New Purchases For JailBroken iPhones Closed Down On Cydia App Store
Cydia app store creator Jay “Saurik” Freeman on Friday announced in a Reddit post that software purchases would no longer be available on Cydia App Store.
For the unaware, Cydia App Store for iOS provides user software packages that can be installed on jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. Basically, it allows users to install software from third-party by bypassing Apple’s own App Store lockdown.
However, the number of users who have cracked the iPhone has decreased in recent years due to Apple’s iOS ecosystem has grown more strong and secure.
While Freeman had initial plans to shut down the store purchases option by the end of 2018, a recently found security vulnerability in the app that would allow hackers to buy apps using other people’s accounts led to the shut down earlier than planned.
“The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report (to this weekend); this service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and for a while it helped fund a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at great cost to my sanity and led lots of people to irrationally hate me due to what amounted to a purposeful misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenue works,” he writes.
The shutting down announcement does not mean the immediate end of jailbreaking since Freeman will continue to bear the cost of running the platform. iOS users will still be able to download apps that they have purchased from Cydia store in the past; however, they would now be no longer able to purchase new apps.
Further, Freeman is going to publish a more “formal” post this week with further details about the past and future of Cydia.