How does installing third-party stores work in iOS 17.5?

Alternative stores to the App Store are in development for iOS and will be available to the general public in the coming weeks. The lip was able to take a look at a beta of AltStore, one of the first third-party players to get the green light from Apple. Just enough to give you a better idea of ​​how the installation will work on iOS.

How to install a third-party app store on iOS 17.5. Image: The Verge.

Unsurprisingly, Cupertino has provided plenty of warnings to discourage users while informing them of the potential dangers. Apple does not miss an opportunity to point out that it will not be in control of the security department and that none of the services of the App Store are supported (subscriptions, refunds, etc.). The lip has a dozen steps to perform before you can access a third-party store.

To install an App Store alternative, you'll need to download the store from a web link. A pop-up window will then indicate that the phone does not accept this type of program, inviting you to modify its settings in Settings. You will need to validate the store before returning to your browser and starting the process again. A final warning asks you to confirm the operation, which starts the installation.

On Android, Google has had similar warnings for a long time.

The process isn't incredibly complicated, but arguably less intuitive than downloading your programs from the App Store. It's quite similar to Android in some ways, with Google's system disabling the installation of apps from unknown sources by default and requiring you to enable a specific setting. This will still be a bit of a hassle for novice users, who aren't necessarily used to navigating iOS settings to install a simple app.

Apple's many tweaks should reassure customers who fear for their security after this opening: it won't be possible to install an unknown app by mistake, unless you really do it on purpose. In any case, Apple will not allow the ability to use a third-party application that has not been verified by Apple through its notary system. This monitors the presence of malware or if a program has been created to dump private data.

Notary will be mandatory for iOS apps

Once AltStore is available on the iPhone's home screen, installing third-party programs is much easier: it's almost like the App Store, with a big “Install” button to start the download. AltStore has two applications that can be installed, namely Nintendo Delta (formerly GBA4iOS) console emulator and Clip clipboard manager.

AltStore on iOS. Image: The Verge.

However, things get complicated when you want to download apps that don't come with the store. AltStore works a little differently: you have to manually add “sources” (a URL that redirects to a JSON file) from developers before you can see an app appear in the store. This feature won't be available at launch, but will arrive shortly, according to the store team. A list of recommended sources will be highlighted, but as it stands, it's only playable with Delta and Clip.

The new version of AltStore is currently approved by Apple: The lip explains that it will be ready to go online” once it gets the green light from the company “. The process was slower than expected, as the developers missed their original March launch window.

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