AppTapp updated to v.3; works with iPhone 1.1.1

AppTapp updated to v.3; works with iPhone 1.1.1

Summary: If you're a fan of NullRiver's AppTapp Installer for iPhone, it may finally be safe to upgrade to iPhone firmware 1.1.


AppTapp updated to v3; works with iPhone 1.1.1If you're a fan of NullRiver's AppTapp Installer for iPhone, it may finally be safe to upgrade to iPhone firmware 1.1.1. is a UIKit based package manager for the iPhone. It works by downloading packages over WiFi (wireless networking) or EDGE. It supports installing, updating and uninstalling applications from multiple sources.

Fans of AppTapp have been stuck with iPhone firmware 1.0.2 since the latest version of iPhone firmware (1.1.1) rendered the hack useless.

I'm a huge fan of AppTapp as it allows all kinds of fun UI customization and easily OTA downloads of (mostly simple) applications. I've been staying away from firmware 1.1.1 because it breaks AppTapp, in addition to most of the other iPhone hacks out there. AppTapp version 3 fixes this and is "recommended" with firmware 1.1.1.

Some of the new features in AppTapp v.3, according to TechDadBlog, include:

  • New bottom tabs - Featured, Install, Update, Uninstall & Sources
  • Featured - So the newest thing here is “Featured which displays a welcome screen with information about the release. I have a feeling that this spot could be used for “featuring” a particular application in detail (e.g., paid-for spot or sponsor)
  • Install - has now been reorganized to show the Categories as Directories, as opposed to just headers and scrolling one long list. Now, you select a Directory category and then the applications are contained therein, thus eliminating the need to scroll endlessly through ALL of the apps.There is also the nice addition of “Recent Packages” which then is broken down into “Today,” “Yesterday” and “Older”
  • Update - no real significant changes here that I have noticed (yet)
  • Uninstall - no real changes. This is similar to the older single scroll list that the install section used to have.
  • Sources - this area has been slightly redesigned. When you install this new version, you will get an update for community sources update. In this update you will see specific mention to firmware 1.1.1 as the AppTapp Official Source. This is where you REFRESH your sources to see if you have new versions of your installed applications.
  • Program Info - this has been changed ever so slightly to include a better presentation of the data, including now the ability to contact the developer directly on some apps. Clicking on Contact launches an email message to the developer with the subject pre-populated.

I'm still on firmware 1.0.2 and haven't tried it yet with 1.1.1, but so far the changes in v.3 are well worth the (free) update.

Anyone successfully running AppTapp v.3 with iPhone firmware 1.1.1? 

Topics: Software, iPhone, Mobility

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  • I've been running Installer on 1.1.1 since before v3 came out

    It works fine. V3 is definitely a big improvement--there was just too much software
    out there and the interface was getting clunky. Most importantly, V3 now shows you
    what's been Recently Added, so you can keep track of updates to things you haven't
    installed without having to memorize the version numbers. And the "More Info" link
    now shows the application home page within the installer--no need to launch Safari.
    Definitely a big win.
  • RE: AppTapp updated to v.3; works with iPhone 1.1.1

    Works great on iPhone 1.1.1 if you can get installer on it :) Unfortunately, no automatic jailbreak process for 1.1.1 released yet. Manual process takes _some_ skills to acomplish.
  • RE: AppTapp updated to v.3; works with iPhone 1.1.1

    For over a week now, I've been reading posts all around
    saying that v3 is out, and linking to the NullRiver site --
    where it is most definitely NOT out. Why does everyone
    keep doing that? I have combed over every word on the
    site thinking I'm crazy, but it is still not out.
    • V3 not on AppTapp Download page its an upadate

      I thought the same as you at first. But from what I understand of the process is that updates to version 3 from the iPhone itself. Its not a download from the AppTapp Site.
  • RE: AppTapp updated to v.3; works with iPhone 1.1.1

    There's a bigger issue here than your enjoyment of your iPhone. Apple will continue to block hacks for the foreseeable future because they open the door to iPhone sabotage by not-so-well meaning hackers. If something were to worm from device to device, it would end up in the news like the Blackberry network outages you've heard about and make simple consumers afraid of the product. It's been said that the hacks are going around the intended paths for iPhone app development. I'm not buying one of these iPhones until the support iPhone development paths are well established. The way I see it, these hack products probably help improve the security of the iPhone while slowing down Apple engineering teams and ultimately delaying the delivery of what I am waiting (not buying yet) for, a robust, Apple approved and flourishing iPhone SDK community. I'm an IT Director for 100 person private company.