Year after becoming one of the best destinations for iOS jailbreaks, Cydia's app store turns off deactivating purchases. Users will be able to access existing downloads through the store and access third party purchases, but begin this week, they will no longer be able to purchase apps through the store.
Founder Jay "Saurik" Freeman revealed the news via a Reddit mail this week, and recommends users to remove PayPal accounts from their profile. Freeman notes its original plan to shut down the service at the turn of the year, before finally deciding to shut down the purchase order this weekend over the PayPal issue.
Cydia was launched 10 years ago, shortly after the first iPhone was jailbroken. The service has given users an opportunity to bypass Apple's own download of the App Store, building a raid fan base in the process. Ultimately, however, jailbreaking popularity has become declining in the intermediate users.
The exact future of the Cydia community is still unclear, although Freeman has promised a "more formal post" about its plans next week. We have reached further comment.