After a long period of silence from Saurik himself, it now appears that the Electra Team is moving forward with plans for an alternative to Cydia as a third-party extension store.
The Electra Team calls their project “Sileo,” and it will be a full-featured, user-friendly GUI in which jailbreakers can search for and download new jailbreak tweaks, themes, and much more.
Teaser footage shared via CoolStar’s YouTube channel demonstrates the Sileo user interface in action:
Looks beautiful, right?
According to CoolStar, Cydia only works with iOS 11 because of the countless “band-aids, zip ties, and velcro” that were implemented to make it so. Given that it’s no longer being maintained by Saurik as actively as it once was, the Electra Team believes that it’s time for a fresh start.
Sileo has been carefully crafted with 64-bit devices in mind; that said, it will only work on jailbroken iOS 11 devices. Those jailbroken on iOS 10 and earlier will continue to use Cydia, as Sileo will not be made backward-compatible.
Safe Mode and Substitute will both be getting updates on Electra shortly.— CoolStar (@coolstarorg) July 16, 2018
Substitute will be getting a long-needed stability fix.
Safe Mode will be getting the redesign it needed as the current safe mode design was a dumb meme that was quickly thrown together
Sileo will only support iOS 11. It is designed with modern iOS and modern 64 bit command line tools + libraries in mind.— CoolStar (@coolstarorg) July 16, 2018
iOS 10 and older will not be supported as we won’t support using saurik’s 10 year old 32 bit tools with Sileo
It’s also worth mentioning that Sileo works seamlessly with your existing setup. It will recognize all the purchases you’ve made in Cydia previously, and the new interface should cooperate nicely with your favorite repositories, including Packix.
Your Cydia purchases will also be accessible from Sileo.— Pwn20wnd (@Pwn20wnd) July 16, 2018
All of your old packages and your setup will stay when switching to Sileo!— Pwn20wnd (@Pwn20wnd) July 16, 2018
CoolStar also mentions that the team is working on Safe Mode and Substitute replacements for iOS 11, and this is exciting news for jailbreakers that are concerned about installing potentially-harmful packages.
Source: coolstar [Twitter]