Apple Hack Could Delay iOS 7 Beta 4 Release, Slow App Updates

Apple revealed that a hack is behind the company’s reason to take the Apple Developer portal offline last Thursday. The downtime may push the iOS 7 beta 4 release back. This may not stop iPhone app updates, but could slow down new app releases for some developers.

The Apple Developer portal went offline on Thursday July 18th and remains offline as of Monday July 22nd at 11:30 AM Eastern. After several days of silence Apple issued a statement late Sunday night that outlines what happened and what information the hack may have exposed.

Everyday iPhone and iPad users don’t have anything to worry about, but Apple “developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed.” The company is working to bring the portal back online.

The iOS 7 beta 4 release could see a small delay as Apple recovers from a hack.

The iOS 7 beta 4 release could see a small delay as Apple recovers from a hack.

While Apple did not announce an iOS 7 beta update schedule, a new iOS 7 beta appeared on a two week cycle for the past two beta releases, leading many to expect the iOS 7 beta 4 release this morning

Apple is currently in the middle of iOS 7 beta testing, and the iOS 7 beta 4 release date was possibly scheduled for today with bug fixes and new features. Until the Apple developer center is back online, it is not likely that Apple will release the iOS 7 beta 4, even though existing users can update over the air.

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Web optimizing company Onswipe reports that despite the beta tag, iOS 7 traffic is up compared to iOS 6 traffic over a similar time period last year.  While users are not recommended to install the iOS 7 beta on a daily use device these numbers show the iOS 7 beta is popular with developers and users that paid to get the iOS 7 beta early. Many of these users eagerly wait for the iOS 7 beta 4 which could solve a problem with incoming calls not ringing the iPhone or showing a missed call marker.

Some iPhone app updates went live this weekend.

Some iPhone app updates went live this weekend.

Until the iOS Developer portal is back online users may see some slowdowns to app updates and new app releases, but it will not come to a complete stop.

SignMyPad developer Justin Esgar told Gotta Be Mobile, “iTunes connect is still up,” which allows developers to submit new apps and app updates. Over the weekend several app updates appeared online.

While the system is still up to allow for important app fixes, some developers may choose to delay non-critical app updates until the developer portal is back online.

Matt Braun, developer of Mash and SketchParty TV told Gotta Be Mobile the downtime “definitely could” lead to update delays, explaining, “There are certain aspects of the process that can’t happen – device provisioning for beta testing, for instance.”

In this example, a developer trying to fix an issue on a specific device may not be able to add a device to their account to test the software. In a large development shop with plenty of devices this may not be as big of an issue, but for smaller developers it may push app updates back slightly.

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It is unlikely that this Apple developer hack will push the fall IOS 7 release date back significantly as internal and external testing can continue and Apple could still release the iOS 7 beta 4 later this week.

Comments

  1. Alex says

    I am looking in signing up today. Would I have access to the iOS downloads or is that down aswell?

    • Jim says

      Yes, if you sign up however the actual dev website is down through apple where you would download the latest beta 4. If you already have ios 7 beta 3 then you should be able to update ota that is if apple still pushes it out that way. Good instal beta ios 7 without dev account. YOu can actually download the ispw file and upload through itunes on your phone. Apple as of now, has not locked down the betas to devs only. This can of course change at any new beta but you can download from ios 7 beta 3 from third party, open itunes, connect phone. Hold down shift on windows keyboard, then click update instead of restore. Box opens up, point to your ios 7 beta 3 download and you should be good to go. Works on all iphones compatible with ios 7 and all ipads except the first gen one. Make sure you download the correct isps ios 7 for your phone. Each phoen model has its own and also each carrier has its own as well. If you update with the wrong ispw you will get an error. Google and you can find more info.

  2. David says

    An update to OS X Mavericks was released today, despite the online portal being down. So, it’s entirely possible a new iOS 7 beta will appear.

  3. doc timmay says

    IOS 7 beta 4 is NOT available today. I spoke with a friend that is an authorized beta tester and they were informed by Apple that it may be later this week.

    • Michael says

      The Beta software is to Apple Developers. You will always have a lot of bugs in software that is still being developed. While there are bugs in it I think iOS 7 is really great.

  4. RW says

    There has never been an announcement for a release date for Beta 4, so how can it be delayed? They will release it when they are ready to and most of those complaining shouldn’t be using it any way. It is not for every day use phones, it is for test platforms only because it is BETA.

    • Michael J Brancato says

      I totally agree with you. BETA’s are meant to be BETA’s which is testing not for everyday public use as you mentioned. I think they just want an excuse to talk bad on Apple.

  5. ward says

    apple is shit it must be more serious about dates they most release beta 4 last day and they dont shit it then the next day most be the day but they haven’t release it yet

    • David says

      That’s a ridiculous comment and assertion. Also, this is beta software – intended ONLY for registered developers. They’ve announced a timeframe for general availability and will likely hit it – as they have consistently done with the 2nd through 6th generations of iOS.

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