In today’s data-driven world, every byte of data is like a chest of treasure. Easy to store but difficult to maintain. And if someone finds the key to your chest? Jackpot! A similar mishap happened to Apple’s chest of app and game data. And the leak’s even got a name, Teraleak!
A massive dump of Apple’s TestFlight archives from back in the 2012 to 2015 era has been leaked. They’re calling it Teraleak because it’s like a treasure trove of beta versions for thousands of iOS apps and games. So, where did this jackpot come from? The Wayback Machine! It still had tons of server files from the good old days.
It’s Apple’s playground for beta testing, where developers drop their apps for testing before the actual launch. Normally, these beta builds are active for just 90 days. TestFlight has functionality across Apple’s hardware suite, which includes macOS, iOS, tvOS and iPadOS. It allows both internal and external app testing where various builds can be tested simultaneously.
Now, Teraleak is giving us a throwback, unearthing early development versions of classics, forgotten gems, and even apps and games that never saw the light of day. You’ll find everything, from the average beta releases to prototypes. The apps found in Teraleak include Instagram, Angry Birds, Infinity Blade 2 and Cut The Rope. Want more details on Teraleak? Head to the official X account(yep, it’s got an X account!).
The Future Of App Preservation
With TestFlight handling up to 100 staff members for internal testing, there’s a high chance some games slipped through the cracks without the public even knowing. On the flip side, gaming preservationists are digging for lost apps and games in these leaked IPA files. They are quite positive that this leak can pave the way to revisit the forgotten and delisted games via side loading.
That makes me wonder about the fate of app preservation. Seriously, think about it. We can easily preserve other forms of data, like movies and photos, but what about apps and games that are downloaded digitally? Will we get to see some new tech that makes preserving such data possible? Comment and let us know your thoughts! Meanwhile, check out our latest news Tiny Wings Is Getting An Update After Two Years!