Maybe you’ve gone the jailbreaking route with your iPhone, or maybe you haven’t, but you’ve likely been tempted by all the tantalizing apps and utilities available for those who have. Now there’s a new method for getting those apps on your iPhone, and it doesn’t necessarily require jailbreaking in order to work — although, I haven’t tested it out personally (you’ll see why later).
Ripdev’s new InstallerApp is a standalone application for your Mac computer (10.5 and up only, with a Windows version to follow) that allows you to install Installer and Cydia packages to your iPhone (not iPod touches, yet) via your computer over a USB connection, instead of directly through Cydia.app and Installer.app on the iPhone, as was necessary in the past.
The interface of the program resembles a very basic version of the iTunes store layout, with categories listed in the left hand frame, and a list view of application packages available displayed in the main frame on the right. You can search the database in the lower right hand corner of the app window, and add your own sources to the default ones included.
The most interesting thing about InstallerApp is its “Pusher” feature, which I hinted at above. It claims to allow you to put Installer.app on your iPhone, even if you haven’t jailbroken it first. The official InstallerApp site warns that this might cause instability on your iPhone, but the option is available for those feeling adventurous. Don’t expect this backdoor to stay open long, now that Apple is aware of it.
For $7, you can unlock all of InstallerApp’s features, but if you’re feeling understandably reluctant to part with your money, you can download the app now and use the “Pusher” feature to put Installer.app on non-jailbroken iPhones. I would, but my iPhone is running 3.0, and InstallerApp is not yet compatible with the beta firmware. Let us ksznow what happens if you’re brave enough to try it.