iOS Jailbreaking Sites Shut Down Due to Lack of Interest
Apple makes great smartphones, but, aside from the high price, the main reason that people often prefer Android over iOS is due to how limited the iOS ecosystem is. Apple has created a walled garden. It’s a beautiful, well-cultivated garden, but it is still walled. If you wanted the flexibility of an Android device in an iPhone skin then your best option was jailbreaking.
Jailbreaking allowed users to install software not normally allowed by Apple. While this process did carry some risks and would usually void your warranty, many people felt that the added flexibility was worth it. However, it looks like Apple has won the war on jailbreaking as several of the largest jailbreaking sites have shut down due to lack of interest in the service.
Modmyi announced that the site would be shutting down due to economic reasons.
“After ModMy, Mobile Nations (ModMy’s parent company) and SaurikIT finished our discussions, there was a clear but sad result to the issue of Cydia and repositories,” said Dennis Bednarz. “ModMyi was not plausible to keep going as server costs were insane and the money the repository generated was way below the required amount to keep the repository, not with an economic gain, but to even keep it non-profit.”
Last week, MacCiti posted a short goodbye message on Twitter.
…was a great ride. Thank you.
— MacCiti (@macciti) November 18, 2017
The latest version of iOS, iOS 11, has not been jailbroken and it is likely that we won’t see a jailbroken version anytime soon. This year has seen an increase in high-profile cyber attacks so it is possible that many people are wary of jailbreaking their devices since they aren’t as secure as the phones running the standard-issue Apple software.
Despite this, not everyone is willing to give up. As Tech Crunch pointed out, the jailbreaking community still has a fairly active presence on Reddit.
“With all the talking going around about ‘jailbreaking being dead’ or how it’s dying, I’m here to reassure everyone that this subreddit’s discord is still active every day,” wrote Aaronp613. “I know times have been a bit tough for everyone, but that just means we need to focus on what we have at the moment.”
Despite Aaron’s optimism, things are indeed rather dire for the jailbreaking community and, as of right now, it is unclear if the service will continue to exist in a meaningful way.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.