One of Apple's Christmas wishes has been answered.
According to a report from TorrentFreak, Hackulous, a community for cracked iPhone and iPad software, has closed its doors for good. In the process, the brains behind Hackulous have shut down their web-based index Apptrackr and their iOS app Installous.
These services have apparently been given the chop due to a lack of activity from the pirating community.
"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," the Hackulous team revealed in a statement.
"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."
The phoenix rises
Cupertino-based Apple can't celebrate just yet, however.
Two new piracy avenues, entitled Zeusmos and Kuaiyong, have opened up following the death of Hackulous, and neither of them requires you to have a jailbroken iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to install cracked apps.
According to the 15-year-old developer of one of these new services, though, he hasn't created it with piracy in mind.
In fact, the service has apparently been designed to allow you to install homebrew apps without your having to fork out for an Apple Developer account.
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