Apple, why can’t you select multiple photos in iOS by tapping and dragging anymore?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 13, 2015

On today’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, Sebastien, Cody, and I were talking about the lack of a decent way to select multiple photos in the iOS 8 photos app. That conversation reminded me of how you could select multiple photos on earlier iOS versions back in the day by tapping and dragging.

I was able to find a video that I had filmed back in February of 2011 showcasing such a feature. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this was iOS 4, since it was filmed on February 9, 2011, and iOS 5 didn’t release until October 12, 2011. But the point is, there was a great feature in iOS 4 that made selecting multiple photos so much easier than it is today. Apple, we need this feature back. Read More


‘MusicGestures’ adds customized gestures to the stock Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 26, 2012

MusicGestures is a jailbreak tweak that lends the ability to control the stock Music app with gestures instead of button presses. There are a total of 6 actions (7 if you count disabled as an action) that you can assign to any number of gestures.

The gestures can be used to skip, play, pause, and gather info on both the album cover view, and the individual track view.

It’s not the deepest tweak in the shed, but the simplicity of MusicGestures makes it worth a look… Read More


‘ColoredKnob’ Updated With a Host of New Colors

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 5, 2012

ColoredKnob is a tweak that we covered in the past, and it was met with a fairly warm reception. We really liked it; in fact, the only thing holding us back from absolutely loving it was the limited amount of colors available in the initial release.

Apparently the developer heard our cries, because ColoredKnob has just been updated with a ton of new colors, making it much more appealing that it was before… Read More


iEagleEye Adds Extra Image Options to Safari And Mail

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2012

The image selection menu in Safari and Mail just got a lot more interesting. iEagleEye is a jailbreak tweak that adds a numerous amount of new options to image selection — options such as Google Images, opening in new tab, copying the image URL, and more.

If you’re looking to make your iOS experience more like a desktop experience when it comes to images, then you might want to give iEagleEye a look. Read More


How to Add Basic Photo Edit Options to the Stock Photos App

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 2, 2011

Wishing for a quick and simple way to perform basic photo editing tasks without the use of external app?

True, such a feature is baked directly into iOS 5, but that’s still a few days away. What about now?

Jailbreak connoisseur Filippo Bigarella’s got you back, with the recent release of PhotoEdit, a jailbreak tweak that brings a few basic photo editing options to us iOS 4 users… Read More


iOS 4 After One Year: Running on 95% of iPhones

By Guest Author on Jun 29, 2011

About a year ago, iOS 4 became available to the public with Apple releasing it to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G customers. It seems as if many iPhone customers are up-to-date with all of their software, as a whopping 95.59% of Apple iOS distribution by versions are already iOS 4.

Some people are still on iOS 3 – 4.22% of iOS devices in use are still running iOS 3 – but we presume that most of these are original iPhone owners (remember Apple left the 1st generation iPhone out of the picture for iOS 4)… Read More


Web App Performance in iOS 5 Greatly Improved

By Alex Heath on Jun 18, 2011

Web app performance in iOS 4 has been disappointing. It’s been speculated that Apple has been intentionally handicapping web app performance in iOS 4. When websites are launched from the iPhone’s homescreen, loading times become much longer than when a site is opened straight from the Mobile Safari app.

In iOS 5, it’s been discovered that fullscreen web apps from the homescreen can access the Nitro Javascript engine that sped up Mobile Safari in iOS 4.3. These “dynamic-codesigning” privileges allow for a much faster web app experience in iOS 5.

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iOS 4 Encryption Broken by ElcomSoft

By Cody Lee on May 24, 2011

Up until the Cupertino company launched iOS 4 last year, there wasn’t any real data protection for iDevices. This left much of the government and enterprise market who require top notch security, holding onto their BlackBerry devices.

iOS 4 brought about industry-standard AES-256 encryption. The new protection consisted of encrypted key sets that were either tied to the device or to the iDevice user’s passcode. Up until now, that encryption has been fairly unbreakable… Read More


Apple Testing “iPhone 4S” With Developers, Device Will Have A5 Chip for Enhanced Gaming

By Alex Heath on Apr 21, 2011

Apple has already started testing prototype units of the next generation iPhone with “select” developers. We’ve already heard that the next iPhone will most likely sport Apple’s powerful A5 processor, and 9to5Mac is reporting that the next iPhone will indeed boast the A5 chip.

The iPad 2 uses Apple’s A5 processor, and Apple is bringing the A5 to the iPhone in order to improve gaming performance. Big-name gaming companies are already testing an A5-equipped iPhone “4S” to get ready for the new device’s launch.

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Your iPhone Secretly Records Your Location Data

By Cody Lee on Apr 20, 2011

Most of you are probably aware that the iPhone can track your location. We’ve all seen the box pop up that says “Facebook would like to use your location data,” and then you tap Allow or Cancel.

But how many of you knew that the iPhone constantly tracks your location and records your coordinates alongside a time stamp to a secret file? I assumed that police might have access to that kind of info through my wireless carrier, but I didn’t know it was sitting in a file on my phone… Read More


WhiteD00r Brings iOS 4.2 To iPhone 2G/3G And iPod Touch 1G/2G

By Guest Author on Feb 18, 2011

As many of you know, with the release of iOS 4.0 Apple discontinued support for the iPhone 2G as well as the iPod Touch 1G. This left iPhone 2G and iPod Touch 1G stuck on iOS 3.1.3 for life. Furthermore, while Apple did end up upgrading the iPhone 3G (which has the same amount of RAM/processor as the iPhone 2G), 3G owners experienced a great deal of problems after updating to 4.0. The OS was incredibly slow and was barely usable.

After various reports and angry iPhone 3G users, Apple began to look into the issue and stated the issues would be resolved in iOS 4.2.1. When iOS 4.2.1 came around, performance had been improved on the iPhone 3G, but it was still quite slow. Most users decided to downgrade/remain on iOS 3.1.3.

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Apple Quietly Removed the Stealthy Jailbreak Detection in iOS 4.2.1

By Alex Heath on Dec 13, 2010

According to certain device management vendors, Apple, without an explanation of any kind, has dropped its own jailbreak detection API from iOS no less than six months after releasing it. The reasons behind this decision are a mystery, as Apple has declined to comment on the decision to abandon the API in the release of iOS 4.2.1.

Apple’s API let MDM (Master Data Management) applications access core information about the version of iOS running on any given device. Basically, the jailbreak detection API allowed certain applications to ask an iOS system if it had been compromised. Surprisingly, in the newly released iOS 4.2.1, that API is nowhere to be seen…

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iPhone 4.2.1 Untethered Jailbreak Available Soon

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2010

Today, MuscleNerd unveiled the video of an iOS 4.2 untethered jailbreak that is currently in the works. This is wonderful news for everyone who wisely held off on upgrading their iPhones to 4.2.1.

If you noticed lately how Cydia mysteriously saves off your 4.2b3 SHSH files, well this exploit utilizes those. Patience is indeed a virtue! Check inside for full video displaying the untethered jailbreak running on an iPod Touch 4g.

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ListLauncher Makes It Easier To Launch Your Apps From Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 6, 2010

I’ve always been quite partial to Spotlight, I use it all the time to launch apps that I have tucked away in a folder somewhere, and I find that it is an extremely effective way to use my iPhone.

With that in mind, my ears always perk up whenever a tweak makes a claim that it can improve Spotlight, and ListLauncher is one such app. Just how does it work, and does it really make launching apps faster?

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Graviboard Confines Your iPhone to the Rules of Gravity

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 6, 2010

The developer of Graviboard, a jailbreak tweak that brings gravity to your Home screen, claims that it is “guaranteed to amaze your friends…” That’s a pretty lofty guarantee to make, especially when it costs a moderate $2.99.

Does the tweak defy gravity, and live up to its billing? We take a look inside…

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Enhance Your Typing Efficiency With 5-Row iOS Keyboard

By Alex Heath on Dec 6, 2010

5-Row Keyboard is a new jailbreak tweak that does just what the name describes: enables a larger, 5-row keyboard in iOS. All of the numeric keys are added to a top row of the iOS keyboard so that you don’t have to constantly change the keyboard layout when typing numbers.

This tweak doesn’t do much else besides what is obvious…  Read More


SBRotator Adds Landscape Mode to Your iPhone Home Screen

By Alex Heath on Dec 5, 2010

Most apps in iOS support both portrait and landscape mode. The iPad even supports portrait and landscape on the home screen. Apple has limited the iPhone’s home screen to portrait mode only, but there is now a jailbreak tweak for adding landscape rotation to your iPhone’s home screen.

SBRotator changes your home screen to match your iPhone’s orientation, just like most apps will already do in iOS. If you have been dying to have this capability since you saw the iPad’s rotated home screen, you should be very happy with SBRotator… Read More


ScrollingBoard, The Ultimate Jailbreak Tweak for Your iPhone’s Dock

By Alex Heath on Dec 4, 2010

ScrollingBoard is a new Cydia tweak that let’s you have scrolling, unlimited icons in your dock and folders, and addons in your dock (like iPod controls). What makes ScrollingBoard so interesting is that not only does it bring a few new features to your jailbroken device, but it also replicates the functions of other popular jailbreak tweaks in the process.

ScrollingBoard’s main goal is to make your iOS device’s dock as useful as can be. The native arrangement of icons on your home screen’s pages is also available on your dock with ScrollingBoard. The addons and SBSettings integration that ScollingBoard brings to the dock also make this tweak especially worth the $1.50 price tag…

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Tutorial: How to Install the New Cydia for iOS 4.2

By Alex Heath on Dec 3, 2010

Cydia was recently updated to support Apple’s updated API’s in iOS 4.2. This particular Cydia update was quite the major overhaul, and there is no option available (yet) within Cydia to update to the newest version automatically.

Besides iOS 4.2 support, there are several long-awaited improvements in this version of Cydia.

The most noticeable improvement in this update is a huge performance boost throughout the whole application. Everything is faster. Once Cydia does the initial restructuring and downloading after you first install the update, you should notice an immediate boost in speed as you navigate the app. That means less of the dreaded loading wheel and more of actually accomplishing what you want to do… Read More


OpenNotifier Adds Custom Notifications to your iPhone’s Status Bar

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2010

I think the majority of people are in agreement that one of the key features that the iPhone has lacked over the years, and continues to lack, is a competent notification system.

Sure we have push notifications, but those can be incredibly disrupting and intrusive. Then there’s the app icon badges, which serve their purpose, but can quickly litter your homescreen with a mess of little red icons.

What’s a guy to do to get some good notifications around these parts? Jailbreak, of course.
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