Apple flips the switch on external TestFlight submissions for iOS 9


Update: Apple appears to have now disabled external testing in iTunes Connect again after briefly enabling it this afternoon.

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When Apple updated the TestFlight app for iOS 9 compatiblity earlier this month, it came with the caveat that developers could only submit iOS 9 betas to members of their own teams. Today, however, the company has enabled external testing, allowing developers to start pushing iOS 9-ready betas to any users.

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iOS 9-specific applications can include support for native watch apps, providing a much improved experience for Apple Watch users. They can also take advantage of App Thinning, which keeps app bundle sizes down by only downloading assets that are required for any given device to run them, rather than downloading all available assets for all devices, including those that would go unused.

The new wave of beta apps can also include the ability to search in-app content using Spotlight as part of Apple’s enhanced “Proactive Assistant” feature.

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  1. savichmichael - 7 years ago

    “They can also take advantage of Apple Thinning” I think you meant app thinning.

  2. therealityist - 7 years ago

    Anyone know of any devs that will be opening up some TestFlight invites?

  3. auntietroal - 7 years ago

    I just want them to speed up the handling of builds. My iOS 9 app that was submitted to TestFlight has been “Processing” for almost 24 hours.