By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 22, 2014
As you know, the Pangu jailbreak came out this morning and enabled the ability to jailbreak iOS 8-8.1. Unfortunately, the jailbreak wasn’t bundled with Cydia, so it’s not much use to the general jailbreak users by itself.
Thankfully, Saurik quickly compiled a working version of Cydia for iOS 8, which is pretty easy to install if you follow our 8 steps. We show you how in this hands-on video walkthrough. Read More
By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 22, 2014
In a move that caught us by surprise, the Pangu Team released the jailbreak tool for iOS 8 today, although it doesn’t install Cydia, but rather provides SSH access so that developers can update their tweaks and make them compatible with iOS 8.
Earlier we reported that Saurik has already started working on updating Cydia to make it compatible with iOS 8 and 8.1. The good news is that he has now released the updated version of Cydia compatible with iOS 8 and comes in the form of a .deb file. You can now download the file from his website, and install it manually on your device. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2014
The Pangu team has released a jailbreak for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 devices today, just about 35 days after the launch of Apple’s latest mobile operating system. The download link for Pangu for iOS 8 was briefly available on the official Pangu website before being pulled a few minutes later.
Although this is great news for jailbreakers, it does come with a few strings attached that make this initial iOS 8 jailbreak release somewhat useless for the time being. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 21, 2014
An update for the Pangu 7.1 – 7.1.x untether jailbreak is available now on Cydia. Version 0.3, available to those who jailbroke their iOS device using Pangu, comes under the form of a package update in the Cydia/Telesphoreo repo, one of Cydia’s default repos. According to the description, version 0.3 adds small improvements to the untether jailbreak. More specifically, it fixes sandboxing issues.
All users who see this update available in Cydia are prompted to update the package, regardless of what device or what iOS version they are currently running, but a few reports from users who have updated Pangu to version 0.3 can be cause for concerns. Read More
By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 18, 2014
If you’re a jailbreak enthusiast like me, you’ll probably end up installing a bunch of jailbreak tweaks that will pile up over time. Sooner or later, you might forget about them and after a period of time, you’ll end up with a lot of unused tweaks which may have a negative impact on the performance of your device and can slow it down or cause lags. Surely, it’s easy to remove one or two tweaks that you don’t need, but it becomes a hefty task if you want to delete a lot of tweaks that you no longer use.
Fortunately, there’s a workaround that allows you to uninstall all the jailbreak tweaks that you don’t need in a single tap. This involves queuing all of them together and performing a batch uninstall. To find out how, follow our step-by-step guide outlined below. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 15, 2014
Security researcher Axelle Apvrille recently published a paper about AdThief, a malware aimed at hijacking ad revenue from a reportedly 75,000 infected devices. First discovered in March 2014, and also known as “spad,” the malware, which comes disguised as a Cydia Substrate extension, was found to replace the publisher ID of publishers with the one of the malware creator, effectively attributing all ad revenue to him. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jul 13, 2014
Every once in a while, a group of individuals surfaces to offer a new “Cydia alternative.” Full of good intentions, these individuals usually realize quickly enough that building a replacement or even a complement to Cydia isn’t an easy task.
The latest Cydia alternative to generate interest within the community is iMods, an elegant installer that doesn’t necessarily aim to take on Cydia, but rather target a different user base, as one of its developer explains. The concept, both in terms of design and engineering sounds promising, but is it viable?
Does it even make sense to try to bring a new installer to market? What does it take to do so, and what hurdles should the developers of such a tool be ready to face? These are some questions that Saurik tries to answer in a 5,600 word essay… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014
It has been a few days since the Chinese team Pangu surprised us with an iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak, and the dust is finally starting to settle. After learning that the jailbreak is safe to use, we’ve gone ahead and shared video guides on how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.1 on Windows and how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.1 on OS X. We also answered some of the other pressing questions surrounding the jailbreak, including the two exploits used for this method.
We’ve been receiving a lot of questions on our social platforms and comments about which jailbreak tweaks are compatible with iOS 7.1.1, so we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list based off this shared document by JailbreakQA moderator iAdam1n. While our jailbreak guru Jeff Benjamin has tested some of these tweaks, we cannot guarantee that all of the packages listed will work with your specific iOS device, version or other tweaks installed… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 23, 2014
While we recommend exercising caution with the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak until the dust settles, there will inevitably be some users that go ahead and upgrade anyways. If you have done so, and you are experiencing bugs or other unforeseen problems on your device, it may relate to issues with PPSync, a package that may be bundled if you use this new jailbreak tool by the Chinese team PanGu… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 23, 2014
We’ve got exciting news for the jailbreaking community: a somewhat sketchy iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak has been released by the Chinese team PanGu. Our jailbreak guru Jeff Benjamin confirms that the tool works as expected, while iOS developer iH8sn0w and others have managed to install Cydia on devices running iOS 7.1 – 7.1.x… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 16, 2014
iOS 8 might be stealing a little bit of the thunder from the jailbreaking scene as of late, but the community is still going strong. MoreInfo is a new extension designed for use with Activator, the useful jailbreak tweak for assigning gestures to trigger common iOS actions. It allows for a quick in-browser search of the currently playing song or movie, with support for multiple search engines and several customization options. A full rundown of the extension follows… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 12, 2014
Cydia has received a major update this morning with several improvements. First and foremost, the app has received a long-awaited iOS 7 icon thanks to graphic designer Surenix. The package manager for jailbroken devices also gains a redesigned and better organized user interface, making it easier to manage repositories, see which packages you have installed and more. Read ahead for a full look at the update… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 10, 2014
On a recent article that I wrote, a reader was surprised after reading that I am generally disinterested by a lot of jailbreak tweaks. It might not make sense, given that I write for a blog that is consistently on top of covering the jailbreak scene. Allow me to explain: it’s not that jailbreak tweaks do not pique my interest, but rather that some are simply too complex or cumbersome to provide a meaningful purpose.
That’s not to discount the fantastic work that developers put into creating jailbreak tweaks. There are just as many good tweaks as there are less impressive ones. Genie is a new Lock screen extension that is a good example. Not only does it provide useful functionality for unlocking your iPhone, but it is a lightweight tweak that isn’t dragged down by dozens of confusing settings or unnecessary features. Check it out… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 7, 2014
A few weeks ago, I shared three beautiful iOS theme setups for the iPhone. Judging by the amount of readers that left comments, including those that shared their own setups, I would say it was a resounding success. A few readers asked that we follow up with another similar post, so here we are with three more colorful iOS theme setups to go along with the summer season. The setups come from the /r/iOSthemes community on Reddit, and we’ve included the jailbreak tweaks and themes used where possible… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 7, 2014
While there are several third-party apps that get the job done, I’ve never found Reddit to offer a solid mobile experience on its own terms. The company does not have a mobile optimized version of its website for Safari on iPhone, it does not provide an official app in the App Store and it does not deliver push notifications on iOS devices. But, things are about to get better. While Reddit is working on iOS and Android apps, the jailbreak community has made up for the lack of Reddit push notifications. Take a look… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 3, 2014
Whenever a new iOS version is released, it is always interesting to reflect on which features Apple added to the software that were already possible by jailbreaking your device. iOS 8 took a lot of people by surprise, with several new major features as opposed to minor refinements. As a result, the software update rendered a lot of jailbreak tweaks obsolete going forward. But it also isn’t all bad news for the jailbreak scene. Read ahead for a list of jailbreak tweaks on the chopping block and more… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on May 31, 2014
I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. In the last few months, I have covered an endless amount of Lock screen extensions, ranging from LockInfo7 and LockScreen Informer to Convergance and Forecast. In the most recent Let’s Talk Jailbreak podcast episode, our own Jeff Benjamin was very vocal about LockScreen Informer in particular, noting that it had several features but not the most impressive design.
TodayLock is a new jailbreak tweak that is quite the opposite. It has a very beautiful and simplistic design, but does not deliver all of the functionality that LockScreen Informer does. Instead, it focuses on three main items: events, reminders and weather. For some people, that might be all they need. If you consider yourself to be one of those people, read ahead to find out how this extension works… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on May 28, 2014
While we obviously do not wish it upon anyone, you never know when you might find yourself in a medical emergency. You also never know where you might be at the time, or who you will be with. That is why a new jailbreak tweak called InCaseOf is more important than you might think. InCaseOf adds important emergency information to the Lock screen, so that first responders and others can gain a better understanding of your health situation. Take a look at how it works… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on May 26, 2014
A few of our readers have asked us what happened to Theme Thursday, a weekly column that covered the best new Winterboard themes for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The answer is that we decided to discontinue this column in April, primarily because themes started being released on a less frequent basis. Nevertheless, the theming community is still going strong.
Despite the slowdown, there are still a number of quality themes released every now and then that are worth mentioning. As such, we’ve turned to the /r/iOSthemes community on Reddit and hand picked three iOS theme setups that we think look gorgeous. Where possible, we’ve included the themes and jailbreak tweaks used to achieve each setup. Take a look ahead… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on May 26, 2014
Spotify is one of the most popular cross-platform streaming music services, with over 40 million active users worldwide. While I am out of luck using the service as a Canadian, our neighbors to the south and elsewhere can benefit from a jailbreak tweak called DefaultSpot. The simple iOS extension sets Spotify as the default music player on iPhone, and also integrates with the Control Center playback controls… Read More