Today, businesses increasingly rely on mobile applications to engage with customers, streamline operations, and drive growth. In the U.S., iOS leads Android in market share, which means deploying high-quality iPhone apps is paramount. Let’s explore how we can use Azure DevOps to facilitate the deployment of Xcode-based iOS apps.

Azure DevOps for Xcode Deployment

Xcode is Apple’s integrated development environment (IDE) for macOS and is used to develop software for the Apple ecosystem. Once your app is created for iOS in Xcode, you can use Azure DevOps to deploy it. First, you’ll create the Azure DevOps pipeline for your project and link your GitHub repository. You’ll also configure the pipeline to use the appropriate Xcode version for your project.

For your build agent, you have options. Xcode is preinstalled on Microsoft-hosted macOS agents if you prefer not to set up or use your own infrastructure for your build agent. You can, of course, use your own agent.

Next, you’ll customize the pipeline to your needs and define build steps, tests, and packaging options. By using the App Center Distribute task, you can distribute your app to a group of beta testers or promote the app in the store. The Apple App Store extension will allow you to release your app to end users and automate interaction with the App Store.

Benefits

Deploying iPhone apps written in Xcode via Azure DevOps empowers businesses to deliver high-quality experiences efficiently. By embracing CI/CD practices, you can enhance user satisfaction, reduce time-to-market, and drive business success. Furthermore, you’ll be able to continue to enjoy the same security and insights you already use in Azure DevOps, while making the deployment of your iOS apps more cost-effective and scalable.

For more information, or to get started today, contact our team of experts here at PRAKTIK.