The end of an era, Cydia – App Store for jailbroken devices – has been closed. Cydia creator Saurik made this announcement on Reddit after an error was discovered on the platform that could endanger user data.
This error asked Saurik to clarify the problem and reveal that he has planned to shut Cydia for quite while now. The founder explains that the error only places a limited number of users at risk who are logged into Cydia and browse through a cache of unsafe content ̵
Comes to the harsh reality, Saurik says he has liked to close the Cydia Store before the end of this year. Reports of data leakage have acted as a catalyst to bring the schedule forward. There are several reasons why he wants to shut down the service, including the fact that he has to pay for the hefty host accounts from his own pocket.
The reality is that I just wanted to close the Cydia Store just before the turn of the year and considered moving the schedule after receiving the report (this weekend); This service loses me money and is not something I have the passion for maintaining: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and once helped finance a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at a great price for health and led many people to irrationally hate me because of what constituted a misunderstanding of how profit vs. Revenue works.
Saurik has already gone on and closed the ability to buy jailbreak tweaks in Cydia. This means that you can no longer use the Cydia Store to buy jailbreak tweaks on a jailbroken iPhone. On the bright side, Saurik has intended to allow users to download jailbreak tweaks that they have already paid for.
Saurik will also give a more formal announcement to turn off Cydia sometime soon. Please note that this change applies only to Cydia Store and not to Cydia installer used to install tweaks on a jailbroken device. The latter will continue to work as usual.
The Electra team is working on Sileo, a Cydia Store replacement, which will soon be released, and it may just be the perfect option for Cydia.
The stop of the Cydia App Store definitely marks the end of an era in the jailbreaking scene. It shows that while iPhone users have only grown in number, the interest in jailbreaking is diminishing due to the lack of regular jailbreak tools for new iOS releases.
Appears, this is not so big of a deal as done.  @iPeterCao I've seen your article about Cydia, and I want to correct some facts:
Cydia was not turned off.
Saurik did not finish.
Cydia and Substrate Development did not
Only purchases to the BigBoss depot were disabled.
This is not a big deal.
– Pwn20wnd (@ Pwn20wnd) December 15, 2018[Via Reddit]
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