In the realm of app development, a name holds immense significance. The default display name on your device’s Home screen is often taken for granted, but sometimes, a change is necessary to enhance branding and user experience. This tutorial unveils the process of altering the display name using a property list item, ensuring your app’s identity aligns with your vision. The journey is designed for Xcode 10, harmonizing seamlessly with iOS 12’s capabilities.

Initiating the Journey

Our journey commences with the launch of Xcode and the creation of a fresh Single View App. The app’s name is your identifier in this vast world of code, so christen it as “IOSChangeDisplayNameTutorial.” Fill in the Organization Name and Organization Identifier with your customary values. Swift shall be your chosen language for this voyage.

Unveiling the Default Display Name

By default, the Home screen displays your app’s name, which typically matches the app’s name as defined in your project. However, sometimes this default name falls short of your aspirations. To remedy this, our tutorial navigates to the info.plist file. Here, we unearth the elusive “Bundle name” item, a bearer of the default name, ${PRODUCT_NAME}, which is, in essence, your project’s name.

Witnessing the Initial Display

Before embarking on our quest to change the display name, it’s prudent to witness the status quo. After building and running the project, venture to the Hardware menu and select “Home.” You’ll find that the current app’s name may be too long for the Home screen, resulting in truncation.

To initiate the transformation, return to the info.plist file. Here, a simple right-click on any item reveals the path to change. Select “Add Row” and opt for “Bundle Display Name.” In the realm of this new row, give life to the value “NewName.” This singular act sets in motion the metamorphosis of your app’s identity.

Beholding the Change

With the change enacted, it’s time to observe the fruits of your labor. Build and run the app once more, returning to the Home screen. Here, in the digital world, your app dons its new display name, a testament to your ability to mold and shape the user experience.

In this tutorial, you’ve embarked on a journey to transform your app’s display name, a crucial element of its identity. As you continue to explore the depths of Xcode and app development, remember that every detail, no matter how seemingly small, contributes to the overall user experience and branding of your creation. Embrace the power to customize, and let it be a reflection of your commitment to excellence in the digital realm.

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