Apple disables developer-sold UDID devices

According to a report from karthikk.net, developers who have sold UDID slots to other developers who are not officially enrolled in Apple's iOS Developer Program are finding their accounts on the brink of being banned.

According to a report from karthikk.net, developers who have sold UDID slots to other developers who are not officially enrolled in Apple's iOS Developer Program are finding their accounts on the brink of being banned.

When developers sign up for Apple's iOS Developer Program, they receive a limited number of UDID slots (the unique identifying number specific to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch). A subculture has formed where developers will sell their slots to users who would like to test the latest iOS releases without paying the larger fees of joining the official iOS Developer Program.

Not only is Apple shutting down accounts of developers who are selling UDID slots, they are also flagging UDIDs purchased from those developers.

This seems as though it could end a lot of "reporting" on unreleased iOS features from blogs who typically dissect each developer's release of Apple's mobile operating system.

Developers were notified via letter and many had their accounts immediately banned, according to kathikk.com.

The only solution is to revert back to the latest version of iOS for the public, currently 4.3.5, and wait for the official iOS 5 update, expected this fall alongside the release of the iPhone 5 and perhaps a new iPad.

Are you a developer who sold your UDID slot? Have you purchased one from a developer? Have you heard anything from Apple? Let me know your story in the comments!

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    Joe is a seasoned Mac veteran with years of experience on the platform. He reports on Macs, iPods, iPhones and anything else Apple sells. He even has worked in Apple retail stores. He's also a creative professional who knows how to use a Mac to get the job done.

     

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