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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. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      ^ Means you don't support the companies or people.... and that is something to brag about?
      You can quietly get off your high horse there now.

      Any App I have wanted I have been able to get on the net, either as a free App or I pay on the developers website.
      If I look in my Applications folder, the only Apps that I have had to pay for is iWork. Everything else I have is a legitimately free app. (apart from the few games I bought via Steam on my Windows partition)
      So STFU.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      High horse? Not me tell it like I read it! I am so glad that you have explained yourself there!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      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!
      Then shame on you for automatically assuming piracy.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Then shame on you for automatically assuming piracy.
      I have nothing to be ashamed of! Remember this comment came from within in...
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      I think this will be very cool. However, I see this as bad for 2 reasons:

      1. Noobs and windows fanboys are going to think and verbalize that the mac is locked down trash.

      2. Apple, even though they know they would be screwed if they did this, might get an impulse to get "locky" with the mac.

      This will be fun though........
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Im excited. Maybe should wait for the release of the new OSX.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Hmmm... what's the point for this?

      Themes, or tweaks?
    1. JoeStorm's Avatar
      JoeStorm -
      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 me, it sounds like there isn't anything new that the Cydia store will bring that isn't already out there already. Cydia for iPhone fills a niche. Cydia for OS X, from the little info posted, doesn't provide any service that isn't already out there.

      On a side note, I'd prefer Freeman fix the buggy horizontal nonscrolling screenshots for each app, add comments, add a section for HD themes, and find a way to filter out the dozens of craptastic "themes" (that are simply a background and 6 stolen icons from the internet) that flow into Cydia every day first.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      So will this be like an official Cyder or is it like the iTunes app store where you will be able to search for cydia tweaks, download them, and connect you iphone to sync them to the device like itunes apps do? Cuz that would be awesome!!!
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Cydia for the Mac isn't about jailbreaking, or making the device open source, because it already is. Cydia came to iOS because it was a closed platform with Apple and only Apple deciding what can and cannot be included on it.

      Cydia for Mac wont be like this. I think it is just a place where Devs can publish their works in an effort to get them more noticed. Think about it. If you develop applications like CyberDuck for Mac, where is it going to get more attention? Your personal website, where people have to be searching for one specific thing in order to find it, or in an application that unifies all things Mac, where a user just browsing the Applications section can easily stumble across your work.

      It is also good for the end user. Instead of endless searches, tying to find the right program for your needs everything is already organized and described for you. No more downloading an application thought to be free but once you open it you find out it's only a trial. We've all had these frustrations, and Cydia for Mac is looking to fix those.

      It also challenge to the Apple Mac store. After all, we can't make things too easy for Apple, now can we?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      It's been said that 10% of iphone users jailbreak so they know about Cydia.
      But how many if that 10% also own a mac?
      It seems to me that Cydia for mac is only going to see a very small amount of people that own macs
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      i cant wait for themes
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      If it works on a Mac as it does on an iPhone, it won't ever touch my Mac.

      Besides, I can't see what Cydia can do for my Mac..
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      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
      Time machine? Restore disks?
    1. aj8600's Avatar
      aj8600 -
      You know what's great? I made a thread saying I bet this will happen and how it will be awesome. And everybody who posted said I was a dumbass lol
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      So will this be like an official Cyder or is it like the iTunes app store where you will be able to search for cydia tweaks, download them, and connect you iphone to sync them to the device like itunes apps do? Cuz that would be awesome!!!
      No this is for Mac apps and tweaks, not for iOS .
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by aj8600 View Post
      You know what's great? I made a thread saying I bet this will happen and how it will be awesome. And everybody who posted said I was a dumbass lol
      You said it not us!
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      I am not sure I see the point of this.

      What restrictions are being put in place by Apple in regards to what types of apps can and cannot be made available in the Mac AppStore?
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      Yes! Exactly what I asked for. I swear I sent saurik a message on twitter about this a month ago. He never responds to any of my twitter posts except when he said the new cydia update was gonna be compatible with 2.x and I said aww... No 1.x support
    1. flintoff's Avatar
      flintoff -
      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