After announcing the new OS for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and other devices at the WWDC 2023 Keynote, Apple seeded the first developer betas of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, and other updates.
A Reddit user discovered that Apple users no longer need a paid Developer Account to download developer beta updates on their devices.
A paid Developer Account is no longer required to download Apple Betas for all devices
Previously, users who were members of the Apple Developer Program could install Beta software on their registered devices and an attempt to install developer beta updates on an unauthorized device could render it unusable and necessitate an out-of-warranty repair.
And to prevent non-registered users from accessing the beta updates, Apple tied to Apple ID in iOS 16.4, macOS 13.4, and watchOS 9.5. Members of the Apple Developer Program could install betas directly from their registered devices by signing in with the Apple ID associated with their Developer profile via Software Updates in the Settings app.
However, that has changed now.
@u/syntaxerror92383 shared that Apple has made Developer Betas free for everyone, eliminating the need to pay a $99 annual fee for a Developer Account.
Apple Has Gone Back on it promise and has said everyone can now download Developer Betas for Completely Free For Those Who Don’t have a Paid Dev Account.
Redditor @MattW22192 detailed that users do not have to download the Developer app to access and install Developer Betas. They can install them from developer.apple.com.
You don’t need to download the dev app.
When you sign up with your Apple ID on developer.apple.com fill out your information and agree to the terms and conditions then stop at the screen where it has you purchase the program.