Ever since we first saw the sneak preview of Ryan Petrich’s CydiaBulletin, we’ve wanted something like it.

Now it looks like having notifications for Cydia updates is finally a reality, even if it’s not exactly as Petrich had envisioned.

Aptdate is a new jailbreak tweak that will be soon available on Cydia, which provides banner notifications to alert you when there are updates in Cydia.

We’ve given it a spin on video, check out our walkthrough inside…

Due to there being no updates in Cydia at the time of my walkthrough, I wasn’t able to put the tweak through the paces; though, I was able to test it out in a limited fashion.

From what I could tell, Aptdate worked as advertised. Now I’m just waiting for one of the repos to be updated to see how it works under pressure.

The developer, Adam D (aka thekirbylover), let me know that Aptdate should alert you for “every repo set up in Cydia”. I’m assuming this includes 3rd party repos as well.

Perhaps this tweak will urge Ryan Petrich to release CydiaBulletin (hey, he recently teased an iPad release!), but I’ve heard there are some interesting logistics behind its release that could be keeping it in limbo.

Until then, there’s Aptdate, a very promising looking tweak that will be released soon on Cydia’s ModMyi repo. Oh, and did I mention that it will be free?

What do you think? Do you want to be alerted via a banner notification whenever there’s an update in Cydia?

  • Anonymous

    Just the way I like the tweaks I install, FREE! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to getting it.

  • great

  • Anonymous

    hey Jeff,

    will you update this article as soon as the tweak is public or will you write a separate one?

  • Cool

  • Awesome. Ryan petrich must be wondering why he didn’t release cydia bulletin by now. Must be like 2 months or so when iDB done review on cydia bulletin. Ryan mate your slow. Hope this hits cydia soooon.

  • Push Notifications is the ONLY spot I think Cydia has been lacking in, so I’m REALLY looking forward to this tweak!

    • what about tweak reviews. or at least a star rating system?

  • Jeff, what camera do you use to record these? Half of why I watch all your videos is because of the ridiculously good quality of the videos

  • Just so it let’s me know there are updates to the items I have installed! Not every darn thing Cydia offers!


  • Anonymous

    i know facebook is rubbish but its an easy way for me to get my iDB updates πŸ™‚ however, as of today, every link you’ve posted has given the following error:

    “Either this application has not configured its Mobile Web URL or the URL could not be verified as owned by the application. Unable to redirect”

    and its only happening with iDB, all other subscribed pages are working as normal.

    actually, scrub that a couple of others are also showing the same error. stupid facebook :-/

    • Anonymous

      sorry, scrub that, a couple of other subscribed pages are showing the same error. stupid facebook :-/

      • Switch to Twitter then follow @iDownloadBlog

      • Anonymous

        thanks for replying and your suggestion, i did use that option but to be honest i can’t stand the banality of Twitter and as the majority of my social content is piped through to, or directly from, facebook, it’s the easiest solution for me at the moment. as i said, this ‘error’ had never appeared before today and it’s only happening with two other subscribed feeds so im hoping FB will resolve whatever issue is causing this. I have a bookmark on my homescreen to iDB already so just using that for now πŸ™‚

  • samuel amakye

    On another note Jeff, i was updating my cydia apps yesterday on my iphone 4 running 5.0.1 and after i rebooted, my phone continuously keeps rebooting. I have tried ssh, ifunbox and hard reset but nothing seems to help. Please help

    • Anonymous

      try dfu mode and restore with itunes

      • samuel amakye

        i tried .. i get error 3194

      • Anonymous

        if you have TinyUmbrella instaled make sure that you have unchecked
        “Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit”

      • samuel amakye

        Yeah sorry if i didnt make myself clear. i tried restoring with itunes cos i have my SHSH blobs saved but itunes gave me error 3194 during the process of restoring then i used ifaith and boom i was able to restore to 5.0.1. Thanks for your help though πŸ™‚

      • Anonymous

        Congrats! πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous

    Nice. I check for updates almost daily. So this will be a nice addition so I don’t have to make that a routine thing. **But I like James’ point….I don’t want to know of every item in Cydia that is updated..only the apps or tweaks I have installed. Any word on that? Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      that tweak will only push notifications if an update for your installed tweaks is available πŸ˜‰
      otherwise it wouldn’t make sense…

  • You should have called yourself.Jeff-The Hand because you have a hands on the newest tweaks in Cydia.Can i be your Beta-Tester haha.Hands up….Just kidding!!. Like your reviews and keep up your good work!!.Best site for iphone thus far!!!Nice mix of News and Jailbreak

  • Dan

    will surely get this one, still not on the repos

  • updates to all all tweaks etc also notified, or only tweaks i installed? i prefer latter

  • this is cool

  • will this drain more battery? how often does it check for updates?

    • Anonymous

      that’s like asking how long is a piece of string πŸ™‚ i would think it depends on how many tweaks you have installed and how often they’re updated and, as you say, the frequency of checking. i can’t see how it would drastically affect battery performance. if you’re already flooded with notifications for email, social network and app store updates and you don’t notice much of a hit then i can’t see this being any different.

      • Neil Popson

        If the banner updates are actually pushed to the device from a server – the impact would be negligible… What it probably does though, is download package details in a similar fashion to how Cydia does, which *could* certainly cause battery drain.

      • Anonymous

        on that point i agree, if it pushes the whole package reload like at launch then i won’t bother with it unless i can specify a check interval.

  • Fernando Santos

    Can anyone tell me the source???

  • Hey Jeff,
    I love you!!! You are so awesome and I think that this tweak will be greatly appreciated.