To run self-signed apps, iOS 16 needs to be put into a new mode. According to Apple, this should increase security for the general mass of users.
Receive iOS and iPadOS 16 a developer mode that can be activated and deactivated directly on iPhones and iPads. The default disabled “Developer Mode” allows the use of functions for app development, Apple explains in the description text. If the function is switched on, the manufacturer warns that this reduces device security – a restart is also required.
Developer mode should bring more security
The reason for introducing the new developer mode was referred to At last week’s WWDC 2022, the Apple security specialist pointed out that “powerful developer functions” were being misused for targeted attacks. No further details were given. The introduction of the new mode could improve security for the masses of users without disrupting important functions for developers.
Turning on developer mode is only necessary if developers want their Want to sideload apps to test on iPhones and iPads. The mode does not have to be active for other app delivery channels such as Apple’s test flight for beta versions, app signing via enterprise certificates and delivery via the App Store.
The previous restrictions for This does not change sideloading in iOS for the time being, nor does it make things easier for sideloading tools like AltStore: the previous limits remain, including the limit of a maximum of three sideloading apps that can be installed at the same time.
Speculations about more sideloading
The introduction of developer mode leads to speculation that Apple could also use it to prepare for a forced opening of its platform. The EU’s Digital Markets Act stipulates that operating system manufacturers must allow alternative app stores and sideloading – but security measures are permitted. Apple also plans to add a new security system to iOS that will allow for out-of-order patches — reminiscent of protections Apple built into its sideloading-open macOS.