Cydia, the ten-year-old app store for iPhones which have successfully been jailbreaked, has decided to shut down all purchases for the apps available on the market. While users would still be able to download all the existing apps which they own, they will no longer be able to purchase any new ones. As a result, they will have to rely on third-party apps for the same purposes.
Cydia had been first launched 10 years ago around the same time when the first iPhone was jailbreaked. This marketplace was meant to give jailbreaked iPhones access to content available on the App Store and more. However, as the years go by, lesser and lesser people are now interested in jailbreaking their iPhones and this is causing a financial disturbance in maintaining the platform.
The founder of Cydia, Jay “Saurik” Freeman revealed in a post on Reddit that the experience of launching and maintaining the store has taken quite a lot of psychological and financial toll on him. Not only was maintaining the store expensive it was also not all that feasible with the waning public interest in jailbreaked iPhones. Furthermore, the founder has received a lot of flak from critics of his system. Freeman states that the system was designed to maintain a healthy ecosystem of profit and revenue which his critics do not want to understand.
“This service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem,” he writes, “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.”, Freeman wrote in his post on Reddit.
While it still remains unclear about what is to happen to Cydia’s community, Freeman has promised to give a more formal release of intentions next week. He has not responded o any further comments since. This decision was ultimately settled upon after Jay Freeman wanted to ultimately shut down the entire community.
With that in mind, the fate of Cydia and the jailbreaked iPhones community will remain undisclosed until next week. This might be deliberating the inevitable end of the platform as the founder seems to have no passion for it.