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Apple Allegedly Taking Down Websites Sharing iOS 16 Developer Beta

Apple delivered the first Developer Beta beta of iOS 16 and other software upgrades for members of the Apple Developer programme in the months following WWDC 2022 in June. While iOS 16 public beta testers had to wait until July, some websites have already published unauthorised ways to download the most recent betas. It now appears that Apple is removing some websites.

When it comes to distributing Apple beta software that was initially made available to Developer, BetaProfiles.com was one of the most well-known websites. The website BetaProfiles said on its Twitter account on Wednesday that it “will be closing down shortly” to avoid a “legal fight with Apple,” implying that the latter had threatened to sue it.

BetaProfiles.com was unavailable at the time this article was written. In the past several hours, IPSW.dev, another comparable website, has also been taken down. It’s not clear, though, if IPSW.dev’s creators were just concerned about getting a warning from Apple or whether this other website was taken down for the same reason.There is yet a third website called Apple Firmwares that distributes profiles for installing Apple beta software. According to MacRumors, Twitter has reportedly been instructed to remove tweets that contain links to these websites by Apple’s legal counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP.

While an upgraded 48-megapixel back camera and a selfie camera with autofocus are anticipated for the iPhone 14, it’s believed that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max versions will receive the most of the improvements. The Pro and Pro Max may feature the new A16 processor, do away with the notch that houses the front-facing camera in favour of a pill-shaped hole-punch cutout, and enable an always-on display.

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