Why to avoid third-party Cydia Substrate “patches” for the iOS 10 beta jailbreak

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 12, 2017

Yesterday, we shared our fullest opinion of why you should avoid jailbreaking with Luca Todesco’s beta jailbreak for iOS 10 until it’s out of its beta stages, but for those who’ve went ahead with it anyway because nostalgia got the best of them, there’s another difficult choice to make…

Cydia Substrate is disabled by default, and amid the nostalgia, many are already using third-party “fixes” or “patches” to get around this. Of course, there’s a reason Cydia Substrate is disabled by default, and those who’ve gotten as far as jailbreaking also have to decide whether or not to install these patches.

In this piece, I will attempt to eliminate some of the confusion about why Cydia Substrate is disabled by default and why you should avoid installing these third-party “fixes” to get around it. Read More

 

iOS 10.1 jailbreak on iPhone 7 demoed in video

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 4, 2016

There’s really been a lack of news about an iOS 10 jailbreak recently, but despite any updates, we’ve been able to count on iOS hacker Luca Todesco to show off his personal jailbreaks running on iOS 10.

Now, another iOS hacker that goes by the handle @ijapija00 is demoing his jailbreak, only this time, the spotlight is on an iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 10.1. He claims it works on iOS 10.1.1 as well. Read More

 

Saurik updates Cydia Susbtrate with bug fix for iOS 6

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 12, 2016

Saurik has released an update for Cydia Substrate on Monday for jailbroken iOS devices, bringing the software up to version 0.9.6301 in the Cydia Store. Read More

 

New Cydia Substrate update enables Cycript to work on iOS 9.3.x

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 25, 2016

Saurik has released an update for Cydia Substrate for jailbroken devices on Thursday that addresses Cycript functionality problems on iOS 9.3.x. Read More

 

Cydia Substrate gets updated for iOS 9.2-9.3.3

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 28, 2016

Saurik has released an update for Cydia Substrate on Thursday that brings the package up to version 0.9.6200.

If you’re running the latest jailbreak for iOS 9.2-9.3.3 from Pangu/25PP, then this update is a must-have for you. Read More

 

Cydia Substrate updated to version 0.9.6110

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 13, 2015

Saurik has pushed an update to Cydia Substrate, bringing the package to version 0.9.6110. The update contains fixes for corrupt extensions, which some developers apparently use for obfuscation purposes.

Prior versions of Cydia Substrate made attempts to detect whether an extension’s installation might cause the process to crash, yet by doing so, it ended up resulting in Cydia Substrate crashing itself. With version 0.9.6110, this should no longer be the case. Read More

 

Cydia Substrate updated to version 0.9.6100

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2015

Cydia Substrate received a new update, which comes a few hours after the Pangu tool update for jailbreaking iOS 9 on Mac.

This new version of Cydia Substrate brings the package to version 0.9.6100, and it includes preventative measures to stop would-be problem-causing jailbreak extensions. Read More

 

Saurik pushes Cydia Substrate update and comments on Pangu issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2015

Saurik recently pushed a small Cydia Substrate update to fix issues with devices running versions of iOS prior to iOS 5. The update, which comes in at version 0.9.6011, was pushed to fix a problem that arose during the 0.9.6xxx series of Cydia Substrate updates.

While this update is small, and probably only affects a handful of jailbreakers, the more important issue of jailbreak stability was mentioned by Saurik recently via Twitter. As you’re likely aware of, some have been experiencing issues with non-recoverable boot loops after restarting their jailbroken devices running iOS 9… Read More

 

Saurik updates Cydia Substrate to version 0.9.6010

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2015

Cydia Substrate received an update this morning that fixes issues with the 32-bit armv7 slice. This update, which is now available for download for all jailbroken users, prevents issues where extensions wouldn’t load into Cydia.

There is also a need for all 32-bit binaries to be recompiled. Due to a change implemented by Apple for iOS 9, 32-bit binaries that aren’t recompiled are likely to fail or crash if they are not recompiled. This means that all developers that have published 32-bit binaries, in particular Cydia Substrate extensions, have a little work to do. Read More

 

Cydia Substrate has been updated for iOS 9, but many jailbreak tweaks still won’t work yet

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

It looks like saurik must have been in the know about the iOS 9 jailbreak, because it comes updated to work with iOS 9 post-jailbreak. As saurik states in the Cydia Substrate change log, version 0.9.6000 brings about significant changes to the package to make it play nice with iOS 9.

The fact that Cydia has been updated immediately is great news for jailbreakers. It means that you don’t have to jump through any hoops in order to get Cydia working on your device right after the jailbreak.

With that established, some of you may still deem it best to hold off for a while. That’s because there simply aren’t many tweaks available that work with iOS 9 yet…

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First dedicated Cydia tweaks appear for Cydia 1.1.19 users

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 3, 2015

Last night, saurik surprised us by releasing Cydia 1.1.19. This latest version of Cydia no longer runs as root, but as mobile. While that may seem ambiguous, this means that Cydia can now come under the influence of Cydia Substrate tweaks. In other words, developers can now produce jailbreak tweaks that work on Cydia.

Well it didn’t take long before dedicated Cydia tweaks begun appearing. In fact, there are now two dedicated Cydia tweaks available for download right now… Read More

 

The top 10 must-know Cydia tips [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

Since I imagine that there are probably tons of new jailbreakers since the iOS 8.3 jailbreak touched down, now is a great time to review some of my favorite Cydia tips. But even if you’re a seasoned Cydia veteran, you may find a tip or two in this list that you’ll find handy. How many of these tips do you use on a regular basis? Watch our video and find out. Read More

 

How to manually update to TaiG 2.1.2 if you’re already jailbroken

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

If you’re already jailbroken, and let’s face it, a lot of you are, then you may be wondering how to update your jailbreak to the latest version of TaiG—version 2.1.2. Should you start from scratch, or try to use the TaiG jailbreak tool again? No.

That’s because it’s super easy to update to the latest version of TaiG directly from Cydia itself. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get up and running on the latest version of TaiG, which fixes all sorts of bugs, in just a few minutes. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.2 + Cydia Substrate

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

As we noted earlier, the TaiG 2.1.2 untethered jailbreak tool was just released to much fanfare. This is the version of the tool that works as you would expect. It’s compatible with the latest version of iTunes, and works with Cydia Substrate out of the box.

Sadly TaiG 2.1.2 is still Windows only, but we have a good virtual machine tutorial for Mac only users. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.2 in mere minutes. Read More

 

Poll: Will you jailbreak iOS 8.3?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

Now that Cydia Substrate is available, users can now enjoy the many jailbreak tweaks and apps available on Cydia. Given the timing of this iOS 8.3 release, we’re interested to know what our readers think about the jailbreak overall.

Are you jailbroken? Do you plan on doing so soon? Or are you holding off altogether? Sound off in our poll, and check to see where you stand with regard to other jailbreakers. Read More

 

How to enable Cydia Substrate on the iOS 8.3 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

If you’re jailbroken on iOS 8.3, you’ve likely been frustrated by the lack of Cydia Substrate support up until now. As you’re no doubt aware of by now, Cydia Substrate hasn’t worked on iOS 8.3 due to a fix that needs to be implemented by the folks at TaiG.

The good news is that the fix is out, and I’ve confirmed that it works. If you’ve jailbroken your device with the TaiG 2.0 tool yesterday or earlier today, you can use a simple .deb file install to fix Cydia Substrate in just a few minutes.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install the TaiG 8.3 Untether .deb on your jailbroken iOS 8.3 device and fix Cydia Substrate. Read More

 

TaiG 2.1 released to fix Cydia Substrate

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

It looks like several reddit users have unearthed the next version of the TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.3. Several users have posted screenshots of the tool, which is said to fix the Cydia Substrate issues, iTunes issues, etc.

I’ve tested the untether myself, and I can confirm that it works. Cydia Substrate now works, and jailbreak tweaks that are compatible with iOS 8.3 now work. Read More

 

What tweaks are compatible with iOS 8.3? Here’s a list

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

Our friends over at r/jailbreak have compiled a list of compatible jailbreak tweaks for iOS 8.3. Unsurprsingly, most of the tweaks on the list have problems or don’t work at all. This is due to the fact that a fix needs to be implemented by the TaiG team to ensure Cydia Substrate compatibility.

Even still, there are a few jailbreak apps that don’t rely on Cydia Substrate, and thus work. Once Cydia Substrate compatibility is restored, this list will likely change rapidly as developers lend attention to their tweaks and apps. Read More

 

The status of Cydia Substrate on iOS 8.3

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

 

SwishSwitcher plays a sound when you kill an app from the App Switcher

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

SwishSwitcher by Metion is one of those ‘why not’ tweaks that are released here and there in Cydia that just add a little fun thing to a small part of iOS. They seem to be mostly projects that developers undertake in order to learn more about developing.

They can practice working with certain frameworks and passing information around by using Substrate to hook into Apple’s private API’s. There is also a lot more to learn about making a tweak than just coding it, and it’s a great accomplishment to set everything up and create a deb file.

In this case the developer uses the ‘whoosh’ sound you hear when you hit Send from the stock Mail app, and calls it to play after a user has swiped up on a card in the App Switcher. Read More

 
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