When Jay Freeman, known as Saurik on the internet, first launched Cydia in February 2008, it was the first app store for the Iphone. Apple first launched the App Store in July of that year. Due to the iOS closure, Cydia has required the user to jailbreak the system since the start.
Jay Freeman believes this means a breach of competition, and that Apple has an illegal monopoly on software distribution for iOS. Therefore, he has now filed a lawsuit against the company in the federal district court in Northern California.
Jay Freeman is represented by the same company that Samsung hired during the long patent dispute against Apple: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan.
“If it were not for Apple’s anti-competitive establishment and maintenance of an illegal monopoly over iOS app distribution, users today would have been able to choose how and where to obtain iOS apps, and developers could have used the distributors they want,” the lawyers write in the lawsuit.
Jay Freeman says Washington Post that he considers Apple’s actions immoral:
– It’s your phone and you should be able to do whatever you want with it. You should be able to decide which programs you install on it, and where to get those programs.