Upcoming ‘PushNotify’ tweak will let you forward push notifications from iOS to the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 8, 2014

I’ve been testing PushNotify for a few weeks, and now I can finally talk about what it does. A lot of you have been asking me about this tweak, because you’ve seen its settings featured in my other videos and screenshots.

PushNotify, to put it simply, is a jailbreak tweak that lets your forward push notifications to the Mac. It does so by means of a small menu-bar utility that runs on the Mac, and a jailbreak tweak that’s installed via Cydia on your iOS device.

We’ve taken PushNotify for a test drive on video, and we’d like to show you how it works. Check inside for the details. Read More

 

GesturesPlus: improve the pinch-to-close iOS 7 animation

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 8, 2014

If you’ve used Auxo 2, you’re probably aware of the interesting animation that occurs when closing an app using a swipe-up gesture from the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. The result is an animation that features all of the app icons on the Home screen zooming out in sync with the closing application.

This is the same pinch-to-close gesture that’s available on the iPad, and it’s only recently gaining significant notoriety on the iPhone due to Auxo’s slick implementation of it. In iOS 7.1, Apple changed the animation slightly to better represent an app’s presence in iOS’ three dimensional space, and GesturesPlus—a recently released tweak available for free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo—brings these changes to lesser firmware.

Admittedly, the function of this tweak is a bit difficult to explain in writing, so I encourage you to click past the break to watch the video  where I compare the animations before and after GesturesPlus is installed. Read More

 

Theme Thursday: Looka, Elza, Comic7 and Caramelo

By Joe Rossignol on Apr 3, 2014

It has now been over three calendar months since Theme Thursday began as a weekly column that promotes some of the best Winterboard theme releases for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. While this week was somewhat slower in terms of quality themes, we are still excited to share three well-designed releases alongside a preview of a fourth one that remains a work in progress. Join us ahead for a look at Looka, Elza, Comic7 and Caramelo…  Read More

 

Evasi0n7 1.0.8 is out with support for iOS 7.0 11A466

By Cody Lee on Mar 28, 2014

At some point during the past week or so, the evad3rs released an update for evasi0n7, bringing the jailbreak tool to version 1.0.8. According to the change log, the software now supports build 11A466 of iOS 7.

Apparently 11A466 is a factory build—not available for download—of the iOS 7 firmware that shipped on some of iPhone 5s and 5c units. And up until now, folks with these devices were having issues jailbreakingRead More

 

How to enable Drunk Mode on iPhone

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 21, 2014

You are out for a night on the town with your friends, and perhaps you’ve had one too many Long Island Iced Teas or Peppermint Schnapps. We’re not judging you, but others might be when you send them a misspelled text message or perhaps worse. Fortunately, if you have an iPhone, this is an easily avoidable situation.

While it might sound stupid, a jailbreak tweak called Drunk Mode actually serves a relatively useful purpose. The tweak is a very simple one; when enabled, it prevents you from sending iMessages to your friends, family, boss, co-workers or whoever else you probably shouldn’t be talking to at the time. Details ahead…  Read More

 

Theme Thursday: Inversify, Ayza, VectrOS and more

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 20, 2014

It is quite impressive that even as this eighth edition of Theme Thursday has come upon us, there are still a number of quality Winterboard themes being released each week. It is equally as impressive how collaborative the theming community is in general, as a number of iDownloadBlog readers and others continue to share themes with us that they feel are deserving of making this column. This week, we are proud to share Inversify, Ayza, Rollypop and VectrOS. Here they are… Read More

 

How to mail more than five photos at once on iPhone and iPad

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 19, 2014

One of the biggest inconveniences that comes from using the stock Mail app on iPhone and iPad is the inability to attach more than five photos per email. But the areas where iOS has shortcomings is where the jailbreaking community proves its value; in this case, developer Pramod Mohandas has released MailUnlimitedPhotos, a new jailbreak tweak that removes the five photo restriction from Mail. We’ve got a closer look at the tweak ahead…  Read More

 

SlideWeather replaces “slide to unlock” with current weather conditions

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 17, 2014

As someone who lives in Canada, which has been experiencing one of the coldest winters on record, it is safe to say that I have been checking the forecast a little more often than usual. That is part of the reason why I am a big fan of weather-related jailbreak tweaks such as SlideWeather, a new iOS extension that replaces the default “slide to unlock” text on the Lock screen with the current temperature and conditions.

SlideWeather pulls forecast information based on the location of your device, meaning that you must have Location Services enabled for the Weather app for this tweak to work properly. I only learned that by experimentation, as disabling Location Services caused the tweak to display no temperature and warn that a tornado was incoming. Fortunately, that is not the case. Details ahead…  Read More

 

How to add quick compose widgets to Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 16, 2014

Compose—the jailbreak tweak that allows you to add quick compose widgets to iOS—has been updated for iOS 7. In prior versions of the tweak, the quick compose widgets appeared in Notification Center, but with iOS 7, the compose widgets have been relocated to Control Center.

The iOS 7 version of Compose features a bevy of quick compose shortcuts for apps like Tweetbot, BBM, WhatsApp, and more. It’s a great tweak for quickly accessing the composition assets for many of your favorite App Store apps. To catch a glimpse of how Compose works on iOS 7, take a look at our video walkthrough past the break. Read More

 

How to get iDownloadBlog headlines in Notification Center or Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2014

If you’re an avid iDB reader, and let’s face it—you should be—then I suggest you check out two recently released jailbreak tweaks that allow you to add our headlines to Control Center or Notification Center in iOS 7. Aptly entitled iDownloadBlog for Control Center and iDownloadBlog for Notification Center, these new jailbreak tweaks make it easy to stay up to date with all of the latest Apple news.

We’ve taken both tweaks for a spin on video, and while we weren’t blown away by the presentation, we did find them to be pretty handy additions for iDB fiends. Have a look inside as we step through the features. Read More

 

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

 

SixBar: enable the black and white status bar from iOS 6

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

SixBar is a recently released tweak for those of you who are tiring of the status bar present in iOS 7. It forces the status bar into the old-school black and white mode that was last seen in iOS 6.

SixBar is not a theme, so it doesn’t require WinterBoard or any other theming utility. Once you install SixBar, you’ll need to go to the Settings app to find the tweak’s preferences. Inside the preferences you’ll notice a lone toggle—a kill-switch—used to enable or disable the tweak. When you enable the toggle and respring, you’ll see the familiar black and white status bar inspired by iOS 6…

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Polus: a customized QuickLaunch experience for Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

A3tweaks—the development team behind great jailbreak releases such as Auxo—is back with a brand new upcoming tweak, and we want to show it to you. The tweak, which is called Polus, is an extension that adds significant improvements to the QuickLaunch section of Control Center.

With Polus, you can customize Control Center’s apps shortcuts, and assign them with Activator gestures…but that’s not all. We’ve taken the upcoming tweak for a detailed spin on video. Check past the break for more information. Read More

 

How to quickly swipe between message threads in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

MessageSwiper7 is a recent Cydia release that brings the ability to swipe between Messages app conversations in iOS 7. We posted about the original MessageSwiper almost a year ago, and as you’ll see, that version differs quite a bit from the latest version.

Since iOS 7′s Messages app already features built-in actions for swipe gestures on both the right and left side of the app, more thought had to be put into the tweak to get things right in iOS 7. We’ve taken MessageSwiper7 for a brief spin on video to show you how it works. Have a look at our full walkthrough inside.

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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

 

BattSaver for iOS 7: manage your iPhone’s radios to increase battery life

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 23, 2014

BattSaver, a battery saving jailbreak app that we reviewed in-depth a couple of years ago, has been updated for iOS 7 compatibility. It’s basically the same jailbreak release that we reviewed before, except this time around it works for iOS 7 and arm64 devices like the iPhone 5s.

As we explained in our initial review, BattSaver isn’t necessarily performing any magic, it just manages the radios on your device in such a way so that you can save battery life. Many of the same strategies are incorporated in this updated version of BattSaver, including Normal and Aggressive battery saving strategies. Have a look inside for more details. Read More

 

Evasi0n7 1.0.6 released with support for iOS 7.0.6

By Cody Lee on Feb 22, 2014

Following Apple’s release yesterday of iOS 7.0.6, the evad3rs have released an update to their evasi0n7 jailbreak tool. The update, which brings the tool to version 1.0.6. included a fix for an SSL connection verification issue, which turned out to be a major security flaw in the operating system.

For this reason, we recommend that, if possible, you update to the latest firmware and then use evasi0n7 1.0.6 to jailbreak your device

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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

 

How to get a semi-working Photo Booth port on the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 17, 2014

Photo Booth—it’s one of the iPad only apps that sort of gets lost in the shuffle when talking about stock apps. It’s an app that people play with when they first get their iPad’s only to never really touch it again. Despite that, there always seems to be a concerted effort amongst members of the jailbreak community to port Photo Booth to the iPhone.

Two years ago, Photo Booth was ported to the iPhone 4S with much fan fare. Today, it’s been ported to iPhone’s running iOS 7. The good news is that it more or less works like you’d expect. The bad news is that, at least in its current form, it’s a buggy mess devoid of many of the effects found on the iPad version. Have a look at our video walkthrough past the break to see what I mean. Read More

 
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