Xcode 8 – Provisioning Profile vs. Provisioning Profile (Deprecated)

Update 2017/02/13

User interface for managing signing certificates and provisioning profiles has been changed at Xcode 8.3 beta 2.

Changed the user interface for managing signing certificates and
provisioning profiles. Certificates are managed from the Accounts
preferences pane by selecting a team and clicking Manage Certificates.
Automatically managing signing is recommended, however if your app
requires manually signing provisioning profiles are managed in the
General tab of the project editor. Use the Provisioning Profile
dropdown to import or download profiles. In addition it displays
profiles that match the current signing configuration of the target.

  • Why is one deprecated?

I think Its deprecated because the signing system has been rewritten in Xcode8.

The signing system has been rewritten to include a new mode for
automatically managing signing assets, in addition to a dedicated
manual mode where the profiles for the target must be explicitly
selected. When automatically managing signing assets, Xcode will
create signing certificates, update app IDs, and create provisioning
profiles. For manual mode, only custom created profiles can be
selected and Xcode will not modify or create any signing assets. Xcode
now encodes profiles in the target using the
PROVISIONING_PROFILE_SPECIFIER build setting. This setting allows
specifying both the team ID and the name or identifier of the profile.

There are some Signing relate known Issues with Xcode 8.1 you should known.

So maybe we should not set Provisioning Profile in Build Setting tab, switch to General tab , and set in Signing category instead.

If you set provisioning profile in Build Setting and enable Automatically manage signing in General tab Xcode will complain about that.
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  • What is the difference between the two?

Provisioning Profile

Provisioning Profile (Deprecated).

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