Apple management is cracking down on retail employees who are installing iOS 7 beta on their devices from sources apart from their personal developer accounts. HR reps from the company have been contacting employees found using the developer-only beta to ensure that they’ve obtained the software from official channels.
Apple management also wants to make sure that employees aren’t using their own developer accounts to give iOS 7 beta access to fellow employees. Here’s an excerpt from the rules retail employees agree to before joining the company:
Am I allowed to load and use iOS beta software on my devices? Not unless you are a member of the iOS Developer Program, or have been explicitly authorized by management to participate in the development or testing of internal Apple applications as part of an official Apple project.
A letter gone out to retail employees expands further on this rule:
You may not load iOS beta software onto any other person’s iOS device. Employees are not authorized to receive iOS beta software from any third parties, even if those third parties are iOS Developer Program members.
The management further “forbids” employees from demoing iOS 7 beta to customers visiting Apple Stores, since pre-release software might confuse iOS 6 users. If a reference to iOS 7 pops up in conversations with customers, employees are told to direct them to Apple’s iOS 7 webpage.
Apple has previously fired employees who were found violating these rules, and maintains the same strictness for employees found demoing iOS 7 to colleagues. Genius Bar employees have also been told to not service devices running the beta.