iOS 9 allows access to photos and contacts on a passcode locked iPhone – here’s how to prevent it

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 20, 2015

If you have an iPhone running iOS 9, you should be aware that it may be possible to access your photos and contacts on a locked device, even with a passcode and/or Touch ID enabled. I’ve always ignored reports on this sort of security flaw, because they always seem to pop up with every iOS iteration, and almost always require a user to jump through what seems like a million hoops.

But for some reason—call it boredom, or call it poor judgement—I got curious, and decided to try this out for myself. As it turns out, it’s not that hard to do, and it certainly seems like a security flaw in iOS to me.

I debated on whether to post this, because obviously it’s going to bring attention to a security flaw that might let people access information that they shouldn’t be accessing.

For starters, please don’t get bent out of shape over this. This does not expose any other contents of your iPhone outside of Contacts and Photos. People still can’t unlock your device, read your messages, watch videos, etc. This only allows users to view your contacts, and look at your photos (not videos) through a limited interface. Photos cannot be forwarded or shared from your iPhone.

My hope is that a). this informs users that a passcode or Touch ID security isn’t necessarily enough to keep unwanted eyes off your photos and contacts, and b). Apple will see this and provide a fix. c). show you how to prevent the issue.

The thing is, this information is already out there, and the people who will use it for the bad probably already know about it. Consider this post an attempt to educate those who do not know about this iOS 9 security hiccup. Hopefully, it’ll allow users to make smarter decisions about their iPhone’s security.
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New in iOS 9: Swipe to delete clocks and alarms in the Clock app

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 20, 2015

One could argue that iOS 9’s new swipe to delete feature in the stock Clock app was borrowed from a jailbreak tweak, but the implementation of such a feature is so obvious that concluding such wouldn’t be fair.

Regardless of how it got there, swipe to delete is finally implemented into the stock Clock app in iOS 9. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s super-happy to see this handy gesture make its way to an app that many of us use regularly. Read More


SnoozeHelper turns your entire Lock screen into a snooze button

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2015

When you’re half awake, tapping the tiny “tap to snooze” button on the Lock screen can be a daunting chore. Fortunately, if you’re a jailbreaker, it’s much easier to snooze an overzealous alarm

By turning your Lock screen into one giant button, SnoozeHelper (free) makes it super easy to snooze a pesky alarm clock. Watch our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More


Aeuria LS is a beautiful Lock screen tweak for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Great standout tweaks seem to be few and far between as of late, but the developer of Aeuria LS obviously has other thoughts about the matter. Aeuria LS is an original and wonderful-looking Lock screen tweak for jailbroken devices, that presents the current time in a unique manner.

Conceptualized by Zach Williams and programmed by Bryce Pauken, Aeuria LS is one of the best looking jailbreak tweaks that I’ve seen in a while. It brings a Lock screen clock interface to the iPhone that features customizations by clock type, time format, clock face font, color, blur, and more.

It’s a simple looking tweak that you’ll find to be incredibly deep, and a technical work of art once you delve into its preferences. Have a look at our video overview of Aeuria LS for more details. Read More


Fuse merges the Lock screen clock and music controls into a single interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

Fuse is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to combine the music controls and the Lock screen clock. This results in the ability to display both elements at once, something that’s not normally possible on stock iOS 8. Read More


How to replace the stock Clock app icon with a digital clock icon

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 6, 2015

Digital Clock Icon is a new jailbreak tweak that does one thing: it changes the stock analog Clock app icon to that of a digital clock. But that’s not all. Along with the digital clock, you get an altimeter and a date reading. Digital Clock Icon may be a simple jailbreak tweak, but given its looks and feature-set, it’s sure to find users who value what it brings to the table. Read More


CrazyClock: speed up the Clock app icon animation on the Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 12, 2015

Before iOS 7, a jailbreak tweak was required to have an animated Clock app icon on the Home screen. That, of course, changed with iOS 7, as Apple ushered in its own version of the animated clock icon.

CrazyClock takes Apple’s animated app icon and does some pretty interesting things with it. It can significantly speed up the animated hands on the clock, and even make the hands move in a counter-clockwise direction. Read More


Circulate: add colorful animated faces to the Clock app icon

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 6, 2015

Circulate is a new jailbreak tweak that brings new animation styles to the stock Clock app icon. Circulate is a great looking tweak that comes bundled with two themes out of the box. The themes, which consist of a circular theme and a bar-graph looking theme, allow you to measure time in two unique ways. Read More


Allarm: a cleverly named tweak that toggles all alarm clocks simultaneously

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 21, 2014

Looking for a quick way to disable all alarm clocks in the stock Clock app at the same time? Allarm—a clever mix of the words All and Alarm—is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that. It places a handy toggle switch at the top of the alarm clock tab in the stock Clock app. Toggling this switch allows you to quickly disable all alarms simultaneously. Read More


How to set a timer to automatically stop playing music or videos on your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Aug 7, 2014

Sometimes I like to play calming music or white noise to help me fall asleep. I just select a playlist and play it directly on my iPhone, which is resting next to me on the night stand. The thing is though, I don’t want to play music for an extended period of time. I usually need no more than 20-30 minutes to fall asleep.

There is a subtle feature in the Clock app that lets you set a timer that will stop playing any media currently playing on your device, whether it is music or video. In this post, we will show you how to set a sleep timer to automatically stop playing music or videos on your iPhone or iPad after a specific time. Read More


iOS 7: the ultimate Clock app guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 12, 2014

The stock Clock app featured in iOS 7 is the central hub for managing anything that has to do with time on your iOS device. The app is basically four different applications combined into a single app interface.

You’ll find tabs for the World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch, and Timer at the bottom of the stock Clock app interface. Each tab is capable of working independently of the other tabs; for example, I can run a timer and a stopwatch simultaneously.

That at all being said, the stock Clock app is still a very basic stock application. Please check out the table of contents below for each section pertaining to the features found in iOS 7’s Clock app. Read More


How to enable swipe-to-delete in the stock Clock app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2014

I don’t know about you guys, but I find it really annoying when there’s not a swipe-to-delete option available in an application. One good example of this is found in the stock Clock app. On its world clock tab, you are forced to use the edit button in the upper left-hand corner in order to delete a clock.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add swipe-to-delete functionality and cut the amount of gestures necessary to delete a clock down from three to two? That’s the premise behind Edit Clocks—it makes deleting clocks found in the stock Clock app uber-intuitive and easy. Have a look at our video demonstration of the tweak in action after the break. Read More


How to map Control Center’s timer shortcut to the alarm clock

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 4, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I rarely use the timer found in the stock Clock app. I know Sebastien has mentioned that he uses the timer from time to time while cooking, but he’s one of the few I know who do.

The Control Center panel in iOS 7 features a shortcut to the timer section of the stock Clock app. Personally, I think it would have been more beneficial to link that shortcut to the alarm clock section of the Clock app. If there’s one area of the stock Clock app that I frequent on a daily basis, it’s the alarm clock section.

Jailbroken iOS 7 users can now reassign the timer shortcut to the alarm clock. Take a look inside at our video walkthrough to see how… Read More


iOS still struggling with Daylight Saving Times as some users are affected with yet another bug [update]

By Sébastien Page on Oct 27, 2013

iOS is no stranger to Daylight Saving Times bugs. It could actually be considered a recurring things as we’ve seen several occurrences of Apple’s operating system not properly adjusting to time changes in the past, most notably back in 2010 and twice in 2011.

After all this time, you’d think Apple would have figured out how to properly adjust such a basic feature, but apparently they haven’t. Some French users are reporting today that although the time has adjusted correctly to the country’s DST change, there is still a little bug visible in the Calendar app… Read More


Wake up! Here are some of the best alarm clock apps for iPhone

By Lory Gil on Aug 13, 2013

Waking up in the morning is a very personal thing. You can either get up easily with just a subtle sound to alert you, or you have to be kicked out of bed, and still might fall asleep on the floor for 10 more minutes.

This week, we’ve got a list of some of the best alarm clock apps that are sure to wake you up when you need to. You’ll never have to worry about being late to work again… Read More


Get more out of the stock Clock app with ‘Stopwatch Pro’

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 29, 2013

Stopwatch Pro is a recently released jailbreak tweak that we previewed a few weeks ago. It’s an enhancement for the iPhone’s stock Clock app, which allows you to save the times and laps logged in the stopwatch section of the app. Stopwatch Pro is self contained within the stock Clock app and features no settings or options to configure. Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the break. Read More


Preview: Stopwatch Pro

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2013

Interested in saving your lap times from the stock Clock app’s Stopwatch tab? If so, then perhaps this upcoming jailbreak tweak might garner your interest. Stopwatch Pro is a tweak that modifies the stock Clock app to be able to save stopwatch times for later viewing. You can even reorder the saved times, and created named sections to sort your times. Take a look at our brief preview video demonstration for more details. Read More


New in iOS 7: Clock app icon now displays real time

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2013

As we continue to dig through all of the new features and UI changes in iOS 7, we’ve come across a minor, yet interesting, detail. It looks like the Clock app icon now displays the correct time, and has an animated second hand.

At least, in all of Apple’s screen shots it shows the correct time. Notice in the image above how the time on the Clock icon matches up with the time in the status bar. But I can’t for the life of me get it to work on my iPhone 4S… Read More


PadClock makes it easier to set alarms on iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on May 31, 2013

I can’t be the only one that despises the date picker found within the Clock app’s alarm settings. I find that it requires too much thought to set an alarm, especially in the wee hours of the morning when you can just barely open your eyes.

PadClock is a new jailbreak tweak that fixes the cumbersome setup found inside the stock alarm clock. It does so by replacing the original date picker with an easy to use number pad. Read More


How to add an animated clock to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 11, 2013

Flip Clock is a jailbreak widget that allows you to add an animated flipping clock to Notification Center. The tweak features a nice helping of options to configure the look and feel of the clock to your personal liking.

Once Flip Clock is installed, simply enable it in Settings > Notifications in order to display it within your Notification Center. The tweak also works with packages like LockInfo for placing the widget in more places than just the Notification Center panel. Check out a few more tidbits about this great looking jailbreak tweak after the break… Read More

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