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Two Major Cydia Repositories Shut Down as Jailbreaking Fades in Popularity

ModMy today announced it has archived its default ModMyi repository on Cydia, which is essentially an alternative App Store for downloading apps, themes, tweaks, and other files on jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. A jailbroken iPhone running iOS 6 via New Atlas ZodTTD/MacCiti also shut down last week, meaning that two out of three of Cydia's major default repositories are no longer active as of this month. ModMy recommends developers in the jailbreaking community use the BigBoss repository, which is one of the last major Cydia sources that remains functional. The closure of two major Cydia repositories is arguably the result of a declining interest in jailbreaking, which provides root filesystem access and allows users to modify iOS and install unapproved apps on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When the iPhone and iPod touch were first released in 2007, jailbreaking quickly grew in popularity for both fun and practical reasons. Before the App Store, for example, it allowed users to install apps and games. Jailbreaking was even useful for something as simple as setting a wallpaper, not possible on early iOS versions. Even in later years, jailbreaking remained popular for a number of popular tweaks that Apple has eventually implemented into iOS, such as system toggles, lock screen widgets, quick reply for text messages, screen recording, multitasking, picture-in-picture mode on iPad, and keyboard trackpad mode. With many of those features now available out of the box, the allure of jailbreaking is considerably less for many people. "What do

iOS 9 Untethered Jailbreak Released for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Chinese team Pangu today released the first untethered jailbreak for iOS 9 devices, including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The jailbreak tool is currently available for Windows only, but an OS X version will likely be available for Mac users in the future. Pangu is compatible with all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models on iOS 9 - iOS 9.0.2: iPhone 4S, 5/5c/5s, 6/6 Plus, 6s/6s Plus iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2/3/4 iPod touch (fifth and sixth generations) Jailbreaking enables iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to install unapproved third-party apps, tweaks, mods, custom themes, utilities and other content — called "packages" — from Cydia, an unofficial App Store for jailbroken devices. Jailbreaking has been around since the early days of iPhone OS 1.0, years before the software was renamed iOS, allowing users to have features such as custom wallpapers, quick reply and Notification Center widgets long before Apple made those official. As noted by iPhone Hacks, Cydia Substrate, an underlying framework for jailbreak tweaks, now supports iOS 9. Cydia developers will be required to update their jailbreak tweaks for compatibility with iOS 9 or later. The blog has shared a running list of iOS 9 compatible jailbreak tweaks. While jailbreaking allows users to further customize and enhance their iOS devices beyond the limits that Apple imposes, modifying your device's software violates your End User License Agreement (EULA) and voids your warranties — although the device can generally be restored to factory default settings