Hackers Working on Safari-based App Installer
Developers are taking matters into their own hands
Not content with Apple's App Store as a software distribution mechanism, a group of iOS developers is taking matters into its own hands by working on a tool to let iPhone users browse and install applications and system tweaks through Safari.
Spotted by the iPhone Download Blog, the new project dubbed "Lima" is the creation of the Infini Dev Team and aims to complement, and perhaps one day replace, third-party application installers already available to those with jailbroken iOS devices. The hack lets users install applications from third-party software repositories, hosted on the Web and accessed through the iPhone's Safari browser.
Infini Dev Team, which has also taken over the responsibilities of updating and supporting Icy--one of the early third-party iOS application installers--says it will maintain a list of the repositories, and thus control over where users are able to download applications from. Developer James A. Matoe, who is a part of the group, said on Twitter that the group plans to block two high-profile repositories that contain pirated copies of iOS applications.
An early view of the software demonstrates this working to install a system tweak that adds one extra application spot to iOS' multitasking bar. The video begins with the user having the default four applications, and ending with five following the installation: