Apple Discontinues 'iOS Developer University Program' for Students

Apple has discontinued the iOS Developer University Program as of May 15, according to a notice on its website and an email sent to program members.

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The program allowed university professors and other eligible instructors to create a development team with up to 200 students, who could create and test apps without needing to pay the usual $99 annual fee for Apple Developer Program membership.

Apple says accredited educational institutions can still enroll in the Apple Developer Program at no cost by submitting a fee waiver request.

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Top Rated Comments

kitkat99333 Avatar
2 weeks ago

Poor students, always getting kicked about these days...
No real difference if you read the full thing
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yujenisis Avatar
2 weeks ago

there is always Android university. and no 30 percent fee to sell your app.
There is no such thing as “Android University” except for its use as a title for a Google Developer blog post from 2008 ('https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22android%20university%22').

Google only offers two types of developer accounts personal or organization/business ('https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/13634885?hl=en'). There are no special accounts for schools or universities.

Literally everything you said is not true or even real.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
2 weeks ago

there is always Android university. and no 30 percent fee to sell your app.
Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to “sell” an Android app anyway. Developers have found it’s much more viable to just load the app down with ads, far more likelihood to see a return.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
2 weeks ago

If it's still free to universities has this really shifted much?
I think it just switches who’s doing the writing. Initially it was on a professor and it could be multiple professors in one school, I’d imagine. Now, instead of keeping track of all that, they’re moving it to the institution level. Could be that the program has gotten enough notoriety that keeping track of it at a per professor level is no longer efficient.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
laptech Avatar
2 weeks ago
It would not surprise me if the program has been cancelled as a result of a lack of take up by universities because of Apple probably setting conditions in the program that anything that is made, coded, designed, thought of, any ideas that came from the professors and the students become the property of Apple because it was done on their premises under their program and that Apple can take such and use them as they see fit and universities were not happy with this.

A huge number of employers have these type of conditions set into company handbooks/contracts basically saying any idea/design that is done on company time becomes the automatic property of the company. Same applies if any company resources were used, computers, pends, paper, calculators, stuff like that.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
genovelle Avatar
2 weeks ago

They should just do away with the 99$ fee. Let people test betas as long as crash reports are enabled.
You do realize $99 a year is crazy cheap?! Developer Programs for apps were 10k to 50k Per year when Apple started this. The split was also 70% to the platforms. And you covered your Own Promotion.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)