Out of a total of 100 million iPhones out there, 10% or 10 million use Cydia as an alternative App Store or where they find more then 30,000 apps (or packages as they’re called) which is approximately 1/3rd of apps listed on Apple’s App Store. Saurik (the developer behind Cydia) calls it the App Store for jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. After revolutionizing the mobile app business with App Store for iDevices, Apple announced that it’s going to launch App Store for Mac. Following on, Saurik just announced at the 360|MacDev that he is going to launch Cydia for Mac.

App Store for Mac is going to have a serious limitation: Apps will not be allowed to implement in-app purchases like giving users the option to purchase credits or maybe virtual gifts or accessories right inside the app. Guess what? You will be able to do that if your app is listed on Saurik’s Cydia for Mac instead of App Store for Mac.


According to TUAW, Saurik also went after the lack of technical documentation for Apple’s app developers and the restrictions that Apple puts in place for developers.

In case you want to get your app listed on the upcoming Cydia for Mac, you need to contact Saurik’s team to help you out with that at: patrick-at-saurikit.com (via TUAW)