How to easily install third-party native apps on your Apple iPhone

“If you wanted to install third-party native software in your iPhone but you didn’t had the necessary technical knowledge or courage, the newly updated iPhone Installer.app will make it so easy that it will be very hard to resist. We have tried it in Mac OS X and, as you will see in the tutorial after the jump, it works perfectly —including the installation of applications over Wi-Fi and EDGE,” Jesus Diaz reports for Gizmodo.

Diaz reports, “What’s next? More iPhone applications coming soon, with or without Apple’s blessing.”

Full article, with links and instructions, here.

15 Comments

  1. People turn Tivo’s and Ps2’s into Linux machines…..
    I use my Tivo as intended by the designers. The iPhone is not a Mac….Sorry…now go off and cry in your Kool Aid. Maybe iPhone 2.0 will be.

    Just my $0.02

  2. It’s a shame this $600 proof of concept has to be hacked to make it marginally useful to people who expect it to be as capable as the average smartphone.

    What’s going on at Apple lately?

    They’re taking perfectly good applications like iMovie and dumbing them down to the point where they’re less useful than iWeb.

    They’re releasing smartphones that you can’t do even the simplest of modifications to like add a ringtone.

    It’s like what all the Apple bashers have said for years… “I don’t like Apple because everything is so closed.”

    I fear they may be catering to how they are perceived rather than pursuing the course of excellence that brought them here.

    In other words, believing their own BS.

  3. Poor Mac users. Stuck with web widgets and “web pages” pretending to be real robust Applications that you could be running on Windows Mobile platform.

    But I applaud you. Trying to become more like PC users, learning how to hack things like your iPhone. How cute.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  4. theloniousMac.

    “to make it marginally useful to people who expect it to be as capable as the average smartphone”?
    Really?
    Everyone I know that bought an iPhone (and I’m not one of them, yet) knew EXACTLY, to the LAST FEATURE, what the iPhone was (and was not) capable of doing.
    And I mean like being able to spout off, without being asked, every minute, obscure niggling little detail of the thing!
    Not a one of the people I know have “hacked” theirs (yet), nor have any of them found iPhone to be “marginally” useful.
    Sounds like you’ve got a bad case of sour grapes to me.

  5. Another iPhone moment:

    Finishing a lunch meeting, bunch of PC-types talking about some new Incident Command System training now available on the internet. Item gets “deferred” until someone can get the address for everyone. Down under the table, I pull up Google, and find the site.

    Then I passed the iPhone around the table silently, and watched everyone slyly look at their phones, chagrined.

    It happens one event at a time.

    MDN Word: slowly.

  6. @ Big Al,
    Not necessarily. An installer is an installer – same as on your Mac, but you probably don’t need to type in a password. That could be a major flaw.

    I’m just psyched at how many 3rd party developers there are for the iPhone and the things they are achieving with is essentially a closed platform. You never this much passion, hard work, and damn good software on Winblows.

  7. Most non-Mac people still don’t get it. The iPhone is a unique product–a pocket-sized web appliance plus iPod plus phone.

    The web apps are part of the “Web appliance” concept, customized to the iPhone’s path-breaking hardware with a proper high resolution display.

    As to third party software, it’s not clear whether Apple or AT&T will get their necks out of joint, but the installer is one slick piece of software with automatic update, uninstall, a community of app developers, and fully automatic software management via Wi-Fi or EDGE. And since the iPhone runs OSX (Unix) the applications available for it right now via this new installer include serious stuff like an Apache server. Imagine having web pages served from your iPhone with the ability to update them on the fly We may expect to see entirely new classes of applications as well, such as the current voice note taking and dictation /playback/voice email application with a very Mac-like user interface, called VNotes, also available via the new installer.

    Evidence is that the competition thinks the iPhone is just another cell phone with a nice Apple interface. The first generation of competitive products likely won’t figure it out.

    There are, by the way, perfectly good Wi-Fi phones out there with Internet access, such as the Nokia N95, but it isn’t an iPhone by any stretch of the imagination.

  8. ZT employs subtle and ironic humor. (S)He is deadpan. There is ample evidence of this in past postings. Folks, get a grip – or at least turn on your Closed Captions for the Humor Impaired.

    Those who already have a grip, carry on. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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