Cydia Impactor gets updated, releases Cydia Extender

Today, Cydia creator Jay Freeman (Saurik) released an update to his tool Cydia Impactor, which allows the signing and installing of .ipa files to iOS devices.

With it comes a new tool called Cydia Extender, which allows installing and re-signing of .ipa files on-device. However, don’t get too excited by this news; it is not the solution to the 7-day signing problem that many have been waiting for.

Cydia Impactor
 Cydia Impactor is a GUI tool for working with mobile devices. It has features already, but is still very much a work-in-progress. It is developed by saurik. 
The changelog is brief, and consists of a fix for the SSL certificate verification error that Windows users had been reporting when trying to sign .ipa files. Other than that the only difference seems to be the addition of the Cydia Extender tool, which can be found within Impactor itself, ready for install to iOS devices.

You can download Cydia Impactor from its official website.

Cydia Extender

The first thing to say here is Extender is NOT a solution to the 7-day signing problem. This is primarily because it requires a paid developer account to work its magic. Without one, it cannot be installed. If you do have a developer account then you can simply sign Yalu for a year anyway with Impactor, so you don’t need Extender. In either case it does not affect the signing situation.

Here's what Saurik said earlier today:

“Cydia Extender is an application that runs on iOS and registers to handle “.ipa” files, allowing you to browse in Safari directly to an IPA file and install it using the same mechanisms used by Cydia Impactor. It also can re-sign and reinstall itself.”

A word on the 7-day signing issue

Regardless of whether Cydia Extender was intended to be a solution to signing our jailbreaks, it seems likely that it was never meant to be the solution. Saurik has categorically stated that it is not “what many people are assuming” and this, coupled with his confirmation that he is still working with an unnamed developer on another tool, may imply that Extender was just a temporary measure, or just one of a pair of solutions.


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