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  • Cydia for the Mac "Within Weeks"


    Following the runaway success of Cydia on iOS - with 10% of all iPhone users, about ten million people, having used the marketplace at least once - Jay "saurik" Freeman is planning to bring Cydia to the Mac OS X platform very soon. At the 360 MacDev conference yesterday, Jay said the new app store would be ready for the Mac "within weeks," positioning it to go head to head with the Apple Mac App Store expected sometime in January.

    Jay has been evangelizing the Cydia vision for some time now, with high-profile talks at TED and elsewhere. Rather than merely an alternative to the iTunes App Store, Cydia is positioned as a resource for users to customize their devices to work in the way their owners want them to work. In his talk at 360 MacDev, Jay talked about Cydia, detailed cycript and Cydia Substrate, and took Apple to task for their restrictive policies and the poor quality of developer documentation.

    His description of the Cydia Store for Mac was general, but presumably would give users easy access to tools similar to the tweaks available on iOS Cydia as well as useful apps free from Apple restrictions. Jay encourages developers who are interested in using Cydia for the Mac to distribute their products to contact patrick at saurikit dot com for details.

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cydia for the Mac "Within Weeks" started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 74 Comments
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      High horse? Not me tell it like I read it! I am so glad that you have explained yourself there!
      Well perhaps you should read it again. I also have been able to get ANY app I want. Because Mac OS X isn't locked down. That was abundantly clear without any explanation.

      Shame on you for autonatically assuming negative intent. It must suck going through life believing everyone is bad.
    1. DoctoriTouch's Avatar
      DoctoriTouch -
      Very exciting but the thing is that I don't have a Mac, That will be cool if they bring the Cydia Store to Windows but the thing is that it's not a Apple product. I know that the iPod Nano 6G doesn't have WiFi but I believe that the Dev Team should make Cydia on the new iPod Nano 6G. So like you can download themes and stuff, just a thought. I have a jailbroken iTouch and if you want any Reviews, Unboxing, Giveaways, and any How to Videos then check out my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/DoctoriTouch
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Cool, can't wait
    1. Fimeg's Avatar
      Fimeg -
      Quote Originally Posted by carolinamic View Post
      Can u restore a Mac to factory settings because if u can't I would probably stick to the AppStore on this one. My2c
      It's called reinstalling my friend.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flintoff View Post
      how pplz are saying wts the point?? wts the point??

      what if apple rejects an app ??? than how u ganna get it ???

      CYDIA yh ??? soo there is a point stop saying now its annoying

      oh yh bring it on hope other pplz comes too as they are on iphone
      Ok either English isn't your first language or you need to understand that you probably won't reach the character limit on a post.

      At the moment there is no Mac App Store or Cydia for Mac, how do you get Apps on a Mac right now?

      If Apple rejects and App, then the developer can do what they have been doing since the dawn of the internet...they can put it on they're own website to download.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I think it's funny because he could've made this before, but never got the idea until the Mac App Store. If he would've made Cydia for Mac before then, there would be no need for the Mac App Store (except for Apple to make money). There's still no point for either one, really. Aren't there unified Mac software websites already? It's just like trying to get listed on CNET, right?
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      To say this politely he stated he can get ANY app he wants so what does that sound like to you? ANY App?
      to assume... makes an *** out of you and me
    1. Frostbite's Avatar
      Frostbite -
      This is boss
    1. freakshowexces's Avatar
      freakshowexces -
      I'd love the ability to be able to "sync" the cydia on your iPhone with a desktop client. I think it would be an awesome addition to being able to customize your mac.
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      ^InstallerApp desktop client from Ripdev has been out since like the early 2.x days. It let you install apps from both installer and cydia and then sync it to your iphone cydia. Oh and it had a WINDOWS version too. Highly doubt it works on 4.x though but it was pretty awesome when I used to use it. Just sayin (:

      Oh and Apple comes out with an app store for mac so saruik has to limit himself to mac only? no windows cydia? I guess windows is just already to easy to get hardcore mods and it gives you desktop widgets... and it sucks. Not to mention that it wont be limited in what you can easily get which is exactly what apple is trying to do.

      Saurik is making cydia for mac because he realizes what apple is trying to do. Apple is trying to make mac just as much of a walled garden as iOS. But you say "we can still download mods and stuff not allowed in the Mac App store through the internet".... well then you dont realize that once the mac app store hits developers of mac apps will not only explode in number, amount of apps, and number of iOS developers porting over but these devs will see the obvious potential of the mac app store to make their apps a million times easier to find without needing so much publicity and advertisement so they will gladly follow all of apples "guidelines" to get their apps in the mac app store. They will probably even abadon sales from their website in replacement for selling on the mac app store or merely have their websites as supplements and support with a link to the mac app store.

      Then all of the develeopers left making things that cant go in the mac app store will lose HUGE amounts of interest and money in their apps/modifications unless they either revise it for the mac app store or make something else new entirely because after a few months of the mac app store being out and all the apps in it EVERYONE with a mac will only shop for apps on the mac app store because it will be a million times easier to find stuff and get updates for their apps.

      However, saurik realized that in order for these mod developers to not completely get destroyed in the mac app store madness and be able to get the interest of people looking for apps and mods and to make it much easier to find these things and update them much like the mac app store, cydia for mac is ESSENTIAL!

      After the mac app store... downloading applications from websites will be a thing of the past... on a mac.

      Thank you saurik for realizing this. You are my hero!
      Now... themepark and Snow Leopard theming is a pain in the a** with very few themes out there... how bout a winterboard for mac at some point?

      Oh and poetic_folly if your here... I know you abadoned the modmymobile site after the failed modmymoto and other android modding site... but I can gaurentee if you make a modmymac.com site after Cydia for mac comes out it will be a huge sucess and I will donate a 4 figure number towards building the site and the costs involved.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Definitely excited. Can not wait to try it out and see what the app store and Cydia store has to offer
    1. jcal08's Avatar
      jcal08 -
      oh shiz! I need to order that 8 gig ram upgrade soon! I just know imma download tons of stuff, and would hate to put my mac into iphone 3g mode lol
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Anything that opens up more options is cool by me, but just remember when you are downloading a tweak from the Cydia store that it very possibly could leave your computer vulnerable. Apple's guardians won't be there to protect you.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      wow!!! it could happen??
    1. Pyrofallout's Avatar
      Pyrofallout -
      Maybe for osx86 users this would be nice. But for just Mac applications and such, I don't see the point.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by jcal08 View Post
      oh shiz! I need to order that 8 gig ram upgrade soon! I just know imma download tons of stuff, and would hate to put my mac into iphone 3g mode lol
      You might need an octocore to push that turd named Cydia....
    1. Funked's Avatar
      Funked -
      This will be interesting to see how Cydia will work, but won't it open gates for virus' and malware? If it works like the iOS version with different sources etc, if someone adds a dodgy source, that source may be able to steal information from your computer etc. It's just a thought. I doubt I'd get Cydia on my Mac, not right away anyway. I'll let this one pan out and see what happens.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      This will be interesting
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Woot..do we have to jailbreak our mac now? Haha
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by DoctoriTouch View Post
      Very exciting but the thing is that I don't have a Mac, That will be cool if they bring the Cydia Store to Windows but the thing is that it's not a Apple product. I know that the iPod Nano 6G doesn't have WiFi but I believe that the Dev Team should make Cydia on the new iPod Nano 6G. So like you can download themes and stuff, just a thought. I have a jailbroken iTouch and if you want any Reviews, Unboxing, Giveaways, and any How to Videos then check out my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/DoctoriTouch
      Please don't spam.