custom Waze for iOS -- increased alert distances

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  1. michaelrw

    michaelrw Learning to Drive General User

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    For anyone who has been reading the other thread that describes how to make these changes to Waze for android, you'll know that I have been working on getting a version for iOS. Well, I wanted this bad enough to pay a developer to make the changes and create a custom version that can be installed without the app store (i.e. sideload). in order to sideload apps onto your iDevice, you use a tool called Impactor. It's as simple as opening the tool, dragging and dropping the waze app onto the Impactor window (while your phone is plugged into your computer), input your apple info (because you are "self-signing" the app), and that's it. More detailed info can be found here.

    The other thing to note is that installing apps without the AppStore means that it will not have a certificate that is valid indefinitely. All apps on your device must be digitally "signed", which grants a 'certificate' to the user. When you sideload apps and provide your apple account credentials, apple is allowing you to "self-sign" the app, which is only valid for 7 days. After 7 days, the app fill fail to open. You will need to either a) reinstall and re-sign using same method, b) have an Apple developer account, c) be jailbroken (which gives access to other solutions), or d) use an app signing service that will keep the app signed for you, indefinitely. (if you want to use a service, it usually costs ~$15/yr; I can guide you)

    I've uploaded the current version of the app, with these alert distances set to: Police Alert = 4000 = ~2.4 miles and Hazard Alert = 1500 = 0.9 miles
    Download the custom Waze app
    HERE

    TL/DR:
    1. download Waze (above)
    2. follow guide to install with Impactor
    3. use custom Waze with greater alert distance
    4. decide on a solution for re-signing after 7 days (see above)
    Let me know if you have any questions about installation, signing the app, certificates being revoked, or alert distance changes/requests.
     
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    This is awesome. Going to try this now. Thanks :)
     
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    coco17 Learning to Drive General User

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    Thanks, Greatly Appreciated
     
  4. Flonase

    Flonase Work, damnit! Beginner User Premium Member

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    I just visited this section of the forum for the first time in forever, specifically to ask about increasing alert distances. Amazing. This community is the best!
     
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    Flonase Work, damnit! Beginner User Premium Member

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    Note: if you get a message about a "prior developer" right after Impactor signs in to Apple, make sure you hit the "eject" icon next to your phone in iTunes before quitting iTunes. I initially struggled with the install, but after making sure I actually used the "Remove" button next to the Waze icon in my iTunes list of apps, applying that change, and then hitting the eject icon for my phone in iTunes (but leaving it physically connected to the computer), Impactor seems to have been successful. Woohoo!
     
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    Flonase Work, damnit! Beginner User Premium Member

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    Hey I wonder if we should actually name this version "Daze". See discussions in JBV1 area about using alternative name to keep discussion away from search engines. Might we need to do this for your modified version?
     
  7. michaelrw

    michaelrw Learning to Drive General User

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    Im not opposed to it. however, in terms of actually renaming the app itself.. not sure how that will work.
    I saw your PM.. ill go reply shortly
     
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    Flonase Work, damnit! Beginner User Premium Member

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    Several 2.4 mile alerts this week. This has transformed the app from a marginally useful countermeasure to a legit tool in the toolbox. THANKS for making this happen!
     
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    Fantastic - will have to download and see how it works


    Posted from my iPhone using the RDF Mobile App!
     
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    Flonase Work, damnit! Beginner User Premium Member

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    At the risk of stating the obvious, here are my install notes. Hope someone finds them helpful.
    1. Sync device with iTunes.
    2. Go to apps listed for that device in iTunes, find the original app in the list, hit the “Remove” button, and then “Apply”.
    3. Press the eject icon by the device in iTunes, but do not physically disconnect the device.
    4. Quit iTunes (and Photo, if open).
    5. Open Impactor.
    6. Drag the .ipa file for the modified app onto the Impactor window. You’ll need to have the Impactor application in the foreground, and drag the .ipa from a visible but background Finder window.
    7. Provide iTunes username and password to Impactor, and it should install.
    8. Quit Impactor and physically disconnect the device.
    9. Try to open the app on the device. You will get a security warning.
    10. Open Settings, General, Profiles and Device Management. You will see your iTunes account listed under “Developer App”. Select this, and then hit “Trust this app”. (Note: on reinstallation, this step will ask you to trust your iTunes account as a developer).
    The app should now open!
     
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  11. michaelrw

    michaelrw Learning to Drive General User

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    totally forgot to mention this step, thx for filling in. ive done this process so many times in the past 5 years i take for granted some of these little steps. Thanks!
     
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