iMods package installer generated a lot of hype back in 2014. Here’s the latest update regarding the project as its developers decide to open-source it.
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iMods goes open-source
The developer team behind this package installer have completely abandoned the project. The lead developer of the project, John, just open-sourced it on Github.
For the uninitiated, iMods was a Cydia alternative and was touted as a complete replacement for it.
The developers hyped it up like crazy but failed to deliver anything of consequence.
Although they promised to release a pre-release beta, nothing came of it. The beta version contained a handful of packages and was entirely useless.
You can take a look at the official teaser below.
Which developers are involved in this project?
Here are the developers that were involved in this project.
- John (lead developer)
- Marcus (support)
- Matin (designer)
- Coolstar (developer)
All of these developers, excluding Coolstar, are no longer active on the scene.
It’s a shame because it was the only plausible alternative to Cydia.
It had a really modern user-interface and had relatively better capabilities and features.
What next for iMods?
iMods, as we know it, is officially dead now. The project was already dead but this is the final nail in the coffin for it. The developers will cease all development.
However, the open-source nature of this project will allow other developers to take it forward.
Taking into account the recent installer craze, some developers will surely try to port it to iOS 12 or even 11.
If you want to develop it further, you can download the package from their Github repository.
Cydia replacement for iOS 11
Coolstar recently implemented Comex’s Substitute in his jailbreak development toolkit for iOS 11. Sammy Guichelaar is also utilizing Substitute as a Substrate alternative for Installer5.
Since Saurik isn’t on good terms with these developers, he refuses to work alongside them on Cydia.
This may eventually force these developers to use iMods or its components in their tools.
What do you think – should we look for alternatives or are we better off with the good old Cydia? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
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I believe Freeman created an absolute masterpiece which has not only created a community of innovation and expression far beyond the reach of what the iPhone in its stock form has been or could ever possibly be when you think about its true potential hardware wise compared with Apple’s obvious and outright criminal level of restriction and planned obsolescence. Whether you’re a fan of the iPhone or you hate the device, I don’t think anyone will disagree that it is a masterpiece in terms of its beautiful design, ease of use, and the overall stability and performance as a result of the codependent design between the hardware its built from and the software its built on. Which is why its a god damn shame that Apple notoriously restricts just about everything it does or can do in order to increase their already obscene bottom line! We’re talking about a company that has more cash reserves than the GDP of 75% of the countries on the planet, and literally the only reason we see half of the features that have made their way on to the iPhone today was because Freeman decided that he would build an ecosystem that would give iPhone users the freedom that Apple has refused to provide time and time again. He has every right to keep substrate closed but when I found out what his reason for doing so was I laughed. Imagine if Linus decided not to give the world Linux because of the possibility of some company taking his software and creating something else which they then make a profit from. We wouldn’t have the Android os, or iOS. We wouldnt have industrial machines that run themselves or pretty much any smart devices since almost everything with a software based component which automates a particular product that doesn’t run on a Mac or Windows based machine is running some form of Linux. There are an endless amount of companies who have taken Linux and altered in some way in order to create some product that can turn a profit. Right now about 75% of all mobile devices in existence run on Linux. If he decided to keep it all to himself the tech revolution would be nowhere near what it is today. We would have Windows and Mac. So when he says that he doesn’t want the jailbreak community to become commercialized, what he really means is…. “I thoroughly enjoy having control over something that millions of people desire, and rather than allow the community the ability to take what I have created and build upon it in order to further revolutionize the jailbreak community, I’ll just keep it to myself so that I can remain relevant and God like in the iPhone development universe”. Like I said, he does have the right to keep it to himself, but it goes against the very principles upon which he created it in the first place.
Of course devs should start working on these alternate projects, since SAURIK has started considering himself a GOD which is so shameful on his part. Agree that Devs also have to look for source of Income, then what’s stopping SAURIK to make the cydia a paid version. on one hand he wants to benefit ppl and on the other hand he makes them wait like hell just to make them realise that none else can do what he can do. That is a challenge to other developers.
You are absolutely right about that. We need new alternatives and fast since jailbreak tools are already out.