Cydia Loses Revenue Due to Lack of iOS 6 Jailbreak


Running a package manager can be quite the challenge. Apple barely posts a profit on its App Store platform, despite taking a generous 30 percent sales cut, and isn’t alone at that. Cydia founder Jay Freeman (saurik) recently discussed on Reddit about how the jailbreak package manager is quite expensive to operate.

People occasionally like to think I’m rolling in money, but the reality is quite different from that; in fact, when new jailbreaks are at a low (such as now), Cydia actually loses money operating its servers and paying the rather (small number of) contractors I hire.

So, what makes Cydia so financially challenging to run? Freeman notes that the SHSH system is a big piece of the puzzle, costing upwards of $6,000 per month just to keep it live. When he is in a pinch, Freeman will actually turn off that service within Cydia to save money. 

The SHSH system, when it is receiving floods of incoming blobs, is itself a cost of at least $6k/month that has to be justified by need: if there’s a month where it really isn’t needed, it should probably just be shut off.

With the public release of the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak expected in less than two days, Freeman should benefit from the influx of new users that never had an opportunity to jailbreak their devices before. It will be the first jailbreak for iPhone 5, iPad mini and many other devices.

Freeman goes on to talk about a number of other subjects, from cost-cutting measures to credit card fraud issues. As he often does, the jailbreak developer left an incredibly long comment, highlighted above, in response to a Reddit question. I highly recommend giving his full answer a read.

Thanks, Tristan (Tkf1).

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