Apple Acquires 'TestFlight' iOS Beta Testing Platform With Burstly Purchase

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has purchased Burstly, the company behind the popular iOS beta testing platform TestFlight, according to TechCrunch. The site says its sources have "pointed in Apple's direction" and that though it's just a rumor at this point, it would make a good fit.

    TestFlight said on Wednesday that it would be discontinuing its Android product and it will no longer take new customers for its beta testing SDK -- existing customers can continue using TestFlight, however.

    There are a number of different beta testing iOS platforms, including TestFlight and HockeyApp, though a number of larger developers have created their own testing platforms through Apple's Enterprise distribution program.

    Update: Apple confirmed the purchase to Re/code, but did not disclose pricing.

    Article Link: Apple Acquires 'TestFlight' iOS Beta Testing Platform With Burstly Purchase
  2. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    That explains why TestFlight've stopped supporting Android recently.
  3. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    This could be great, hopefully Apple will use their product to make a top notch first party solution for iOS testing
  4. Gudi macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    Great. How much did they pay? More or less than $19bn. :)
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    TestFlight is amazing. I've been beta testing things for developers with it for years and years now. I think every developer could benefit from it, so am all for Apple acquiring it.
  6. AMDeeb macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2013
    Where's the: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." ? :apple:
  7. greenl1ght macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2014
    Oh god no... I hope this isn't true... TestFlight is the only thing that made deploying beta versions of iOS apps bearable. Now I expect them to ruin it by adding pointless restrictions.

    My company is suffering REALLY BAD from the 110 devices/developer restriction for developer accounts (try testing In-App purchases, iCloud, Keychain, push notifications etc for a top-50 app with any of the workarounds people usually propose). If TestFlight added the same restriction, it would make our lives even worse.

    I love Objective-C and the Cocoa Touch APIs, but Apple's dev tools (does anyone use the built-in git support in Xcode?) and dev infrastructure ( are really developer-hostile. Their restrictions are strangling us.
  8. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    A company should use enterprise account to distribute beta apps. It has unlimited amount of device, no restriction at all. Was there any specific reason your company don't use it?
  9. greenl1ght macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2014
    Just to begin with, you can't test in-app purchases.

    And an Enterprise account can't also sell software on the App Store. And you need a unique DUNS number for the Enterprise account. So we'd have to create a whole new company just to get a second DUNS number for the testing account. Apple's policies make NO sense.
  10. starnox macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    Apple doesn't have a good track record of turning their purchases into useful products for quite a while. Shame I enjoyed test flight.
  11. automachete macrumors newbie


    Jun 16, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    Yeah, this is pretty nuts. TestFlight has also deprecated its own iOS SDK, too.

    If you've used their SDK before, they'll allow you to continue using it as long as you update to v3, which is a rather neutered version, if you ask me.

  12. czeluff macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2006
    I think this is the whole reason they purchased them?
  13. JohnSep7 macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2014
    It seems that TestFlight might be going down with this: there is definitely no use for Apple to maintain it as a service...

    We have already switched to diawi for our test deployments some months ago.
  14. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Bummer - I saw that pic and was hoping Apple was going to transform general aviation with user-friendly, crash-proof, pilot-less aircraft... Seriously, aviation is in the stone age. We need the "Apple" of aviation / air travel!
  15. sza macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2010
  16. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    A corporation can have both a standard iOS company developer account and an Enterprise account under the same DUNS number. Lots do.
  17. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    I don't get it. The only reason TestFlight exists is to conveniently work around the restrictions in Apple's tools. Why in the world would Apple want their knowledge? They could just lift the restrictions or build in beta testing directly into their tools. Neither is helped by TestFlight's outside knowledge of Apple's APIs.

    I suspect they are more interested in Burstly and implementing app analytics. TestFlight will probably just bycatch that will needlessly die. :(
  18. MarioG macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2014
    Apple confirms acquisition of something what might actually be useful, nothing happens, the stock continues traditional friday selloff. Fb disgustingly overpays an app that no one sane ever needed and the whole WallStreet applauds. :confused::mad:
  19. crossifixio macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2007
  20. flash84x macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    You are not allowed to distribute outside of your organization using Enterprise certificates/profiles. We manage an Enterprise account for all of our pre-release with internal employees but also a standard Team Developer account to do ad-hoc distribution to beta customers. Oh, and you can't distribute to the AppStore with the Enterprise account either.
  21. greenl1ght macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2014
    OK add "clueless reps and useless support docs" to the deficiencies in Apple's developer support then
  22. Luke Redpath macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Colchester, UK
    Well this explains the SDK policy changes, which were confusing me earlier. I only just started using TestFlight again after using HockeyApp for a previous client. I guess its back to HockeyApp in the near future then (unless Apple does something good with TestFlight and announces it at WWDC).
  23. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    They confirmed yes they bought it. After they bought it. They didn't talk about their interest in perhaps buying it, they didn't allow the company to talk about it either. They haven't said why they want it or how much they paid. Although the why seems a tad obvious.


    Did you not know these policies when you started. And yet continued rather than going to say Android.
  24. seecoolguy macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2007
    Re/Code has a quote from the Apple rep just like that :)
  25. chasemac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2005
    In a house.
    No, it went for.

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