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  • Apple Cracking Down on Developers Selling iOS 5 beta


    Apple has apparently started to crack down on developers who sell early beta versions of iOS 5 to non-developers. According to a report by Karthikk, Apple has identified certain developers who have been selling UDID slots to the general public. Apple has started to close developer accounts that have been caught selling iOS 5 beta software to unauthorized personnel.

    Many developers have already received an email from Apple informing them that their account has been banned from the developer’s program.

    According to Karthikk, “Apple has started closing the developer accounts for selling the slots and also, have flagged the UDIDs associated with that dev account, thus making the iOS 5 device unusable.” When Apple locks out an iDevice, it will enter into the initial setup mode and ask you to connect the device to iTunes. At this point the iDevice has essentially been bricked. If this happens, the device must be downgraded to iOS 4.3.

    There are quite a few websites willing to sell anyone with $10 a copy of iOS 5 beta. These sites openly advertise on the internet and are an easy target for Apple to go after and shut down.

    Every developer is provided 100 UDID (Unique Device Identifier) slots so they can beta test their software using iOS 5 beta. Apple does not require developers to register every device that they test software on. It seems unlikely that Apple would deactivate iDevices running iOS 5 beta without knowing exactly who is legitimately using the software.

    Because iOS 5 is still in development, Apple doesn’t want the general public using the software until it is ready to be released. If too many people get a bad impression of the beta version of iOS 5, then it could have an adverse effect on Apple’s bottom line. Apple is expected to release iOS 5 in September along side iCloud, and possibly the fifth-generation iPhone as well.

    Source: Karthikk
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Cracking Down on Developers Selling iOS 5 beta started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I always told ya crApple are pricks and this just proves it even more.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      UDID slots are provided to devs with very specific license terms.
      They're intended to allow devs to test their code on a wide variety of devices.
      100 slots is enough to ensure that devs are able to deploy their software for in-house testing to their hearts' content.

      The terms of use EXPLICITLY SAY YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO SELL THEM. How can Apple do that? Because UDID slots aren't a product or a commodity that Apple sells to developers. Rather, they are a service that Apple provides to the developer as part of the whole kit and caboodle of a full Developer registration fee.

      People who resell UDID slots to third parties are either confused about the contract they agreed to, or else they are deliberately lying (possibly some self-delusion). The "stuff" they're selling is a service proprietary to, and exclusively owned by Apple. Piss off Apple, and the contract dissolves and you're left with the same nothing you had before.

      (Now.... whether or not iPhone developers should sign on to those nutty Apple terms in the first place is another story. If Apple goes after JB devs, on the grounds that they too are violating licensing terms it could get ugly. But that's not even remotely close to what's being described here.)
    1. iglvz.x's Avatar
      iglvz.x -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I always told ya crApple are pricks and this just proves it even more.
      Developers agree to a contract/terms of service. If you break the contract, you shouldn't be surprised if Apple does something about it. Simple as that.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iglvz.x View Post
      Developers agree to a contract/terms of service. If you break the contract, you shouldn't be surprised if Apple does something about it. Simple as that.
      Agreed. I don't see why it's so hard for people to understand that
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by iglvz.x View Post
      Developers agree to a contract/terms of service. If you break the contract, you shouldn't be surprised if Apple does something about it. Simple as that.
      If the contract is unreasonable, or contains hidden little sneaky "gotchas" there may be grounds for dispute. I.E. cellular service plans that are marketed and promoted as "Unlimited!" but which are very much limited and subject to the whims of the provider.

      Would it be reasonable for developers (whose lives and livelihoods depend on very careful reading and writing of license agreements!) to be so badly confused as to the purpose of the Apple Developer Program? Does Apple market it as a "$$$make money fast$$$" scheme with loosely stated principles?
    1. korin125's Avatar
      korin125 -
      Oh no! iModZone!
    1. iFrosty's Avatar
      iFrosty -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
      Apparently my first msg didnt post....
      // Or it did but wouldnt show


      but The majority of people who experienced this and reported it were people who were still on iOS b1-2 which is no longer active. So I personally dont think its as widespread as this story has made it seem to be.

      Edit:

      This issue has been named "Betageddon" on the apple forums
    1. KiidTee's Avatar
      KiidTee -
      Quote Originally Posted by iglvz.x View Post
      Developers agree to a contract/terms of service. If you break the contract, you shouldn't be surprised if Apple does something about it. Simple as that.
      thank u its just as simple as that!!! dot slander beak apples great name.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
      Let me know the price of the flight...
    1. iFrosty's Avatar
      iFrosty -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
      Dont Forget to Bring a Towel!
    1. k0mpresd's Avatar
      k0mpresd -
      meh, you dont need a registered udid to install and activate betas anyways.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
      Hit me up if you decide to go. I refuse to let Jobs' shiny head antics to betray my hero.

      Quote Originally Posted by KiidTee View Post
      thank u its just as simple as that!!! dot slander beak apples great name.
      come again..... didn't quite get your point.
    1. Modmywhat?'s Avatar
      Modmywhat? -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
      Lemme guess, you typed this in your iPhone iPod touch iPad or Mac...
    1. bride03's Avatar
      bride03 -
      Bro, i have a jailbreaker friend (not so close friend) who use to jailbreak some iphones etc.. he wanter to deal me with this...
      " he has an iphone 3gs 8gig with iOs of 4.3.1 and he wanted to swap my iphone 3gs 16gig with iOs of 4.3.4..
      i need your help guys.. . its bothering me because of the memory space 8gig vs. 16gig.. will i accept the offer or not? thanks.. plss... you can email me @ [email protected] or may add me in friendster.. thanks.. T_T
    1. tat2me2's Avatar
      tat2me2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
      so many idiots.....to few comets !!!
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by bride03 View Post
      Bro, i have a jailbreaker friend (not so close friend) who use to jailbreak some iphones etc.. he wanter to deal me with this...
      " he has an iphone 3gs 8gig with iOs of 4.3.1 and he wanted to swap my iphone 3gs 16gig with iOs of 4.3.4..
      i need your help guys.. . its bothering me because of the memory space 8gig vs. 16gig.. will i accept the offer or not? thanks.. plss... you can email me @ [email protected] or may add me in friendster.. thanks.. T_T
      Whats the problem? His is smaller and yours is larger so whats the question? Isn't it obvious?
    1. DMI187's Avatar
      DMI187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
      I Am With U Bro
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by bride03 View Post
      Bro, i have a jailbreaker friend (not so close friend) who use to jailbreak some iphones etc.. he wanter to deal me with this...
      " he has an iphone 3gs 8gig with iOs of 4.3.1 and he wanted to swap my iphone 3gs 16gig with iOs of 4.3.4..
      i need your help guys.. . its bothering me because of the memory space 8gig vs. 16gig.. will i accept the offer or not? thanks.. plss... you can email me @ [email protected] or may add me in friendster.. thanks.. T_T
      Off-topic much? Find a different thread to ask these questions in
    1. sephiroth726's Avatar
      sephiroth726 -
      Geez, Apple=Nazi...