Legendary jailbroken pirate iPhone app store sues Apple for messing with work

A case against Apple has been brought by the author of the Cydia shop with unauthorized iPhone apps. He is confident that Apple is seeking to kill Cydia and is taking advantage of its competitive position to prohibit apps from being purchased from another market other than the branded App Store by iPhone owners.

The Hijacker vs. Apple
Jay Freeman (Jay Freeman, on the Network known as Saurik), founder of the Cydia project, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the Federal Court of Northern California (USA). It accuses the IT business of unfair competition and misuse of its competitive position in the industry, according to the Washington Post.

Jay Freeman, creator of Cydia

Cydia is the most common jailbroken Apple iPhone app store that is not in the official Apple App Store and uses enhanced Apple mobile application capabilities that unlock after jailbreaking (jailbreak). Jailbreak offers users and software access to Apple gadgets’ originally locked file system and allows, among other things, modifying previously unavailable configurations, using skins, etc. Jailbreak is not formally supported by Apple: jailbroken computers are stripped of warranty service and technical assistance privileges.

The gist of the arguments
Both iPhone owners have the right, according to the founder of Cydia, to count on the ability to select the store from which they will download the software they need.

He also argues that developers are also hampered by Apple because they are unable to use the resources of other internet retailers to host their apps, and they must adhere to any terms set by Apple as long as they are not blocked in the App Store.

The case with Fortnite is a perfect example of Apple’s monopoly. Since Epic Games (its developer) launched its payment system, which bypasses Apple itself, Apple quickly deleted it from the App Store. To be honest, we remember that the same has been done by Google, but Freeman still has no reservations about it.

Furthermore in his complaint, Freeman suggested that Apple tried to kill Cydia, using a number of ways to battle rivals to keep his store from interfering with the marketing of the App Store.

Apple is looking for a response:

Apple’s legal department is aware of Freeman’s appeal to a North Carolina judge, according to the Washington Post. They are currently researching the case, and what exactly they are trying to base their defense on is not yet understood.

Apple only has one role in all such situations – the organization does not accept itself as a monopoly and always reminds Google and its Android smartphone OS, a direct rival to iOS, of its existence. And it supports a strict ban on the use of third-party iPhone and iPad app stores because it worries about the privacy of users and wishes to protect them from installing viruses and other harmful software, particularly those that steal personal data.

Meanwhile, with its anti-competitive conduct, it’s not just the founder of Cydia who accuses Apple. In this the U.S. Congress trapped her back in October 2020, presenting as testimony a roughly 450-page study with a variety of details demonstrating the company’s guilt. In this article three more US IT corporations were listed – Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Cydia history

Marketpleys Freeman was launched in 2007, the year that the first iPhone, later called the iPhone 2G, arrived on the market. At the point, the firmware was called the iPhone OS, and the App Store did not exist at all – it only began operating in 2008, that is, a year after Cydia was released.

Cydia had around 4.5 million weekly active users in 2010, according to Freeman, and in 2011 and 2012. It gave the highest revenue for its entire lifetime to its promoter – in the region of $ 10 million per year. In subsequent years, Freeman constantly updated and improved his brainchild, but in 2017 he stopped working on it – the last stable release was released in March 2017. Freeman announced Cydia’s closing in December 2018, making the archives freely accessible with the marketplace code.

The project itself continues to exist, despite Freeman’s termination of work to develop Cydia. As of December 2020, the official website was fully functioning and also included guidance about how to install the marketplace for all iOS models, including the new one, iOS 14.


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