Last week, Apple released the new iOS 16.4 beta 1 and the update includes a new “Beta Updates” interface in the Software Update section for users, who are registered in the Apple Developer program, to easily download the latest developer or public beta.
It appears that Apple has introduced the change to prevent sharing developer beta profiles with non-registered users to download the developer beta updates for free.
Developer beta profiles for iOS 17 will not be available for free in June
For $99 per year, iPhone users can register for Apple Developer Program and install the latest iOS beta updates before their public beta and public release. It allows developers or enthusiasts to discover all the new features and improvements in the upcoming iPhone software updates.
However, users on iOS 16.3 or earlier need to download the configuration developer beta profile from the idmsa.apple.com webpage and install the latest beta update on their device. Third-party websites like Betaprofiles.com share Apple’s developer beta profile for free.
Although the tech company has been sending legal notices and takedown notices to existing websites sharing developer beta profiles illegally, it has not stopped new ones from emerging.
Now, Apple has tied access to developer beta updates to participants’ iPhones. In iOS 16.4, the “iPhone must be signed in with the Apple ID you used to enroll in the Apple Developer Program in order to access the beta software.”
This means, the developer beta of the upcoming iOS 17 update expected to release in June after WWDC 2023 will not be available for free.
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