Submit your iPadOS apps to the App Store
Deliver exciting app experiences that make the most of iPadOS 16. Build your apps with Xcode 14.1, update your product pages, and submit today.
Build with Xcode 14.1
Deliver great user experiences by seamlessly integrating with the latest advances on Apple platforms. Build your apps using Xcode 14.1, which includes SDKs for all the latest Apple platforms.
Please note, starting April 2023, all iOS and iPadOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with Xcode 14.1 and the iOS 16.1 SDK.
Optimize for iPadOS 16
The SDK for iPadOS 16 delivers a range of exciting capabilities. Deliver cutting-edge collaboration experiences, and build more capable, intuitive apps and powerful pro workflows. Bring your app experience to the big screen with full external display support, so users can make the most of Stage Manager — an entirely new way to multitask on iPad. And new APIs and capabilities let you help people do even more.
Desktop-class iPad apps
Take advantage of external display support, an editor-style navigation bar, an enhanced text editing menu, support for “Find and Replace”, and inline search.
Learn about desktop-class iPad apps
Swift and SwiftUI
Swift is a powerful programming language now features built-in support for regular expressions, all-new regex builders, and package plugins to create and share custom tooling. The latest updates also include improvements to generics syntax and under-the-hood performance improvements when building and launching apps.
SwiftUI is the modern way to build great-looking user interfaces across all Apple platforms. You can learn it once and apply it everywhere. This year, SwiftUI is more powerful, flexible, and easier to adopt. Take control of your app’s navigation with a new stateful navigation API, build the layout that works best for your app with all-new custom layouts, and use SwiftUI more seamlessly in UIKit apps with new UICollectionView custom cell support.
Help users quickly accomplish tasks related to your app by voice or tap. App Intents is a new Swift-only framework designed to make it faster and easier to build great actions — and you can use it to build new App Shortcuts. With no user setup required, App Shortcuts are available as soon as your app is installed in iOS, iPadOS, or watchOS, and can be run from the Shortcuts app, Spotlight, and Siri. With support for parameters and synonyms, App Shortcuts let people interact with your app through Siri more naturally.
Get the most out of the All-New Map, including the highly detailed 3D City Experience. Visualize data using overlays that seamlessly integrate with the 3D map. Create interactive, immersive experiences with the new Selectable Map Features and Look Around APIs. Use the new Maps Server API to increase performance, lower data usage, and improve battery life.
Use new APIs and the latest enhancements to create even better in-app purchase experiences. You can now sync in-app purchase products from App Store Connect into Xcode, control when StoreKit message sheets appear in your app, present offer code redemption sheets within your app, and much more. Take advantage of new testing features, like the ability to request test notifications and test additional in-app purchase scenarios in the sandbox environment and Xcode, so you can be sure to provide great experiences for your users.
Learn about in-app purchase enhancements
Metal powers hardware-accelerated graphics on Apple platforms by providing a low-overhead API, rich shading language, tight integration between graphics and compute, and an unparalleled suite of GPU profiling and debugging tools. Metal 3 introduces powerful features that help your games and pro apps tap into the full potential of Apple silicon. Now you can render high-resolution graphics in less time, load resources faster, train machine learning networks with the GPU, and more.
Bring valuable weather information to your apps and services through a wide range of data that can help people stay up to date, safe, and prepared. It’s easy to use WeatherKit in your apps with a platform-specific Swift API, and on any other platform with a REST API.
Test on devices
Apps should look great on all models of iPad, regardless of display size or aspect ratio. With features like Xcode storyboards, Auto Layout, and SwiftUI, your app’s interface elements and layouts automatically fit the display. Test your apps with the latest devices or the simulator in Xcode 14.1 to make sure they’re ready to take advantage of the edge-to-edge displays by respecting safe areas, supporting adaptive layouts, and more. Find and address UI issues in your app before testing on a device to make sure your app looks great. App updates must use an Xcode storyboard to provide the app’s launch screen. In addition, new apps that run on iPad must support all iPad screens.
View related Human Interface Guidelines
Required device capabilities
The App Store is designed to provide users with apps that work seamlessly with their devices’ capabilities. Verify that your information property list (info.plist) is compatible with any device requirements when submitting a new app that takes advantage of the latest technologies.
View “Required Device Capabilities”
TestFlight beta testing
Before finalizing your app for release, get valuable feedback with beta testers. Upload your app to App Store Connect and use TestFlight to test on a device and easily invite other testers.
Submit for review
Before submitting your app for review, make sure it’s ready to be publicly released and that you’re making the most of your product page.
Learn about the review process, view the App Store Review Guidelines, and receive advice on how to avoid common issues before you submit.
Make sure your app’s name, icon, description, screenshots, app previews, and keywords are ready for your product page. You can also take this opportunity to update your subtitle and promotional text, and choose to promote any new in-app purchases. If your app supports Dark Mode, consider including at least one screenshot that showcases what the experience looks like for users.
View details on creating a great product page
App privacy details
Enter all necessary information about your app’s privacy practices, including the practices of third-party partners whose code you integrate into your app, in App Store Connect. These details inform the app privacy label on your App Store product page and are required to submit new apps and app updates to the App Store.
Learn about providing app privacy details
iPad apps on the Mac App Store
Your iPad apps will be published automatically on the Mac App Store on Apple silicon Macs, unless you update their availability in App Store Connect.
Learn about managing your app’s availability
Once your app is updated for the latest platform versions and devices, submit for review. Get step-by-step instructions how to submit your apps for distribution on the App Store.
Make your apps faster, more responsive, and more engaging with the incredible features of iOS. Learn how to prepare your apps for submission to the App Store.
Deliver up-to-date information, make your apps more accessible, connect to Bluetooth peripherals in the background, gather HealthKit data, and take advantage of the GPU for rich programmatic drawing.