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I know that there is one way to do this with XCODE 7, however this doesn't seem to be working for me, possibly because I'm on iOS10? I have an app that I'd like to deploy on to my iPad before I decide to sign up for a developer account. Is there any way to achieve this.

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You don't need a developer account but you do need a Mac. These points are taken from this blog:

In order to take advantage of this, you’ll need three things:

  1. Xcode 7
  2. iOS 9 (minimum)
  3. A free Apple ID

To start, you’ll need to set up a provisioning profile to code sign your apps:

  1. Open Xode preferences (Xcode > Preferences…)
  2. Click the ‘Accounts’ tab
  3. Login with your Apple ID (+ > Add Apple ID…)
  4. Once you’ve successfully logged in, a new ‘Personal Team’ with the role ‘Free’ will appear beneath your Apple ID.
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There's a few more details that you can view on that site.

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  • I tried this with my iPad and Mac and was able to add the AppleID successfully. However, I was unable to deploy to my iPad, I received a warning "Could not find developer disk image" and it did not let me proceed further. This comment seems to suggest that it is not possible to do with XCODE7, since my iPad is on iOS10. Any thoughts? Does this work with XCODE8? I won't be able to test this right now unfortunately, since it looks like I have to upgrade my operating system to download the latest XCODE8.1
    – kdheepak
    Oct 28 '16 at 15:50

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