Two websites providing download links for pre-release Apple software such as iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and tvOS 16 have been shut down in recent weeks, including BetaProfiles.com and IPSW.dev. Both websites are no longer accessible.
In a tweet, BetaProfiles.com said it was shutting down to avoid a “legal battle with Apple,” but it’s unclear whether the website (or IPSW.dev) should actually be subject to legal action from Apple. If a threat is detected or if the Websites are closed on a precautionary basis. Apple, BetaProfiles.com and IPSW.dev did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that betaprofile will be closed soon, I don’t want to get into a legal fight with Apple right now. BetaProfile social media will remain as a place to discuss beta updates. Thanks a lot guys ️ – Beta Profiles (@BetaProfiles) 10 August 2022
In addition, attorneys representing Apple at Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP Allegedly a. Twitter provided with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown Notice Related to over a dozen tweets containing links to websites like IPSW.dev. The alleged notice claimed that the tweets violated Apple’s proprietary beta software. All tweets listed are no longer visible in “Respond to Copyright Holder Report”.
IPSW.dev gave users access to IPSW files for the iOS 16 developer beta and other pre-release Apple software, with download links via Apple’s servers, file-sharing website WeTransfer, and torrents, while BetaProfiles.com provided the beta profile and links to both. ipsw files. BetaProfiles.com said users must be enrolled in Apple’s developer program to download the profiles, but users can avoid this warning.
Apple’s developer betas are intended only for members of Apple’s Developer ProgramWhich costs $99 per year in the United States, and it appears that Apple is attempting to maintain this policy by taking action on websites such as BetaProfiles.com and IPSW.dev.
Anyone interested in trying out Apple’s beta for free can sign up for Apple’s Public Beta Program,