Cydia is a software application that runs on iOS which allows people to find and install software packages on a jailbroken iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Many of the software packages on Cydia are free. Note: I have not installed and tested these myself because my iPhone is not jailbroken. I have simply researched the functionality of the apps available for Cydia and hand-picked the ones that sound like they would be useful for the end-user. Below is a list of over 120 of the best Cydia apps (note: this article has been updated on June 6, 2012 from over 80 of the best Cydia apps to 120)
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If you have an iPhone and encountered a problem when trying to update or restoring your device called error 3194. This error is especially common if you are using Cydia. You can fix the problem by removing the Cydia SHSH caching server from your host file.
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Mozilla will be supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation to push for the legalization of iPhone jailbreaking with the U.S. Copyright Office. Mozilla CEO John Lilly stated that “choice is good for users, and choice shouldn’t be criminalized.” Jailbreaking an iPhone means that the device can accept software that is external from what is offered on iTunes. Apple believes that accepting any external software is a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).
“This is not us criticizing Apple,” stated Mozilla CEO John Lilly. “But it’s the principle of the thing. Choice is good for users, and choice shouldn’t be criminalized. The Internet is too important for all of us for that.”
Some of the popular applications available on jailbroken iPhone applications include tethering applications.
Mozilla may have a bias against Apple because developing a browser for the iPhone would require them to use the Webkit rendering engine used for Safari. “Given the choice, would we work on a platform where the sole company controlling it makes us unwelcome, or would we work on a platform, like Linux, where we are welcome? The answer is going to be easy for us,” Lilly stated in an interview with Computerworld.
Even if the U.S. copyright office grants jailbroken iPhones from being legal, Mozilla is still unlikely going to develop a browser for the iPhone. This is the same case with Opera Software ASA. It was reported earlier that Apple blocked Opera’s web browsing application from being added to the iTunes App Store. Other companies supporting the EFF include Skype and Cydia.