Since the iOS 16.4 beta (see what’s new), Apple has changed the way the iPhone installs beta versions.
He was that far possible to get private beta tester profiles. Now all you need is a developer account registered on the phone to access the program without having to install a configuration profile.
even more restrictive, The menu appears only when the device is registered to the registered developer’s account. Profiles will no longer work for future versions either.
Install the iOS 17 beta for free?
You understand, Installing the iOS 17 (and +) beta will therefore be impossible, except to wait for the public beta. Keep in mind that the annual subscription for registered developers is $99 per year, a certain amount that will put more than one off.
Apple recently shut down developer profile sharing websites, like BetaProfiles.com, by threatening them with legal action. Legally, these sites were practically in the gray area, and Apple would have had no trouble stopping them in front of a judge.
It remains to be seen whether it will be possible to install the betas via an image file (IPSW)., which was previously possible without a registered account. But Apple had previously restricted installs this way, and it would have no trouble restricting them again.
Why these new restrictions?
After years of restrictions, Apple had finally let go of some baggage around the betas (fewer threats to post articles/videos or screenshots) before opening its public beta program (in 2015), although there is still a delay between the two betas (private and public).
Recently, iOS betas have even been surprisingly stable. : the programs rarely crash, and the systems very rarely cause problems on the devices – which was not the case initially. So of course we sometimes lost features, autonomy and a few bugs popped up here and there, but it was largely tolerable.
Until then, we advise against installing the betas on your daily devices, afraid of losing your data or encountering problems when using it. From now on it is difficult to give such a speech, even if on the downside the risk is always there.
So why such restrictions? Surely, knowing Tim Cook’s habits, the idea is to maximize profits and compel the curious to subscribe to take advantage of new features. I’m not sure all teenagers go that far, especially since the pace of new products has been rather sluggish in recent years…
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