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With two major offline repositories shutting down, iPhone jailbreak may soon be on its way out.

Since its first release, the iPhone restricted users in a way that the Android devices didn't. The iPhone didn't allow much customization of its features and users were limited to apps available on the App Store. Because of this iOS jailbraking grew, removing restrictions on Apple's operating system.

 
 

The proliferation of jailbreaking raised questions on whether or not the process was ethical or legal. The U.S. Copyright Office eventually ruled that users were allowed to jailbreak their phones with no threat of sanction.

Cydia became a major player in jailbreaking, becoming an alternative to the App Store. It enabled users to install a variety of apps from different sources onto their jailbroken devices. A majority of these apps are stored on three repositories, including ModMyi Cydia and ZodTTC/MacCiti.

However, ModMy Editor-in-Chief Dennis Bednarz just announced last week that the ModMyi Cydia Repository has been archived. He cited server costs as one of the reasons for the move, explaining that the money generated by the repository was not enough even to keep it non-profit.

ZodTTD/MacCiti also announced recently that they would be shutting down. With two major repositories closing, jailbreaking may soon become a thing of the past.

However, Apple has since improved their operating system, even lowering the demand for jailbreak. New and improved features are satisfying more users, lessening the need to jailbreak to get what they want. On top of that, each new release from Apple featured added security. Since it was launched over two months ago, iOS 11 still hasn't been cracked by jailbreakers.