When Apple releases a new iOS beta, some people see it as the perfect opportunity to make themselves some quick cash. They enter Apple’s developer program at $99 per year, and then sell their 100 UDID activations online for around $10 a pop to earn $901 in profit. And because we can’t wait to get our hands on the latest software, there is never a shortage of customers.
In fact, many websites open up hundreds of Apple developers accounts for this very purpose. But that could be about to change, because Apple is taking action against these sites to have them closed down. According to a MacStories report, a number of sites that were previously selling iOS 6 beta access are no longer available:
While most of our emails bounced, we heard back from one of the site owners (who asked to remain anonymous), who confirmed his hosting provider took down the site after a complaint for copyright infringement by Apple. Similarly, the CEO of Fused tweeted in a reply to Andy Baio that Apple had been “fairly heavy-handed” with DMCA requests to UDID-selling sites hosted on their network.
MacStories spoke to the owner of one website which made a whopping $75,000 since the release of the iOS 6 beta in June. I wasn’t joking when I said that these sites are started to make quick cash.
Of course, Apple’s beta releases are intended for registered developers only, who use the software to prepare their applications for its public release later this year. As is often the case with these releases — particularly in the early days — they are riddled with bugs and issues that can leave apps, features, and services unusable. This is why you should only ever install beta firmware on a secondary device that you do not rely on.
With that said, it’s no wonder Apple wants to crack down on these sites — especially as they’re making a huge profit on selling access to its software. I’m just disappointed I didn’t get chance to start my own first.