Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2012 5:55 PM (in response to quincyerturk)
If they did you'd probably have to wait 100 years until your turn came up.
No. Well, that's for hardware. There is a program where if you are known to Apple you might get invited to test run software. Even then I'm not sure if the version you get to test is to keep after trials or if it just expires along with all the beta versions, but at least then you know if you really want to buy it. :-)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2012 8:02 PM (in response to Limnos)
My dad is pretty knowledgable about this sort of stuff...
Thanks for your help, but I'm not ready to give up
Also, you seem like a pretty knowledgable person about Apple... being 7th level and all... But I was wondering if you could tell me WHAT those levels are... And how do you get them??
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 6:13 AM (in response to quincyerturk)
See this page for information on the points system.
Best of luck.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 6:24 AM (in response to quincyerturk)
I am a very tech savvy - no, APPLE savvy girl with both an iPod touch and a MacBook Pro. I navigate my way among them very well, and I was wondering if Apple takes people to test out their products. If so, could you give me possibly a link and age requirements, etc? Thanks soo much!
I've never known that to happen, to anyone. Even Apple certified instructors do not get hardware given to them. When I worked at a large state university IT department, we would often get trial equipment when new models were announced publicly, but NEVER before that, and they were never offered to inidividuals, but to the institution (and they would be taken back when a newer model was announced).
To be honest, I do not know of any computer hardware company that publicly tests new, unreleased hardware - they all do that sort of thing in house.
As far as being a software tester, that is by invitation (customer software seeding programs), and requires accepting a non-disclosure agreement.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 8:29 AM (in response to quincyerturk)
Apple does not accept nor solicit outside testers for their hardware. They just do not, period. So if that was your interest, then you should give up, since there's nothing you can do. Apple does sometimes solicit people to help test software such as new releases of OS X, but there is no way you can apply. If they wish to recruit you as a tester, they'll contact you.
The only other way to get access to pre-release software is to join the Apple Developer programs as a paid member, in which case you will from time to time get access to some prelease software for testing and as an aid to developing or modifying applications to work with the new software versions.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 8:56 AM (in response to quincyerturk)
The only people the I know of that receive hardware before the release date to public are columnist (newspaper columnist for example). They get the same product that the public (production model) will receive, not a beta version. They have to return the product.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 3:45 PM (in response to David M Brewer)
Thanks everyone! you all answered my questions!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 24, 2012 6:16 AM (in response to quincyerturk)
You are welcome, I am glad we were able to help you. Best of luck in your endeavors.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 8:10 AM (in response to laundry bleach)
I would like to nkow more about this too...
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 10:40 AM (in response to D18x)
As deggie said, there's nothing more to know. As we've said last year when this thread was active, Apple does not give out hardware for testing, and if they ever wish you to participate in their software seeding programs, they will contact you.