Theme Thursday: Newport for iOS 7, Trima HD and Lucid

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 13, 2014

We’re back with the seventh edition of Theme Thursday, a weekly column that promotes some of the best Winterboard theme releases for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This column has mostly been experimental up until this point, as we continue to gauge the feedback from our readers. What we heard last week was that many of the themes looked very similar to each other, so this week we’ve tried to make things more unique…  Read More

 

Theme Thursday: Habesha, Mary and Myrea

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 6, 2014

It is already March and time for the sixth edition of Theme Thursday, a weekly roundup that features some of the best Winterboard themes for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Even over three months since the iOS 7 jailbreak was released, there continues to be a number of high-quality theme releases each week. Ayeris captured the attention of the jailbreaking community last week, and this time around we present you with Habesha, Mary and Myrea…  Read More

 

Auxo 2 teased in videos

By Cody Lee on Mar 2, 2014

In October 2012, we posted a few images from a concept by an up-and-coming designer called “Rethinking the App Switcher for the iPhone 5.” As the name suggested, the concept offered a different take on the then-bottom-loading app switcher.

That designer’s name was Sentry, who is now one of the most well-known figures in the jailbreak community, and that concept went on to become Auxo, perhaps one of the most popular tweaks of all time. And yes, folks, a sequel is on the way… Read More

 

Theme Thursday: Axla, FlatIcons, Gusht and more

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 27, 2014

This fifth edition of Theme Thursday marks one month since we began highlighting some of the best Winterboard themes available for iPhone and iPod touch. It has been a lot of fun putting this column together each week, and I’m glad that so many readers have been enjoying it. iPad users, your roundup is on the horizon.

Best of all, it makes me proud that we’re able to give some well-deserved recognition to the talented graphic designers in this community. If it wasn’t for those people, we wouldn’t have these great themes to use on our devices. So, without further ado, this week’s featured themes are: Axla, iOS 8 Concept, FlatIcons, Gusht and iOS 8 Infinity Theme. Dive right in… Read More

 

IntelliScreenX 7 beta set to land next week

By Cody Lee on Feb 22, 2014

We’ve been getting asked on a fairly frequent basis over the past few weeks if we’ve heard anything about IntelliScreenX. The all-in-one Lock screen jailbreak tweak has been very popular with users since it first launched in late 2011, and it’s one of the few remaining holdouts for iOS 7.

Well this morning we finally received word from Intelliborn, the developers behind the tweak, and it’s good news. Apparently the team is almost finished with an iOS 7-compatible version of IntelliScreenX, and they are planning on releasing a beta version of it as early as next week… Read More

 

Theme Thursday: Jaku, Slab and Redsgn 2.0

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 20, 2014

The fourth edition of Theme Thursday has arrived, a weekly column that covers some of the best theme releases for Winterboard to date. This week’s roundup continues to focus on iPhone and iPod touch themes, although many are designed for the iPad as well. Moreover, after listening to your feedback for the last three weeks, we have plans to publish an iPad theme roundup in the near future.

This week, we highlight the following themes: Jaku, Slab and Redsgn 2.0. To get the reflective dock used in the screenshots, download ClassicDock. I am also using a custom font called Cartogothic Std that is applied using BytaFont. In this edition of Theme Thursday, I provide a combination of stock images from the designers alongside my own screenshots. Take a look…  Read More

 

Theme Thursday: Enkelt Neue, Laguna 3, Zanilla and more

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 13, 2014

Welcome to the third edition of our Theme Thursday roundup, which highlights some of the best theme releases for Winterboard each week. While this column is primarily focused on iPhone and iPod touch themes, many of them are also compatible with the iPad. We also often mention some worthwhile alternatives to consider looking into. The themes featured this week are: Laguna, 3 4 All, Enkelt Neue, Zanilla 2.1 and iRa. I’m also using ClassicDock and Iconomatic throughout. Take a look…  Read More

 

How to enable Guest Mode on iPhone

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 9, 2014

While multiple user account support exists on OS X and certain Android devices, the same cannot be said for iPhone. Enter GuestMode, a new jailbreak tweak by computer science graduate student Ian Burns that offers a fully customizable guest experience like none other.

Allow your kids to play games on your smartphone without accidentally calling someone, or let your friends control your music without lurking through your Facebook or Photos app. Find out how it works…  Read More

 

How to password protect individual apps with iAppLock

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 8, 2014

While setting a passcode on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can go a long way towards improving the security of your device, it is meaningless in situations where it is already unlocked and an invasive family member decides to read through your Messages history or tamper with your ongoing Candy Crush Saga game.

Fortunately, a myriad of jailbreak tweaks have been released over the years that password protect apps on iOS devices. iAppLock stands as one of the first candidates to be updated with support for iOS 7 or later, and it has some useful features. Read ahead for a complete rundown…  Read More

 

Theme Thursday: Anode, Clarity, i7Cons and more

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 6, 2014

Welcome to the second edition of our Theme Thursday roundup, which highlights some of the best theme releases each week. While this column is primarily focused on iPhone and iPod touch themes, many of them are also compatible with the iPad. We also often mention some worthwhile alternatives to consider looking into. The themes featured this week are: Anode, Clarity, Colorize7, i7Cons and UltraFlat for iOS 7. Take a look…  Read More

 

Forecast brings the Weather app to the Lock screen

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 6, 2014

I awoke this morning to blizzard conditions and cancelled classes, giving me the fitting opportunity to take a look at an exciting recently updated jailbreak tweak called Forecast for iPhone and iPod touch. I recommend you take a look too, as this is definitely one of the better packages available on Cydia.

Forecast replaces Slide to Unlock on the Lock screen with a widget on the bottom left that displays the current temperature and conditions, in addition to anticipated highs and lows for the day. For example, in the screenshot above, the current temperature is 34 ºF with mostly clear skies on a crisp February night. And that’s just the beginning of what this tweak has to offer… Read More

 

How to open App Store links without leaving the app you’re currently in

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 5, 2014

When you tap on an app link on your iPhone or iPad using Safari or otherwise, you are automatically redirected to the App Store to make a download or learn more details. The transition is rather cumbersome, however, as it is essentially a two-step process that requires you to return to the app you were originally using via the Home screen or multitasking menu.

QuickStore 2 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that aims to solve this minor inconvenience by allowing users to launch the App Store directly from the app they are using at the time. This is achieved through a pop-up window that loads when you tap on an app link anywhere on iOS, including websites like iDownloadBlog. Details inside…  Read More

 

How to display free RAM and system information in Control Center

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 4, 2014

In his review of CCLoader, our jailbreak guru Jeff mentioned the fact that developers would be able to tap into the tweak and create their own sections in Control Center. That is the basis behind CCSystemStatus, a new iOS extension by vsnraindev that displays your available storage, IP address, free RAM and other system information about your iOS device in Control Center…  Read More

 

How to rename group conversations in Messages

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 3, 2014

While popular cross-platform messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger offer the ability to rename group conversations, the same cannot be said for the stock Messages app on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. When you add two or more people to a conversation, the name of the group chat simply lists the names of the contacts you are messaging.

Fortunately, a past jailbreak tweak called MessageRenamer has been updated with both iOS 7 and 64-bit compatibility. The tweak, which was originally reviewed by our very own Jeff last August, allows you to easily change the name of any conversation in both the Messages app and biteSMS extension.  It could be a chat with just one other person, or several. Take a look at how it works ahead…  Read More

 

How to quickly compose notes from the Lock or Home screen

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 2, 2014

As a post-secondary student, I am always recording notes on my iPhone during lectures since iCloud automatically syncs them to my MacBook Pro and iPad at my desk back home. For that reason, a new jailbreak tweak called NoteCreator is a simple but useful iOS extension that comes in handy for notetakers like me.

Simply put, the tweak allows you to create notes from anywhere on iOS thanks in part to Ryan Petrich‘s ever-so-popular Activator tweak. If that sounds useful to you, keep reading… Read More

 

Assign various actions to app icons with App Activate

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 2, 2014

Activator is one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks available on Cydia, in addition to being part of the core functionality of several other iOS extensions. App Activate Pro is the perfect example, a new tweak that lets you assign an action to double tapping, triple tapping or long-hold tapping an icon on the Home screen. The actions are assigned using Activator and can be applied to all stock or third-party apps. Take a look…  Read More

 

Elite7 is an iPhone theme that goes far beyond custom icons

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 2, 2014

A few weeks ago, I spoke with a respected graphic artist about the new challenges that iOS 7 presents for theme makers. In concluding that article, I stated that while the all-new user interface would certainly prove more difficult to customize, it would still be possible with some new techniques. Right on queue, it appears that at least one person has volunteered for the task.

Philadelphia-based Rob Grohman (BarsOverBeats) has been working on an upcoming theme called Elite7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and it is one beautiful package. I’m not just talking about a custom icon set, but rather one of the first themes designed to customize virtually the entire iOS user interface down to the tiniest details. We’ve got a sneak peek ahead…  Read More

 

StayClassy is a flat and gentle theme for iPhone

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 1, 2014

iOS themes appear to be at the front and center of the jailbreaking community as of late, many of which we have featured in our ten best Winterboard themes roundup and new Theme Thursday series. The avalanche of releases continues with the arrival of StayClassy for the iPhone, a custom icon set that is both flat and gentle in design…  Read More

 

iTransmission BitTorrent client updated for iOS 7, ARM64 devices

By Cody Lee on Jan 31, 2014

Good news jailbreakers: the popular BitTorrent client iTransmission has been updated to support iOS 7 and ARM64 devices. The app now works on newer iPhones and iPads, and looks good doing it thanks to its iOS 7-inspired makeover.

For those not familiar with the utility, iTransmission works just like its desktop counterpart, enabling you to initiate and manage torrent downloads on your iOS device. This is the app’s fourth iteration, and it looks to be better than ever… Read More

 

MusicAppMods hides in-line album art and reveals hidden song info in Music app

By Joe Rossignol on Jan 31, 2014

I’ve covered a lot of impactful jailbreak tweaks over the last week, ranging from Convergance and FaceOff 7 to AppBox and Remote Messages. But, smaller tweaks that make minor modifications to iOS deserve some mention too.

MusicAppMods by Adam Spindler is a new extension that serves two purposes: it hides in-line album art and reveals hidden song information in the Music app. Keep reading for a quick rundown of the tweak…  Read More