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I really enjoyed reading Riley Testut’s article “Thoughts on the App Store” this week. He talks about the legal challenges Apple are facing and how sideloading might be in the platform’s future.

His piece talks about the mounting pressure on Apple to deal with this situation and how he sees two possible options: Gatekeeper on iOS or expanded sideloading capabilities through developer accounts.

The first thing I’ll say is that even though I disagree with the conclusion in the article, I don’t have a problem with AltStore at all! The problems I have with sideloading are only significant when they start to leak into the mainstream, and I don’t think that’s the plan for AltStore. I still believe that more stores or easier sideloading potentially leads to a loss of trust in the iOS platform that’s hard to get back.

I don’t think we’ll see any movement on this issue from Apple unless they are forced to make changes. I also really hope they are not forced into making changes! I still firmly believe that even though what we have right now is far from perfect, it’s better than the alternatives.

Dave Verwer

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But does it support 5G? 😅