End of an era: Cydia Store for unlocked iOS devices is disabled


The jailbreak of an iOS device in 2018 is not as popular as it used to be. Now in a post on Reddit (via 9to5Mac), Cydia's found, "Saurik", also known as Californian Jay Freeman, announced the closure of the Cydia Store:

The reality is that I just wanted to close the Cydia Store completely before the end of the year, and I was thinking of changing the schedule after receiving the report (for this weekend); this service loses me money and is not something I have a passion for: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and for a while it helped finance a small team of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it cost my sanity dearly and I took it many people have irrationally hated me because of what amounted to an intentional misunderstanding of how profit versus revenue works. (That being said, shutting that down actually does not alleviate most of my costs now, which involves many terabytes of bandwidth per month still being spent on hosting the archived repositories that I took as my responsibility; presently I am fortunately doing enough money from my new job to cover these costs.)

As Saurik writes, the store was no longer profitable, since it had to pay for bandwidth. He planned to close the store later this month but did so sooner after a bug was found, possibly putting the user's data at risk. The Cydia Store started in 2008, before Apple launched the App Store.

As for those with existing purchases in the Cydia Store? Freeman writes that you can still download them by saying:

I intend to maintain the ability to download existing packages: the burden of accounting and back-end execution is much less than continuing to allow purchases and removing the payment code means that I do not have to worry about any other payment backend, security-wise.

The Cydia Store allowed you to download unlocked iOS devices and purchase adjustments to customize iOS. Over the years, Apple has allowed customization of iOS, completely defeating the purpose of the jailbreak (some may say that the iPhone manufacturer "lent" some ideas).

For those who are wondering, Freeman writes that his "primary iPhone is an iPhone 7 Plus jailbreak".


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