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It's a prototyping tool. The end product is that your client signs off on the design you're proposing. At that point you could start development from scratch, and use the XD prototype as the design document, or you can export PNGs of all of the graphics, at 1x, 2x, and 3x sizes (plus the HiDPI variations for Android) for your developers to use. That would save going back to Photoshop or Illustrator and having to export each element.
There is currently no way to export the interaction, and as I understand it no near future plans. If you go to this page and search for "export interactive" you will some of the related feature requests, and you could vote for the ones you're interested in:
So I have a scenario; I need to create an app that has very basic functionality, like a website; nothing fancy just links to various pages showcasing what my practice does, so that when I have an iPad with me and a client I can quickly go through projects.
Is this something that would still require me to get a developer involved? I assume so as you just said there's no way to export interaction.
You can install the XD mobile app onto your iPad, then view the prototype there. It should work full screen, and links would work. No need for a developer to just demo an XD prototype on iPad.