A new method of downloading apps outwith the App Store i.e. not authorized by Apple, will soon be coming to iOS devices via browser-based App Store which is codenamed ‘Lima’ (iPhoneDownloadBlog via MacStories). The new app store would require users to simply browse to the store website using a jailbroken iPhone and then install the app of their choice.
While Cydia, the major App Store alternative, is still around and is wildly popular among iOS users, the Cydia Store requires jailbreaking your Apple device which can be a little too much of an issue for some people. The primary advantage of a browser based app store would be that users could install apps that have not been approved by Apple on jailbroken devices through the Safari app.
Additionally, every time a new version of the iOS software is released, then jailbreaks tend to become obsolete as Apple plugs any security holes that are used to perform the jailbreak. It remains to be seen if the company will be issuing any sort of update to Safari in an attempt to block the new app store.
There has not been any timetable issued for the new app store release but the Inifini Dev Team who are developing Lima will apparently be releasing it ‘soon’. It will be interesting to see how Apple responds to this latest attempt to circumvent the official approval and installation process.