Popcorn Time iOS App Coming Today for Non-Jailbroken Devices

While a Popcorn Time iOS app has been available for jailbroken iOS devices since last September, today will mark the first time that users of non-jailbroken iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch units will be able to use the popular torrent streaming service.

Torrentfreak yesterday reported the developers of the Popcorn-Time.se fork of the open source platform will release a new installer for non-Jailbroken iOS users, noting that “The beauty is in the simplicity of this installer. All a user will need to do to get Popcorn Time on a non-jailbroken iOS device is to download the ‘iOS installer’ to his desktop computer, connect his iOS device to the computer with a USB cable, and then just follow simple instructions that will download the app on the iOS device.”

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On top of the ability to stream movies and television shows directly to their devices, users will also be able to AirPlay video to their Apple TV, or playback on their Chromecast devices.

I’ve never used the Popcorn Time service myself, and I’m not about to start now, but what’s really interesting to me about this release is the apparently groundbreaking iOS installer that the Popcorn Time app will be installed through.

The Popcorn Time team states that “The team we worked with on this solution has already launched this website with one clear intention in mind: To fight the closed ecosystem Apple has created, screening and choosing for us what we can or cannot install on the devices we purchased and paid top dollar for. The installer guys have no doubt that this will be a long journey, playing ‘cat and mouse’ with Apple that probably won’t like them breaking their closed eco-system. But seeing their work now and future updates for the installer they’re already working on, we’re sure they’re ready for any obstacle Apple will throw their way.”

It’ll be very interesting to see if things like game console emulators and apps with unapproved functionality will begin using this new installer as a simpler method to reach your devices, and even more interesting to see just how long it’ll take (if possible) for Apple to permanently block whatever iOS loophole this new installer is using.

In any case, would you trust an uncertified installer like this to put an app on your iOS device? If so, what kind of apps would you like to see? Sound out below!

Update: Popcorn Time is now available for iOS here–for PC users only (Mac version coming soon). Proceed with caution, folks (or not at all).

This post was for educational purposes only—we do not support piracy in any way, shape or form and are not responsible for your actions.

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  • Bozo

    Grooveshark please join forces with this team. Biggest regret coming to iOS is the loss of the grooveshark app (I know about the safari link but it’s not the same)

  • ASUN

    Heard of this app from a friend with an android. Found out iOS is not available. However, won’t download from non Apple approved sources.

  • Networx

    These Enterprise exploits are to be avoided at all times. You are opening your device to Malware and God knows what else. I support over 3,500 iPads in education and we battle these exploits and the damage they do to student iPads on a daily basis. I can’t stress enough how much you would be opening your device up to trouble by allowing a non Apple approved website to install Enterprise Profiles on your device. I’m not thrilled about iPhone in Canada promoting or tacitly endorsing this site either.

  • the outsider

    yeah, OR.. maybe… there is no malware in this one.
    not everyone likes it in the walled garden of apples, and not everything outside this garden is malware. so lets just not jump to any conclusions, eh?

  • Networx

    I speak from hard won experience here. The object is to get free movies and software. Do you really think the people creating this exploit are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts? Don’t be so naive. I get to be jaded because I deal with exploit damaged iPads on a daily basis.

  • Do understand we’ve made a disclaimer about these types of installs that can put your iOS device at risk in our post above. We’re not asking people to install it, but rather looking at the way they are circumventing iOS.

    We have reached out to Popcorn Time directly to inquire about some of the concerns readers have had and will update this post once we hear back.

  • Networx

    I didn’t see the disclaimer when I made my comment so I appreciate it being there and I certainly appreciate you putting the news out there. You are a trusted source for iOS information that makes my job easier…or at least better informed.

  • ????Dennis

    Exactly! Nothing’s free… Your personal info for movies on your iPhone. You decide. I like Apple keeping this shit out of the App Store. I can do my online banking without worry.

  • Networx

    Just confirmed that Popcorn Time installs an Enterprise Provisioning Profile on your iOS device and when you hit “Trust” you are giving the software free reign of your device. Might as well be an Android tablet after that. Enjoy your “free” movies.