updated 05:15 am EST, Mon December 13, 2010
Jay Freeman makes announcement at 360|MacDev
Cydia creator Jay "saurik" Freeman has used the 360|MacDev conference to announce that he intends to launch a Mac App Store alternative within weeks. According to Freeman, the Cydia App store for jailbroken iPhone already caters for around 10 percent of all iPhone users, which amounts to approximately 10 million devices. Freeman plans to offer a platform for developers who are not happy with Apple's Mac App store terms and condition, which includes the initial barring of in-app purchases.
With developers effectively unable to offer a demo version of their app on the Mac App store, Freeman is hoping to offer a viable alternative solution for developers looking for more freedom. Other intended applications that might find a home on the alternate Mac App store could be open-source applications.
As the Mac platform is currently not as locked down as Apple's iOS platform, users will not need to hack their Mac systems to be able to access the Cydia Mac App store when it launches. [via PC Mag]