About Jeff Benjamin

Jeff has been with iDownloadBlog since 2010, acting as resident video specialist, and tutorial expert. He earned his degree in Computer Network Systems back in 2001, but decided Cisco routers and the like just weren’t for him. Since then, he’s been heavily involved with online writing. He’s written for numerous tech and video game sites since the late 1990′s, and has a knack for explaining things in a simple, clear, and concise manner. Jeff works primarily from the east coast on his Retina Macbook Pro, and shoots video with a Canon DSLR. During downtime he likes to travel the world, visiting the various Apple Stores across the globe. You can email him at jeff [at] idownloadblog.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffBenjam or on Google+.

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 91: The jailbreak tweak hotline

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2015

Episode 91: A Mac jailbreak for iOS 8.1.2 finally arrives, Auxo 3 receives a huge update, and several new jailbreak tweaks are reviewed.

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BannerBuddy allows notification banners to be lowered with Reachability

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2015

BannerBuddy is a recently released jailbreak tweak that lets iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users lower banner notifications with Reachability. Normally, banner notifications don’t move when Reachability is invoked, but with BannerBuddy, invoking Reachability pushes down any currently displaying banner as well. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 065: I’ll heart-block you

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2015

Episode 65: A deeper discussion of the Apple Watch, plus a talk about the rumors of a new Apple developed stylus, and what it could mean for iPad users.

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How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using Mac OS X

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 18, 2015

It is now possible to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using a Mac, and this has been confirmed by iDownloadBlog. Up until this point, no Mac option existed for jailbreaking iOS 8.1.2, but that is no longer the case. A new tool entitled PP jailbreak for Mac has surfaced, allowing Mac users to enjoy what Windows users have been enjoying for some time now. Inside, we have a tutorial that shows how to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using OS X with the PP jailbreak for Mac. Read More

 

Auxo 3 version 1.1 provides a much more responsive experience

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 16, 2015

Auxo 3 was met with fairly glowing reviews, including ours at iDB. But that’s not to say that it wasn’t without flaws or opportunities for improvement. A3tweaks has answered the call with Auxo 3 version 1.1, an update that brings a marked increase to the tweak’s responsiveness. Read More

 

Tintch lets you colorize the switches throughout iOS

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 15, 2015

Tintch is a brand new jailbreak tweak that lets user colorize the switches and toggles present throughout iOS. Tintch allows users to customize colors for the on and off settings for switches. It uses the libcolorpicker iOS library to present both RGB sliders, a HSB color spectrum, and hexadecimal code entry to select specific colors. Read More

 

Wallmart allows you to cycle through wallpaper on iOS 8

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 15, 2015

Wallmart is a newly released jailbreak tweak that allows you to cycle through your favorite wallpaper on iOS 8. After installing the tweak, which is downloadable free of charge via Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can set it up to automatically cycle through each wallpaper after a specific interval of time, or cycle with every unlock. Read More

 

New video shows off a Siri RSS feed reader called Sireader after Redditor posts $1000 bounty

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 14, 2015

Developer Philip Tennen showed off a new in-progress jailbreak tweak called Sireader that allows Siri to read RSS feeds. The tweak, which is in the early stages of development as a result of a $1,000 bounty on Reddit, looks extremely promising for those of us that peruse RSS on a daily basis. Imagine driving in the car and having Siri read the latest stories from your favorite news feed. If Tennen’s jailbreak tweak sees the light of day, this will be a future reality for jailbreakers. Read More

 

CircleIcons transforms iOS Settings icons into circular shapes

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 14, 2015

Want a way to change up the look of the Settings app icons without WinterBoard? Then you might want to give CircleIcons a try, a new jailbreak tweak that masks the icons in the Settings app with a circle shape sans WinterBoard. CircleIcons is a lightweight and fun tweak to modify the look of the Settings app without taking it to extremes. Read More

 

Cobalia places FlipSwitch toggles in the App Switcher

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 14, 2015

I never use the recent and favorite contact shortcut buttons available in the App Switcher in iOS 8. In fact, I’ve outright disabled both sets of shortcuts. Instead, I’m using FlipSwitch to toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings via the App Switcher. This is accomplished courtesy of a new jailbreak tweak called Cobalia, which replaces the recent and favorites shortcuts with user-customizable FlipSwitch toggles. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 90: Let’s get digital

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 13, 2015

Episode 90: New multitasking jailbreak tweaks, how to troubleshoot jailbreak tweak crashing, and a whole bunch of jailbreak tweaks like KeyCommands, CacheClearer, AlternateControls, Photo Organizer 8, and many more.

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Apple, why can’t you select multiple photos in iOS by tapping and dragging anymore?

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 13, 2015

On today’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, Sebastien, Cody, and I were talking about the lack of a decent way to select multiple photos in the iOS 8 photos app. That conversation reminded me of how you could select multiple photos on earlier iOS versions back in the day by tapping and dragging.

I was able to find a video that I had filmed back in February of 2011 showcasing such a feature. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this was iOS 4, since it was filmed on February 9, 2011, and iOS 5 didn’t release until October 12, 2011. But the point is, there was a great feature in iOS 4 that made selecting multiple photos so much easier than it is today. Apple, we need this feature back. Read More

 

How to troubleshoot jailbreak tweak crashes with CrashReporter

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 13, 2015

Yesterday, I installed a jailbreak tweak called SafariRefresh. I’ve covered that tweak before on the blog, but after using it last night, it caused my Safari app to crash repeatedly. In order to find out what was causing the crash, I used a handy jailbreak tool called CrashReporter to help pinpoint the problem. Here’s how I did it. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 064: The overblown

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

Episode 64: A discussion about Apple’s recent software missteps and how they could fix the situation. A talk about the rumored 12″ MacBook Air, and what it could mean for the software side of things.

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KeyCommands: execute Activator actions via physical keyboard shortcuts

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

KeyCommands is an innovative new jailbreak tweak that allows iOS users who use physical keyboards to mate custom keyboard shortcuts to Activator gestures. This means that you can make ⌘+⇥ invoke the App Switcher, or make ⌘+⇧+3 take a screenshot just like you can on the Mac. Read More

 

Ryan Petrich releases a new cache cleaning tool

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

If you have Ryan Petrich’s beta repo added to Cydia, then you likely saw the presence of a new jailbreak tweak called CacheClearer. The tool, which is available for free, allows users to clear app caches from the Usage section of the stock Settings app. The great thing about CacheClearer is that it feels like a native part of iOS, and not a bolt-on. If you’re looking for a sleek way to manage individual app cache, then you should definitely give CacheClearer a look. Read More

 

Dynamics theme brings awesome new dynamic wallpaper options to the iPhone

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

In the past I’ve wondered why Apple seems to neglect its dynamic theme options, yet every year there are new static themes available for iOS. Unfortunately, for those of us who like them, dynamic themes seem to have been placed permanently on the shelf.

An upcoming jailbreak package looks to change this by offering several new well-designed dynamic themes to jailbroken iOS users. It’s aptly entitled Dynamics, and it will be released once the teaser version receives 500 downloads. Read More

 

How to use the iPhone’s mute switch as a Do Not Disturb switch

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

SwitcherDND is a new jailbreak tweak that just arrived on Cydia. It allows you to replace the mute switch’s functionality with that of a Do Not Disturb switch. If you use Do Not Disturb often like I do, then you may want to give this free jailbreak tweak a spin. Read More

 

SubtleLock brings a minimal style to the iOS 8 Lock screen

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 10, 2015

SubtleLock has always been a good way to transform the iOS Lock screen with a minimal style, and the iOS 8 version of SubtleLock tries to live up to the legacy. This is a tweak that can customize the Lock screen font, color, size, and even simplify the look of the clock and date readout. If you’re using an impressive wallpaper that you’d like to showcase rather than hide behind Lock screen elements, then SubtleLock for iOS 8 may provide the options you need after an update or two. Read More

 

AlternateControls brings Android-inspired software buttons to iOS

by Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

Although it might seem a little like blasphemy, a new jailbreak tweak is taking the risk and bringing Android trademarked software controls to iOS. That means that the famed back, home, and menu buttons are now available on your iPhone. Living up to its name, AlternateControls provides a new way to control your iOS device without using the Home button. But there’s a bit more to the story than what appears on the surface. Watch our full walkthrough video to see what I mean. Read More

 
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