As far as our radar shows, we don’t expect an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak for at least another two months. It could come as the Pangu iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak tool called Janus after the mobile security conference where it was showcased, or it might be based on the exploit that security expert Adam Donenfeld has written for iOS 10.3.1 before Apple patched it on iOS 10.3.2. Either way, around the end of August seems to be the most realistic expectation.
On the other hand, there is another (dare I say better?) method to get tweaked apps on your iPhone running almost any of the latest versions of iOS 10. What’s more, you won’t even have to jailbreak the device. The sideload method works on non-jailbroken iPhones, and it even works on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
How Does Sideloading Work?
Sideloading is not a word exclusive to iOS. Essentially, it is a process by which software applications are moved from one device to another, as opposed to downloading from an app store via the Internet.
The biggest difference between sideloading and jailbreaking iOS (or rooting, for Android) is that no escalated permissions are required to sideload an app. On the other hand, if you sideload something like Cydia, it won’t really do anything because it requires a jailbroken version of the iOS version in question, since it requires root permissions that only a working jailbreak for that particular iOS version can achieve.
As such, sideloading is a much safer way to get whatever tweaked apps you need that you won’t find on the App Store. Most of these tweaked apps don’t need escalated permissions to work, which is why you don’t need a jailbroken device to enjoy them.
Over the past few months, we’ve covered how to sideload a ton of great apps, from Facebook++ to Phantom for Snapchat to Kodi 17 and 18, and a lot more.
Here’s where you can review those articles:
Another big benefit of sideloading apps to your iOS device is that there’s a large and growing pool of tweaked apps based on the most popular apps in the world. For example, Cercube 4 for YouTube allows you to install a version of YouTube that blocks ads and has a beautifully designed downloads manager that lets you download and share your favorite content. And the settings can be controlled from right within the settings of this tweaked version of the YouTube app.
That’s one of the reasons the practice of sideloading is growing, since it gives you more control over popular apps. You have two choices right now. Either wait for the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak to come no sooner than two months from now, or jailbreak with one of the relatively unstable jailbreaks from Luca Todesco if you’re on a lower version.
Or you can start sideloading right now using the resources and instructions we’ve provided in the articles linked above.
We’ll be covering several more tweaked apps in the coming days and weeks as well, so stay tuned.