Apple locking out non-dev iOS 5 beta devices

Users that would like a sneak peek at beta iOS builds would normally have to enroll in Apple's iOS Developer Program, which costs $99 a year. By doing so, they can register their device's Universally Unique Identifier (UUID), which will authorize their device for access to iOS betas.

Up until recently, users who chose to get around paying the annual $99 fee had an option of going through various third parties available off Google searches, who advertise registering UUIDs for a small fee - one site offers this service for 10 GBP.

However, a recent report cited by AppleInsider suggests that some of these users who went through unauthorized means to get beta iOS access are getting locked out of their devices. In addition, Apple has reportedly began closing down accounts that were used to sell "device slots" via the Internet. According to the iOS Developer Program rules, developers are prohibited from allowing non-developers access to iOS betas, in addition to making a profit off device slot sales.

The report describes the behavior of locked out devices as rebooting to the initial setup screen, whereby users are prompted with the selection of a WiFi network. Following that, the device freezes at a black screen.

The sudden lockout of unauthorized users may be a timely coincidence, as Mac Rumors points out the majority of the locked out devices were running Beta 1 and 2 of iOS, which have expired. A few commenters to Mac Rumors' article have reported lockouts on Beta 3 and 4, but it is not yet known if the beta expiration is the root cause of the lockout, or Apple's new crackdown.

Users who are wary of device lockouts should wait until the public release of iOS 5, which is set for this fall. The new operating system is slated to be released alongside the new iPhone 5.

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12 Comments

Unix2 said,
I don't understand why people waste their time with betas OS that eventually will be release for free. I rather wait than using something that may cause my device to not work at all.

Some people might want to get a feature theyve been waiting for a long time, but i agree, breaking my phone is too high of a cost.

Unix2 said,
I don't understand why people waste their time with betas OS that eventually will be release for free. I rather wait than using something that may cause my device to not work at all.

Some users want innovative and revolutionary features like a pulldown notification system and don't want a closed expensive and limited copycat system like android.

bitflusher said,

Some users want innovative and revolutionary features like a pulldown notification system and don't want a closed expensive and limited copycat system like android.

Did you forget your "/s" tag?

bitflusher said,

Some users want innovative and revolutionary features like a pulldown notification system and don't want a closed expensive and limited copycat system like android.

Wow, who forced you to type this bull****? Poor you..

Why does Apple care so much if people are using a more or less public beta of iOS. Don't they have better things to do? Like making products that aren't swiss cheese-like in their security?

SharpGreen said,
Why does Apple care so much if people are using a more or less public beta of iOS. Don't they have better things to do? Like making products that aren't swiss cheese-like in their security?

Some companies enjoy wasting their time and ****ing off their customers

thatguyandrew1992 said,

Some companies enjoy wasting their time and ****ing off their customers

From a customer service point of view, I would understand. I bet a lot of phones are sent to the Apple Genuises because they don't work perfectly.
If it's not the reason, it's to preserve a good picture of the company. If everybody uses beta software and everything crashes all the time, people will say the products are buggy and it'll demolish the picture that Apple wants to project, the famous "flawless OS".

This has been confirmed as fake already, just old Beta expiring as usual (no people have reported problems with Beta 3 or 4). Nothing to see here, move along....

The report describes the behavior of locked out devices as rebooting to the initial setup screen, whereby users are prompted with the selection of a WiFi network. Following that, the device freezes at a black screen.

The iPhone isn't bricked, just the OS install. People are reporting the that you can restore to 4.3.5 in iTunes and may need to place your device in DFU mode. Developers accounts that have been selling beta slots are being banned because they are obviously profiting off of Apple's beta software and violating their terms.

The beta is for devs looking to check app compatibility or build in new features. If anyone is using it for any other purpose then they deserve this.

Apple do obviously mention in their agreement not to use their software on non-dev hardware (which means hardware you intend to use on a daily basis) because it can cause instabilities.

bugsbungee said,
The beta is for devs looking to check app compatibility or build in new features. If anyone is using it for any other purpose then they deserve this.

Apple do obviously mention in their agreement not to use their software on non-dev hardware (which means hardware you intend to use on a daily basis) because it can cause instabilities.

Yeah but it isn't causing instabilities - Apple are just bricking the os cos they can.

empty said,

Yeah but it isn't causing instabilities - Apple are just bricking the os cos they can.

Haven't heard of anyone bricking. I've had one phone which expired, but updated it and it was fine.

Of course there's the point that some devs sell their spots in the beta and subsequently remove that UDID from their dev account... This seems a more likely explanation. Once the UDID is removed, further updates probably get denied since that device is no longer registered for development.

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