Cydia creator explains why the jailbreak app store often loads very slowly
Those of you with jailbroken iPhones and iPads know well about Cydia - the unregulated by Apple third-party app catalog on iOS. It allows many of the apps you’d never see on the original App Store - tethering application, themes and others, but while Apple’s official store is pretty snappy, on Cydia you’re often forced to wait for quite a while. Jay Freeman, aka saurik, used reddit as the stage to explain why this is so and what’s happening so that it could change.
The biggest reason for the slowdown is the fact that Cydia loads its whole database with packages, which is megabytes of data every time, while the App Store only loads 25 apps at a time and offers a load more button for the rest.
Now, this allows users to quickly flick through huge lists of packages, and definitely has its benefits. The three main sources of Cydia apps are the BigBoss, ModMyi and ZodTTD repositories, and while they are relatively optimized for the task, the problem has its roots in other repos, hosted by small companies.
Turns out, the majority of Cydia users enjoy that exact freedom of adding new repositories, but sometimes those are just not hosted on a reliable server and drag down the loading process.
Finally, saurik says he’s working with the big repos to optimize their performance, and is also on your side. Take a look at the explanation below and hit the source below for all the details.
“I must say, though: it is incredibly painful to be mostly powerless to improve basic things like "download performance". People spend a lot of time complaining about things related to Cydia, whether it be "slow to update" or "horrible ads" (or any number of other things, really), and most of the time no one realizes it but I'm actually complaining right there with them, but instead at repositories. :( Regardless, I hope that people might actually see a noticeable performance increase in "download packages" over the next couple days!”
Here’s to hoping.
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