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Apple Cracking Down on Sites Selling Access to iOS 6 Developer Betas

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 8, 2012.

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    Late last month, Wired covered the emergence of a cottage industry of businesses selling access to iOS developer betas prior to their official launch. Apple offers these developer betas to registered iOS developers. The fee for such a registration is $99/year. Some enterprising individuals have turned around and started selling their 100 possible device slots to users looking to install the iOS betas prior to their official launch.
    This has been going on for a couple of years with no particular intervention from Apple. As Wired notes, it seems Apple just didn't seem to care, despite their wide availability.


    That may have changed since the publication of the Wired article. MacStories has noted that many of the services listed in the original Wired article are no longer available. After reaching out to the sites, it seems that Apple has started taking action against these services.
    MacStories exchanged emails with the owner of one of the services which made $75,000 since the release of the iOS 6 Beta in June.

    Article Link: Apple Cracking Down on Sites Selling Access to iOS 6 Developer Betas
  2. macrumors 68020


    But i thought this was the most underwhelming upgrade and nobody liked it? :rolleyes:

    It's about time they did this, too many people who don't have any idea what they're doing are getting their hands on Dev. Previews.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    dont bite the hand that feeds you springs to mind
  4. macrumors regular


    I wonder how much they charged to be added to their 100 device limit. Certainly not more than $100...
  5. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Less than $10 per device is what Wired article said.

    One site is selling it for $8.99 right now.

    So figure $8.99 * 100 = $899 - $99 = $800 profit per apple dev registration.

  6. macrumors 68000


    $7-$10 seemed to be about the norm.
    At $7 you are making $700 of each dev account, minus $99 fee for $601 profit per dev account.
  7. macrumors member


    Why do we even need 100 slots? I'm using a total of 2. Large development companies might need about 20-50 tops for testing apps on the new OS.
  8. macrumors newbie


    Well what does Apple expect, they promise a Fall launch date... and it's Summer. Get with the program Apple!
  9. macrumors 68020


    I too always wondered why they don't just cut back on how many slots they hand out. Or maybe offer different tiers. An independent developer only needs a few.
  10. macrumors regular

    People would have gotten the developer accounts if the price isn't such a ripoff.
  11. macrumors 68020


    This is good news! Less people complaining about how their device doesn't work properly when they are using beta software.
  12. macrumors 68020


    they are a business investment if you're an actual developer.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Finally Apple uses the law to do something I agree with.
  14. macrumors 601


    All you need do is read the iOS6 section, and its obvious people are using beta as their casual daily driver, not as a development tool
  15. macrumors 6502

    The last two ios6 betas have not even checked udid, perhaps thats why they are going after them since you dont have to pay to activate your udid
  16. macrumors 68020


    Yeah I know haha, that's one of the main sections of the forum I read.
  17. macrumors 6502


  18. Steve.P.JobsFan, Jul 8, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 9, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    I'm not a software pirate, but I checked out iMZDL. Sure enough, they got wiped out by Apple's DMCA complaints....
  19. macrumors regular


    Get with the program and do what?


    In all seriousness, what is a ripoff? A $99 fee to develop products in a ready made market? Or is it something else?
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Might be fitting to let them stay on 6.0 beta 2, maybe not. :rolleyes:
  21. macrumors 68040




    Plus a commission for everything you sell. You shouldn't have to pay to get iOS 6 beta since it doesn't even make you any money.
  22. macrumors 68020


    Having your app polished and ready to go the second iOS 6 is publicly available just might make you some money if you have a worthy app to sell.
  23. macrumors 68000


    But if it was free then there would be even more people who load up beta software on their phones and then complain when it doesn't work right.
  24. macrumors 6502

    I don't agree with people raking in the money from this, but without sharing I wouldn't be running iOS 6 right now. It's not hurting Apple because I'm not making money from it and I'll get the full release in the fall.
  25. macrumors member

    This is crazy! Apple should be really worried about people running iOS 6 without UDID Registration. My friend who doesn't sell slots gave a few to his friends for free. Apple banned his account accusing him of selling. Apple is just banning people left and right... it seems like to me they cannot tell.

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