As a teenager, he became interested in creating mobile applications, in particular emulators, which allow you to run old video games from consoles to modern gadgets. Testut as an Apple fan upset that Nintendo and other makers of classic games are not interested in the development of their iOS versions, and he decided to do it themselves.

The first project, which took two years of high school, became the emulator of the Game Boy, known as GBA4iOS. Some time the game was opened to all users thanks to a loophole in the App Store, but later it was removed. Testut hopes that AltStore will allow its applications to always be available for download.

The first position in the shop — Delta, the successor of GBA4iOS. It is a powerful application which could produce any large manufacturer. It allows you to launch games for consoles NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and even Nintendo 64. Testut also working emulation Nintendo DS and other related projects for future updates. Delta is the application that never would have allowed in the App Store and the app, which some iPhone owners dreamed of for years.

AltStore works with the combination above, convincing the system that you load the application that created themselves, although in reality the author — Testout. It has tools such as Cydia Impactor — many have used it to download third party apps on iOS at the time when the jailbreak is out of fashion.

“In fact, AltStore allows you to install apps that bypass the App Store by tricking the phone, making him think that you developed the app yourself, and then installed it and began testing,” says Testud.

Of course, in this process there are some features, including the need to update AltStore every seven days, to get around the restriction by Apple on app users. But Testut developed method updates using Wi-Fi sync in iTunes. He launched AltStore about a week ago, and before that, tested it a few months. Testut says that while “not heard anything from Apple nor from Nintendo, and it can be considered a good sign”.

That’s what makes AltStore unique. It does not require tampering with the Apple device, which will void the warranty and could hypothetically lead to breakage. In addition, you do not need to transfer access to the smartphone company with unknown motives, and questionable security measures and privacy policy.

AltStore is a repository of applications that you cannot find in the App Store and get access to them is not too difficult. This is largely how it could look like iOS, if its creators more adhered to the philosophy of Google in terms of freedom of users on Android years downloaded third-party applications, including emulators.

But whatever changes nor Apple has made to iOS in the future, or to appease the increasingly frustrated the creators of the application, or to avoid potential problems with antitrust regulation, the reality is that the service Testut can close at any time. It would prevent his plans to turn AltStore in a promising experimental platform for other developers. The big question is how Apple would do it, and what the consequences are.

Testout not confident that Apple will easily ban AltStore without hitting DIY-programmers, schools and other organizations that create programs for personal and internal use, and test them on the devices.

In addition, Testut suggests that Apple may disable the ability to sync over Wi-Fi, but it will only mean that AltStore will have to update once a week.

“I don’t know how fast they react and what they will do. But even in the worst case I think AltStore still have prospects. While iTunes will sync apps, AltStore will continue to work,” concluded the developer.


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