Cydia Jailbreak Store Closes Shop

Cydia Jailbreak Store Closes Shop
Founder Jay Freeman is shuttering the sales side of his Cydia app store for jailbroken iOS devices.

(CCM) — Cydia, the alternative app store which sells apps for jailbroken iOS devices, is about to close down its sales activities after over a decade in business, The Verge is reporting.

In the early days of iOS, Cydia was hugely popular as it provided functionality that Apple either did not allow, or simply did not provide. An example of this is a utility which added "cut" and "paste" functionality to iOS, before Apple finally introduced these features in iOS 3.0. But as Apple has increased the capabilities of iOS, the apps offered in the Cydia store slowly became less relevant.

Founder Jay Freeman has finally decided to call time on purchasing through Cydia after a PayPal bug was discovered to have affected a small number of users. He also admitted that he has lost enthusiasm for the project. "This service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain," he said in the report.

With the store shut, Cydia will remain a drain on Freeman's resources as he still has to fund the hosting required to hold Cydia's archived repositories. He plans to make a more formal announcement soon in which he will outline the roadmap for Cydia in the future, the report adds.

Image: © Cydia.