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Deliver iOS Apps with Apple App Store Extension and Team Services to App Store

An Apple App Store extension that allows deploying iOS applications to the Apple App Store via Team Services or Team Foundation Server (2015 Update 3 or later) has been released.

The code for the new Apple App Store extension is open source and available publicly on GitHub. And, it uses Fastlane, a popular open source tool for mobile developers.

The team notes, this extension provides 2 build/release tasks and a service endpoint to manage your Apple App Store/iTunes Connect credentials including:

  • Upload a build for an existing app to TestFlight for beta testing.
  • Upload a build for an existing app along with metadata and screenshots to iTunes Connect.
  • Submit your app for review to the Apple App Store.

Along with the Google Play extension, “this provides a good story for continuous deployment of iOS and Android mobile applications via Team Services and TFS,” reports the team.

You can try out both the Apple App Store extension here, and Google Play extension here.

Also, check out the video below to see how this works:

Apple App Store Extension for TFS

Additionally, you can now install Visual Studio Marketplace Extensions to Team Foundation Server “15” RC1 seamlessly, Microsoft blogged.

Adding it noted, “install and buy experiences for Marketplace extensions are now significantly improved in Team Foundation Server “15” RC1.” And, the “RC2” will continue these enhancements with non-Microsoft extensions buying support too.

In additon, you can also switch back and forth an extension, but that’s first determine by TFS. Because, an extension can have a runtime dependencies that only TFS can determine. So, “the prrocess involve first navigate to TFS to determine if extension can be install there. Next, it takes you back to the Marketplace to complete the purchase,” the team explains.

When buying an extension, you can select an Azure subscription to use for billing.

By the way, “you only have to select a subscription the first time. For all later purchases for your team project collection, the subscription is already selected,” the team stated.

Aside, when you buy an extension, the “Start Trial” button won’t appear when you’re connected to TFS, added the team.

Extension trials will be available for TFS by early 2017.

Free Visual Studio Extension in TFS

Paid Visual Studio Extension in TFS

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