TeraLeak: Terabytes of Apple’s Testflight Data Leaked Online

Apple Testflight
In Short
  • Thousands of terabytes of data from Apple's Testflight server from 2012 to 2015 have leaked online.
  • Named "TeraLeak," The disclosed files contain beta versions and prototypes of numerous iOS applications and games under testing during that period.
  • An X (formerly Twitter) user has posted the archive links to the data from Wayback Machine.

In an unexpected revelation making waves across the tech community, thousands of terabytes of data sourced from the Apple Testflight circa server archive have leaked online. Termed “Teraleak” due to its size, the leaked data holds a comprehensive set of data on various iOS apps and games from 2012 to 2015.

An X (formerly Twitter) user @TeraLeak found the archived files of Testflight data on Apple’s server via the Wayback Machine and then shared it anonymously on X as well as on other social media platforms. The post contains different archive links through which you can find about any iOS app from 2012 to 2015 by searching for it. However, it’s still unclear how the data exited Apple’s servers at the time of publication.

The leaked archives include prototypes and beta versions of a variety of iOS apps and games that were under test during the period. The most intriguing part is that the leak offers insights into various Angry Birds titles that were not officially released, provoking up the game preservation community in the hopes of recovering games that have been deleted from the App Store.

The gaming community has its sights fixed on this leak, particularly after the developer Rovio’s recent removal of the iconic Angry Birds game from the Google Play Store because of business reasons. Interestingly, the game is available under a different name on the Apple App Store.

However, its availability in the near future is uncertain, which has led to greater anxiety among those who advocate for preservation. With this wealth of information now available, more interesting discoveries regarding the earlier stages of app development could be forthcoming.

In addition to the possibility of discovering games that never got released, users may also come across games that have been taken off the App Store and are not available to download on Apple’s App distribution platform. This leak could help preserve and archive a lot of long-forgotten or rather unseen iOS apps and games.

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