An astonishing find on the Wayback Machine service unearthed an archive housing more than 76,000 games and applications for iOS. What’s intriguing is that many of these had never seen the light of day on the platform. This discovery unfolded due to an inadvertent error in the Apple server settings. It inadvertently made beta versions of programs meant for the TestFlight service accessible to the public.
The Leak and Its Implications
Between 2012 and 2015, approximately 1.2 terabytes of test versions of games and applications intended for the cloud service found their way onto the network. Reports from the Eurogamer portal suggested that the files were leaked due to misconfigured cloud service settings, indicating references to Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Web Services in certain links. This misconfiguration allowed the Wayback Machine service to cache the entire archive, making it accessible.
Unreleased Versions and Accessibility
Enthusiasts are particularly interested in the array of files, including unreleased versions of popular games like Angry Birds, Temple Run, and Obamagram, among others, notes NIXsolutions. This extensive collection is now available in an unofficial catalog featuring a user-friendly interface with search capabilities and direct links for downloading images in IPA format. Despite this significant leak, Apple has not yet issued a statement regarding the inadvertent exposure of test versions from its proprietary service.