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Apple developer vs Apple enterprise licenses – what does it mean to you?

Building a learning app that can be installed on an iPhone or iPad requires the app to be published through Apple’s developer licensing program. On the other hand, if users will access the learning via the web browser on their device, then a license is not needed. A developer licence, therefore, is only applicable if you wish to deliver your learning as a packaged app downloaded via the iTunes store or distributed within your company.

Furthermore, there are two licence types available – the Apple developer and the Apple developer enterprise license. We often get asked which licence is required, so we’ve put together the following table to summarise the licence types.

Licence types
Principally there are two licence types relevant for iOS app development and distribution:

  iOS Developer Program iOS Developer Enterprise Program
Cost $99 per year $299 per year
  • Distribute your app via the App Store.
  • Test on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.


  • Distribute proprietary apps directly to employees hosted by you.
  • Test on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Receive code level technical support.
Distribution Once your app has been built and tested, it is submitted to the App Store for review and acceptance.  Review time typically takes ten days. Once your app has been built and tested, you can launch it immediately.
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To determine the appropriate licence to develop your iOS learning app, the key consideration is whether the app will be made available to the general public or restricted to your organisation. In summary:

  • If your learning app will be made available to the general public, the iOS Developer Program is required.
  • If your learning app is strictly for your employees, the iOS Developer Enterprise Program is required.

Once you have registered for the relevant program, you can use it for as many learning apps as required. You can also register for both programs if you intend to distribute apps internally and to the general public.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss building a learning app for your business, please get in touch.