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In a recent post about the next version of Cydia, we got some great feedback from users about what features they’d like to see in Cydia 1.1.

We’re very grateful that saurik decided to share this information with us. He addresses several key topics concerning Cydia…

Features of Cydia 1.1 will include:

the ability to run and operate Activator, libstatusbar, and SimulatedKeyEvents while Cydia is running

an overall speed improvement, including the “Loading Changes” dialog

“much less” memory usage

better management of broken repositories

Here’s everything saurik had to tell us about Cydia:


“This is simply not possible at this time. I realize everyone wants it, and hell: I want it, too; but everyone saying it is important doesn’t make it possible. The reason Cydia doesn’t have iOS 4 compliant multi-tasking is that, to make the modifications it makes to the system, it runs as “root”, a user that has more permissions on the system than anything else, which means that SpringBoard, a lowly process running as “mobile”, cannot suspend/resume it.

Now, this is something that /can/ be remedied, and is something that I’ve been thinking of how to do for a long time, but all the obvious ways people like to bring up for making Cydia’s GUI run as mobile with only small parts running as root would make Cydia run slower, and speed is something that is primary on everyone’s minds when they are using Cydia. Luckily, there are things I’ve figured out that may make this more reasonably possible, but certainly not for this release.”

Leaving Mobile Substrate On When Cydia is Open

“If you did this you would find your system would suddenly become unusable. I realize that it sounds all nice and fuzzy that Mobile Substrate should modify all applications on the system, including Cydia, but again: Cydia runs as root. Almost all extensions in the ecosystem are NOT designed with this in mind, and when suddenly given root access start destroying the permissions of your configuration files and Media folders, making all normal applications unable to use them.

Therefore, with this release of Cydia, I’ve gone through the “big ticket items”–which seem to come down to Activator (what starts SBSettings), libstatusbar (adds notification items to the status bar), and SimulatedKeyEvents (injection of key events from Veency)–to verify with their developers that they will work correctly in an environment running as root. These extensions (plus WinterBoard, which doesn’t work on root on 4.x but is harmless, and will be fixed in a future release) are what are available from inside of Cydia until Cydia is modified to run as mobile.”

Better Looking Interface and Backup Option

“A backup function actually does not require pushing a new build of Cydia, but it requires time to figure out how to scale the users to support the kind of load Cydia has. Cydia is running with many orders of magnitudes more users than any of its competitors have, which means that a lot of things that people like to think “should be simple, X did it” are actually much harder to implement. I also keep privacy at the forefront of my mind while building features like this, and want to be 100% certain that no one can get access to your installed products list other than you.

As for a “better looking interface”, I try hard to maintain something that competes with Apple’s products. A few things rotted on 4.x (the positions and sizes of some buttons), and the various “black” interfaces (the black bar and the black screen) get mixed reports, but otherwise the main problem users have with Cydia is not Cydia: it is with repositories. Every time I’ve gotten actual feedback “this specific thing is bad”, where that thing isn’t something that Apple themselves do in their iTunes or App Store applications (which should be taken as the “intuitive model”), it is in areas of the interface I simply do not have any control over: the content shown for a package by the repository.”

Confusion With the Term “Changes”

“Maybe I’m crazy, but I always thought of the word “Changes” to be a very non-geeky end-user term for “stuff that changed”. It certainly isn’t a technical term: it was not chosen because of some geeky desire to have the codebase match the UI, nor was it chosen because it had some esoteric meaning in Latin or Greek. It was instead chosen as it was a single word that immediately meant to the largest number of people I talked to exactly what that page did: showed you what changed. Regardless, “New Releases/Updates” certainly won’t fit on a tab label.”


“As with /every/ release of Cydia, Cydia 1.1 is faster than previous releases. In specific, it is faster than 1.0.3366 by a good margin, which itself was faster than 1.0.3222 by an even larger chasm. On this note, however, it is important to note that Cydia is tackling a hard problem: no other application I have seen on the iPhone, from Apple or any third party, is attempting to search index and manage tens of thousands of data items, on the client, in real time, aggregated from user-selected sources.

In contrast, Cydia has some of the fastest technology in existence with regards to handling this data, whether it be custom algorithms (Cydia includes a locale-aware string comparison radix sort, which AFAIK is the fastest sorting algorithm in any iOS application) or special on-disk data structures (new in 1.1 is “Cytore”, a new way to store local metadata on packages that can be loaded nearly instantaneously from flash; for those out there who are technically minded, it is an on-disk memory mapped hashtable, which drastically beats out alternatives people like to try to bring up such as SQLite).”

Loading Times Memory Usage

“Despite Cydia 1.1 continuing to attempt to juggle tens of thousands of items in memory, thanks to Cytore, it uses much less memory than ever before. Other optimizations have been made, as with every version of Cydia, in order to decrease the memory usage of the app as a whole. Additionally, and in particular, Cydia 1.1 is much more conscientious of memory warnings, and attempts to throw out as much state as possible during these events.

That said, the amount of memory on even reasonably modern devices (anything past the iPhone 3G) available for running applications (not in total, but available after Apple’s system applications get their share), is an order of magnitude greater: whereas on an iPhone 3G you were working with maybe 20MB of available memory, on an iPhone 3G[S] you have 150MB, and an on iPhone 4 you have 400MB available. So, despite Cydia 1.1 actually needing less memory to operate than Cydia 1.0, the pressure on memory is pretty much gone, and will not affect future users thanks to hardware upgrades.”

Advanced Search

What would really be needed to have a truly amazing search experience is to not do searching on the client: to instead handle it on my servers. This is how products like the App Store, Kindle, or Netflix work: it is not at all common for services users are used to to attempt to manage the entire database /on the device/, doing local searching, rather than having the data and computation for that existing in offline-indexed search structures on a massive server in the cloud.

Unfortunately, the reason people use Cydia are varied, and many people are using Cydia with repositories that frankly they shouldn’t be: whether the repository contains software that is dangerous (a niche community with tweaks receiving minimal testing, or using bad practices like on-disk file patching) or downright illegal (there are things you are allowed to do in your country that I cannot in mine), I am certainly not going to be acting as the centralized storage and indexing gateway for people to find and manage this content.

Instead, what keeps people coming back to Cydia is the fact that it acts as the fundamental alternative: that rather going to Apple, with their carefully curated set of centralized experiences, you go to Cydia, “the wild west of software”, where software modifies other software in a kind of reckless abandon that is going to lead to pain even in the best possible scenarios, and in the worst possible worlds is going to lead to things that you will not be able to list on a default repository, and which Cydia may even warn you about installing, but which you should still be able to access and even search for using Cydia’s search mechanisms.”

Error Messages

“Errors from Cydia do not come from Cydia. If you type a URL into Cydia for a broken repository, that repository is going to be low-quality and is going to cause you problems. If it is offline, Cydia is going to tell you it is offline, and if it is malformed Cydia is going to get angry about that. Cydia is simply going to sit there idly while there are a ton of broken and offline repositories in your list: it will tell you all of the errors involved in the hope that you will remove the broken repositories and get on with your life (which is a very apt metaphor, as most third party repositories are very slow, and cause your refresh experience to take a very very very long time).”

“Rate” and “Review” Sections

“We actually tried this, and it was a miserable failure: more time had to be spent moderating the reviews, most of which were misleading, inflammatory, or downright inappropriate, than anyone got value out of this mechanism: it was even worse than on the App Store, which is notorious for bad reviews (people often rate down a package for inane reasons, making the data horribly invalid).

Now, not all rating systems need to be “off-the-shelf”, so something truly innovating and “actually solving the problem” is what I hope to one day provide for Cydia. In the meantime, however, I always do my best to avoid injecting seriously suboptimal tradeoffs into our ecosystem.”

Improved Compatibility Listings

“Cydia has, for a while, contained numerous features that would allow repositories to help with this problem.

a mechanism to specify firmware compatibility on packages (packages can Depends: specific firmware revisions).

the Cydia Store lets vendors block purchases for specific firmwares (any paid product can register its compatibility with its repository, and then I will filter it to users who can use it).

the firmware version is sent as part of the user-agent to the web pages for each product, allowing developers to display their own warnings.

compatibility is even more specially able to be done by feature detection, allowing packages to say “I need voiceover support on a device with a camera running an armv7 CPU and a retina screen”.

In essence, there is very little excuse for packages, repositories, products, or anything else in the Cydia ecosystem to be poorly specified in terms of firmware compatibility. That said, almost no packages in the ecosystem, and even very few products (where one would imagine this to be the most important), have this information included at any of these levels, which is rather disappointing.

So, Cydia 1.1 is not going to attempt to improve on any of these mechanisms, as Cydia 1.0 already has more than enough of them: the real onus is now on the developers and artists of specific items.”

Removal of Dead Content

“I do not have any control over what content is available in Cydia. I mean, I can refuse to personally accept money for it, but I have almost no introspection over things that are either free or sold on the developer’s website. For years I have attempted to get repositories to pull obsolete packages: they refuse. Instead of lobbying me, who agrees with you and is powerless, you need to be sending these complaints to the default repositories: BigBoss, ModMyi, and ZodTTD.”

Clarified Install Requirements

(Tags saying if installation of apps/tweaks, etc. need a springboard refresh or if the device needs to reboot)

Therefore, specifying this as static tags on a package would increase the number of reboots a user has to perform needlessly. That said, for packages where it is not obvious (extensions are going to require a reload, and MobileSubstrate is going to require a reboot), such as cases of MMS clients that require a reboot, it should certainly be best practice for the developer to put this information on their package information screen. This is even easier for the developer/vendor than modifying the package, and even then is very uncommonly specified: adding the tag therefore won’t even change how often it is reported.”

Repo Management

“With regards to repositories that did not add correctly, as stated by Ryan Petrich, Cydia 1.1 should no longer end up in situations where broken repositories are so unusable that they are also undeletable. That said, many users complain about repositories installed via a package: to delete these repositories you will need to remove the package that represents them.

(Due to some of these complexities, it is Cydia policy going forward that no repositories will be installable from default repositories via packages, and the existing ones under More Sources will be transitioned to a new mechanism for handling these that has been added that will allow more direct, simpler, and safer manipulation of repositories using a soon-to-be-revamped More Sources page.)”

“Thank you all, by the way, for your interest in Cydia: the fact that you care at all about what features are or are not in Cydia 1.1 means a lot to everyone working on the project.”

We want to sincerely thank saurik for his detailed and informative responses to our reader’s questions. We wish he and his team the very best in making Cydia the best it can be!

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What To Expect When You Start Seo

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a critical part of your marketing strategy. If you haven’t thought about SEO in the past, now is the time to start. But even if you followed SEO best practices or partnered with an SEO agency when you first started your business, things have likely changed since then.

If you’re overwhelmed by the prospect of getting SEO up and running, we’ll walk you through what it entails and what kind of SEO timeline to expect.

What Is SEO?

A great place to start on your local SEO journey is to understand what the term means. According to a definition from Moz, SEO is “the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.” SEO helps you ensure your site and content remain visible to consumers who will find it relevant (and hopefully become customers)!

Start with Keyword Research

Keyword research is the root of any solid SEO strategy. This research is about understanding the words and terms consumers are entering into Google and other search engines when looking for a particular product or service. When you understand how consumers describe their own needs or issues, you can ensure your website caters to those keywords so that your business comes up in relevant search queries.

Keyword research is a bit of an involved process, but it is both a worthwhile and necessary first step to mastering SEO. Working with an SEO partner can help you simplify this process. For example, LOCALiQ has SEO analysts that are able to do this research for you and compile a list of keywords and search terms that align with your business, your goals, and how people are finding you.

Think About Mobile First

Once you understand the keywords you want to optimize for, you can begin the process of updating your website. Nowadays, updating your website means thinking about mobile first.

Today, more than half of all searches occur on mobile devices, and search engines are starting to prioritize business’s mobile websites. In 2023, Google announced they’d be indexing sites based on their mobile, rather than desktop, versions. This means that you should be focusing on your mobile site first.

Update Your Content

The next step to improving your SEO is updating your content. Having content that is fresh, up-to-date, and relevant is a key factor in performing well in search results. If your site is full of stale, outdated information, you’re likely falling behind your competitors? who are putting out new and informative content on a regular basis.

Depending on how much content you have on your website, the process of updating can feel like a daunting task. Putting together a plan (beginning with your evergreen content and working out from there) is the best way to break it down into manageable pieces.

Understand the Work Behind the Scenes

There are also steps that should be taken on the backend of your website to update things like meta descriptions, title tags, alt-tags, and crawlable link structures. You should also look for broken links and 404 error pages, which put a dent in your SEO reputation.

These elements don’t affect the content of your website in ways that visitors will see, but they do affect the way that search engines understand, index, and rank your site, so it’s important not to forget about these pieces of the SEO puzzle.

Sometimes making changes to your website means breaking things that were previously functional. If you do decide to make any changes to your URL structure, be sure you have a redirect plan in place. Again, this is something that an SEO marketing partner can help you with. There are a lot of technical backend pieces that play into SEO, and just like you want an expert fixing the plumbing in your home, you want an expert fixing the backend of your website.

Patience Is Key

The process of updating for SEO can take a while. You might hope to see instant results, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way! Seeing the results of changes to your SEO strategy will take time.

SEO is a critical component of a successful marketing plan. You want people to find you where they’re searching, which largely includes search engines.

Stephanie Heitman

Stephanie is the Associate Director of Content for LocaliQ and WordStream. She has over 10 years of experience in content and social media marketing and loves writing about all things digital marketing. When she’s not researching the latest and greatest marketing news and updates, she’s probably watching reality TV with her husband, reading, or playing with her two pups.

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Black Friday Dash Cam Deals: What To Expect And Early Sales

We’re already seeing great discounts on dash cams from the likes of Amazon, BestBuy, Adorama, and Newegg. We will continue to track down the best dash cam deals leading up to and during Black Friday and highlight them below.

Best early Black Friday dash cam deals

Similar deals are expected to show up over the next few weeks, but if any of these dash cams appeal to you, then it’s probably safe to pull the trigger now.

If you’re just looking for a mini-cam that records decent video, then the VAVA VD009 should do the trick and it’s currently on sale for 59 percent off on Newegg. If you want a premium dash cam that will record great quality video and comes with extra perks such as built-in Alexa and Wifi connectivity, then you can’t go wrong with one of our favorite dash cams, the Nextbase 522GW, currently 20 percent off on BestBuy.



When is Black Friday?

Black Friday 2023 will fall on Friday, November 25th. However, many retailers have already started to offer great discounts on dash cams.


What should I look for in a Black Friday dash cam deal?

When purchasing a dash cam, you will want to focus on a few important features such as video capabilities, recording options, and other handy nice-to-haves. Video capabilities will be the most important aspect of your decision. You’ll want to consider whether you need front and rearview or just front view. Also, check the resolution—we recommend at least 1080p, but premium 4K resolution dash cams really make a difference if you can swing the extra cost.

Additionally, you will want to take a look at the field of view. The sweet spot is between 120 to 140 degrees field of view, as anything less might miss important things and anything more may cause a fish-eye distortion to the recordings.

Next, you will want to decide on the recording options you need. Continuous loop recording automatically overwrites older recordings at specified intervals (unless saved) in order to minimize storage requirements. There is also incident recording, which uses motion detection and triggered impact detection to record possible accidents.

As for storage options, you will generally find that there are two options to choose from: cloud storage and microSD card storage. Cloud storage isn’t as common, but it can be nice to have if you’re worried about losing a physical memory card. Otherwise, a microSD card will be the most common option.

Finally, you should consider any other handy features that a particular dash cam might provide. These include GPS navigation, phone connectivity, parking monitoring, night vision, and speed detection. All of these will depend on your personal preference, but should be taken into account before purchase.


What are the best early Black Friday dash cam deals?

We’re currently seeing solid early Black Friday deals from Amazon on both premium and basic dash cams. Not to be outdone though, BestBuy and Newegg also have some great offers on favorites such as Thinkware and Nextbase cams. We are keeping our eye on Adorama as well. Currently, they have only a few dash cams on sale, but in past years they have some of the best discount around on a ton of different models.


Which dash cams does PCWorld rate the highest?

PCWorld tests and reviews dash cams every month. We encourage you to check our rankings of the best dash cams of 2023, as many of the models we rate the highest will see price drops around Black Friday.


Will adding a dash cam lower my insurance rates?

In the United States, insurance companies generally don’t offer discounts for customers with dash cams installed. That said, the cameras do have their upsides: If you get into an accident, the video evidence can be used to prove you weren’t at fault. To this extent, dash cams can be useful for capturing evidence of car theft, vandalism and of course run-of-the-mill accidents.

Windows 10 Technical Preview: The Consumer Goodies We Expect To See Next

Those of you installing or planning to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview are eventually going to wonder: You know, this is great for business users, but what’s in it for me?

Expect Microsoft to begin answering that question in 2023. If the rumors are true, that means three big things: Cortana, notifications, and Internet Explorer 12.

That’s because for now, Microsoft is trying to win businesses back. Microsoft executives said several times during the launch of Windows 10 that the company’s first priority was taking Windows 10 on the road to enterprise customers. According to Joe Belfiore, the corporate vice president of the operating systems group at Microsoft, businesses have pushed back, saying the Live Tiles of Windows 8 required too much training. In part, that’s why that Live Tiles are now simply an add-on to Windows 10’s Start menu, rather than an in-your-face element of the entire operating system.

Simon Bisson

Windows 10’s virtual desktops are of equal value to both consumers and professionals alike.

Granted, what Microsoft has shown off so far in Windows 10 applies equally to businesses and home users alike. The Start menu isn’t an overtly pro-business element, and neither are the windowed apps, virtual desktops, or the nifty Snap Assist tools. That would be like saying mouse support is strictly for businesses.

But there’s definitely more coming.

According to Terry Myerson, Belfiore’s boss and the executive in charge of operating systems at Microsoft, “early next year” Microsoft will begin talking about the “delight” Windows 10 will bring to end users, specifically consumers. In April, Microsoft will continue the story, laying out its developer plans. By mid-2023, Microsoft hopes, the company will launch Windows 10.  

Image: Microsoft

The Start menu in Windows 10 can be used to launch Win32 or newer Modern apps alike.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that Microsoft will probably lay out its consumer plans for Windows 10 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it previously launched the Surface tablet. The only hitch in that plan is that in years past, Microsoft’s Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer would headline CES with a keynote address. So far, the only keynote speaker scheduled is Samsung chief executive  Boo-Keun Yoon.

Assuming Microsoft does plan a January, consumer-focused update to Windows 10, what could it include?

Notifications: Notifications have become part and parcel of most mobile operating systems, including Windows Phone, so it’s likely they’ll arrive on Windows 10 as well. Microsoft’s Belfiore has a team of developers working on “core” technologies underlying Windows Phone and Windows 10, and notifications are surely part of the package.

Notifications inside (a forthcoming build of) Windows 10.

When you think about it, Outlook has popped up a “notification” about an upcoming appointment for years. The new notification center would apparently streamline such alerts and tuck them into a corner of your screen.

Cortana: Recent leaks strongly suggest that Cortana, the name for Microsoft’s digital assistant powering Windows Phone, will eventually surface in Windows 10. Neowin describes it as being an app, with the familiar circle icon. 

It’s very likely Cortana will eventually replace the search app within Windows 10 in some capacity, in the same way the Live Tiles in the Windows 10 Start menu provide context and additional functionality in addition to the left-hand list of applications. Cortana will also undoubtedly be used as the “intelligence” behind notifications, including alerts of upcoming appointments and prioritized email.

Internet Explorer 12: Microsoft continues to push its browser forward. The latest reports claim it contains a better extensions model to allow improved third-party plugins. Whether Microsoft will actually continue to call the browser “Internet Explorer” seems a bit more far-fetched: Reportedly it’s named “Spartan” internally, but it seems a bit silly to dump years of brand awareness in favor of a new name. As Microsoft ties Windows Phone and Windows closer together, expect more shared elements between the mobile and desktop experience.

Improved app store: Microsoft executives also publicly pointed to a unified app store model that will complement the integration of Windows and Windows Phone, confirming reports from last year.

Image: Microsoft

Microsoft plans a consistent app store across devices.

How that will play out is still anyone’s guess, although Microsoft has miles and miles to go before it can catch up with the variety of apps found within Valve’s Steam distribution service, for example. I think we’d all like a Microsoft apps store that looks more like the Electronics Boutique or Egghead Software of old, rather than a home for crap apps and casual games. Google, meanwhile, has positioned Google Play as a one-stop shop for apps, games, music, movies, magazines, and books. There’s no reason Microsoft shouldn’t be able to do something similar.

For now, though, businesses and enterprises are the first priority. On Wednesday, Net Applications reported declines in market share for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1: from 7.09 percent of the market in August to 6.67 percent in September for Windows 8.1, and from 6.28 percent in August to 5.59 percent in September for Windows 8.

Microsoft needs tens of thousands of businesses PCs to stick with Windows and move straight onto Windows 10, with the hope that those workers will eventually follow suit on their home PCs, too. 

The Fall Of Huawei: What We’Ve Lost And What We’Ve Gained

What we’ve lost

Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

Without fail, the two annual major HUAWEI smartphones — the P series and Mate series — have ended up being some of the best of the year. Whether it’s the top-end specs, the incredible design prowess, or the stellar photography experience, a HUAWEI flagship has traditionally been easy to recommend for any smartphone buyer. Now, though, we’d be remiss to recommend anyone outside of China buy a HUAWEI phone. It’s a damn shame.

That loss will have a ripple effect across the entire industry. Without HUAWEI pushing other companies — most specifically Samsung — to innovate, it’s likely we’ll see less boundary-pushing and more incremental iteration from the big players. Granted, Samsung still needs to contend with Apple and the litany of Chinese manufacturers, so it can’t exactly rest on its laurels. But for the past five years, HUAWEI was its biggest competitor in the Android world. Now that competition is gone.

HUAWEI brought competition to the premium smartphone space. Now that competition is gone.

Notably, HUAWEI was also the best competitor to Samsung we had in the foldables space, with incredible devices like the Mate X2. Although there are plenty of companies with foldables on the way, Samsung now has free rein in the early days of what could be the future of mobile.

And don’t forget that HUAWEI didn’t just compete with other smartphone OEMs. It also competed with silicon manufacturers such as Qualcomm. While HUAWEI’s Kirin chipsets never matched the capabilities of the latest flagship Snapdragon processor, they certainly held their own, especially in regards to neural processing. Going forward, Qualcomm only needs to worry about Samsung in the flagship Android space (at least for now). That isn’t terrific news for innovation.

Of course, where one player exits the game, that makes room for a new player to enter. Or, in this case, players.

What we’ve gained

Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

When HUAWEI exited the list of the top five smartphone vendors globally, it allowed other Chinese companies to step up. The biggest winner here is undoubtedly Xiaomi, which now sits in third place under Samsung and Apple. Although it will take a long while before it has even a chance to overtake Samsung, it’s possible it could overtake Apple in only a year or two.

Meanwhile, several brands under the BBK banner have also moved up, including OPPO, vivo, and realme. In the case of realme, it is now the sixth-largest smartphone OEM after being in existence for just three years. That’s astounding.

In the end, the smartphone industry might need a HUAWEI.

However, there is a gnawing feeling that what the industry really needs is a HUAWEI. For the time being, Samsung and Apple don’t need to worry about a third company sitting at their table. While HUAWEI’s lack of a footprint in the US prevented it from ever truly being on the same level in the premium space as Samsung and Apple, at least there was a threat that that day could come. In fact, that was a threat that was very real just a year prior to the trade ban, when HUAWEI was preparing to enter the market in partnership with AT&T. Now a different company making that day reality is years off — if it ever comes at all.

Finally, there is the elephant in the room: what happened to HUAWEI wasn’t fair play. It’s not like HUAWEI failed to innovate or made too many fumbles like LG. It’s not like it botched its own long-term development like Motorola. HUAWEI is no longer in the game because the United States government decided that’s what needed to happen. How does that change the industry as a whole? What does that mean for all the other Chinese brands? Time will tell, but it’s certainly a nerve-racking development.

HUAWEI will survive

Oliver Cragg / Android Authority

This article has a lot of doom-and-gloom to it. However, the important thing to remember about HUAWEI is that it isn’t going anywhere. Sure, its smartphone division may be limited mostly to its enormous Chinese audience, but that’s not all HUAWEI does.

Over the next few years, we anticipate HUAWEI pushing its considerable talents within other technology spaces. We’ll continue to see HUAWEI tablets, computers, wearables, and audio products. We’ll also likely see the company expand into new tech spheres such as virtual reality, transportation, and possibly even health.

Cydia Store Shutdown Faq: What Happened And How Will It Impact Jailbreakers?

Just last week, Saurik (Jay Freeman) made the difficult decision to pull the plug on the Cydia Store. But how will this impact you? Perhaps not as much as you think.

Common misunderstandings have caused a lot of confusion surrounding what is happening to Cydia and what all of this means. If you’re searching for clarity regarding the matter, then you’ve come to the right place. This post will answer many of the remaining questions.

What is the Cydia Store?

In short, the Cydia Store is the back-end payment system that allowed you to purchase paid jailbreak tweaks from default repositories in Cydia, such as BigBoss, MacCiti, and ModMyi (the latter two were permanently archived some time ago). It is not the same as Cydia Installer, which is the Cydia app you interface with every day.

Will Cydia stop working?

Saurik’s decision to shut down the Cydia Store does not impact the Cydia Installer app. You can continue using Cydia to install/uninstall/manage your existing jailbreak tweaks, themes, and you can still browse current repositories.

Can I still purchase jailbreak tweaks?

You can certainly still purchase jailbreak tweaks, but only from third-party repositories like Packix, Chariz, and Dynastic Repo, among several others. These repositories have their own dedicated payment systems that operate outside of the Cydia Store.

If you were jailbroken on iOS 11, then you were already barred from purchasing jailbreak tweaks from the BigBoss repository because Saurik never enabled purchases on iOS 11. That’s why many paid jailbreak tweaks are being hosted on third-party repositories henceforth.

Can I install paid jailbreak tweaks I purchased in the past?

Saurik expressed his desire to maintain access to previously-purchased jailbreak tweaks. That said, if you bought a paid tweak from BigBoss previously, you would still be able to access it now that the Cydia Store is no longer functioning.

If you did not purchase a paid jailbreak tweak on the BigBoss repository previously, then you will be unable to buy it for the first time unless the developer moves their package to a third-party repository such as Packix, Chariz, or Dynastic Repo.

Can I install free jailbreak tweaks? Why did Saurik shut down the Cydia Store?

In one of Saurik’s famously-long explanations published on /r/jailbreak the day of the announcement, he revealed that the careful balance between expense and revenue was no longer viable and hasn’t been for quite some time.

Saurik was planning to discontinue the Cydia Store by the new year, but the discovery of a severe bug in the Cydia Store payment system by developer Andy Wiik prompted him to close the Cydia Store’s doors sooner.

What was the bug?

Specific details about the bug weren’t publicized, but we do know that it could have enabled arbitrary Cydia Store package purchases via users’ PayPal accounts. This would have required that you were logged into your Cydia account with a linked PayPal account and browsing a malicious third-party repository in Cydia.

Will the Cydia Store return?

Given the Cydia Store’s declining financial model, it doesn’t look like it will be coming back. Saurik also expressed how it’s no longer worth his time to maintain the antiquated payment system, so disabling the Cydia Store was a quick and painless method for him to handle the bug.

So, will I still be able to buy tweaks on Cydia in the future?

Yes, but third-party repositories will have their own payment systems for all paid jailbreak tweaks going forward. This change reduces Saurik’s responsibility and maintains the community’s ability to purchase paid jailbreak tweaks, which could be considered a win/win.

How do I know what third-party repositories to trust?

It can be challenging to discern which third-party repositories you can trust; however, we have a comprehensive list of ‘reputable’ and ‘trusted’ third-party repositories that you can use as a guide for adding sources to your Cydia app.

We recommend not adding arbitrary third-party repositories to Cydia because some aren’t screened for safety. Installing packages from these repositories puts you at a higher risk of malware.

Trusted third-party repositories like Packix, Chariz, and Dynastic Repo, along with those in our list, are screened for safety and shouldn’t pose a risk to your jailbroken device.

What about Sileo?

Sileo, a planned alternative to Cydia Installer, will provide an alternative package manager experience on jailbroken devices. It will not circumvent the Cydia Store; purchases will still be limited to third-party repositories such as Packix, Chariz, and Dynastic Repo.

As of this writing, Sileo is still under development, and there is no concrete ETA for release. We don’t even know if it will genuinely overtake Cydia as the primary package manager for jailbroken devices as it was initially intended to do before unc0ver was released – unc0ver brought with it a refreshed Cydia Installer that was optimized for iOS 11.

Is jailbreaking dead?

Jailbreaking isn’t dead. Modern jailbreak tools are still being maintained by their creators, and jailbreak developers are still cranking out new jailbreak tweaks on mainstream third-party repositories.

Saurik never enabled Cydia Store purchases on iOS 11 from the start. That said, you won’t notice a difference using Cydia from one day to the next unless you’re using an older jailbreak that pre-dates iOS 11.

The jailbreak community continues to move forward despite all the doubt cast upon it over the years; this time is no different. Given how controlling Apple can be over their mobile devices, we expect the spirit of jailbreaking will continue for some time to come.

Wrapping up

TL;DR: the closure of the Cydia Store will not impact the jailbreak experience on iOS 11, and we can still use Cydia to install jailbreak tweaks as we always have.

Happy jailbreaking, everyone!

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