Apple has quietly added a new app to its App Store called the “Accessory Developer Assistant”. While not publicly listed in the App Store, the app is available via a direct link and is intended for accessory makers looking to “test and verify” their new products’ compatibility with Apple devices.
The app comes with a comprehensive set of tools that allow accessory makers to test various features like camera hardware, NFC, battery management, and case compatibility. Apple’s screenshots of the app demonstrate its testing options, indicating that it’s designed to ensure that third-party accessories work as intended with Apple’s devices.
The “Accessory Developer Assistant” is available for both iPhone and iPad, and it’s likely that Apple has been privately distributing the app or a version of it to its partners in the past. Its addition to the App Store will simplify the distribution process and make it easy for testing partners to access the app.
Apple launched the app under its developer account, and it’s one of several unlisted apps that the company has added to the App Store in recent months. Other apps include CarKey and GymKit, among others.
Unlisted apps are a new feature that Apple added to the App Store in January 2022. These apps don’t appear in search results or browse sections, and they’re designed to allow developers to distribute their apps to a select group of users without making them publicly available on the App Store.
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The “Accessory Developer Assistant” app is an important addition to Apple’s suite of development tools, and it demonstrates the company’s commitment to supporting third-party accessory makers. By providing these tools, Apple is making it easier for accessory makers to ensure their products work seamlessly with Apple devices, enhancing the overall user experience.