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Developer Riley Testut introduces AltStore, an alternative app store for non-jailbroken devices that doesn’t rely on enterprise certificates, but instead uses a developer feature that allows you to use your Apple ID to install apps you’ve developed yourself with Xcode. In other words, it’s a fully native, sandboxed iOS application that allows you to side-load apps by tricking your device into thinking it’s installing apps that you developed. It just requires your Apple ID and password to communicate on your behalf with Apple’s developer servers. Read more for a video and additional information.
Since all apps signed with a free Apple ID are only valid for 7 days, at which point they expire and can no longer be launched, AltStore periodically refreshes all of them in the background, or you can alternatively manually refresh them. When that is completed, they won’t expire for another week. AltStore will initially launch with two of Riley’s own apps: Delta, an all-in-one emulator he’s been working on for the past 4+ years, as well as Clip, a simple clipboard manager app. You’ll be able to download it officially on September 28th.