I love product testing!
Not only do you get free stuff, but you also get to voice your opinion and actually help shape the future of the product you are testing.
But I have been getting emails from a few of our readers who are interested in becoming a product tester for the tech giant, Apple.
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But are there actually Apple product testing jobs available?
Yes, there are!
I did some digging and found out Apple normally has two different product testing opportunities:
- Apple hardware product testing
- Apple software product testing
1. Apple Hardware Product Testing
Apple hardware includes the physical products many of us love and spend a lot of our hard-earned money on.
- Apple watch
So can you get an Apple product, say an Apple iPhone, for free as a tester?
Yes, you can!
That YOU is normally an Apple employee, or (according to a thread on Apple forum) people living within the Cupertino area (Apple’s headquarters).
So, if you don’t belong to any of these two groups, it seems like you are out of luck when it comes to testing any physical Apple devices, at least for now.
2. Apple Software Product Testing (Apple Seed)
The good news is that Apple’s software testing program is open to all.
The program is known as the Apple Seed.
Obviously, we are talking about software, so you won’t be getting any physical product.
You will be testing pre-release software products on your devices, like the software used in your iPhone.
There are a few requirements for joining the Apple Seed program.
Here are the requirements according to the company:
Complete a profile
In order to select the right people to become testers, the company needs some background info about you, your interests, and your computing environment. So you’ll have to complete your profile.
Customer Seed and Confidentiality Agreement
Since pre-release software is considered Apple confidential property, as a participant you have to view and acknowledge the agreement in order to be considered.
Based on your profile info and “the needs of the product engineering team” they will select participants. The company doesn’t guarantee that everyone who applies will be accepted.
Provide Apple with your feedback
Once you are in, you will have to provide feedback on every single product you are given to test. You’ll be asked to “complete engineering questionnaires, fill out bug reports, enhancement requests, and participate in online discussion.”
The application for Apple Product Testing
The application process is actually very easy and quick.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Step 1: Visit https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/welcome and sign up to join the Apple Seed program.
- Step 2: Sign up with your AppleID.
- Step 3: Wait to hear back from the company.
Keep in mind that signing up doesn’t mean you are in. This only gets you into the door where you MIGHT be considered for the actual testing. If they want you, they will send you an invitation.
If you are selected, you will be given more information, instruction and what to expect.
Apple Seed invitation
While researching for this post, I noticed a lot of people were asking whether or not they can do anything to increase their chances of being invited to the program.
I did some research, but it seems like there isn’t much you can do. It’s not clear how the company chooses who to invite.
That said, based on the comments and reviews I read on Apple’s official form, you MIGHT increase your chances of being invited by being an active and helpful member of the forum itself.
Beyond that, there isn’t much you can do to get invited.
Apple Beta Software Program
Now, the company has another program known as the Apple Beta Software Program.
According to the company:
“Help make the next releases of iOS, macOS, and tvOS our best yet. As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think.”
To sign up, visit https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/welcome and sign in with your ID.
Other product testing opportunities
If you are not selected, don’t worry about it. There are plenty of other companies that let you test products and keep ’em for free.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Become a shoe product tester (7 companies)
- Get free makeup as a beauty product tester (22 companies)
- Get paid to test websites
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Are you going to sign up?
Or are you already a participant of the Apple Seed program?
Let us know about your experience as an Apple product tester (especially about the kind products you got to keep for free) in the comments below.