iOS 17.1 and 17.2 AirDrop an IPA to iPhone

“Oh wow, on iOS 17.1 and 17.2 you can AirDrop an IPA to your iPhone and it will INSTALL!

I think this is the first time iOS has ever officially allowed sideloading?”

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Is there some kind of official announcement about this anywhere? Or is a random TwiX screenshot the only information about it at this time?


You can install but can’t actually use the app.

Yeah, seems so. Hopefully Apple is just preparing (official) sideloading in the future - at least in EU.
In the meantime I will stay with AltStore.

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That’s a shame. I knew there had to be a catch. There’s no way a feature that major rolls out silently without any kind of announcement or press coverage. I’d expect it to be front page news but couldn’t find anything about it other than that TwiX screenshot posted here.

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I mean, Apple don’t want you to sideload…But they have to implement this.