10 iOS 10 features that appear to be derived from the jailbreak community

By , Jun 14, 2016

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Every year, Apple updates their lineup of iOS devices with a major new firmware version. This year at WWDC 2016, Apple announced iOS 10, and it not only includes an array of new features for users to take advantage of, but it also comes with some subtle UI changes that will be easy to spot in day-to-day use as well.

Of course, when Apple adds new features to iOS, sometimes those features aren’t 100% original. Sometimes, they’ve existed in the jailbreak community for a long time in one form or another.

In this roundup, we’ll go over 10 features in iOS 10 that appear to be derived from jailbreak tweaks and have already existed for those who have been pwning their devices to get around what Apple doesn’t want you to have.

10 things iOS 10 has that jailbreakers have had

Not all of these are going to be apples to Apple comparisons, because ideas vary from one designer to the next, but it would seem that there are obvious similarities in may of the features we’re about to share with you. Please keep an open mind.

1. Third-party access to Siri

iOS 10 Siri Support for Third Party Apps

Siri is now open to developers to play with in iOS 10 thanks to a new API known as SiriKit. With it, App Store app developers have some, albeit limited, access to allowing the virtual voice-based assistant to perform actions related to third-party apps.

I want to point out that there have been no perfect solutions for this in the jailbreak community, but I felt it was worth noting that developers in the jailbreak community have built platforms and libraries that other developers have been able to use in the past to give Siri more capabilities.

One such example was AssistantExtensions, which was a library other jailbreak developers were able to use to provide Siri with the resources to answer new kinds of questions and queries that she was never able to before.

Apple’s involvement in this department means giving legitimate App Store developers the ability to integrate their apps, so it differs a little bit from how the jailbreak community used to make Siri smarter by giving her new query-answering abilities.

Nevertheless, it seems like Apple got the point that we’re over here in our own little community trying to make Siri a little more ‘open’ so she can do more than what Apple is willing to let her do.

2. Raise to wake

Wake iPhone

iOS 10 now allows iPhone users to wake up their device from a sleep simply by picking it up off of the table. This kind of technique means that it’s no longer required to press a button to wake your device up.

This is a feature that stock iPhone users have wanted forever, and already Android has a similar feature called Doze, which keeps the device asleep until you actually pick it up, but the jailbreak community also answered this request with a jailbreak tweak of its own, called FaceOff.

With this tweak, you could configure your device to go to sleep when you put it down and wake up when you pick it up, and it’s no doubt that Apple’s new iOS 10 feature is very similar in functionality to FaceOff, a tweak that jailbreakers have had access to for years.

3. Using stickers in the Messages app

iOS 10 Stickers Messages App iMessage

The all-new Messages app features are among some of the most anticipated changes in Apple’s upcoming iOS 10 operating system, and iMessage has been given a slew of new features tailored specifically for iOS users.

One of those that seems to stand out the most is the ability to use Stickers in iMessage, which is something that we’ve been given the ability to do in Facebook Messenger for years.

For whatever reason, Apple took a white to implement these into the stock iMessage experience, probably because they were busy adding those all-new Emojis to iOS 9, but the jailbreak community once again already had an answer to this disgrace.

Using a jailbreak tweak called StickerMe, jailbreakers were able to send Facebook Messenger stickers right through iMessage to the recipient, and the recipient didn’t even need to be jailbroken to receive them.

4. Modular Control Center pages

iOS 10 Modular Control Center

iOS 10 appears to bring a new dynamic to Control Center. Rather than having just one page with everything crammed into one interface, Apple seems to have made things a little more modular by providing pages that you can swipe between.

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was Auxo Legacy Edition, which was more-so an App Switcher tweak than a Control Center tweak, but it still integrated the App Switcher with Control Center and one of the features I remember was being able to swipe between the controls section of Control Center and the music section of Control Center.

The implementation looks a little different, but it has the same idea in mind. Overall, it doesn’t integrate the App Switcher into Control Center like Auxo Legacy Edition does, but you still get that page-to-page Control Center feeling in iOS 10 that you did with Auxo Legacy Edition.

5. Interactive notifications

Apple iOS 10 Lock Screen Messages Notification Peek and Pop

One of the major features listed on Apple’s website for iOS 10 is Interactive Notifications, which allows you to access much more data from a notification on the Lock screen than you’ve ever been able to in any previous release of iOS.

As soon as I saw the look and feel of the interface Apple makes, which seems to use a Messages conversation as an example, it immediately reminded me of 3D Touch Notifications.

Although I’m unsure if the Interactive Notifications in iOS 10 actually use 3D Touch for viewing purposes like the jailbreak tweak does, the interface that Apple uses to let you see more of the Messages conversation you’re replying to from the Lock screen looks almost identical to the 3D Touch Notifications tweak interface.

Whether or not they function the same way is another question entirely, but the design hints at a largely-borrowed idea that was implemented in the jailbreak community first.

6. 3D Touch for the Weather app

Apple iOS 10 Weather App 3D Touch

iOS 10 is officially letting you use 3D Touch on the Weather app’s icon from the Home screen to see the weather conditions from your specific location. You no longer have to tap on an option from a list and launch the Weather app to see the weather conditions outside.

This is an idea that existed already in jailbreak tweak form; the tweak was dubbed Shortcuts, and while we don’t have a review live on iDB about this particular tweak, it did allow those of you with jailbroken devices to 3D Touch on the Weather app icon and see the current weather conditions in your area without having to launch the Weather app outright.

Since 3D Touch is very much a young feature that only just came out last year amid a rushed iOS update, it was clear that Apple didn’t have a whole lot of time to refine features for 3D Touch, but with iOS 10, Apple is not only stepping up their game with new 3D Touch functions, but also appears to have borrowed from the jailbreak community in doing so.

Overall, Apple’s implementation looks a little nicer, but still, the idea was created far before Apple ever got to it.

7. New look and feel for Apple Music

Redesigned Apple Music iOS 10

Apple gave Apple Music a new look and feel in iOS 10, giving it a more impressive interface for music discovery and overall aesthetic, but man… it sure is hard to give Apple all the credit because jailbreakers have been modifying the look and feel of Apple Music since iOS 8.4!

With a jailbreak tweak called Gauss 2, you could give the Apple Music app on your jailbroken iPhone a complete makeover with new blur effects, text color changes, tinting changes, saturation, and much more.

Now I understand that this is more of a low blow, since Apple would have updated the Apple Music interface at some point in the future regardless, but it does go to show that the jailbreak community always seems to be one step ahead of Apple in allowing users to have something that looks and feels different.

8. ‘Write’ your messages instead of typing them

iOS 10 Write Handwritten Messages iMessage

Another major new feature of iOS 10 that you’ll find in the Messages app that seems to be derived from the jailbreak community is the ability to write your own messages via iMessage, rather than typing them out with a keyboard.

The feature allows iMessage users to literally send their own handwriting to another person, rather than typed font, but a jailbreak tweak commonly known as Grafiti allowed jailbreakers to do this for a very long time until the developer eventually stopped supporting the tweak in the latest versions of iOS.

Nevertheless, the idea existed years before Apple ever took the time to implement it, and Grafiti not only allowed you to send handwritten text to a person, but fully-drawn doodles. Moreover, you could even send them in a variety of colors.

Apple’s implementation in iOS 10 isn’t a joke, however. Apple spent a lot of time to make the animations nice and to make it seamless with the iOS keyboard in the Messages app, so those reading your messages will get to see you writing it in real time, or at least a recorded instance of you writing in real time.

9. Removing stock apps from the Home screen

Delete install stock mail ios 10

Apple has long littered the Home screen’s limited space with tons of apps that you may or may not use, and when it comes to those apps that you know you’re never going to want, such as Tips, you’ve probably always wished you could just deleted them, only to find that you needed to push them off into a folder somewhere on your Home screen just to hide it.

The jailbreak community has solved this problem for a very long time, by providing jailbreak tweaks that allow you to hide apps from the Home screen for years, such as Springtomize.

Although the solution hasn’t been to outright delete the apps, it did provide a way to hide the app icons without just putting them into a folder on your Home screen that you’re still going to have to look at on a daily basis.

Apple’s new solution, however, is much cleaner, as it lets you remove certain pre-installed apps that you know you’ll never use and actually saves storage on your device. If at any time you wanted to put them back, you’d have to reinstall those apps you deleted from the App Store.

10. Lock screen widgets

Apple iOS 10 Lock Screen Widgets

This is a big one, and it has set iOS apart from Android and various other platforms for years. Apple is finally introducing the ability to have widgets on your iPhone’s Lock screen and they’re accessed by swiping from left to right on your Lock screen.

Even though this is a feature that other platforms have had for years, that’s not to say that the jailbreak community hasn’t attempted to make the feature available for those with pwned devices in the past. Actually, they’ve been doing it for years, and there have been a slew of jailbreak tweaks for it, but by far one of the most popular was IntelliScreenX.

Although the focus of IntelliScreenX was very different, and Apple appears to be taking widgets into an entirely different direction with one for Maps, Stocks, and Weather, IntelliScreenX allowed you to have a wide variety of information available right on your Lock screen (as well as Notification Center).

Apple’s widget platform may or may not take off, however as it would seem from their attempt to push Notification Center widgets, Apple’s restrictive rules on what you can and cannot do for App Store apps seems to be hindering a lot of productive releases that users may actually enjoy using and I don’t see it being any different for the Lock screen, which is a possible place for potential security hazards.

Wrapping up

Jailbreaking has long been a fun way to get more and more out of your device, but as Apple adds more and more of these incredible features, it seems to make jailbreaking more of a novelty.

Of course, there are still plenty of things you can do with a jailbroken device that you can’t do with a stock one, the fact that we haven’t yet seen a jailbreak for most of Apple’s latest iOS releases shows that the jailbreak community is almost certainly slowing down as Apple continues to personally fill the voids that jailbreakers have complained about for years.

I’d also like to give a shout out to two iOS jailbreak tweak developers, Evan Coleman and Raviraj for providing some important screenshots from their personal beta devices that helped make this post possible.

Did we miss something? Share what else iOS 10 has borrowed from the jailbreak community in the comments below!

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  • Faisal

    You missed the Clear Cache feature

    • Mesut

      How do you use that on iOS 10, i could’t find that

      • Mee

        Woah really, is that something new you can finally do?

      • Faisal

        I’m not supposed to post links here so google “ios 10 developers clear cache” it’s on igeeksblog post.

      • Mesut

        Thank you

    • Marcus

      If this is on iOS 10 I’ll have one less reason to jailbreak…

  • Col Sanders

    Can you delay or stop a text/iMessage from being sent?

    • D. Trump

      That is one feature I miss from the old flip phones

      • Col Sanders

        One of the best reasons to jailbreak, but I’m surprised with all the message enhancements they didn’t include this

  • Christophe

    “Modular control center pages” and still no customizable toggles. Thanks Apple

    • Linton Findlay

      its a joke, one of the only things i wanted. hopefully will be added in a newer beta/ 10.1. back to jailbreak for now i guess :/

      • Jamessmooth

        will come with dark mode in 10.1. Fingers crossed!

  • siddique

    Ios 10 is just change in design no new great features expected by apple

    • Rowan09

      The ability to see traffic in navigation, avoid tolls and highways is not a great feature? Apple added some long awaited “what took you so long” features that’s very welcomed. Messages is better, mail is better, etc.

      • Albert

        What did they add in Mail? I think I missed that

      • Rowan09

        From what I saw, when on my iPad, it now looks like a thread when you send an email to another person. I’m not sure of any other features though.

      • airmanchairman

        You could tell the changes were impressive from the absolute SQUEALS of delight from journalists (who I’d say represent us users) and developers alike. The graphic that “Hair Force One” used to announce the change to MacOS from OS X was quite sneakily clever too…

      • Y2J

        Overall I was probably a little letdown, but I love the new maps. Also read receipts by convo

      • 9to5Slavery

        Avoiding tolls.. Rofl! Thats the only reason I use Waze! But the cop issue needs to be added or vehicle on shoulder

      • Rowan09

        I don’t know about the cop issue since Waze is a social navigation system, if Apple got information from Open Street Maps then they would have red light cameras, cops, etc. They need to add avoid Parkways for commercial vehicles, but I believe the avoid highways might work for that issue.

      • 9to5Slavery

        In Idaho when I traveled through it, the speed are behind the highway signs lol. And it’s not one… It’s about 4 of them, one in each lane. Cop issue is that it’s not on Apple maps to show them yet lol!

      • 9to5Slavery

        Apple does get info from Waze, just they are selective about what they put on Maps because con traversal. But use Waze because only one that spots cops. Don’t want to be caught texting or calling while driving a straight road

      • Rowan09

        Yeah they do get info from Waze and Open Street Maps as well which in my opinion is far better than Waze because it’s open source and can to tweaked to your liking. The cops thing probably won’t be added anytime soon because of reasons you stated.

      • 9to5Slavery

        And for iOS 10 I need a 2GB device minimum. iPhone 6 lagging and stuttering.. Should of sold iPhone 6 and kept my iPhone 6S w/ JB instead of returning it….Now JB is kind of out of the question.

      • siddique

        Right! but what I mean is do people care of these features ? iMessage ? I guess most people use whatsapp and messenger instead of iMessage ..

        Features like Siri in IOS 5 and then latter Airdrop for example , apple pay etc that are the great feature not the emoji and changing in design , and making iMessage bubble chats its enough u changed the whole deaign in ios 7

        They have a great tech of 3D touch but they did not create good tech feature for it yet

      • Rowan09

        It’s all great additions. Just like people use emojis, all the added features to iMessage is great, plus it’s now open to developers. None of Googles services are open, not maps, YouTube, etc but now everyone of Apples besides iTunes is now open.

    • Greg Warren

      It’s a developer conference, not a consumer conference. They never release all of the big changes there. We’ll see substantial additional changes this fall once the time comes around to release the actual operating system.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Great point

  • iLegend

    Whole iOS is derived from jailbreak community, even the devices are more secure because of jailbreak loopholes/exploits that are fixed with every release of iOS.

    • pegger1

      Just because it appeared in jailbreak first, doesn’t mean it wasn’t in Apple’s plans first. Apple can’t possibly put in every feature all at once. Not to mention it has to work, jailbreak tweaks are constantly released with major issues.

      • airmanchairman

        Precisely. What competitors and jail-breakers do all the time is rush-release features that they are certain will soon appear on the Apple platform in an attempt to steal mindshare. A smartphone vendor that is strongly rumoured to be the ones providing the next iPhone with a twin-lens camera has recently rushed their own smartphone to the market with the exact feature, just so they can crow about being copied.

      • askep3

        Also many jailbreak tweaks seem useful but are just gimmicks in the end.

    • Scott Curry

      Not to burst your bubble there Sparky, but I’m going to burst your bubble…

      Every single jailbreak tweak exists because iOS exists, not the other way around. This is precisely why they’re called ‘tweaks’. They tweak an existing software. Just because 10 million+ people can think of something Apple’s team of 100 developers didn’t, doesn’t mean they’ve designed all of iOS. Your thinking is extremely skewed here. Apple may not have done everything perfectly, but they started us all down this road so show some respect.

  • andiebrust

    “…the fact that we haven’t yet seen a jailbreak for most of Apple’s latest iOS releases shows that the jailbreak community is almost certainly slowing down as Apple continues to personally fill the voids that jailbreakers have complained about for years.”
    Don’t think so. Imagine a jb for 9.3 or even 10 and the scene will show Apple how it is done the cool way. The only slowdown reason imho is the better security regarding an easy jailbreak.

    • T. Allen

      Agreed. Definitely doesn’t “appear to be derived.” Not sure if IDB is just being politically correct, but Apple gets those features directly from the jailbreak community. Definitely hate that it is slowing down.

      • airmanchairman

        These ideas are pretty obvious, especially with the numerous vocal requests over the years from blogging consumers. It’s just a case of progressively giving the users what they ask for when it is practicable and safe to do so, and not copying any other platforms whether jailbreak or competing mobile OS.

      • therealjjohnson

        I don’t thin they get them from the jailbreak community. Its not like these things are what the normal person , or Apple couldnt think of or couldn’t pull off. They just chose not to do it for whatever reason.

        Now if it was something totally from left field, i would say yeah they took this from such and such, but most of this stuff is just finally doing it away they are comfortable with.

  • RoyA

    Sorry for being a little off topic, i just heard that iOS 10 won’t work on the first iPad mini. i have a JB iPad mini running iOS 7.1.2 that i use a lot, unfortunately app support is getting worse and worse for that version. so if a JB for iOS 9 doesn’t appear then i’m basically screwed? what are my options if i must have a JB device?… thanks for any help.

    • pegger1

      You should have upgraded to iOS 8 and jailbroken or upgraded to iOS 9 and jailbroken.
      You’re out of options now, only by choice.

      • RoyA

        Yeah, i know… you can call me a noob. i was sleeping when JB 8 was out. and i didn’t want to JB on the early releases of 9 because the system seemed really unstable. guess i need to pray for a miracle now. thanks anyway.

  • Anh Nguyen

    Raise to wake work only on 5se and 6s?:) i have ios 10 and raise to wake dont work:) iahve ip6

    • Steve Harvey

      As Tim said it is because the Touch ID is so fast we blow right through the

      • Anh Nguyen

        I dont understand you well, i am sorry, but i asked if on ip6 work “raise to wake” , i dont udenrstand why uts only on “s”

      • Ivvat .

        the iphone 6s and SE have a new power saving motion processor. Raise to wake and “hey siri” in iphone 6 would suck all your battery really fast

  • nonchalont

    Can’t wait for an ios10 jb!

  • Linton Findlay

    is it me or does the interactive notification looks like couria? which is awesome. has anyone tested what the left swipe on notifications looks like now. all i need from jailbreak now is custom control centre. wooo

  • Y2J

    I wasn’t paying attention when I watched the Keynote, if you swipe left for widgets on the lockscreen, how would I unlock the device without using Touch ID?

    • Steve Harvey

      Hut the

      • Bill

        ….which would be using Touch ID, as it would read your print as you press the button. …just to clarify.

  • 5723alex .

    Raise to wake “it’s no doubt that Apple’s new iOS 10 feature is very similar in functionality to FaceOff,”

    No, it is similar what has been on Apple Watch for a year, now ported to iOS 10.

    • pegger1

      FaceOff has been around longer than the Apple Watch.

  • nyangejr

    Appears provide with major iOS release, the jailbreak community enhance them at free will

  • Zach

    I can’t wait to jailbreak and install Tage!

  • Dillan

    Clear all notifications with one press!

  • Plistumichu

    This os not iOS 10. Is iOS android.

  • Tahir

    FaceOff is only for iOS 7 and not for iOS 9 what we can do ? Is there any similar tweak ? Please reply

  • Mesut

    Thank you 🙂

  • Nicholas Ricketts

    Stop pop-ups from facebook telling me I am home?