In the earliest days on iPhone, Cydia emerged as a competing distribution channel for Apple's App Store, built specifically for jailbroken smartphones. Now, more than ten years later, Cydia founder Jay "Saurik" Freeman has decided to shut down app purchases through the Cydia mobile store after recognizing an error related to PayPal digital token authorization that affected "very few users" via Techcrunch . Through Cydia, users can purchase mobile software designed to run on a jailbroken iOS device, but the jailbreaking community has grown less over the years as Apple's IOS ecosystem has grown more robust and safe.
"The reality is that I would only close the Cydia store by the end of the year, considering moving the timetable after receiving the report (this weekend)," Freeman wrote in a Reddit post published late last week. "This service loses me money and is not something I have the passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and for a while it helped finance a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came to a good prize to my health and led many people to irrationally hate me because of what constituted a misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenues works. "
Freeman said that shutdown of service does not really help him financially as he still have to pay for hosting the filed Cydia depots, a charge as he says his new job helps him to cover. So, instead of closing the store completely, he decided to disable the purchasing mechanism only. It seems that the Cydia project itself may end, but Freeman says he plans a more formal post next week to better explain the PayPal issue and also outline the roadmap for Cydia in the future.