Saurik talks MobileSubstrate, 64-bit jailbreak tweaks and more

By Joe Rossignol on Dec 26, 2013

The unexpected arrival of an iOS 7 jailbreak has been a welcomed touch to the holidays for most iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, except for those with the latest devices. The all-new iPhone 5s, iPad Air and second-generation iPad mini, each powered by an Apple A7 chip, have faced compatibility issues with most popular jailbreak tweaks. Thankfully, that shouldn’t be the case much longer…  Read More


Zeppelin updated to support iOS 7

By Joe Rossignol on Dec 26, 2013

iPhone users that wish to replace AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or another carrier logo with a custom one will be happy to hear that Zeppelin has been updated to support iOS 7. The useful tweak can be enabled or disabled from a menu in the Settings app, without a respring required, and comes with over a dozen preinstalled logos to choose from. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…  Read More


BiteSMS beta 8.0 for iOS 7 is a work-in-progress

By Joe Rossignol on Dec 25, 2013

While the wait continues for an updated version of MobileSubstrate, following the unexpected release of an iOS 7 jailbreak, the developers of biteSMS are moving ahead with an updated version of the popular jailbreak tweak for iOS 7. BiteSMS beta release 8.0 remains a work-in-progress, and should be seeded to the public in the coming days.

An official post on the biteSMS forums reads: Read More


How to fix Cydia “failed to fetch” errors by removing the UltraSn0w repo

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2013

One of the more common error messages that new Cydia users will come across is the error that says Failed to fetch [...] HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found. This is a typical 404 message that you get when you visit a webpage location that no longer exists. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but it causes an error message to appear in Cydia each time you refresh your list of packages and it attempts to pull data from the non-existent UltraSn0w repo.

You’ll receive an error that states: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead. Yeah, so no big deal, but it’s still a huge annoyance, because this interrupts the stream of refreshing the list of Cydia packages. The fact is that you’ll probably never need to use UltraSn0w, and even if you did, you can always add the repo back to Cydia manually. Read More


Cydia updated for iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, the much anticipated Cydia 1.1.9 update for iOS 7 is out right now, and it looks good. We have a full video walkthrough in the works, but for now, head over to Cydia to find the upgrade to the Cydia installer and UIKit, and have at it. The tab bar icons were designed by Surenix, the UI Icons were made by Kyle Matthews, and it looks ridiculously good. Read More


List of iOS 7 compatible jailbreak tweaks

By Cody Lee on Dec 22, 2013

Ok, now that you’ve jailbroken your iOS device running iOS 7 with evasi0n7, what do you do? Which tweaks work and which ones don’t? This is one of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received this morning, so we figured we’d better start making a list.

Most tweaks that rely on Mobile Substrate aren’t working, as it’s currently broken, but there are a few that seem to be ok. Below you’ll find all of the iOS 7 compatible jailbreak tweaks that we’re aware of, broken down into those working, and those ‘sort of’ working… Read More


Cydia is installed on my iPhone 4S running iOS 6.1.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 3, 2013

Developer @winocm has been pretty vocal as of late about his intentions to eventually release a jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3 and iOS 6.1.4 devices. Although we generally take such claims with a heaping helping on my favorite seasoning, winocm is, from what I’ve been able to gather, a respectable member of the jailbreak community.

After all, this is the same developer that worked on an iOS 6.x downgrade, the jailbreak tweak Accentify, and has had various other contributions to the community. Needless to say, when he announced that he had an untether binary that still needed a bit of work, my ears perked up.

A few days ago, winocm reached out to iDB about his progress on the jailbreak. Although the project is still knee deep in its development phase, he did allow us to go hands on with some of his work. Today, with the help of winocm, I was able to install Cydia on my iPhone 4S running 6.1.3. If we’re ever going to see a proper tool released for the iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak, he just could be the developer to do so.

Yes, we have video of Cydia running on my iPhone 4S, and yes it’s legit. Although he has asked us not to speak about the process involved in getting a working Cydia on my 4S, I was there and watched him perform the process from start to finish. In other words, I can vouch for the Cydia install, and I can certainly vouch for video’s legitimacy. Have a look… Read More


New GlyphPatch tweak patches recently exposed DoS exploit in iOS

By Cody Lee on Sep 1, 2013

Filippo Bigarella has released a new jailbreak tweak this weekend called GlyphPatch. The utility patches the recently exposed DoS exploit which targets Safari’s WebKit engine and causes apps to crash when rendering a malicious sequence of characters.

The bug, which was made public last week, affects users on both iOS and Mac and can be triggered through a few different surfaces: SMS, iMessage, the web, and network SSID. But jailbroken iOS users can protect themselves from it with this new tweak… Read More


New jailbreak tweak FaceHalt brings Samsung’s Smart Pause feature to iOS devices

By Cody Lee on Aug 2, 2013

Samsung’s Galaxy S4, released back in the spring of this year, is loaded with a number of unique software features. And one of them that has been getting a lot of attention is Smart Pause, a mechanism that auto-pauses a movie when you look away.

While I myself have never lusted after such a feature, I can see how it would come in handy in a variety of situations. So I was happy to find out that you no longer have to buy a Samsung device to get it. You just need the new ‘FaceHalt’ jailbreak tweak… Read More


Safari Upload Enabler finally updated with support for iOS 6

By Cody Lee on Jun 20, 2013

Folks who have been around the jailbreak community for a while will likely remember a popular tweak called Safari Upload Enabler. Before Apple added the ability in Safari to upload photos and videos in iOS 6, it was one of the only ways you could natively upload files from within the mobile browser.

Well we have some good news today for all of you jailbreakers, Safari Upload Enabler has finally been updated with support for iOS 6. Developed by H. Samara and N. Bassen, the new version of the tweak is out in Cydia now with a number of improvements, including a new Dropbox API and more… Read More


Give your iPhone an iOS 7 makeover with this new theme

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2013

Folks feeling left out of all of the iOS 7 beta festivities will be happy to hear that there is now a way you can get in on the fun—no developer account required. A new theme just popped up in Cydia that promises to give your jailbroken iPhone an iOS 7-style makeover.

Now, obviously it’s not going to be exactly like iOS 7. You’re not going to get any of the new features that come with the major update, like the control center or the revamped Notification Center. But if you just want your iPhone to look like iOS 7, this theme is for you… Read More


OpenOnSearch makes Spotlight a little more useful

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2013

I don’t use Spotlight much. The page, which sits to the left of the main Home screen in iOS, lets you do some really useful things like search for stuff on your device and the web. But honestly, most of the time I forget it’s there.

But jailbreak developers are looking to change that. We’ve seen a number of tweaks designed to enhance the Spotlight page, like SpotEnhancer and SLEnhancerSearch, and today we’ve got a new one to show you. Here’s OpenOnSearch… Read More


LockToggle adds handy settings toggles to your Lock screen

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2013

Folks who have yet to find a Lock screen-settings-toggle tweak that suits their needs will be happy to know that another one has been added to the pile this weekend. LockToggle, by developer Haifisch, gives you quick, one-touch access to some of the most common iOS settings, without you having to unlock your device… Read More


Change the way you ‘slide to unlock’ with FXOSLock

By Cody Lee on May 31, 2013

Are you getting tired of the old ‘slide to unlock’ bar on your iPhone’s Lock screen? Tough. It’s been like that since Apple unveiled the original handset back in 2007, and I doubt it’s going to be changing it anytime soon.

But the good news is, if your iPhone is jailbroken, Cydia has hundreds of slider replacements to choose from. In fact, a new one just recently hit the store called FXOSLock that completely changes the way the slider looks… Read More


Apple Web OS: a theme that mimics Apple’s online store

By Cody Lee on May 31, 2013

If pressed, I would say that I consider myself an Apple fan. I love my iPhone, and my iPad, and I’m typing right now on a MacBook Pro. But even I cringed a bit when I first laid eyes on this new DreamBoard theme called Apple Web OS.

As the title states, Apple Web OS essentially gives your iPhone a complete ‘Apple web store’ makeover. Instead of icons it has product photos, and instead of pages it has tabs. It’s actually very authentic, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing… Read More


Swipe to call, text or email in the Contacts app with QuickGestures

By Cody Lee on May 30, 2013

When a fan war breaks out over what the ‘best mobile platform’ is, I usually try to stay out of it. I like iOS better than Android, and believe it to be the superior of the two. But I know that’s just my personal opinion, and not a fact.

Truth be told, I actually like quite a few things about Android. The way it handles contacts, for instance, is great. You can text, email or call someone with a quick swipe or tap. It’s too bad I can’t do that in iOS. Or can I? Read More


WhiteLine HD: a gorgeous minimal theme for your iPhone

By Cody Lee on May 28, 2013

We’ve seen some pretty cool themes over the past few weeks. There was FlatIcons, iMIUI, and more recently Motif—all of them are worth checking out if you haven’t already. And we’re going to add to that list today, with WhiteLine HD.

WhiteLine HD is a new iPhone theme by Xavier32. It’s lightweight, and looks great, as long as your into the whole minimalism thing. But don’t let its simplistic design fool you. It includes over 800 icons, countless UI elements, and more… Read More


Take better low-light selfies with FrontFlash

By Cody Lee on May 27, 2013

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 last fall, it touted the fact that it could take better low-light photos than its predecessor. The improvement came by way of a new “dynamic low-light mode” that was built into the handset.

Unfortunately, the feature only works with the iSight (rear) camera, meaning low-light pictures taken with the FaceTime camera still look terrible. But don’t worry, you can fix that with the new jailbreak tweak FrontFlash… Read More


Initiate Activator functions using icon taps with App Activate

By Cody Lee on May 26, 2013

On its own, Activator is probably one of the most useful jailbreak tweaks available. It allows you to map practically any button or touch gesture to an iOS action. But what makes it really cool is that devs can create their own tweaks to extend its capabilities.

And that’s the case with this next package, by developer rjharris. It’s call App Activate, and it enables you to initiate any of Activator’s actions by double tapping an app icon . So for instance, you could set it so that double tapping the Music icon starts playing music… Read More


Give your iPhone’s UI a reboot with Motif

By Cody Lee on May 26, 2013

I’m not usually a theme kind of guy. I know there are a lot of people out there that love customizing the look of their devices, and that’s awesome, but I’m more about functionality and minimalism.

That doesn’t mean, though, that I won’t give new and interesting themes a shot. I used ayecon for a long time, and then I had iMIUI for a bit. And over the past few days, I’ve been testing out Motif… Read More

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