After many years of being available to users as a way to fully customize the operating system, the Cydia Store (which was only available for unlocked devices) is being shut down today.
Saurik, the creator of Cydia, made the announcement on a Reddit topic Friday night. He said that this was a long time in the making of how the store was making little or no money. The store recently had a bug that could put users at risk.
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 any passion to keep.
Needless to say it sounded like the cost for the maintenance of the Cydia store was not worth the hassle paired with the fact that he did not want to keep it anymore. For now, purchases on Cydia are currently disabled, which means users can no longer purchase items from the Cydia Store.
Saurik says a more formal post is coming next week with more details on the future of the Cydia Store.
To be clear, Cydia itself will still be around, however, the backend for payments (in major repositories) will no longer be in service. You'll still be able to download past purchases and make purchases in third-party repositories.
Have you jailbroken your device in the past? Are you sad at the thought that the Cydia Store might be leaving soon? Let us know in the comments below!
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