Free iOS 16 Beta Profile Downloads Website Shutdown by Apple • iPhone Blog in Canada
According MacRumors, Apple is cracking down on websites that distribute download links to pre-release Apple software, such as developer betas for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. This decision resulted in at least two such platforms, BetaProfiles.com and IPSW.devswitch off.
IPSW.dev allow users to download IPSW files for pre-release versions of Apple software, such as the iOS 16 developer beta, via direct links to Apple’s servers, third-party links to the WeTransfer file-sharing platform, and torrents.
On the other hand, BetaProfiles.com offers download links to IPSW files and beta profiles. BetaProfiles.com told users that only those enrolled in Apple’s Developer Program could download the profiles, but the disclaimer could be ignored.
Both websites are no longer accessible. BetaProfiles.com said in a tweet that the website had been taken offline to avoid a “legal battle with Apple”.
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that BetaProfiles is going to close soon, I just don’t want to get into a legal battle with Apple. BetaProfiles social media will continue to be a place to discuss beta updates. Thank you so much guys,” the site said Tuesday night.
In addition to offering beta profiles for Apple users to download outside of the iPhone maker’s paid developer portal, the site operator has benefited from ad revenue from hordes of visitors seeking early beta access. from iOS 16 and more.
Hey everyone, I just wanted to say that BetaProfiles is closing soon, I just don’t want to get into a legal battle with Apple. BetaProfiles social media will remain a place to discuss beta updates. Thanks a lot guys ❤️
— Beta Profiles (@BetaProfiles) August 10, 2022
Apple Developer Betas are works in progress intended for developer use only. Additionally, you must be a member of Apple’s Developer Program, which costs $99 per year, to be able to download developer betas.
The people behind BetaProfiles.com Told MacRumors that they received a letter from Apple’s lawyers and consequently shut down the website to avoid possible litigation.
Additionally, Apple’s attorneys previously sent Twitter a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice for several tweets containing links to websites such as IPSW.dev. Twitter has since deleted the tweets in question “in response to a report from the copyright holder.”
Anyone who wants to get their hands on Apple’s beta software can also sign up for Apple’s public beta program, which is free. However, public betas are released some time after their developer counterparts.