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iTweak jailbreak store set to be a web based Cydia competitor

iTweak looks to be a lightweight, web-based jailbreak app store set to compete with Cydia and, from what we understand, will allow you to install applications from the web app directly onto your jailbroken device.

Developed by @roktheworld27 and @mtamermahoney, the description reads as follows:

Welcome to iTweak! iTweak is one of the best places to get all of your Tweaks, Themes, Utilities and more on your jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad! We serve as an alternative to Cydia, and the Apple App Store. For more information on multiple different topics, such as security information, our Mac and PC clients, or how to use iTweak, please tap 'More Information' below.

It looks as if users will have logins just as they do through Cydia. We don't know what type of payments will be supported or how that will be handled as of yet.

There were jailbreak app store before Cydia, and competitors that have sprung up in the past. They either seem to fade away or get acquired. We've also seen rumors of other web based jailbreak app stores in the recent past that haven't come to fruition just yet.

We've got our own issues with Cydia and some good competition may be a great thing for the jailbreak community. The developers of iTweak plan on a launch within a month or so's time, and we'll update you as soon as we hear more.

In the meantime check out the screenshots below, and let us know -- are you interested in a Cydia alternative? And if so, is a web based app store like iTweak a plus or a minus in your book?

More: iTweak Store, @roktheworld27 and @mtamermahoney, via @applecpugeek

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  • Does that mean that we won't have to jailbreak our phones? And won't have to worry about updating and what firmware we are on? Either way, the more the married i feel. Just wondering how they would instal direct from safari as it sounds too simple. I mean, All this time we could have just been doing that and all of a sudden we don't need cydia?
  • Yeah, you still have to worry about maintaining your phone. I don't think there's any tool that can help you with that, lol. To achieve this you'll have to install our lightweight plugin, through our PC/Mac client which'll allow you to install our tweaks.
  • I think when he said "updating phones" he meant that he can upgrade to any OS and not have to worry about a jailbreak.
    I assume this needs a jailbreak to work. Would be amazing if it didn't lol (also huge news). But anyways. Glad for the competition. Hope it works out well
  • Unless they can link all the purchases from Cydia it will be pointless to change to it.
  • Its an interesting concept. Jail breaking new iOS versions takes time, but the core requirement of making the file system read/write is a relatively quick procedure. Build a payload system and GUI around the jailbreak to install the adds to that task-load. This concept will obviously reduce that time.
    I'm also always keen to see new attempts with a better UI than Cydia.
    I thorouly respect Jay Freeman (saurik), but he is definatly from the hacker breed that doesn't care much for aesthetics.
    How many of you remember Rock, the Cydia competitor that Saurik bought and duly discarded?
    Rock was infinitely more gorgeous than Cydia has ever been.
    How many of you remember Installer which existed before Cydia circa 2007/8?
    Even that was aesthetically better than Cydia is today!!
  • Yeah Rock looked nice. It was also poorly coded, unstable, and inherently insecure. Don't knock the hacker mentality when it comes to creating something like a jailbreak app store.
  • If this is done via Safari on the device directly, what's to stop Apple from patching/blocking the loophole just as they did with If Apple-unapproved system mods are going through Safari, Apple will surely shut it down
  • I'm interested if it is cleaner and more organized than Cydia.
  • My only big issue with Cydia is the load time. On a 3G it can take 3-4 minutes and 2-3 on a i4. Seems like something could be done about that, but what do I know.
  • On 3G it takes me all of a couple of seconds to load Cydia, and I typically get poor reception here in rural Illinois. I don't think Saurik can fix that for you.
  • I'm a developer over at the iTweak Dev-Team. If you have any questions or comments at all regarding iTweak, follow me on twitter @CaseyTal. Thanks! :D
  • Hey, I'm helping develop for iTweak. If you want to ask me anything regarding it, my twitter is @CaseyTal.
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