to tell Xcode about our app
- Product Name – This will be the name of your app
- Team – this will be linked to the Apple ID you have signed into Xcode with. You can do this is Xcode Preferences. Leaving this as none is fine for now until you want to run the app on a device
- Organization Identifier – This is the identifier for your app. You would usually just use something along the lines of com.yourname
- Since we’re using SwiftUI, the interface and Life Cycle should be set to SwiftUI and Language set to Swift
- Use Core Data – you can leave this off unless you are wanting your app to save user data once the app is closed
- Include Tests – This can be left off
Once you’ve set everything, click Next
Finally, you just need to choose where to save your project.
It’s advised to have a dedicated folder on your Mac where you will store all your projects. Navigate to where it should be saved and click Create
It’s as simple as that. You’ve just created your first Xcode project. From this point onwards, you can go ahead with coding your app and bringing your idea to life!