Following the unfortunate archival of the ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti Cydia repositories, the BigBoss repository will begin picking up much of the slack to become perhaps the last major default Cydia source for jailbreakers to download packages from.

Because both ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti were two of the most popular theme-hosting repositories that came installed with Cydia by default, their closure put a notable dent in the community; primarily for theme creators and WinterBoard fanatics that had nowhere else to go.

The BigBoss repository previously opted not to accept theme-based packages and focus primarily on jailbreak tweaks instead, but given the current circumstances, BigBoss maintainer Optimo declared this weekend that his repository would overturn this policy and accept theme submissions once again following a long hiatus:

Theme creators that hosted packages on ModMyi or ZodTTD/MacCiti previously can submit any updates to their packages to the BigBoss repository instead. Users of these packages shouldn’t notice any hiccups while updating since the previous repositories to host them have been permanently-archived to Cydia’s servers.

Optimo’s latest update also repeats a key point from earlier in the week that the BigBoss repository will continue operating until it stops generating the income necessary to pay for server costs, etc.

“Times are tough no doubt, and all the repos are affected; our ad-supported business model may not be ideal, but it’s taken us far,” he explained in a public statement via Reddit. “My repo will continue business as normal until that’s no longer a business that works. I plan to keep the community fully apprised should something serious happen to those plans, but the future is sort of unknown really. I will keep working closely with Saurik, as we have throughout this transition.”

Whether the end of jailbreaking approaches rapidly or not remains to be seen. There’s undoubtedly a downward spiral, but a glimmer of hope still exists that someone, somewhere will rescue the community with another season of jailbreaking just as Luca Todesco did with iOS 10 last year. As Optimo puts it, things are just too “uncertain” these days.

One hacker recently demoed a jailbreak running on the iPhone X, signifying that jailbreaking Apple’s latest lineup of handsets is still possible. On the other hand, this was merely a proof of concept and unlikely to get released to the public. Many hackers opt to sell their exploits to bug bounty programs rather than building jailbreak tools because it’s a profitable venture.

Given the way things are going as of late, are you pleased to see the BigBoss repository accepting theme-based packages once more? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • AngryDingo

    “Themes” on cydia. What a joke.

    Sure, 5% of the themes were well done & beautiful. Worth paying a premium.

    45% of “themes” were done by idiots screengrabbing crappy pictures off a web browser and doing the job of an alcoholic three year old in removing the background.

    The other 50% of “themes” were someone taking two of the aforementioned crappy pics and alternating them for every icon. “I did this ‘Wolverine’ theme. Enjoy.” It’s two pictures of Wolverine alternating for the theme. The worst part was looking at the stats and seeing 400 people downloaded that theme.

    I hated trying to find a good theme on Cydia. So many stupid people uploading scores of crappy themes every day. Search was useless. Had to go to ModMyI and look for a theme there.

    • Donato Bearint

      Just a stupid long winded comment with no point.

  • Vinnie Bones

    IOS 12 or 13 will put the final nail in the coffin for jailbreaking

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      That’s what they said with iOS 9 and 10.

      • Vinnie Bones

        7 still doesn’t have a stable JB and we’re on iPhone 10.. yeah I stand corrected.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Jailbreaking doesn’t have a promised stable version. You make me laugh. I’m just fortunate to even get one.

      • Vinnie Bones

        Well you do you buddy.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Stop misleading others with like the worlds gonna end then punk

  • David Gow

    I totally miss my jb

  • Calvin King

    Retired my 6 plus, still jailbroken on 9.3.5, gotta note ? 8. I’m very impressed, no need for root.

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