Cydia Store, the App Store for jailbroken devices, is shutting down?
Cydia Store, an alternative to Apple’s App Store for jailbroken iOS devices, seems to be shutting down and have already disabled the ability to purchase from the store.
Cydia’s creator, Jay Freeman, aka Saurik, posted the announcement on Reddit where he expressed his intent to shut down Cydia Store following reports of a security bug that may have put PayPal accounts of users at risk. He also added mentioned that maintaining the service is losing him money and it is something he no longer has a passion to maintain.
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. (That said, shutting this down doesn’t actually mitigate the majority of my costs right now, which involve many terabytes of bandwidth per month continuing to be spent on hosting the archived repositories I took on as my responsibility; I am thankfully currently making enough money from my new job to cover these costs.)
Cydia Store is still up and running as of writing but Saurik has shut down the ability to buy things in Cydia Store in response to the security bug. Saurik said he will put together a formal post about Cydia’s future which is likely to be published next week. You can read Saurik’s whole post in the source link below.
The article was updated to better reflect the Cydia Store’s current situation, specifically the shutting down of its in-store purchases.