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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. energiesource's Avatar
      energiesource -
      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
      Clearly only an idiot would accept this offer.
      So yes, you should.

      On topic though, I think thats kind of a bogus excuse. Anyone installing iOS 5.0 beta should know exactly what a beta is and shouldn't reflect whether they invest in the new phone or upgrade to the new OS.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I am sure I will be flamed, but I will say this anyway.

      Dev slots are not made for selling, but actual legitimate testing. With all the selling going on I wouldn't be surprised if they significantly reduced dev slots or just changed the system all together. A few greedy idiots ruining it for everyone as is so often the case...
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I am sure I will be flamed, but I will say this anyway.

      Dev slots are not made for selling, but actual legitimate testing. With all the selling going on I wouldn't be surprised if they significantly reduced dev slots or just changed the system all together. A few greedy idiots ruining it for everyone as is so often the case...
      I doubt you'll get flamed. In this thread we have:

      2 trolls; first two posts attacking apple
      20 biters; first biting trolls and then biting eachother
      1 possible(?) spammer


      I think you're safe :P
    1. ca3's Avatar
      ca3 -
      thats stupid apple needs to stop overlording their products, its annoying. They waste more time trying to prevent someone than they do making their products better
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      How about Apple only allows real developers that actually develop something have these account, not just anyone with $99
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Agreed. I don't see why it's so hard for people to understand that
      Idk. Does any body really read the terms of service stuff? I don't. I'm also not a iOS 5 dev either so it doesn't matter to me.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I haven't gotten bricked yet and I just updated to beta 5 hopefully they don't get my UDID I payed $8 for this
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      Quote Originally Posted by sephiroth726 View Post
      Geez, Apple=Nazi...
      What an utterly idiotic comment.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by Broomhead View Post
      How about Apple only allows real developers that actually develop something have these account, not just anyone with $99
      How do you filter out the chaff?
      Without skewing the process hopelessly in favor of the guys with way more than $99?
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      It's really not that complicated
    1. Xperiance's Avatar
      Xperiance -
      That is funny, I will give away 20 slots on my developer account if whoever wants to send me their UDID to myxperiance at gmail dot com. First come first served, take that Apple, also I will delete your UDID after the official iOS 5 goes live.
    1. themedream's Avatar
      themedream -
      Quote Originally Posted by Modmywhat? View Post
      If they close SB's account. I'm personally flying down to Cupertino and beating the **** out of Stevie Jobs.
      wow take it easy and i bet you have written this via idevice!!
    1. minhwan's Avatar
      minhwan -
      I don't see anything wrong with this
    1. kbotc's Avatar
      kbotc -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      How do you filter out the chaff?
      Without skewing the process hopelessly in favor of the guys with way more than $99?
      I agree. I own a developer account, but I do not put out applications of my own. I do freelance QA for some smaller software houses and I get asked "Is our app iOS x+1 ready?" quite often, so I decided it made sense for me to keep up on the iOS betas and their API changes.

      If Apple changed the rules to require that I put out an app, I'd probably list a flashlight app in the store. Do we really need more of those?