Apple was sued over the ‘jailbroken version of the App Store, Cydia’ in an antitrust lawsuit
Apple has reportedly lost an antitrust lawsuit brought by Jay Freeman, the creator of a “jailbroken” iPhone and iPad app store called Cydia. It may sound ironic, but that is exactly what is happening. According to the founders of the jailbroken app store, the Cupertino company retains an illegal monopoly on the distribution of iOS apps through the App Store. Its complaint also alleges that Apple “attempted to kill alternative app stores such as Cydia.” Well, Apple’s iOS is still something that belongs to Apple, and honestly, we don’t think the company needs to allow third-party stores to carry its apps. iOS is known to be locked down by Apple, unlike Android which takes advantage of its open-source concept.
The company filed a motion in January 2022 to dismiss the lawsuit approved by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. She agreed with the company that the claims in the first lawsuit exceeded the statute of limitations. However, according to Reuters, a judge allowed Freeman to file a new lawsuit. It is now accepted.
Cydia accuses Apple of a “monopoly” of distributing applications for iOS devices
Freeman’s attorneys argue in the lawsuit that Apple’s technology updates between 2018 and 2021 “flagrantly” harm iOS app distributors. These distributors obviously include Cydia. The changes Apple implemented in iOS were described as “more aggressive”. They aimed to block Cydia and other alternative app stores from offering “available” apps for the iPhone.
Apparently, the lawsuit “aims to open up the market for iOS app distribution and iOS app payment to those who want to compete fairly with the iPhone maker. Judge Gongazeles is giving Apple until mid-June to respond to Freeman’s complaint. However, we don’t think it will have enough force to move Apple a scratch in its App Store operations.
Cydia was launched in early 2008, a few months before Apple’s App Store. The Store allows users of a jailbroken iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to install apps outside of the App Store. It also allows them to 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 standard Apple users. We don’t hear much about jailbreak methods these days, but they still go unnoticed. We don’t see Cydia and other third-party stores having much success in iOS. The company will announce iOS 16 soon, and we expect “hackers” to have a hard time trying to jailbreak the upcoming OS.
Apple is also being sued in Russia for the first time. However, that’s a completely different story.