Jay “Saurik” Freeman, the creator of Cydia Store for iOS, has confirmed that Cydia for Mac OS X will be launched “within weeks”. At 360|MacDev conference, he gave an overview of his upcoming Cydia store for Mac OS X, cycript, and Cydia Substrate.
If you have ever jailbroken your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch then you’ve used the Cydia App Store. All those tweaks and apps that could never make their way into the Apple’s AppStore because of many restrictions, Cydia store warmly welcomes them. Saurik refers to Cydia as a store for things that are not apps, but extensions of what iOS devices can do.
Currently, Cydia Installer has been used by about 10% of all iPhone users, or about 10 million devices. There are well over 30,000 packages available for iOS, and a lot of open source material can be downloaded from Cydia. He refers to Cydia as a store for things that are not apps, but extensions of what iOS devices can do. [via TUAW]
Why Cydia for Mac OS X when there’s no need to jailbreak a Mac? Since Apple has already announced some restrictions, like no in-app purchases for its yet to be released Mac App Store, Saurik felt that the same type of store would be useful for Mac OS X devices; the result is a Mac Cydia, which will be available “within weeks.”
Freeman felt that the same type of store would be useful for Mac OS X devices; the result is a Mac Cydia, which will be available “within weeks.” With today’s news that the Mac App Store will not support in-app purchases, something that is critical to the freemium app model that is so successful in the iOS world, a Mac Cydia might be just the web store for a number of Mac developers. [via TUAW]
Developers who are interested in getting their tweaks/apps into Cydia for Mac, contact an employee at patrick (at) saurikit (dot) com for further details. [via TUAW]
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