Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV

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    Through Apple's developer program, users have long been able to register the Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) for up to 100 individual devices to qualify them for testing Apple beta software and their own apps. Some users saw that limit raised to 200 several years ago, but the higher limit was never officially implemented by Apple.

    With yesterday's move to merge Apple's developer programs, the company has also rolled out new limits for registered devices, as noted by a number of MacRumors readers. The total limit is now 500 devices, but it is broken down by device type with up to 100 slots each for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch, and Apple TV devices now available.

    A number of readers have highlighted the inclusion of Apple TV as a supported device, believing it points to third-party app development for the set-top box as had been rumored for launch at WWDC but was reportedly pushed back just weeks ago. The Apple TV has actually been a supported device for UDID registration for quite some time, and Apple has regularly offered developers betas of upcoming Apple TV software for testing.

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    Even so, the limit of 100 Apple TVs per account seems generous for simply testing Apple's beta software, so the question is whether the Apple TV was given the same limits as other device types for simplicity's sake or if the company is setting the stage for broader third-party app development for the platform later this year.

    As was the case previously, once a device is registered it counts toward the user's limit for the remainder of the developer subscription year, preventing users from rapidly deleting and adding devices to game the system.

    Article Link: Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV
     
  2. profets macrumors 601

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    I guess they really were scrambling to remove any references of developing for the Apple TV before this week.
     
  3. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

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    I'm sure Apple has huge plans for Apple TV. I don't think we'll have to wait too much longer to learn what those plans are.
     
  4. Tankmaze macrumors 68000

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    Hey, good observation. Why would we need to test 100 Apple TV devices unless we can develop apps for it.
     
  5. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    I hope so.
     
  6. krazifour macrumors member

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    ... So this means that Apple TV will be getting at least a redesigned OS that will allow 3rd party apps!?!

    Nice
     
  7. arkmannj macrumors 65832

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    So maybe Apple didn't want to announce a new Apple TV (or its successor) at WWDC because they wanted an event all to itself? I'm cool with that. I'm anxiously awaiting (as many people are) to see what Apple has up their sleeves.


    There's a part of me that thinks Apple should buy Nintendo, then merge the AppleTV & Nintendo Console. Apple would then have a great media device with some awesome exclusive Intellectual Property. Nintendo would then also benefit from access to Apple tech that could be integrated into the console.

    Yes I know it won't happen, just one of those crazy thoughts that floats about in my head.
     
  8. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    If the AppleTV was really going to finally allow app development then not showcasing at WWDC would be dumb. It seems like they reallllly stretched out the Beats announcement because they had to cancel 'something' at the last minute.

    I just hope we won't have to wait until next WWDC for it.
     
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    That is an improbable idea, but would make sense... It would give Apple an even better stepping-stone in more of the Aisan markets.
     
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    Down on the membership section of the new Apple Music page, the graphics detail which devices will get access to the service and when, noting that Android will be in the "Fall". However the text above the graphics notes that Apple TV will also have access in the Fall. Why not 30 June like the other devices? Certainly Apple could have a current-gen Apple TV icon ready to go to replace Beats come 30 June when Music goes live...or could it be that it will roll out in an Apple TV App Store with a new device in the Fall? The fact that they couldn't even put an Apple TV image along with iPhone, Watch, Mac and PC makes me think that something is up.
     
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    I don't think it will get an event all to itself but it will probably be the +1 unveiling at the iPhone event, much like the Watch was last year. I don't expect they'll announce Apple Watch 2 for at least another year. I also don't think something like that would show up at the iPad event if they are going to also unveil the iPad Pro, but that would be my second choice for unveiling.

    The unfortunate thing about not unveiling it yesterday was that developers won't be able to work on making apps for it yet, so we'll still have to wait a while for those.

    As for Nintendo, I think that would be a good pairing for Apple because Nintendo is family friendly and their games don't usually utilize high-end graphics which is perfect for mobile platforms. They're also innovative when it comes to unique motion controls and using touch displays. Nintendo also needs a foothold when it comes to media and related content in the living room. However Apple could shoot itself in the foot by alienating some third party developers on iOS and some of those are the same developers who have been leaving Nintendo for platforms such as Xbox and Playstation. Having an Apple game console would be pretty neat though. Do Japanese companies usually sell to foreign companies? Is that looked down upon in their culture? Might also be some regulations to clear. It's a neat thought but I doubt it will ever happen.
     
  13. Jeaz macrumors 6502

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    If that wasn't a confirmation that we'll see an App Store for the AppleTV, I don't know what is (besides an official confirmation ofc :) )
     
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    I don't think Nintendo is for sale. But even if it was, Apple doesn't need Nintendo's IP to become a major player in the living room. I suspect that there are WAY more games available for iOS than there are for Nintendo devices.
     
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    I told friends and family to hold off on buying an AppleTV because of the widely expected refresh at WWDC. I can somewhat understand them pushing it back if they couldn't reveal what they wanted to, but it was a pretty big blunder to clearly highlight the AppleTV on the WWDC posters and invitations with "The epicenter of change" tag. Steve would have blown a fuse over that. "Real artists ship".

    The fact that the AppleTV is as far along as it is and still doesn't have developer support is ridiculous when the AppleWatch got it almost out of the gate.
     
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    I'm really hoping it's priced well when it's revealed. Most set top boxes are way over $200 without accessories which sux if you factor in the purchase of PS4/XBOX 1 for the season...

    I'm trying to unclutter the TV space
     
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    quantity = / quality though

    it's still hard for me to play mobile games, I feel like the quality of console / pc is a world apart. Pay to win games are so excruciatingly prevalent on mobile :(
     
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    I was disappointed that no announcements were made relative to ATV yesterday. I do hope something comes out soon. With competition from Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Prime, the ATV is starting to look not so good. I do hope that whatever Apple does, they can provide
    1. content that does not require a cable subscription
    2. a better UI
    3. an App store
    4. a way to interact for games and other apps other than the current remote
    Personally, what they are doing for the Music App would be awesome if the did it for the Apple TV (instead of a Spotify Killer, think Netflix killer).
     
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    Nintendo may not actually be "for sale" but if they are a publicly traded company ("NTDOY") then in a sense they are always for sale. I suspect you are right about there being way more games for iOS then Nintendo devices, but in many ways I think Nintendo would still hold the mindshare. I am way more anxious for a Zelda, Mario, or Metroid game than I am for flappy bird, clash of clans, etc. Apple having the IP for some premium titles could do nothing but help (as long as Apple managed them properly of course.) and Apple could then encourage Apple based technologies to be used for the "Nintendo Devices" such as Swift, Metal, Core, etc... which could in turn might help out gaming (or even other applications) on the Mac.

    Again, I'm with you, I don't think it will happen... it's not impossible, but very improbable. just thoughts... probably conjured in my brain by a dash of wishful thinking.
     
  21. Pakaku macrumors 68020

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    You can't seriously be suggesting that Nintendo create games for a company who insists on absolutely no buttons, can you?
     
  22. Pakaku macrumors 68020

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    For the insane price they're asking for what the Watch really is, they had to work extra hard to overhype it.
     
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    Last I checked all of my Apple devices have several buttons (iPhone has 4 + 1 switch) ... I don't think Apple insists on no buttons, though they do like to keep in minimalist to the needs of a particular device. Here's another thought. How much better could the Wii U Gamepad be if the "touch screen" was more like an ipad's screen? multi-touch, etc...
     
  24. Pakaku macrumors 68020

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    Volume and sleep buttons have nothing to do with UI input. Do you type an email by using the power button on your Mac? No. So that's a bad comparison.

    Console gaming, and gaming in general, makes almost no sense without physical buttons. That's why the Wii U tablet has a full button layout, why Nintendo sells "Pro Controllers" for the Wii U, and why the majority of iOS games are still very casual. It's extremely hard to play a reasonably-paced game without the indirect aspect of feeling physical buttons.

    Unless you're suggesting Nintendo go the casual route and release a bunch of endless-runners and such...
     

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