According to Karthikk.net, people who have been getting access to iOS 5 but aren’t developers might soon be facing Apple’s wrath. Apparently, Apple knows which developers passed on their UDID’s to non-developers for money, allowing people who weren’t meant to have early access on to the OS.
Developers are given a finite number of slots with their account in order for them to run an early version of iOS to test. There’s a bit of a black market trade in these slots, which Apple is now chasing down.
Apple has been sending out emails to developers accused of this, and then banning their accounts from the developer’s program — leaving their phones non-functional. Apparently you can downgrade to get out of it, but that’s not much fun if you’ve been enjoying iOS 5.
If Apple really is taking a hard line on this, I’m curious to see if it’ll go beyond just those who sold the UDIDs, and to those who passed them out to friends and media types. The NDA wall around betas is functionally transparent, at least partly because some non-developer bloggers get in on the beta, and report all its details. If Apple starts chasing them down, the reporting on beta changes might substantially change.