One of the development team behind the revamp of the wonderful Installer package has taken to social media to provide yet another timely update about the project.
Cristian Tabuyo has let his followers know that the team is primed to release what they are calling the “Installer Packaging Tool”, which will let developers and experienced creators, package their software together ready to be offered through Installer 5.
Installer 5 has been teased multiple times over the last few weeks with the most recent coming on New Year’s Eve when the team published some UI examples of how the app will look and feel. Given the fact that we have multiple jailbreaks out in the wild, and that the community is still being kept relatively in the dark about how iOS 11 Cydia compatibility is progressing, there seems to be a sense of excitement around what Installer 5 will bring, even if it is just a front-end replacement or alternative for Cydia. This latest tweet has raised excitement levels once more, suggesting that a reveal is closer than we imagined:
In the following days we will be publishing, “Installer Packaging Tool” a multiplatform tool that will allow developers to start packaging their tweaks/ipas/themes… for #Installer5 and upload them to our servers, along with tons of information. #StayTunned
It’s worth noting that Tabuyo isn’t informing that Installer 5 itself will be revealed in the next few days, instead, this is a tool aimed at developers which will work on multiple platforms to allow those developers to package their tweaks and apps together to upload and submit to the Installer 5 team and platform. Presumably, its job is to put all submissions into the right format to be hosted and listed on the underlying repositories in Installer 5 to allow jailbroken users to easily download and install when the Installer package is made available.
That’s all great news but there was no mention of anything to do with Substrate and whether or not Installer 5 will be limited in the packages that it can actually install to a jailbroken device with no Substrate update being offered by saurik as yet. A number of users have questioned whether or not the team is building its own alternative but there doesn’t appear to be an answer to that just yet.
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