Man Behind Upcoming Cydia – iOS 8 Jailbreak

Jay Freeman is a name that is synonymous with Jailbreaking. Otherwise known as Saurik, he is the man responsible for Cydia, the place where all the jailbreak apps and tweaks are stored. How much do we really know about Jay Freeman though ?

Image : JayFreeman AKA Saurik who created Cydia for iOS 8

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The Early Years :

You will not find much information about Jay Freeman on the internet, especially not about the early years, because he prefers to stay in the shadows and work in the background. We do know that, between 2004 and 2009, he was at the University of California as a PhD student and this was also when he took on Apple. In 2007, the year of the first iPhone, followed a mere few months after by Cydia.

A Brief History of Cydia :

Cydia appeared in February 2008. It was developed as an alternative to Apple’s own installer app and, within the space of a year, it was estimated that about 10% of all active iPhone users had installed it.

Image : Saurik in his early years of Cydia development

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By the time 2011 rolled around, Cydia was in possession of a reported annual revenue of around $10 million with profits of around $250,000. At that point, 4.5 million people were using Cydia on a weekly basis.

What Else has Freeman Done?

Cydia is not Jay Freeman’s only claim to fame. Over the years, he has worked tirelessly in the background. He built his own Cydia repository, called Telesphoreo Tangelo and also developed the most popular theme tweak on Cydia – WinterBoard.

Shortly after the Explorer version of Google Glass was released, he purchased one and rooted it almost straightaway. He has also come up with a Cydia substrate for Android users, thus expanding the platform for developers to play around with their apps.

His most famous discovery was a fix for the notorious Android Master Key bug. The bug has been in existence for more than 4 years and was first discovered by BluBox Labs. The number of Android devices potentially infected by this bug run into millions. For those who think their Android device may have been infected, the fix can be located on Freeman’s website.

Although there is no jailbreak for iOS 7.1 or 7.1.1, Jay Freeman will be back on board later on this year, updating Cydia to support the iOS 8 jailbreak.

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