After many years of being available to users as a way to fully customize the operating system; the backbone that handles the purchases on Cydia (which was only available to jailbroken devices) shuts down today.
Saurik, the creator of Cydia; made an announcement on a Reddit thread Friday evening. He said that this was a long time in the making as the store was making little to no money. The store recently had a bug that have put a lot users at risk.
“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 (to this weekend); this service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain.”
To be clear, Cydia itself will still be around, however, the backend for payments (on the main repositories) will no longer be in service. You will still be able to download past purchases and make purchases on third-party repositories. In the grand scheme of things; this will have little effect on the community itself as most developers on the platform have moved away from using the Cydia Store for purchases.
Have you jailbroken your device in the past? Are you sad at the thought that the Cydia Store may be going away for good soon? Please let us know in the comments below!