When the iPhone was initially released, Cydia came in the competition of Apple’s App Store, built specifically for jailbroken smartphones.
Now after so many years, Cydia founder Jay Saurik Freeman has decided to close down the purchasing option through the Cydia mobile store after he got to know about a bug related to PayPal digital token authorization due to which some of the users were affected.
It had already been planned by the founder of Cydia to completely shut down the purchases by the end of 2018, he revealed it a week after the acknowledgment of the security hole that allows the users to buy apps through your account if you were logged in and browsing untrusted app repositories.
Users used the Cydia mobile store to buy mobile software made to run on a jailbroken iOS device, but the jailbreaking community has grown smaller over the years as Apple’s iOS ecosystem has grown more robust and secure.
Freeman wrote in a Reddit post that:
“The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report. This service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, 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.”
The decline of the jailbreaking apps was pretty obvious. The choice of running unsanctioned code was somewhat found in the early days of iPhones when iOS had many more limitations and a homebrew app could enable major features like third-party keyboards.
But now at this point, it is so difficult for the jailbreaking apps to function properly because nowadays Apple is so fast about patching the security flaws that enable jailbreaks in the first place.