Apple cracking down on non-developer devices running iOS 5 beta

“Apple has reportedly begun closing the accounts of some developers who have inappropriately sold their account device slots, allowing them to profit from the installation iOS 5 on unauthorized non-developer iPhones and iPads,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Some developers who sold their slots for UDIDs, the unique identification numbers associated with every iOS device, have been tracked down by Apple, according to,” Hughes reports. “Apple has reportedly sent e-mail warnings to developers, notifying them that their illicit activities have been discovered.”

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Hughes reports, “In addition, Apple is said to have begun closing developer accounts for some who have been identified as selling their device slots. Apple has also reportedly flagged UDIDs associated with a developer account found in violation, making the device running iOS 5 ‘unusable.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Andrew Wolniak” for the heads up.]


  1. WilliamGates, it’s not a kill switch, it is your device’s UDID that is blacklisted. The beta OS periodically validates your device against a database of UDIDs on Apple’s servers. If it fails, the OS will stop working.

    People can’t go back to iOS 4.x due to a firmware update that is incompatible with the previous OSes, so they’d be stuck with a brick until iOS 5 is officially released.

    1. not exactly.

      but 99% of what you said it correct.

      If Gates was jailbroken, As he mentions with SBSettings he is, his Blob is stored with Cydia, and he could go back to 4.3

      But… having his UDID blocked is another story. that could stop him from using the phone part, but maybe the rest of his iPhone with 4.3

      I have been so tempted to get the beta for iOS 5 as well, If apple is doing this… i’ll just have to wait. 🙁

      Now hurry up and release it apple!

  2. This is a good thing. The dev forums are overrun with people who are non-developers but who paid apple $99 so they could run the beta software and they are so obviously clueless it isn’t even funny.

    Stupid questions over and over and over and they’re all about wanting to “get the goodies” by running the beta software early.

    Reality is, beta software has issues and isn’t always complete and if you need your hand held because you can’t be bothered to do the research a developer would, you really shouldn’t be running beta software.

    Jeez. And a shame on the developers who were fostering this kind of a nonsense community.

    Same kind of jackwagons who jailbreak.

    If you jailbreak, your phone should brick.

    1. It bleeds over to the regular forums also.
      People asking how to downgrade, where to get iTunes 10.5, etc.
      We send them over to the developer forum.

      Your welcome :0)

    2. The courts have already ruled jailbreaking the iPhone is a protected right. But I agree that running beta software for production use is not a good idea.

  3. @Engineer: While selling your UUID slots is wrong, if a person pays $99 just to run iOS betas on their own, personal devices, there’s nothing about that that is a TOS violation. But I also would prefer they stayed out of the forums unless they have legitimate contributions.

  4. Its not true. No accounts have been closed by Apple. It was caused by people who were still running iOS 5 beta 1 or 2 when it expired – leading to their devices being bricked. It wasn’t because Apple bricked them because they weren’t developing anything.
    I doubt Apple even care that people are paying them $99 for a developer account just so they can get the beta early, after all – they make a $99 profit from it so its not stealing or anything. Its the people who pay “developers” to activate their UDID, and the fake ‘developers’, who they are more likely to be angry at. But even then they are getting crash reports and stuff, so its not anything bad for Apple.

    1. I really hate it when people come on here and comment on things before reading it all the way… And actually people’s accounts are getting locked out because my buddy does tech support for apple and has gotten a number of calls people needing downgrade cause there itouch is a brick cause they aren’t developers

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