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I want to sign up for my Apple Developer account solely so i can provision an app and put it on a device(s) to test.

How long does it take after I submit my payment for the Apple Developer account for Apple to respond? Is it a mechanized system so I can start putting my app on my device?

Is there any other way to get my app onto a real device in the time while I wait?

I just want to test real code -- which includes Bluetooth functionality -- on my iPad mini. But apparently I cannot do that until I can provision the app. But I can't provision the app until I have a dev account. But, even if I get the dev account I'm wondering if it takes a long time before I can use the dev account.

Any help is much appreciated.

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Here's the thing, I don't even have to have a Developer Account to deploy my app to my device.

Instead, all I had to do was connect the device to my Mac Mini. When I did that XCode recognizes the device and allows me to deploy and run the app on the device.

I hadn't seen this possibility anywhere, but now that it's possible, it doesn't matter to me so much how long I have to wait for the developer account to be officially set up, since in the wait time I can develop my apps and test them on my locally connected ipad.

As I was writing this answer, I went back to XCode and was building a new app when I suddenly saw the following message: ipad fail

I couldn't believe it. I was so excited because I could build apps for my local pad and now suddenly it has limited me until I buy a Dev Account. Apple, I'm going to buy a dev acct and I obviously cannot deploy or sell my app to anyone without your permission. Why would you make it this difficult? Ridiculous!!

EDIT Wow. Now I just googled for that and found the following Apple Forum : https://forums.developer.apple.com/thread/49304

Someone there mentions that you just have to uninstall other apps from your device and it should work again. I had two other test apps on my device so I uninstalled them and I was able to deploy to my device again.

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