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04/27/17 01:47 PM (1 month ago)

IOS version of Android App

I'm new to Buzztouch and deveopling apps so any input here is greatly appreciated!

I maintain a single app that is basically just a contact list I update weekly (shows who is on standby for after hours service) for internal use only within the company and currently we only have an Android version. The company now wants an IOS version.

-Would I need to create a second Buzztouch app and compile it in Xcode or can I just compile the existing app and publish it to the App Store (I understand a Apple Developer subscription is required)

-The app contains information the company would not want publicly available. We side-load on Android so it's not a problem. What would be the best we to handle the privacy aspect with Apple?

-I have no OS X device to run XCode and would prefer to avoid purchasing one. Any information on the feasibility of getting an OS X virtual machine running in VMWare Workstation and running XCode there?

Thanks!
 
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04/27/17 08:26 PM (1 month ago)
Hi DS.

The simple answers are -

-If you packaged your Android app with Buzztouch you do not need to create a separate app for iOS.
You just need to code and compile in Xcode.

-You can create and distribute an "Enterprise App" outside of the Apple App Store.

-You can easily run OS X in a VM. But, you can legally, only run the VM on Mac hardware.
 
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04/27/17 08:36 PM (1 month ago)
Awesome, thanks Red Dog - exactly what I was looking for! I'll look into Enterprise Apps.
 
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04/27/17 11:34 PM (1 month ago)
I can confirm with red dog about the vm ware, when i first started i didnt have mac, and spent about 6 weeks and i need to install linux on a pc, got most of the components working, but it never produced an apk for apple, no matter what i tried, you can buy cheap macs on ebay for around £250
 
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04/28/17 05:17 AM (1 month ago)
Awesome, thanks Red Dog - exactly what I was looking for! I'll look into Enterprise Apps.
 
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04/28/17 05:37 AM (1 month ago)
Sorry, double post.

Thanks Funky Monkey.
 
Chris from Staffor...
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04/29/17 04:14 AM (4 weeks ago)
When I first messed about with iOS apps I set up my PC to dual boot - I installed the MAC OS on my windows PC using the Hackintosh method and it worked pretty well.

Now I have a mini mac that I use for iOS which is so much simpler as I can work on both systems at once.
 

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