Hackulous shuts down: The beginning of the end of Jailbreaking?

Update: to install cracked apps on jailbroken iOS, read our article on iFunbox.

Today, the Hackulous team announced on its site that it is shutting down, bringing down its most popular apps in the process: Installous and AppSync.

In what seems like a small victory against app piracy, and although the reasons behind the shut down are quite murky, Hackulous claims that the shutdown is due to the difficulty to moderate it’s forums and the fact that it’s users are dwindling.

The short message left by the Hackulous team on the website reads as follow:

Goodnight, sweet prince.
We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence.

With lots of love,
Hackulous Team

Installous was the quickest and easiest way to install cracked apps onto one’s iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. At this time, it appears that the Hackulous repo is down, meaning that you can’t install Installous or AppSync anymore, those two apps being necessary to install cracked apps from third party pirate sites.

This is just a small victory against app piracy in general. While it is certain that other developers will pick up where Hackulous stopped, the fact that there is no untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, and more specifically no jailbreak at all for the iPhone 5 might be one of the reasons why Hackulous is shutting down.

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