Installer.app (aka AppTapp) downloads packages over WiFi (wireless networking) or EDGE for installing, updating and uninstalling 3rd party native applications on your iPhone. Warning! use at your own risk. There are both a version for Mac with OSX and one for Windows. There is currently also a catalogue of available apps available maintained by a couple of repository and listings websites.
Hint: Once you have installed Installer.app be sure to install the app called “Community Sources”. This app adds a few of the popular 3rd party application lists (Conceited Software and Ste Packaging) to your sources section, which has the affect of dramatically increasing the number of apps you can install. Here is a full list of all Installer.app sources.
: A brand new version of Installer has been released under the name Installer 4.0 which now supports the new 2.0 iPhone software and 3G iPhones. The 4.0 version delivers a brand new user interface and added functionality similar to that of Cydia. This verion of installer is in beta mode but you can install it manually at this time using these steps.
1. Jailbreak your iPhone 2.0 software if you have not already using either redsn0w (for Windows & Mac), GreenPois0n (for Windows & Mac), QuickPwn for Windows or PwnageTool for Mac.
2. Download Installer 4.0 here and unzip it
3. SCP the Installer.app folder into your /Applications folder.
4. Change Permissions by running these 2 commands:
chmod -R 777 /Applications/Installer.app
chmod a+srx /Applications/Installer.app/Installer
5. Turn off your iPhone or iPod Touch and turn it back on and should now see the new Installer 4.0 app on your home screen.
Once you have Installer 4.0 installed, you can add some new apps using the following Installer 4.0 source URLs.
More details on Installer 4.0 to come.
The fastest and easiest way to install Installer on your iPhone is using QuickPwn. Also take a look at this entertaining video by by David Pogue from the The New York Times. He takes you on a tour of using Installer.app to get third-party programs running on the iPhone.
Note: As of now Installer.app does not work on iPod touch, or iPhone updated with 1.1.1.
Installer.app version 3.1 has been released which includes a fully redesigned user interface to match the iPhone look and feel, collapsible groups, and firmware auto-sensing. Now you can also add/remove sources easily and easily install all available updates. This version still does not work if you have already upgraded to iPhone v1.1.1. before jail breaking. Also this version requires that you upgrade to 1.1.1 after you get it installed on your 1.0.2, for it to work smoothly.
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