By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 18, 2015
A powerful new tool has just been released for jailbreakers to “unjailbreak”. It’s called Cydia Impactor, and it’s an on-device tool that lets you remove and revert all changes made to a device to return it to its stock configuration.
The most notable thing about this tool is that it allows you to return to stock without needing to upgrade your device. Say, for example, you wanted to sell your iPhone, but wanted to retain its jailbreak-ability to increase resale value. Normally, if you wanted to perform a full system restore, you’d be forced to upgrade to the latest firmware, and thus lose your jailbreak. With Cydia Impacter, you can restore your device to stock without upgrading. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 12, 2015
Another day, another big Cydia release. Cydia 1.1.23 brings some big changes to the table, as saurik has added package downgrade support, the ability to use find extensions like TweakHub.
The update also fixes a crashing issue that occurs after clearing caches. Doing so would cause Cydia not to be able to run at all.
Needless to say, this is a pretty large update for Cydia users, and has long-term positive implications on jailbreakers and their Cydia usage habits. Have a look at our post for the full change log. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 10, 2015
Cydia Installer has been updated again to fix bugs. Actually, it was just updated twice—once to fix bugs, and again to fix a bug brought about by the previous bug fix.
Version 1.1.21 of Cydia installer appeared first, followed shortly by version 1.1.22. Needless to say, you should update to the latest version of Cydia at your earliest convenience. In this post, you’ll find the full change logs for both updates. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 5, 2015
As we noted to you guys upon release, Cydia 1.1.19 was a major upgrade for Cydia. As such, it was inevitable for a few bugs to surface with all of the under-the-hood changes.
In Cydia version 1.1.20, saurik has addressed many of these bugs in what he is calling a bug fix release. If you’re encountering problems while using Cydia, it’s definitely suggested that you upgrade to the latest version as soon as you can. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 3, 2015
Cydia 1.1.19 was released last night, and it brought with it the ability for developers to tweak the Cydia UI and interface by means of themes and Cydia Substrate tweaks. But another change happened to Cydia as well, and it isn’t the result of a jailbreak tweak.
Cydia has gained a new restart springboard button—the button that appears after installing or uninstalling a tweak. The new button is of the flat variety, and matches the rest of the interface better than the old button.
Along with the new button comes the ability to link directly to packages on third-party repos. According to saurik, this feature has actually been available in Cydia for some time, but was never documented. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 1, 2015
If you’ve tried to make a purchase on Cydia lately, you may have noticed one big difference with the available payment options. Amazon is no longer available as a means to make payment, leaving only PayPal as an option.
For me, this is really unfortunate, because Amazon allowed you to authorize a set number of dollars in advance, making it easy to make multiple Cydia purchases over a period of months without necessitating a reauth. I’ve never been a fan of PayPal and its business practices, but I also hate how cumbersome it can be to simply log in to PayPal.
As of today, we’re down to a single option for Cydia purchases, but that could be changing soon.
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015
Up until now, developers have not had the ability to mark their jailbreak tweaks in Cydia as iOS 8.3 compatible. This is because saurik wanted to ensure the stability of the TaiG iOS 8.3 jailbreak beforehand. Now that TaiG has proved its relative stability, Cydia is now officially open to iOS 8.3 enabled tweaks. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2015
When TaiG released its iOS 8.3 jailbreak early this morning, it was largely assumed that saurik would need to do something on his end to ensure compatibility with Cydia Substrate—the support framework used to run your favorite jailbreak tweaks.
As it turns out, that’s not exactly the case. In fact, saurik himself has cleared the air, making it apparent that the ball is in TaiG’s court when it comes to providing a fix for substrate. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2015
Developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Adam Bell, with the help of saurik, have managed to hack watchOS 2 to run fully-native apps. As noted by 9to5Mac, Troughton-Smith posted a video last night showing evidence of the feat.
The big deal here is that even though Apple says that support for native apps is coming in watchOS 2, developers are still going to be limited on what they can do. This hack, however, breaks those limitations, allowing the use of all accessible iOS UI frameworks. Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Cydia Installer just received a 1.1.14 update to fix the lingering passcode issue. You can now update Cydia on your jailbroken iOS 8 device and use a passcode without any side effects.
More impressively, perhaps, is the introduction of new multitasking capability! Yes, true multitasking with Cydia is finally here if you’re jailbroken with iOS 8. Amazing.
Then, there’s support for the iPhone 6 Plus! That includes rotation support.
Watch our video walkthrough inside for an overview of the new changes, and then head over to Cydia right now and install the update if you’re jailbroken. If you’re not jailbroken, follow our tutorial inside to jailbreak and install Cydia. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014
Are you keeping it old school and running a jailbroken iPhone on firmware below iOS 4.3? If so, then you’ll definitely want to update to the latest version of Cydia Substrate.
Substrate 0.9.5016 fixes a bug introduced with the previous two Substrate releases. Have a look at Saurik’s change log after the break. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014
As expected, Saurik continues to work tirelessly on Cydia and all of its parts, including the uber-important Cydia Substrate. The latest update, which rings in at version 0.9.5015 comes mere hours after the 0.9.5014 update.
While the previous update aimed to squash many festering bugs, and did so successfully, it also introduced another bug which caused some process, like OpenSSH, not to start. Obviously this was a huge issue that needed to be fixed quick, since OpenSSH is used by lots of jailbreakers as a means to communicate with their jailbroken devices and to transfer files. As expected, Saurik responded accordingly. Read More