Today, Thursday 26th February 2105, the original TestFlight system acquired by Apple only a year ago is closing down. The super popular testing platform mobile app was first bought by Burstly the makers of an in-app ad management platform called SkyRocket in 2011 for a reputed $7.3 million, then sold on to Apple in February 2014.
The TestFlight system is described by the portal as “An free Over-The-Air platform used to distribute beta and internal iOS applications to team members. Developers can then manage testing and receive feedback from their team with the Testflight’s Dashboard…TestFlight is free…Our plan is to introduce paid features in the future that will be clearly labelled…Currently we’re only supporting iOS applications.”
A year after Apple’s acquisition of this platform it was announced via the TestFlight team blog that the services would be no longer available after 26th February 2015 and that developers and team leaders were recommended to transfer their testers to the all-new ‘TestFlight Beta Testings’ in iTunes Connect.
This new replacement service is integrated within iTunes and means you can get feedback quickly as it allows you to invite up to 1,000 external testers using just their email address.
This improved testing format will be an invaluable way to improve your app before release and a way to allow up to 10 apps at one time in a developers account. Naturally, the app is for iOS only.
Think Gaming say this is yet another very smart acquisition by Apple.