Earlier this week it was reported an Apple developer membership is no longer required for people to build apps and test them on their iOS devices. This opened up a tonne of possibilities for people to create their own apps and install them on their iPhones and iPads.
Ottawa-based developer Bouke van der Bijl, recently posted detailed instructions that have gained traction on the web, sharing how users can sideload apps on their iPhone with Xcode 7, using this capability for users.
In Bouke’s case, he shares how to sideload GBA4iOS (a Nintendo emulator) as an example. The basic steps are as follows:
- Download and install Xcode 7 beta
- Open Xcode 7 > Preferences > login to Apple ID
- Download source code of app you want to install, open in Xcode
- Plug in iPhone, then select as build destination: Product > Destination > Select your iPhone
- Generate code signing signature for app, load onto iPhone. Play.
Aside from installing unauthorized third party apps onto your iPhone this way, we think the ability to do so will be huge for students and education, as they’ll be able to create their own apps and sideload them onto an iPhone for free, without having to pay for an Apple developer membership.