Apple TestFlight has been acquired by Apple a little while ago, the giant has managed to release a new iTunes connect based beta testing service, as well as a dedicated TestFlight app for the iOS platform, it seem that they are going to shut down the old version of the TestFlight platform that was available on the TestFlightApp.com website.
Why is the service closing?
The answer to this question seems to be quite simple, and that comes from the fact that most features who were, until now, integrated in this platform, were included in iTunes connect, or they will be included rather soon, making the old TestFlight beta service literally useless. Apple did contact the persons that use this service and told them that they should prepare for this switch, because the old service will not be available starting with the 26th of February. This is something that in the end was to be expected, considering that Apple did get this platform a little while ago and managed to integrate some of its features into its own products.
Preparing for the TestFlight closing
In order to prepare for the closing of the old service, people can start to export all the current tests so that they can be implemented into the new TestFlight beta testing service. If you worked with TestFlight then you most likely received a mail that will guide you through the whole steps that are required in order to export the testers safely, so you can have them at any given time in the future.
An important thing to know is that the older versions will not be ported to the new TestFlight service, and instead of that the developers will need to set up their applications from scratch with the iTunes connect service. This might be seen as a little downside, but in the end it’s all about making the most out of the whole experience, so you will definitely like the new TestFlight service.
It’s imperative to know that TestFlightApp.com and TestFlight from Apple run as different services, which means that too many resources were used in order to get the same result. By closing down the older TestFlight Apple does manage to increase the efficiency and bring better results into the mix, something that in our opinion is really good to be honest.
The new version of TestFlight will require app to go through a review when they are submitted, and these reviews can literally require some capital changes for the application.
As expected, TestFlightApp.com closing will bring new and better improvements for TestFlight, since Apple can focus on developing the service the right way now. Nowadays, Apple TestFlight is focused mostly on iOS8, but which a possible iOS9 near the corner, who knows what the future is going to hold for the service.
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