As we eagerly wait for Jay Freeman aka saurik, founder of Cydia to release an updated version of Cydia and Cydia Substrate that supports iOS 11, Infini Dev has announced that they plan to release Installer 5, an alternative to Cydia.
Installer 5 website has the following information about the upcoming jailbreak tweaks store:
Installer 5 is an open source, free package manager for jailbroken devices on iOS 10 & 11. Installer has been completely redeveloped from the ground up. More information soon.
This brings back memories as Installer or Installer.app with the blue icon was the first app store or package manager for jailbreak apps and tweaks even before Cydia, and Apple’s App Store. Here’s a screenshot of Installer.
Here’s a link to an article about Installer app back in 2008 (even before Apple announced the App Store), which talks about getting the much-needed search feature. We have certainly come a long way.
Sammy Guichelear of Infini Dev has clarified that Installer 5 will be able to install anything Cydia is capable of installing, “just in a different format”. It is not clear if it will need Cydia Substrate, which also needs to be updated for iOS 11, or they will use some other method for code injection. If it needs Cydia Substrate then they will have to wait for saurik to release an update for iOS 11.
Though the tweet says soon, they haven’t provided an ETA.
Over the years, there have been many jailbreak developers who have announced plans to release an alternative for Cydia, but they have either failed to launch it or it hasn’t gained traction. It remains to be seen if Infini Dev will release Installer 5, and if it will become a viable Cydia alternative. Their best opportunity to make an impact is to release it before Cydia for iOS 11 is released.
Things are certainly getting exciting in the jailbreak world with the release of LiberiOS jailbreak for iOS 11.