While Apple previously required developers to pay $99 per year for access to its developer betas, that’s now changing with the launch of its latest betas, as reported by MacRumors.
Anyone with an Apple ID will now be able to join the Apple Developer Program’s free version and get access to Xcode developer tools, Xcode beta releases, on-device testing, Apple developer forums, bug reporting with Feedback Assistant, and OS beta releases, including those of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma.
While the change will save developers from the hassle of waiting for the newest betas to be publicly released, they are still advised to be careful since these betas could contain significant bugs.
Enrolling in the program with Apple ID will allow the iPhone-maker to track developers that install the developer betas and prevent unauthorized access. The company first introduced the requirement with the launch of iOS 16 last year.
In case you don’t know, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference kicked off this Monday and will run until Friday. During the first two days, the company has unveiled various hardware and software updates, including iOS 17 and new features like Sensitive Content Warning that will arrive with it later this year. It also introduced new privacy changes for iOS developers, and announced the winners of this year’s Apple Design Awards.