If you have been in the iPhone/iPod Touch jailbreak scene long enough you’re probably quite familiar with Installer.app, made by RipDev, the default package manager for iPhone OS 1.1.1-1.1.4. Sure Cydia was around then too, but came pretty late to the game and never seemed to catch a lot of momentum. More or less it felt like an unnecessary burdon to use Cydia back then because there was little distributed for it.
Skip forward in time to iPhone OS 2.0 release. All the developers are working hard to get the new software jailbroken and make unofficial third-party apps to the masses. The first to become compatible was what is now the default and preferred source of jailbreak apps, Cydia. Now Cydia is in every jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch, essentially swapping places with Installer to become the preferred source of apps. The very late to be released Installer for 2.0 has now become a waste of time to install.
Now I’m sure you’ve seen iPhone 3.0 Beta jailbreaks from QuickPwn, we’ve featured them on the site before. All of the beta jailbreaks include Icy, RipDev’s latest jailbreak app manager. If this trend continues when iPhone OS 3.0 is officially released I have no doubt in my mind once the 3.0 jailbreak is discovered Icy will be the first thing on your iPhone/iPod Touch. Now the question is, will Icy bring RipDev back in the spotlight or will Cydia maintain it’s reign?