Jay “Saurik” Freeman — the developer of the Cydia application for iOS devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch — announced yesterday at the 360|MacDev conference in Denver, Colorado that a Mac OS X version of the Cydia application will become available “withing weeks.”
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]
Unfortunately, we’re not really sure when exactly Cydia will become available for Mac OS X. We’ll definitely report in a separate article once we learn new details.
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