Apple has sued the “jailbroken version of the App Store, Cydia” in an antitrust lawsuit

by admin, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 (2 months ago)

Apple has reportedly lost an antitrust lawsuit filed by Jay Freeman, the creator of an iPhone and iPad app store “broken by the fireplace” called Cydia. This may sound ironic, but it is. According to the founders of the jailbroken app store, Cupertino maintains an illegal monopoly on the distribution of iOS applications through the App Store. His complaint also alleges that Apple “was trying to kill alternative app stores such as Cydia.” Well, Apple’s iOS is still something that Apple owns, and honestly, we do not think the company needs to allow third-party stores to offer its applications. IOS is known to be locked by Apple, unlike Android which benefits from the idea of ​​open source.

The company filed a lawsuit in January 2022 dismissing the lawsuit, which was approved by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. He agreed with the company that the claims in the first trial exceed the statute of limitations. However, according to Reuters, a judge allowed Freeman to file a new lawsuit. It has now been accepted.

Cydia accuses Apple of “monopoly” distribution of applications for iOS devices

Freeman’s lawyers argue in the lawsuit that Apple’s technology updates between 2018 and 2021 are “blatantly” hurting iOS app distributors. These distributors obviously include Cydia. The changes made by Apple to iOS have been described as “more aggressive”. Their goal is to prevent Cydia and other alternative app stores from offering “available” apps for the iPhone.


Apparently, the lawsuit is said to be aimed at opening up the iOS app distribution and iOS app payment market to those who want to compete fairly with the iPhone maker. Judge Gongazeles gives Apple until mid-June to respond to Freeman’s complaint. However, we do not believe that this will be strong enough to get Apple to proceed with its operations in the App Store.

Cydia was released in early 2008, just months before the Apple App Store. The store allows jailbrocked iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch users to install apps outside the App Store. It also lets them customize the look and feel of iOS, as well as other features. The store has lost its relevance in recent years. After all, jailbreaking has become more difficult for typical Apple users. Today, we do not hear much about jailbreak methods, but they are still under the radar. We do not see Cydia and other third-party stores being very successful on iOS. The company will announce iOS 16 soon and we expect that “hackers” will have a hard time trying to jailbreak the upcoming operating system.

For the first time, Apple is also on trial in Russia. However, this is a completely different story.

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