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Sideloading 18.04.2023
About iOS 17 and Sideloading Apps

In recent years, Apple has made it increasingly difficult for users to install apps from sources other than the App Store on their iOS devices. However, there are rumors that Apple may eventually opens their systems to sideloading apps with the next release of iOS 17.

Something that's been possible for over a decade, using AppDB with signing certificates or a "jailbreak".


How does sideloading work?


Installing programs on your smartphone from locations other than the official App Store is known as sideloading. This can involve downloading apps directly from websites, installing them through developer accounts, or installing them from third-party app stores.



Why Sideloading Is Important


For many iOS users, sideloading is crucial for a number of reasons. One benefit is that it enables users to download apps that are not listed on the App Store. Users who reside in nations where particular apps are restricted or users who wish to install apps that have been booted from the App Store for various reasons may find this to be especially helpful. It also enables users to "Try before they buy" by installing normally paid apps for free.
Developers that wish to test their apps on iOS devices without going through the App Store approval procedure may find sideloading to be helpful. Developers working on experimental or niche apps that might not adhere to Apple's rigorous App Store criteria can especially benefit from this.


Expectations for iOS 17


Although Apple has not made any official announcements on sideloading in iOS 17, there are numerous rumors and leaks that indicate it may eventually be possible. Apple is reportedly considering officially enabling customers to download software from outside the AppStore, provided that those app stores adhere to specific security standards.

Other speculations claim that Apple may permit developers to bypass the App Store and give beta versions of their products directly to users, instead of being forced to use Apple TestFlight. This would be a substantial departure from Apple's existing practice, which mandates that all apps through a rigorous vetting procedure before being allowed to be featured on the App Store.


Of course, keep in mind that these are just rumors, and Apple may ultimately decide against providing sideloading in iOS 17. If the rumors are true, it will be a change that will affect how users can use platforms like AppDB.


Conclusion


For years, sideloading has been a contentious issue in the iOS community, with many users and developers urging Apple to allow more flexibility in app installation and only services like AppDB making it possible. While there are no guarantees that sideloading will be a built-in option in iOS 17, rumors and leaks indicate that it may finally become possible without being forced to purchase signing certificates. If this is the case, it will be interesting to see how iOS users and developers use this newfound flexibility and how the "jailbreaking" and sideloading community will change.