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There have been a few websites reporting that there was a rumored beta testing program going to be released where developers could give you an app for free to test if you were some kind of reviewer or tester. I was kinda confused because I thought there was already something like this. Then I saw this article from TUAW explaining adhoc and that it was already available.
Here’s how it works. You give the developer your UDID (unique device identifier) and they can compile a zip file of their app with your ID. It will only run on your iPhone. To get your UDID, Erica Sadun made a sweet little app that when ran, opens an email with your UDID and ready to send to the developer, you just need to add their email address. Once the developer send you the app you can just drag it in to the applications section of your iTunes. Developers can do this to up to 100 iPhones. I’m not sure if this is per app or for all apps.
We tried this with the developer of Garf. Remember that game? The one like Simon? The developer sent me the app zipped up with a Mobile Provision file, AdHocJLA.mobileprovision. I tried dragging them both into iTunes and the app did show up in applications although it didn’t have the icon, it just had a generic App Store icon. I ran the sync on my iPhone/iTunes (took forever) and IT WORKS! The app installed fine and I got to play and test it out!
If you’re looking for applications to be tested or reviewed you can get a hold of us via our Contact Page and we’ll send you our UDID.