iPhone AppStore submission gotchas

I’ve just had a couple of issues submitting my new iPhone app to the AppStore. I have to say, it’s quite a convoluted process. In xCode’s organiser window you have a couple of very handy big buttons to validate and submit the app, which sounds perfect!

Except that these buttons do absolutely nothing, and give you no feedback to tell you that they’ve done nothing unless you’ve already set up the app in iTunesConnect. I’ve also heard that Validate Application also does nothing if your app is in fact valid. Is that true? No confirmation message? I found more information here on the .net Developers’ Journal.

So I set up the app on iTunes connect but I got the app ID wrong (ly.seb.myappname rather than ly.seb.MyAppName – capitals count apparently!). So I thought it’d be easier to delete the app from iTunes connect and start over than it would be to rename the app ID in xCode.

Big mistake.

Although I’ve deleted the app it won’t let me re-submit as it says there’s already an app with the same name. The one that I’ve deleted. So it’s not really deleted, it’s kinda there in the ether somewhere.

Which means that I can re-upload my app unless I change the name. Which I don’t really want to do!

Needless to say I’ve emailed support to let them know and hopefully they’ll help me fix it. But I thought I’d post this up so you can avoid this in future.

6 replies on “iPhone AppStore submission gotchas”

got into same problem! tried validate my app, did nothing, created app on webinterfce, validate still nothing! so i deleted the app, and now i lost my uniq BUNDLE and name !!!


I’m actually experiencing the same exact problem. Have you figured anything out yet or heard from support?

Why don’t they at least warn us before we delete??

Thanks for an help you can provide!


It’s so annoying. I was going to follow it up with the UK developer relations guy but in the end I just added “the” to the name of the app. Hence “The Kitten Conveyorbelt”. 🙂

I know it’s a bit too late, but search your Mac for the app “Application Loader”. It’s the preferred way to upload and works really great actually. Still all that code signing and provisioning nonsense to go through unfortunately 🙁

Same issue, went to upload my first app- deleted it to change the bundle name and now I cannot upload it with the same name or bundle I’d.

I changed the name but itunesconnect says the bundle I’d is already in use, how do I change the bundle ID so I can continue to add this profile??

I have one app on my mac, that I want to upload, I did link the previous version with gamecentre as well.

Any help would be great

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