Question about iOS Betas - do they expire?

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Hi,

Question about Betas - If I were to put iOS 7.1 Beta 2 on my iphone 5 and jailbreak, would the beta at some point 'expire' and I would have to put new software on it when a specific date hits? Would I risk losing the jailbreak?

I remember I had iOS 6 on my iphone 4. I had iOS 6 GM version and I never updated it again, jailbroke it and lived happily ever after.

Thanks!
 

splitfirz

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Jul 25, 2013
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Yes they do. Beta 1 expires in Jan 14 if I'm not wrong.
Anyone knows when Beta 2 expires?
 

sbailey4

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Hi,

Question about Betas - If I were to put iOS 7.1 Beta 2 on my iphone 5 and jailbreak, would the beta at some point 'expire' and I would have to put new software on it when a specific date hits? Would I risk losing the jailbreak?

I remember I had iOS 6 on my iphone 4. I had iOS 6 GM version and I never updated it again, jailbroke it and lived happily ever after.

Thanks!
GM is effectively the released version so that's why you had no issues with iOS 6 GM. Betas do expire and will lock you out. Beta 1 is Jan 13th and Beta 2 is Jan 27th (so I read somewhere).
 

007p

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Just remove the beta string in /system/library/coreservices/systemversion.plist

Beta won't expire then.
This, I doubled checked with sn0w about this too;

correct. /usr/libexec/lockdown first checks to see if ReleaseType == Beta before checking the expire time.
So as far as I understand, by editing the plist, the 'lockdown' (which is constantly checking) will never check for the beta expiry date.



Can someone tell me what happens when your dev account expires though!? Will that terminate the beta firmware on the device? I can't believe it does as it can't be any different to when they stop signing their firmware surly?
 

C DM

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This, I doubled checked with sn0w about this too;



So as far as I understand, by editing the plist, the 'lockdown' (which is constantly checking) will never check for the beta expiry date.



Can someone tell me what happens when your dev account expires though!? Will that terminate the beta firmware on the device? I can't believe it does as it can't be any different to when they stop signing their firmware surly?
The next time you install or restore a beta update that does an activation check you'll get locked out as not being part of the dev program.
 

007p

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The next time you install or restore a beta update that does an activation check you'll get locked out as not being part of the dev program.
Right but if you jailbreak and remove the expiry, I.e the beta last forever and the dev account expires - nothing will happen? Pretty much just like any other ios firmware that apple stops signing?
 
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