How to troubleshoot Cydia refresh issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

From time to time, you may encounter a situation where Cydia will not stop “Reloading Data”. This usually has something to do with a bad repo, or a repo that may be unresponsive, offline, etc. If you have a lot of third-party repos added to Cydia, then the chances of you encountering this error increase. In this post, I’ll show you how to successfully troubleshoot this issue, and make it so that Cydia can successfully refresh. Read More

 

FullSwitch brings a full screen App Switcher to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2015

Do you think that the App Switcher preview cards in iOS are too small? If so, then FullSwitch, a release that brings a full screen App Switcher to iOS 8, might be just the tweak to scratch your itch.

Along with the full screen App Switcher, FullSwitch brings privacy mode, customizable multitasking indicators, and a special Home screen menu to iOS 8. We’ve taken FullSwitch for a walkthrough on video, so check it out. Read More

 

My Cydia pet peeve: App Store redirects

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015

The situation in Cydia right now is one of sadness. I’m sad, because nearly every time I try to download or purchase a new tweak or app, I have to finagle and wrangle with the App Store redirects that seem to have multiplied as of late.

I kid you not, I get about 5 pop-ups every time I open a page on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and sometimes I just give up after wrestling with trying to open a tweak’s page. At first this behavior was tolerable, but over the last few weeks, it seems to have reached a boiling point. It generally takes a lot of inconveniences for me to decide to write about one of my annoyances, but this situation is just flat out of control, and I need to vent.

Someone needs to fix this. The problem primarily seems to happen with tweaks hosted on the BigBoss repo. If this happened to any other repo, I’d simply uninstall that repo and go about my business. Sadly, I can’t do that, because the BigBoss repo is more or less Cydia. It hosts 99% of the tweaks that we report on, and it’s generally where all of the action is when it comes to tweaks. Themes are a different story, and sometimes you’ll find a really cool tweak on ModMyi, but it’s obvious that the BigBoss repo is where most of the activity resides in this community. Read More

 

Comex releases an alpha build of Substitute, a controversial Cydia Substrate replacement

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 1, 2015

Today, Comex made good on his promise and released an alpha build of Substitute—the hacker’s polarizing new Cydia Substrate replacement for jailbroken iPhones. Back in January, it was revealed that Comex was helping the iMods team—a crew that is working on a Cydia replacement—with some of the necessary fundamentals to get the project off the ground.

One of the most needed pieces of a Cydia replacement is a Cydia Substrate replacement. Without Cydia Substrate, or something like it, then a Cydia replacement doesn’t make much sense. Not only has Comex pledged his support for the project, but he’s just brought one of its most important puzzle pieces to reality. Read More

 

Cydia receives a visual update that ushers in a flatter more modern look

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 4, 2015

As promised by saurik, and as we reported on a few days ago, Cydia has received a modest visual update. The update, which makes the interface look a lot more modern and flat, has rolled out automatically, hence there is no need to download any updates. Read More

 

Saurik posts response to Comex’s Cydia Substrate replacement, comments on new features coming to Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 30, 2015

As expected, Jay “saurik” Freeman has posted a lengthy response to Comex’s Cydia Substrate replacement strategy. In the post, which appears on his personal blog, he outlines some of the history he’s had with Comex, why open source isn’t always best, and drops hints on several new upcoming Cydia features. Read More

 

Legendary jailbreak hacker Comex is assisting iMods with a Cydia Substrate alternative

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 30, 2015

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard Comex’s name be associated with jailbreaking, but he’s back, and in a fairly large and controversial way. The creator of JailbreakMe is working with the team behind iMods—a Cydia alternative—to develop a Mobile (Cydia) Substrate replacement called Substitute. On the surface, it may not sound like much, but this could have far-reaching consequences on jailbreaking as we currently know it. Read More

 

Cydia alternative iMods get demoed on video

By Sébastien Page on Dec 17, 2014

In the six years that I’ve been part of the jailbreak community, I can count on the fingers of one hand how many so-called “Cydia alternatives” have come to fruition. The result is pretty simple. Zero. None. Well, there was RockYourPhone at one time, which was later purchased by saurikIT, but besides that, none of the several attempts ever made their way to the public. Who knows, maybe iMods will be the first. Read More

 

TaiG jailbreak updated to version 1.1, upgradable via Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

The TaiG 8.0-8.1.1 Untether has been updated to version 1.1, and it comes bundled in the TaiG jailbreak that’s downloadable for Windows, and it also comes as a Cydia package for those who have already jailbroken with TaiG.

The update doesn’t appear to be a major update, but there are fixes included to fix sandboxing issues present in the previous version of the TaiG jailbreak tool. Users who are jailbroken, and those who have yet to jailbreak should use TaiG 1.1.  Read More

 

Substrate Safe Mode updated to fix CPU usage issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 17, 2014

Substrate Safe Mode, the package that allows jailbreakers to safely boot into Safe Mode and remove uncooperative packages, has been updated to version 0.9.5000. The update, which was pushed by Saurik just recently, fixes a fairly significant issue related to CPU usage.

Safe Mode works similar to the Safe Mode on desktop machines, as it allows you to boot without loading certain extensions, allowing you to troubleshoot problem extensions. Have a look inside for more details. Read More

 

Apex 2 updated to support iOS 8.1

By Timothy Reavis on Nov 15, 2014

Several well-loved tweaks from the jailbreak community have been receiving their iOS 8 updates over the past several weeks, the latest of which being Apex 2. This popular tweak by A3Tweaks allows users to create app stacks, which work similarly to folders and can be used to group similar apps in an attractive bundle.

Apex 2 is a great way to eliminate folders on the Home screen and replace them with stacks of up to five total apps. Check out Jeff’s review of Apex 2 for a look at the features of Apex 2. Read More

 

Cydia Substrate receives key developer-oriented updates

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 12, 2014

Cydia Substrate had been updated twice, once to version 0.9.5100, and again to version 0.9.5101. Both updates are mostly developer oriented with no consumer facing features that everyday users will notice.

The first update can inject into more iOS 8 daemons, find more private symbols, and more. The second update fixes an incompatibility with the first update. Check inside for the full change log. Read More

 

30 new and updated jailbreak tweaks worth checking out

By Sébastien Page on Nov 10, 2014

With the release of the Pangu jailbreak for both Windows and Mac users, developers have been busy updating their tweaks for iOS 8 and iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but also releasing new tweaks featuring new features.

Admittedly, we haven’t been on top of our game covering all these new updates and releases. The sheer volume of these tweaks makes it very hard to have a proper look at everything that us being pushed to Cydia, but we don’t want you to be left out either, so we’ve compiled a list of tweaks that were recently released or updated.

There are probably some tweaks missing, because again, it’s really hard to keep track of everything that makes its way to Cydia, but that should give you a good starting point if you’re looking for tweaks to add to your arsenal. Read More

 

Saurik touts jailbreak and Cydia stability for iOS 8, enables Cydia purchases

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2014

Another day, another milestone. Saurik, the man behind Cydia, has re-enabled purchases for paid Cydia apps and tweaks, which means that you can now purchase apps and tweaks that were, for a time, unobtainable for some.

He also made sure to lend credibility to the stability of both Cydia and the iOS 8 jailbreak via a pair of tweets—the first of such since the iOS 8 jailbreak arrived. Read More

 

Upscale: Change the resolution on your jailbroken iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2014

Upscale is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to run higher resolutions on jailbroken iPhones. The tweak, which is currently in beta, features serval presets to choose from via its settings.

This tweak makes it possible to run the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus resolution on older devices like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s—devices with substantially less screen real estate. The result is an interface that features less than ideal tap-zones, but much more room to work with on screen.

Upscale is a compelling jailbreak tweak that everyone should at least investigate. First noted and discovered by developers cpdigitaldarkroom and coolstar, this is a tweak that will surely turn a lot of heads. Full details after the jump… Read More

 

Cydia Installer updated to version 1.1.16 to fix bugs with iTunes backup restores and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 5, 2014

Once again, Saurik has pushed an update for Cydia Installer. This update provides several important bug fixes that makes it a must-update for anyone who is currently jailbroken.

In this update, you’ll find a bug fix for the previous Cydia releases related to iTunes backup restores, iOS 8 multitasking timeouts, App Store redirects, and more. Check out the full change log after the break.

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Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8 updated to version 1.2.0 with fixes for CPU drain and Safari issues

By Sébastien Page on Nov 4, 2014

It seems that not a day goes by without the Pangu Team or saurik releasing an update of some sort for their respective tools. Today, the Pangu Team announced the release of Pangu 1.2.0, an update that brings yet another round of fixes for the iOS 8 jailbreak tool. Read More

 

Cydia Installer updated to 1.1.15 to fix bugs, removes landscape mode from unsupported devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

For those of you who were excited about the landscape mode in Cydia, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that landscape mode works gloriously on iPads and the iPhone 6 Plus. The bad news is that landscape mode has been removed from all other devices.

Landscape inclusion in unsupported devices was apparently a bug, not a feature, and Saurik has fixed it accordingly with Cydia Installer 1.1.15. But that’s not all the latest installer fixes, check inside for the full change log. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8 and install Cydia the easy way

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

Now that Pangu has been updated with Cydia Installer support, it’s just a matter of jailbreaking with the Pangu tool, and installing Cydia from the Pangu app. It’s extremely easy, and extremely straightforward.

You’ll still need a Windows machine, or at least a virtual Windows machine, but other than that, it’s as simple as simple gets. Inside, I’m going to show you how to jailbreak your iOS device and install Cydia from start to finish. Read More

 

Pangu updated with Cydia Installer

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

There you have it, folks. As we reported just an hour ago, the Pangu jailbreak with Cydia installer was imminent. Now it appears that Pangu has flipped the switch on the update, and added the Cydia installer, which installs the latest awesome version of Cydia, directly to the Pangu jailbreak package.

This now means it’s possible to jailbreak iOS 8 and install Cydia without resorting to any confusing SSH or terminal commands. Have at it… Read More

 
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