Last week’s WWDC 2021 Keynote address was chock-full of goodies for iPhone and iPad users, including iOS & iPadOS 15 and the new features they promise for these types of devices.
Developers and beta testers alike rushed to be among the first to download and install the iOS & iPadOS 15 betas after the Keynote ended. Shortly after, we learned that the popular AltStore side-loading platform didn’t work on iOS & iPadOS 15 and that it would necessitate an update to work with Apple’s upcoming operating systems.
As a jailbreaker, I appreciate just how easy AltServer and AltStore make the process of side-loading semi-untethered jailbreak apps like Odyssey and unc0ver to my iPhones and iPads. On the other hand, it can be burdensome to keep track of how many more days those apps will work before they need to be signed again.
The AltStore app provides a handy native-style widget for iOS & iPadOS 14 devices that can help you keep track, but if you prefer something more conspicuous, then we think there’s a high likelihood that you’ll appreciate a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called IconCert 14 by iOS developer Hao Nguyen (haoict).
Jay Freeman, also known to the jailbreak community as Saurik, appears to be at it again this week after releasing a surprise update for Cydia Impactor for macOS, Windows, and Linux.
The latest version of the Cydia Impactor utility comes in the form of version 0.9.53 and incorporates a number of changes for the small subset of users who are still able to use it.
Jailbreak apps such as Chimera, Odyssey, and unc0ver can be installed a bevy of different ways. Perhaps one of the most popular methods involves a software utility combination for macOS and Windows-based computers known as AltStore and AltServer. The latter runs as a process on the computer, facilitating the installation of the former alongside side-loadable apps on an iPhone or iPad running iOS or iPadOS 12.2 or later.
Both AltStore and AltServer occasionally receive updates with improvements and/or new features for users, and just this evening, the software duo were updated to version 1.4.4.
Many avid jailbreakers were left disappointed when ReProvision developer Matt Clarke formally announced that the popular side-loaded application re-signing mechanism wouldn’t receive an update to fix crashes affecting apps installed after January 28th.
Fortunately, the jailbreak community is no stranger to third party patches, and that’s one of the reasons why we think many jailbreakers will be excited to learn about a new and free jailbreak tweak release called ReProvisionFix by iOS developer nyuszika7h.
Many jailbreakers were taken by surprise this past week when apps installed by AltStore post-January 28th suddenly began crashing upon launch. AltStore’s development team quickly recognized the issue responsible the crashes, citing server-side issues on Apple’s end, and then released an update in the form of version 1.4.3 this afternoon to resolve it.
While AltStore certainly is popular among jailbreakers for its ease of side-loading jailbreak apps like Chimera, Odyssey, and unc0ver and keeping them signed via AltDaemon, another popular option for achieving the same means was ReProvision, which was also unfortunately impacted by Apple’s server-side changes. Worthy of note, however, it seems that ReProvision won’t be receiving any updates to fix the app crashes as AltStore did.
It was only a couple of days ago that AltStore received an update in the form of a public beta to resolve a an issue where apps installed after January 28th would crash after the user tried launching them. This was a temporary (yet agonizing) issue for jailbreakers, and for that reason, it may come as no surprise that an official AltStore update would be imminent.
Tuesday afternoon, that very update materialized as AltStore and AltServer version 1.4.3 officially became available to the general public Worthy of note, this update is different from the public beta that launched two days ago, as it's an official public release as opposed to just a public beta build.
It may come as no surprise that when apps side loaded with the AltStore application after January 28th exhibited a baffling crash on launch, jailbreakers began to notice. After all, many jailbreakers rely on the platform to install their jailbreak apps, including but not limited to Chimera, Odyssey, and unc0ver.
The official AltStore Twitter account publicly acknowledged the issue a day later on January 29th, claiming that the app crashing was due to “server-side changes” and that a fix would be imminent. While many jailbreakers waited for the opportunity to install their favorite jailbreak tool again, we offered an interim fix that involved using DNSCloak and Jailbreaks.app.
Just yesterday, AltStore lead developer Riley Testut released AltDaemon, a novel package for jailbroken handsets that enables side-loaded apps to be installed, refreshed, and updated on the fly without requiring the end user to connect to a Mac or Windows PC. AltDaemon is, in essence, a future-proof alternative to the popular ReProvision.
While yesterday’s AltDaemon release received praise by jailbreakers from all walks of life, there was just one caveat – it necessitated AltStore version 1.4, which at the time, wasn’t yet available to the general public. Fortunately, that changed this Wednesday evening…
Anyone who uses a side-loadable jailbreak like Odyssey or unc0ver should be keenly familiar with AltStore, as it quickly overtook Cydia Impactor as the most popular way to install these jailbreak apps on compatible devices after the latter stopped working for a substantial number of users. Like Cydia Impactor, however, AltStore had one major caveat: it required a Mac or Windows PC.
AltStore lead developer Riley Testut sought to change this about the platform’s user experience, and so a beta package for jailbroken devices dubbed AltDaemon was conceived back in June. AltDaemon’s purpose is to make AltStore a computer-independent experience, effectively permitting users to install, refresh, and update side-loaded apps without a computer. As of Tuesday, however, AltDaemon nowis out of beta and available to the general public.
Unless you’re using the checkra1n jailbreak tool, you’ll find that most other jailbreaks require you to side load a special app and deploy it to get your handset into a jailbroken state. Most jailbreakers use AltStore to accomplish this task nowadays, but signing services are another option if you aren’t fortunate enough to have a computer at your disposal.
Joining the party is a brand-new signing service dubbed Jailbreaks.app, which just launched Thursday afternoon. The platform, developed by iCraze and designed by CaspD3V, can be accessed via the native Safari web browser on any iPhone or iPad to download and deploy compatible jailbreak tool(s).
If you’ve used the unc0ver jailbreak to liberate your iPhone or iPad recently, then you’re likely familiar with the AltStore platform, which quickly superseded Cydia Impactor and popular signing services to become the recommended means of side-loading the unc0ver jailbreak due to its long-term dependability and ease of use.
One major caveat to AltStore, however, is that using it would necessitate connecting to a computer to sign the unc0ver app – you’d need to do this the first time you installed unc0ver and every seven days after rebooting your device afterward. But that may not be the case for long…