Apple is introducing a new TestFlight feature that allows developers to share a public URL for an app beta. Customers can easily open the link on their iPhone or iPad and automatically log in to the beta test group via the TestFlight app.
This feature was announced at WWDC in June, but is only just visible to developers in the App Store Connect interface. Previously, public developers had to ask people for e-mail addresses and then send an e-mail invitation to each person.
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Public links give developers more flexibility when running app beta & # 39; s for sharing their user file. They can easily share a public link on their social media account and have dedicated users register and test some new features before they reach the App Store release.
Developers can start a public link and include a limit on the number of registrations, so you do not run the risk of opening the locks if an invitation link becomes too popular too quickly. The developer can also disable the public link at any time. In total, Apple supports the distribution of up to 10,000 testers for a beta app in TestFlight.
When someone participates in a TestFlight beta via a public link, they are added as an anonymous tester. Developers do not know the name or e-mail address of the person unless the user chooses to send explicit e-mail feedback back to the developer.
Like all TestFlight beta, builds expire automatically after 90 days. Developers can submit new builds that appear in the TestFlight app as available updates to install. Beta & # 39; s are always free to download and in-app purchases are always free in the test sandbox.
TestFlight is only available for iPhone, iPad, Apple and TVOS apps. Mac developers are still in the dark about this.