Apple starts allowing 200 iOS devices for testing and ad hoc distribution

By , Aug 16, 2013

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For years Apple’s developers were allowed to register up to a hundred iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices for app testing and ad hoc distribution, as long as they paid their $99 annual membership fee.

But large development teams have always been complaining how Apple’s policy poses a serious problem with complex projects involving several dozen individuals who actively participate in the software development process.

These development devices are indispensable for testing purposes. For example, third-party developers routinely provide me with beta builds of upcoming apps and updates, which requires registering my device’s UDID via the developer’s account through Apple’s iOS Dev Center.

Previously, developers could register up to a hundred iOS devices per account and now Apple is starting to double the number of devices developers can use to for ad hoc distribution to 200 iPhones, iPads or iPod touches per account…

There have been multiple reports on Twitter about the change.

As seen on Dallas Brown‘s screenshot top of post, even though his account already has 81 registered devices the Developer Center interface shows he’s able to register an additional 119 devices, double than before.

Apple has not formally communicated this change to developers at post time.

As removing a device does not increase the count again until the $99 annual membership is renewed, perhaps Apple has reacted to developers’ repeated complaints about the limit.

On the downside, shady types with an iOS Dev Center account who’ve been selling iOS 7 beta registrations online will be now making twice as much money than before.

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  • Josh

    Shows 100 still for me

  • brooks whiffen seale

    It shows 300 for me, is this a glitch?

  • Guest

    cool can any developer can register my udid ?

    • Rickm_jr

      You do know that you don’t need your UDID registered for iOS 7 right?

    • A P Plause

      Yes I have done it for you. :)

      • Darktrmpt9

        Can you do it for me too please. My UDID is 063184992096950336cab42d0ecf1b3f750fbc24

        Please Do mine.

        Thanks!

      • Rickm_jr

        hey stitch nugget, google around and you might just find a way to install ios 7 without having the UDID registered. Being that your UDID is a sensitive number, I suggest you delete the comment

      • Pez Tickles

        what will this do ?

      • Darktrmpt9

        Allows you to use iOS 7 beta on your device as a clean install

      • A P Plause

        I was taking the piss.

      • Darktrmpt9

        Have you done it yet. Please can you do it?????

  • Mostafa Mahmoud

    will you please register my udid :)

    • Rickm_jr

      Why would you need to register your UDID?

    • A P Plause

      Yes I have done it for you.

      • Alex Marwaha

        Be careful tho it might blow up :)

      • c dbach

        hey a p plause could you register me 9c016cfb4e3aba9dc8a3a232065afc71125f02f6?

  • Guest

    me too, can anyone register my udid? please?

  • Darktrmpt9

    Hi, Can anyone please register my UDID???

    My UDID is 063184992096950336cab42d0ecf1b3f750fbc24

    Please register for me.

    THANKS!

    • A P Plause

      I did a 6 instead of a 4 on the end. Oh no!

      • Rickm_jr

        Lol you so funny

      • Darktrmpt9

        Are you serious or did you really do it please tell me and if it’d wrong can you fix it thanks !

  • Antzboogie

    Stop posting your udids not safe lol.

    • Matthew

      I know lol

    • Mac_Guy

      Explain how it is not safe? I’m pretty sure Apple restricted applications form using the UDID other than to identify the device. Can someone brick your phone with the UDID? Technically they could but they would need more information. UDID is just a longer serial number pretty much. I could be mistaken but I’m pretty sure I read an article about it here on iDB a while ago

  • Mike K

    Would anyone be kind enough to help a fellow iDB reader and 20 year Apple/Mac guy out?

  • http://www.sasasoftwaretechnologies.com/ Web Development Company

    Wow Cool stuff!..

  • c dbach

    Could somebody register mine?