Generic archive instead of iOS App Archive

Recently I ran into a weird issue: I had to create an ad-hoc build, but the archive landed in the “Other Items” section in the Xcode’s organizer instead of iOS Apps. Therefore I couldn’t distribute the build.

The issue was that in the Info.plist of the archive the ‘ApplicationProperties’ key is missing. This contains some info about the app. And if it is not present, then the Xcode can’t interpret it as an iOS app.

I had searched for the issue and found several solutions. I tried everything I could: setting skip install to NO for the main project target and skip install to YES for the sub-project targets; making sure sub-projects have Copy Headers in Project, not Public etc. Nothing worked.

Finally I found out that the issue is only reproducible in Xcode 7 and using Cocoapods version 0.38.2. This was a good starting point. Everybody suggests that downgrading Cocoapods resolve the issue. However, these suggestions were made before launching version 0.39.0 as a stable version. So I recommend upgrading it to the newest version. I re-installed the pods, just to be sure I have nothing from the old version left.