Reports of iOS developer account shutdowns may be erroneous
Reports of iOS developer account shutdowns may be erroneous | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
by Chris Rawson Aug 5th 2011 at 4:35PM
A report from Karthikk.net alleges that Apple has begun shutting down the accounts of iOS developers who have sold "slots" on their accounts to users wanting to run iOS 5 betas on their devices without paying the US$99 yearly development fee.
For a while now, developers have been offering to attach device UDIDs to their accounts for a fee; iOS dev accounts allow for a hundred devices to be associated with one account. Some unscrupulous developers have turned a modest-to-hefty profit by selling those slots off. (Incidentally, if you're one of those devs and try to drum up sales in our comments, the banhammer will fall upon you without mercy.)
Although the shutdown has been reported in a couple of places already, we've been unable to verify these reports. Normally if such a thing happened, our tip line would be flooded with emails from users who had illicitly gained access to the beta and subsequently had their devices remotely disabled, but so far we haven't heard credible reports from even one user or developer that's been affected by this alleged crackdown.
Karthikk claims that "many developers" have received a letter from Apple saying their accounts have been identified as a UDID clearinghouse and are subject to shutdown, but the site offers no direct evidence that such letters exist. We've reached out to the developer community to find out if any developers have been affected by the supposed crackdown. Not one has replied so far. We've also reached out to Apple for comment, but we've received no response yet.
Crucially, the first two iOS 5 developer betas expired recently. Reading through forum comments on various sites shows that only those running the now-expired iOS 5b1 or 5b2 have had their devices shut down on them. Those running the current iOS 5 beta (5b4) do not appear to have been affected.
We never heard of Karthikk.net before today. The scant evidence they offer for the "crackdown" isn't compelling enough for us to take it at face value. At this point, with various developer and jailbreaking communities saying they've heard nothing else on the matter other than the echo chamber effect of various sites reporting on it, we're inclined to believe that Karthikk's report is an erroneous interpretation of the first two iOS 5 betas expiring.
- 08-05-2011, 05:06 PM #2
Another Spin on the issue:
Apple Disabling iOS 5 Beta Installs and Developer Accounts Over Sales of Device Slots? [Updated: Old Betas Expiring?] - Mac Rumors
so now they're saying early betas expiring...
- 08-05-2011, 05:36 PM #3
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- 08-05-2011, 07:14 PM #6iPhone Nanite
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Why should people be BRICKED for wanting to try out a new operating system?
It seems your running iOS5 as well. I bet you just want to feel special that you have something that others don't have. Congratulations, you have a developer's account. Guess what, that doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean that you are any different from people who purchased slots because I highly doubt you have put out anything in the App Store that's even worth a look. You're still an iPhone user, just like the rest of us.
- 08-05-2011, 07:53 PM #7
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- 08-06-2011, 01:15 AM #10
When are people going to understand the difference between jailbreaking a device and beta testing?
If you want to be a public beta tester get a windows or android device. They are always in beta. If you want to go through proper channels to be a beta tester for apple, sign up, turn on your debug console and contribute to perfecting the OS by properly submitting bug reports.
If you are just a person who is so impatient you need to pay an eBay seller to register your UDID you might want to look into a different OS ecosystem that doesn't care enough about there customers experience and is willing to spoon feed you every little update good or bad.
- 08-07-2011, 01:55 PM #11
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- 08-07-2011, 04:07 PM #17
I'm confused. If devs are selling their slots, that's between Apple and the devs. How does it affect any of you personally?
Yes, I understand when a Noob comes and complains about their beta software not working correctly, or apps not working correctly on beta software, that can be annoying.
But other than that, why the animosity against "early adopters?"
- 08-07-2011, 04:08 PM #18
- 08-07-2011, 04:32 PM #19
But I do agree with you, I know the complaining about apps and stuff not working correctly gets annoying at times lol....but people are going to be people you know....there is no stopping that.
- 08-07-2011, 04:54 PM #20
The majority are not devs. Anyone with $99 can buy a dev account.
The deeper issue is that these unscrupulous individuals sell slots to your so-called early adopters, who wind up coming into foroums like this and asking questions that prove that they are neither devs, nor working for devs, nor advanced enough (for the most part) to even understand what a beta is, and should have saved their money.
We understand that this does not necessarily mean you. (Generic you.) But it does mean others amongst you. (Again, generic you.) Hence the problem. It would simplify life for Apple, legitimate devs, and legitimate beta testers if early adopters would stay out of our business.
Furthermore, as I've mentioned before, some of the people who get the beta then feel compelled to email every dev whose apps don't work, or don't work right. Stick with your own [expletive deleted] app, and if you don't have one, just shut up.
- 08-07-2011, 05:01 PM #21
it was mentioned around here already. the fact that "technically" these discussions about the beta software should only be within Apples developer forums. that being said i feel like when public forums allow threads to be created discussing the beta software to be seen by all it creates quite a stir. i almost do not blame some people coming here, and other places i frequent, for wanting a piece of the iOS 5 pie
i guess the theory is "well if they have it why can't i?". had these discussions (threads) only be limited to a secure place then the average user(s) would never know. the way Apple originally intended for it to be, i'm sure.
i have to confess, i do own a slot. however, i am also smart enough that it is beta software so there is a unsaid "no complaining allowed" rule. i can prove it if anyone would like to read through my posts
then there are the "others" who will get ahold of the beta software and not understand what exactly is going on and come to a forum, see these threads and feel compelled to complain for whatever reason. it's a vicious circle i guess
lastly, Alli is right and now i will continue to keep my mouth shut
- 08-11-2011, 05:34 PM #23
I had this issue, even though I never signed anyone up, and it turned out that password just needed to be re-entered. Same password, and it was saved through Firefox, but for some reason it stopped allowing me access to my developer acct until I erased and re-entered the password.