iOS Jailbreak News: Cydia App Store No Longer Allows Purchasing

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Sad news for the jailbreak community, especially for the ones waiting for an iOS 12 jailbreak. Creator Jay “Saurik” Freeman made an announcement last week in a Reddit post about why he shut down in-app purchasing through the Cydia app store. With this, jailbreak users may have to look for another way to crack their Apple devices.

What Made Saurik Decide To Do It?

According to reports, the reason why Saurik decided to pull off the plug was because he has made next to nothing and instead cost him thousands of dollars a month. In addition to that, it also affected his mental well-being.

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.”

However, the closing of the Cydia app store doesn’t really come as a surprise at all. Apparently, there were already plans in the past to shut down Cydia, but was delayed due to a security flaw that was discovered.

But not everything is lost. Although it’s no longer possible to make purchases through Cydia, the repositories will still be around. With this, users will be able to download previous purchases or make purchases through third-parties.

Moreover, there are Cydia alternatives, like Mojo Installer, Inocydia, Zestia, and many more. So those waiting for an iOS 12 jailbreak don’t have to worry that much.

About Cydia

According to its official website, Cydia is an alternative to Apple’s App Store for “jailbroken” devices. It is not available in Apple’s App Store, nor is it a website. Instead, it’s installed on your device using a “jailbreaking” tool, such as Pangu or TaiG.

Are you sad about Saurik’s decision? How do you think will this affect the jailbreak community, especially the ones who are waiting for an iOS 12 jailbreak? Tell us in the comment section below.


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