Testflight is Apple's own beta testing software that allows developers to test their apps with a group of internal testers. Developers are able to upload beta builds of their apps, with new interfaces, new features, etc to have feedback of other users before uploading to the App Store.
Apple had placed a limit of 1,000 testers per developer, and each build could be valid for 30 days, but that recently doubled. Developers are now able to add up to 2,000 testers, and each build will now work for 60 days. When Apple announces new versions of iOS during its Developer Conference, it doesn't allow developers to add features from the new versions to its App Store apps until usually around September.
During these times, and year round, developers are able to take advantage of Testflight to have others try their apps. Installing an app through Testflight is dead simple. The developer adds your email address, then you download the Testflight app, and the apps you are a tester for show up.
Recently, Testflight has added push notifications to notify you when new builds are available, and it now also displays change logs so developers can easily communicate with testers what to be on the lookout for.
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Apple has announced that developers can now invite up to 10,000 external users to beta test their Mac apps.
Apple has made a beta version of TestFlight for Mac available, giving developers the opportunity to test their own apps using the beta software distribution tool.
Apple just updated TestFlight on iPhone and iPad, adding support for those who want to be able to automatically update their apps.
TestFlight has been available to iOS testing for years, and it appears that it may finally come to the Mac at Apple's November event.
Trying to download a beta app on your iPhone right now will return an error message, "TestFlight Unavailable." It's not you, it's Apple.
Apple has brought Vancouver-based buddybuild — a company that makes continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platforms for developers — onto the Xcode team.
Apple has updated its TestFlight beta testing service with a number of enhancements of developers and testers, including support for testing multiple builds and improvements to groups.
Apple has increased the number of beta testers that developers can invite through TestFlight to 2,000 while also doubling the expiration time for beta builds from 20 days to 60.
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