For nearly five years, Cydia has served as an alternative package distribution system to the App Store, where jailbreak developers can release their own apps, tweaks, themes, and utilities for iOS. Most often, these packages end up on Cydia because they would not have passed the strict App Store acceptance guidelines that Apple imposes. Since before the App Store even existed, Cydia has gone past the borders of Apple and delivered content that makes the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad even greater. And now, the Mac is joining the show too.
When Apple publicly released the Mac App Store for OS X Snow Leopard in January 2011, the jailbreaking community was quick to wonder when that distribution platform would get its own Cydia equivalent. Well, that day is finally here. HackStore, albeit not offering the type of tweaks and themes available for iOS, has officially gone live and offers several different apps that would normally not make their way past Apple’s approval system for the Mac App Store. A number of different applications are already bundled into the store, including TinyUmbrella, IpswDownloader, iExplorer, iFunBox, and more.
HackStore, developed by a number of different Russian programmers, is committed to keeping piracy out of its platform. The program can be downloaded for free for Mac OS X users, although the server has occasionally crashed due to the overwhelming response and demand since its release. The HackStore team says that they will work tirelessly to ensure that the server is back online, noting that some 15,000 users were already accessing the store when it first crashed. Do you plan on using the HackStore on your Mac?