iOS 8.1 Kills Movie Box And Other Unapproved Apps That Use The 'Date Trick'
UPDATE (11/15/14): Now you can install Movie Box on iOS 8.1 without a jailbreak. Click here to see how.
Earlier this month, we showed you how to install Movie Box on iOS 8 without a jailbreak. But it looks like the free movie streaming app will be killed by the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8.1, when it rolls out on Monday.
Movie Box isn’t the only affected app, though. Any app that depends on what is colloquially called the ‘date trick’ will be squashed. GBA4iOS, a Game Boy Advance emulator, is another prominent example.
The ‘date trick’ requires the user to set their device’s date back to a certain point before installing an app, essentially tricking iOS into thinking the app’s security certificate is valid. The process is far from intuitive, but it works—and for high-demand apps like Movie Box and GBA4iOS, users will do almost anything. It was a great solution for those who weren’t savvy enough to jailbreak, or who just preferred to stick with the stock version of iOS.
As of iOS 8.1, users will no longer be able to install apps that require the date trick. The apps will download, but iOS will recognize the invalid certificate and kill the installation. Furthermore, previously installed apps that require the date trick will no longer open. There is no workaround at this point.
If you’ve been using unapproved apps with the date trick, you may want to hold off on that update when it arrives on Monday.