An iPhone and iPad owners now have a tweak to sideload apps outside App Store onto their devices without the need of a jailbreak, or for an Apple Developer Program account following changes made during Apple’s WWDC this year.
In the past until yesterday, anyone wishing to install a app outside Apple Store on theior iPhone or iPad needed to have an active developer account in order to achieve it – costing $99 a year, or needed a jailbreak solution to gain access the same thing for free. However, now that iOS and Mac developer accounts have been rolled into one, it has become clear that people who want to install apps without having any developer account at all can do just that, which might not sound very exiting though, but the implications are huge.
For Android users which is one of the best features of the open source platform is the ability to sideload apps on to a device without downloading directly from Play Store. While iPhone, iPad users required steps to get an app to run on their own iOS device outside the App Store, might be convoluted for some. Assuming the user is question is happy to tinker with Xcode and install it on their device themselves, which they can bypass the App Store completely. Evidently that has not been possible for average Joe without a jailbreak until today.
This move in particular gives iOS more parity with Android, with both now able to have apps installed on an iPhone, iPad and Android device without the App Store interseption or need Google Play Store even getting involved. Apple’s implementation however needs a little more effort, but for now, you know what they say about good things coming to those who wait.
Not ideal enough, but this method of distributing apps could have big impact on things like emulators, Popcorn Time-like MovieBox apps and app piracy of decrypted apps, all of which previously required a jailbroken iOS device or some part of patch with system clock, provisioning profiles and enterprise certificates to work. New sultion is nodoubt an easier solution than that, and also legitimate, though we are not sure how Apple intends for the sideloading of apps to become the norm just as it has on Android.
For this complete sideloading feat to take place, you’ll need the latest version of Xcode beta installed. With Xcode 7, available directly to download from Apple Developer website, and is free of charge for anyone who want to give it a try. Feel free to hit the embedded download link for Xcode 7 below.
It doesn’t require iOS 9, it will work even with iOS 8, including the latest public release iOS 8.3. Jailbreak-free sideloading solution arrtved on iOS – iPhone, ipad or iPod touch.