jailbroken iphone 4s

Since we closely cover the jailbreak community here at iDB, we are often asked by readers what apps and tweaks we have installed. Between us, we probably try a dozen new tweaks a week, or more, so sometimes we have stuff on our devices that others may not know about.

With that in mind, you can only imagine how often Saurik, the founder of Cydia, gets asked what packages he has installed on his device. Well for those of you wondering, he answered the question last night in a Reddit thread and his list of tweaks is actually pretty interesting…

In the subreddit r/jailbreak, user riley_collins started the thread ‘[Request] A list of Saurik’s tweaks and themes he currently has installed!’ And sure enough, Saurik respondedto the request by not only listing the packages he has installed, but also fielding a handful of questions.

First, here are the tweaks:

“Cydget (PhotoExample, CyDialer), Cyntact, Cyueue, Veency, Five Icon Dock, WinterBoard (None), RingerX VIP, Voicemail Forwarder, Safari Download Manager, Barrel (Roll-Away), Activator (Volume HUD Tap = iWhiteboard, Volume Both Up/Down = SpringFlash, Status Swipe = SBSettings (Serious SBSettings HD)), Bars, CallBar, DietBar, DietBulletin, f.lux, FlashyStatus, FolderCloser, GlyphPatch, Graviboard, Harlem Shake, LowPowerBanner, MarkThatMessage, NoCoverFlow, NoNewsIsGoodNews, OpenNotifier (Messages), Password Pilot Pro, Sleep to Lock, SwitcherMod, Tab+, TetherStatus, TypeStatus, TypingPrivacy, YourTube, 3G Unrestrictor.”

Looking at the list, you might think that Saurik hasn’t updated to iOS 7 yet. And you’d be right. He explains in the Reddit thread that he’s not quite sure what to do about iOS 7, and he is hesitant to upgrade due to changes Apple made to mobile Safari and other elements of the new OS.

“I am not certain what to do about iOS 7. Apple ruined the web browser by adding the “scroll up for navbar” feature: it is horribly distracting and entirely useless. I could just remove it, but they also bring up a solid bar now with the back button… :(. On iOS 6 they simply nailed it: the HUD was entirely gone except for a few transparent buttons that were always present; I seriously now do most of my browsing on my iPhone (I’m typing this response on my iPhone, in fact), but I simply can’t use iOS 7 Safari. When I have time I might try to do some major surgery to “fix it”, but until then I am on iOS 6. (That said, I also rely on a ton of these extensions, and only very recently have some of them been ported. iOS 7 also screwed up the address book, and they use colors everywhere like red… red means “this is dangerous or is an error”, not “edit my alarm”. I’m just distraught.)”

The entire thread is really worth checking out, as Saurik responds to a few other questions and comments as well. I found his response to a comment regarding him having the Harlem Shake tweak installed particularly interesting, as he says he uses it in jailbreak demonstrations.

On a related note, Saurik posted an update for WinterBoard this evening with fixes for status bar issues. For more details, check out our post, or you can simply grab the update from Cydia’s Changes tab.

Thanks Jack Brown!

  • Johnny V

    Any ETA For Cyntact?

    • Just like his other tweaks, never….

      • Johnny V

        That Sucks I Love Cyntact…Sigh =[

  • DanielMaciasJr

    LowPowerBanner. TypeStatus. HarlemShake. BMarksBar. AltKeyBoard. Giffy. Dater. These were all great on the iOS 6 jailbreak. Hoping for some updates.

  • joshhami

    would love Cyueue for iOS 7

    • Subrath

      Wow Saurik reads and posts on this blog. Yes, please Saurik update Cyueue, it is hands down one of the best jailbreak tweaks for music lovers.

  • Rudy

    Great list but i must add BiteSMS !!!

  • jack

    Wow I totally disagree with him. The new Safari is great.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Nope he’s totally spot on with everything he said. The new Safari takes up way too much screen real estate…

      • onebyone_

        Like I said in other post “Safari iOS7 on iPad really sux, hate the big-white-static-ugly-bar! ”
        I agree with you and Saurik.

      • Nobeef

        one word: chrome for ios

      • SnB_Assassin

        That Was More Than One Word

    • Arnaud Nelissen

      Hahaha he is thinking we must scroll up to show the navbar… He certainly doesn’t know we only have to tap once near the bottom of the screen to do the same thing. It is that easy.

      • Andy

        I never knew you could do that. I guess you learn something every day 🙂

      • Jeremy

        Ditto that – thank you! Huge help!

      • Arnaud Nelissen

        I am pleased that it could help some of you! 🙂

      • smtp25

        for shame 🙁 ditto for me 🙂

      • No. I am complaining that scrolling up brings up the navbar: scrolling up should not bring up the navbar, because it means that attempting to read long articles, or even scroll back/forth through comment threads, leads to large percentages of your screen realestate semi-randomly getting taken away and then being uncovered again. Most irritatingly, it is the specific place on the screen you are probably staring (the top) that, as you scroll up, is suddenly taken away when the navbar decides to animate into the screen. It is horribly distracting and entirely pointless, totally removing the “full screen” feature that iOS 6 Safari had finally introduced. The goal then is not to quickly get to the navbar, the goal is for there to be fewer ways to get the navbar: I am trying to read a web page on a small screen… the navbar on iOS 6 was simply /gone/, which was perfect. Additionally, the toolbar on iOS 6 was designed in a way that allowed for a true “full screen” browsing mode (with just some small transparent buttons) in landscape and only a tiny bar at the bottom (static) in portrait. On iOS 7 Apple now has these bars that keep appearing and disappearing as you are trying to scroll through a large web page. You don’t fix this by saying “you can get the bars by also doing this”: that is yet another problem with the UI, not a feature. iOS 6 already had a way to get the bar: you click the /top/, which a rolls you to the top of the page, where you could get access to the navbar if you actually needed it.

      • Arnaud Nelissen

        I’m sorry I misunderstood you, I totally agree that the fullscreen feature should be implemented in iOS7, it could be great to use with the new previous/next gestures.

        Let’s hope Apple read this thread before iOS 8, or that you create a tweak

      • Danilo Tomicioli

        I think they’ve read half of this ‘bug report’, cause on iOS 8 the Safari mobile app is way better!

      • Antzboogie

        I wish we could put whatever firmware we wanted on our Apple devices 🙁

      • Neonomide

        I thoroughly agree on the Safari problem, it’s supremely distracting in iOS 7 and Chrome. I used fullscreen safari in iOS 6 with three tap activation for totally non-interface browsing and it worked perfectly. Everything extra in a tiny screen IS a distraction, and should be safely eliminated.

        I cannot see how people would not consider a upper screen eating interface an distraction. Having a smallish screen is one thing, but making it seem smaller is just stupid. I personally check Cydia every day for iOS 7 fullscreen Safari update, it would fix it all for me.

        Otherwise, iOS 7 seems ok for me. And it keeps getting better each day, thanks to Cydia!

      • inknzvl

        The bottom navbar is annoying to me when reading in landscape mode. And the tap at the bottom to bring navbar is also annoying -at first- because you are taping a link at the bottom and nothing happens but, the navbar appears. It took me a few tries to figure out the the tap did not pick up the link.

    • Some people like the “scroll up to get access to bars” feature. This is, in fact, becoming a more common feature. It is not a good feature, but I appreciate that if you really need access to that bar a lot having it appear as you scroll up is likely a more intuitive way to discover getting access to it quickly than having to scroll all the way to the top (which you can do instantly using the status bar tap, but most iOS users don’t even know that that works, so they likely laboriously scroll lists to the top wishing there was a feature like “scroll up to get access to bars”).

      • Eikast

        When you scroll up keep your finger on the screen and the nav bar doesn’t pop up.

      • Stan_the_man7

        i was about to say that, good job!

      • Nate McKelvie

        Your right, but it’s also harder to scroll if you can’t just swipe, and instead have to hold and pull

  • hopelessly outdated

  • SimonReidy

    I have massive respect for Saurik, but its interesting how someone so technically proficient could be content with being stuck in the past (for pretty unusual reasons too). Still on iOS6 because of Safari? why not try Chrome+Nitrous+browser changer?

    I’m pretty sure Saurik cant be serious about hating the red text in contacts – (because its synonymous with error messages). So is the colour blue on Windows, because of it’s infamous “Blue screen of death” but there is blue everywhere in Windows 8 🙂

    • Rick Kreuk

      Stuck in the past? iOS 6 feels more modern and most af all more stable. I wouldn’t call choosing for a better system “being stuck in the past”.

      • leart

        Very happy in the past 😉

      • leart

        Ios 7 users admire the beauty of the ios 6 icons 🙂

      • Rick Kreuk

        This is a screen from my iPhone 5 on iOS 6. If it somehow gets updated… It won’t survive my rage. I LOVE iOS 6 (and anything before). -edit- Why did it attach the image two times? I don’t know. -/edit-

      • therealjjohnson

        More stable? You have crashes on your ios 7 device? I have never had a single one.

      • Rick Kreuk

        Good for you! I can’t go a single day without a random springboard crash. The problem is present on all devices and it is most severe on A7. On iOS 6 my stability record was over two months without a respring/reboot, on iOS 7 it’s three days.

      • smtp25

        I have ipad3,ipad air, iphone4S and don’t have random springboard crashes.. app closing out yes sometimes springboard very rarely

      • leart

        Usually I use only zephyr, zeppelin and ncsettings and I had only one crash when I used zephyr to fast, that’s it, it was the last one, it was more than a year ago 😛

      • Mohammad Afzal

        Is there any way to downgrade to ios6 from ios7.

      • Rick Kreuk

        Not on A5+. Only iPhone 4 is downgradeable if SHSH bolbs and APTickets were saved.

    • Sandy Cook

      Working how the user wants is more important than being hip

    • If you read the comment thread, I explain that I gave Chrome a good long shot, and that it sucks. Frankly, your comment is horribly unfair: I provided a concrete reason for why the #1 most important feature of the device is better on iOS 6. There is nothing on iOS 7 that is an improvement for me… it isn’t like iOS 7 is somehow some magic future technology that is fundamentally superior to iOS 6. You act like not having upgraded to iOS 7 yet is some horribly crippling act of self-harm, like if I were “stuck in the past” using leaches to try to cure my cold rather than working with modern medicine…. you can’t possibly be serious.

      • Matthew Cooper

        How can u argue with Saurik? The man created Cydia….Cydia!!!!!

      • Ted Forbes

        No he cant be serious. These are the kind of people that have nothing to offer except to distract everyone with their silly tantrums.

      • SimonReidy

        You’re spot on as always Saurik. I genuinely apologise.

      • SimonReidy

        I should add to that – I hated the look and functionality of iOS6 well before iOS7 was announced, and wile iOS7 is far from perfect, I find it to be several orders of magnitude better than iOS6 in nearly every area (especially now that most tweaks are updated)

        However I totally acknowledge your usage would heavily differ from mine, and I can see how you would still need the ios6 tweaks you mention.

  • Tom

    I shudder to imagine how laggy his phone must be!

    • Substrate extensions do not make things laggy unless they are themselves poorly designed and on some critical code path doing something slow: that’s one of the cool things about Substrate extensions… they are exactly as powerful as Apple making the change.

      • Tom

        So lag is very much a case of quality over quantity then?

  • Abdl

    So saurik didnt update to iOS 7 just because of safari. Smh

    • Sandy Cook

      You must have stopped reading before the mentions the other reasons

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Saurik is a developer. Why not just fix Safari for all of us? Or do what I’ve done and switch to the dark side with Google Chrome. I did so mainly because there is a download manager tweak in Cydia though where as afaik there are no such tweaks for Safari yet…

    • iOS Chrome sucks (I talk about this in the comment thread), and there have been download managers for Safari since iOS 3: you will note that Safari Download Manager is even on the list of extensions I have installed. I also specifically state, even in the part quoted in this article, that when I have time I will have to look into fixing it: clearly I’ve been hard at work just updating everything else… you are implying in your comment that I have an infinite amount of time :(.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Firstly sorry if I offended you (I had no such intentions).

        Secondly I actually like Google Chrome (I respect your different opinion though).

        Thirdly by Safari download managers I was referring to ones that work with iOS 7 (sorry for not clarifying that).

        Lastly I have no idea how you spend your time so again I’m sorry if I offended you, thanks for considering to fix the issues Safari has though.

  • leart

    Harlem Shake is one of the most coolest and stupid thing in the same time , love it 🙂

  • Cameron Chao

    ios 7 safari is way better than ios 6 safari.

  • therealjjohnson

    I dislike when people say apple “ruined” something just because it’s not the same as it was before. Or that it’s not to your liking anymore. With the wide number of people using safari on iOS 7 devices across the world…I doubt “ruined” is the correct word. Changed is more like it. It’s ok not to like some changes…but let’s put things into perspective.

    • They ruined it for me. Maybe they made it better for you. That is what I’d call “perspective”: realizing that “changes” are subjective, and that what is a good thing for one person might be horrible for someone else; I was asked by various people why I was still on iOS 6, and I expressed my personal issue with iOS 7: it is disappointing to me that you don’t seem to consider them valid issues just because for you the same changes do not affect you or are potentially even an improvement.

      • therealjjohnson

        It’s possible we may have a misunderstanding. I believe that you have very valid concerns for your personal use. Im not in love with all the changes. The statement in the article however said they ruined safari and that was isaid (in he piece above) very finite. It’s not the overall consensus. My “dislike” was geared toward definite statements given to products and features that a vast majority actually enjoy. If the statement was followed by a “for me” it would have taken totally different. Peace!
        (And Thanks for responding!)

  • Torch

    I bought new iPhone 5 with iOS 6 today… I do hate iOS 7 after five months…

  • JS3

    you would think that the creator of cydia itself, would have multiple phones… including a daily 100% stable phone “the 5s” and then a few jailbreak test phones for demos and developing and what not…. thats a heck of a list of tweaks i will say lol…

    • I do own many devices for testing. However, you seem to be feeling like my normal phone should be something that is not jailbroken or doesn’t have much software on it so that it is “100% stable”. First: it isn’t actually important that my primary phone is “100% stable” anyway… the occasional failure is a non-issue, so I normally use my primary device for testing my own stuff so I know it actually works “in the long haul”. Second, the stuff I describe isn’t “unstable”; there is an occasional bug in Safari Download Manager, but it only comes up when you are using it… it isn’t like my phone randomly crashes. Finally, my primary device right now cannot be an iPhone 5S due to iOS 7 Safari.

  • Jimothy

    I’m somewhat surprised that he doesn’t have Mobile Terminal on his phone. Unless he just didn’t mention it.

    • I have not used MobileTerminal since iOS 4: I switched to iSSH and then (despite it not working very well) Prompt. For a while there was no build of MobileTerminal that worked, and recent builds removed the key features that made the original version of MobileTerminal interesting (the complex gesture support). With recent versions of MobileTerminal there are even tons of key combinations you simply can’t press at all. I recommend switching to a “real client” like iSSH.

      • Jimothy

        Thank you for your recommendation. 🙂

      • Zzyzxd

        However, MobileTerminal seems to be the only choice to connect to localhost in iOS 7. Apps in App Store can no longer do this since there are some changes in the sandboxing model, I guess?

  • Don Reid

    Kanye West!

  • Alberto Espinal

    I’m surprised that he is still there, IOS 6 is like a car from the 80’s and i bet you he has an Iphone 4s still.

    • Rick Kreuk

      So we can’t use an iOS firmware that’s not even a year old (6.1.3/6.1.4), yet using Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 is fine (manufacturers are even offering computers already running 7)? Everyone’s individual taste is different. With Windows, you have the choice. Too bad that’s not the case with iOS. I think Saurik is awesome for staying on iOS 6.

    • Ted Forbes

      You guys are very narrow minded, think broader and stop wasting this opportunity and precious time.

      So whats wrong if someone choses to stay on 4s, You might ot have a reason to stay on iOS 6 or 4s and It might not be your preference, there are people who would have no problem with that.

      In spite of my 5, 5c and 5s I still own a 2g, 3g, 3gs, 4, 4s as well as 5, 5c,and 5s. But reason unknowing to you I still take my 4s wherever I go. Why is that a problem with you?

  • Prasoon Singh

    I wish someone would make the weather widget for the notification center.

  • One might say this is why jailbreaking is bad. Saurik has literally bastardized his iPhone interface to the point that the new updates confuse and frighten him.

    I, on the other hand, slipped right into iOS 7 and can’t imagine anyone using iOS 6 on purpose now.

    This doesn’t really make the point you were hoping for.

  • inknzvl

    I was stuck in iOS 6 until recently. Waiting for my main tweaks to be updated to ios 7 -Activator, My3g, TetherMe (yep my carrier wants me to pay them for hotspot). Not a deal breaker tweaks that I needed, Flux, Springtomize (just updated), Full Force (they say is updated but didn’t work on the only app I needed 🙁 ), SBSettings, etc 🙂
    iOS 7 is not a step into the future as many think. We jailbreakers have had most of ios 7 “new features” since ios 5. So if a new ios breaks/changes what I need most, I just wait until things are updated.
    P.S. Screen shot of my home screen.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      Tetherme works for me on the 5s! Activator is updated and 3G unrestrictor works

      • inknzvl

        Yes Mike thanks.
        I did not explain my self well. I already have installed those tweaks. What I meant is that I did wait until those tweaks were ready for iOS 7 before I updated my phone.
        There are lots more that are iOS 7 ready but I found they are still buggy. So I just stick with esentials for now.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        Im still waiting for a3 tweaks to update Apex and supposedly they’re going to remake Auxo. and then of course, intelliscreen.

  • ed

    is there anyway to hide the dock? like swipedock used to.

  • Guest

    is there any tweek that can hide the dock? like swipedock used to

  • David J Delgado

    Why are people even arguing with Saurik? The man knows his stuff, and he doesn’t like certain bits about iOS 7. Everyone is different and I can account for a handful of people I know myself who find iOS 7 to be an eyesore and who would rather keep iOS 6 on their phones. Heck, one of my employees is holding onto iOS 6 for dear life. I jokingly tried to update the phone and she almost hit me with a chair. Everyone has their own taste, and at one point I wasn’t a fan of a lot of things iOS 7 had to offer, at least in its beta stages. I think at this point I’ve become more used to it, than actually chosen it over iOS 6. Do I miss iOS 6? not really. Do I think iOS 7 was a huge upgrade over it? not at all.

  • RafaelMelo

    I still have not updated to iOS 7 because there are a mot of tweaks outdated, when should I update before its too late? (By that I meann iOS 7.1)

  • James Brown

    Can any 1 tell me how to unthrottle on AT&T please!!! Help

  • Gabriel Schwartz

    Cyntact? It’s not supported on iOS 7 so it’s interesting how he is using this tweak

    • mkfrns

      hes still on ios6, says it in the article

  • Waleed

    I want graviboard for ios 7.
    Also somebody should make a tweak to make navigation bar stay on screen always in SAFARI. 🙂

  • Snakedoctor729

    TIL about Iwhiteboard. Ios7/arm64 compatible. Now I can mark up my screenshots before I take them. Cool.

  • Matthew Fritz

    Anyone know of a listing of tweaks with descriptions and compatibility? So many are cryptically named with no hint as to function or compatibility.

  • InactiveUser

    Saurik or any developer. If you have free time, a great thing may be a full screen for safari (on iPad). Just saying.

  • obada

    You can easily install Google Chrome from the AppStore and disegard Safari

  • riazbapoo

    hahaha saurik is in crap now that 7.0.5 is out

  • Deco9

    wifi analyser , please

  • Danilo Tomicioli

    I just wanna know if TODAY (7/11/2015) Saurik still got stucked on iOS 6… LMAO