Apple Takes Action Against Vendors Selling Access to iOS 6 Developer Betas
According to MacStories
, “several” websites advertising a Unique Device Identifier (UDID) activation service no longer appear to be operating due to Apple’s efforts. The Cupertino California company seems to be proactive when it comes to taking down a number of websites that sell developer device slots to non-developers looking to activate iOS pre-release betas.
The sites Apple has been targeting seem to be from a story profiled from Wired’s
Andy Baio on the new industry last month. One of the site owners confirmed to MacStories that Apple had lodged a copyright infringement complaint with the site’s hosting provider. This specific site owner claimed to have made $75,000 since Apple began seeding beta releases of iOS 6 to developers in June. According to him though he doesn’t “believe our service was infringing and our services did not violate their guidelines for iOS 6.” The owner claims to be currently working on a new site “with better and more secure data lines to handle Apple.”
The report also noted that the CEO of a web hosting company told Baio via Twitter that Apple was “fairly heavy-handed” in sending Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests to sites that his company hosted that offered UDID developer activations. Apple’s developer accounts cost $99 annually and allow for activation for up to 100 devices for testing. Considering that one UDID activation-selling service was charging $8.99 per service, these websites could stand to make $800 per developer account, not counting other costs such as hosting or advertising.
The whole concept goes against what Apple specifically asked for as they warned developers not to sell their account device slots. The company reportedly closed accounts of some developers that it had identified as having sold UDID activations. Misusing the developer program seems to be common as many users want to try the new features out during beta but in the long run, is it really worth it?