App Transfers in Apple App Store

Last night I (like all iOS developers) got the email below from Apple. The gist of the mail is that developers can now transfer approved apps to other accounts. Previously this has been impossible to do. This has many benefits and use cases for developers:

  • If you sell an app, you can transfer it to the buyer instead of having to handle updates for them. Likewise, if you buy an app, you get full control to it in iTunesConnect under your own account.
  • If you outsource app development, the final deliverable can be an App Store accepted app transfered to your account without having to give your credentials to the developer or managing the App Store submission yourself.  Similarly if you develop apps for others.
  • If you develop apps on your personal account (like I currently do), you can start a company once things grow, without having to distribute the apps forever under your personal account. 

App transfers are also likely to boost the business of app marketplaces such as Apptopia .