By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2017
Find My Friends is an app made by Apple that lets you track the location of your friends and family so you can find out their whereabouts at any time of the day, but it can also be a real privacy concern.
While some people enable this feature voluntarily so that their family members can keep tabs on them or so that friends can meet up with one another, others have the feature enabled on them behind their backs so their significant others can stalk them.
If you’re paranoid about whether or not you’re being tracked, then you need a new free jailbreak tweak called AntiTracker. Read More
By Steffen Reich on Jan 20, 2017
If you have ever tried to wrap your head around a second language, the effectiveness of reading books or news of that foreign origin will not have escaped you: aside from proactively memorizing words and grammar, it’s probably the quickest way to getting a grasp of the concept of any foreign language. While it is no longer a secret that Apple provides a set of built-in dictionaries for when you stumble upon a word unbeknownst to you, there is an important distinction between some of the dictionaries available to you.
The tutorial below is going to highlight the difference between the two main subsets of dictionaries (thesaurus vs. actual language to language translation) and scrutinize if your language of choice is one of the few lucky ones Apple decided to support beyond the thesaurus. Following that is a quick demonstration on how to translate the words in question to English. Read on to find out why some dictionaries are simply better than others. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2017
Spotify users who rock a jailbroken device on iOS 9 are going to love a new free jailbreak tweak called Quickify.
This tweak allows you to save any of the songs you listen to from the Spotify app via a new button that gets added to the Now Playing view of Control Center and the Lock screen. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017
Apple today shared new user interface resources aimed at iOS 10 development. They come in the form of ready-made design templates for Photoshop and Sketch and include a variety of other helpful assets for quickly designing iOS apps.
Apple says these resources accurately depict the full range of UIKit controls which are available in iOS 10, as well as views and glyphs to help speed up the process of constructing and designing user interfaces in iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017
Transferring music files to your iOS hardware is not for the faint-hearted, let alone for novice users, but I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that. Because third-party apps are not permitted to save songs to the music library on your device, the process officially sanctioned by Apple requires syncing your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the bloated mess that is desktop iTunes.
Thankfully, specialized apps such as Softorino’s excellent WALTR 2 (free trial available – or $39.95) let you simply drag and drop media files on WALTR’s drop zone and rest assured they’ll be transcoded into iOS-friendly formats and saved into appropriate apps. In this brief tutorial, we’ll lay out the process of adding music to iPhone without iTunes, using the WALTR app. Read More
By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 18, 2017
Riley Testut’s new project Delta, the retro game console emulator, continued its early phase testing yesterday, with the release of a second build for those on its closed beta testing program. According to Testut, healthy feedback from the testers resulted in a slew of bugs and improvement suggestions reported from the first beta, and this second iteration consequently comes with a handy list of fixes and additions. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017
Apple’s new TV app on iOS 10.2 struggles to play videos that have been ripped from DVDs and other sources and loaded into iTunes for Mac. It’s unclear whether this is a simple bug, but that didn’t stop people from flocking to Apple’s Support Communities forum to express their disdain for the app.
The TV app has replaced the old and mostly useless Videos app.
Thankfully, dedicated apps let you easily play non-iOS-friendly media on iPhone, like FireCore‘s versatile Infuse video player. Handbrake for Mac, which recently exited beta after 13 years, packs in a comprehensive set of tools for easy video conversion with handy presets for turning ripped DVDs into an iPhone-compatible format. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 17, 2017
If you use Safari as your default web browser on your Mac, it’s possible to delete your browsing history for a just a specific date, while still leaving all the rest of your browsing history intact.
Not only will this appear less fishy when someone looks into your browsing history than deleting everything would, but it also lets you annihilate only a chosen portion of your web browsing history, which can be infinitely useful for protecting your privacy depending on how you use your machine to browse the web. Read More
By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017
If you have ever travelled on a metro line you know what it’s like to whiz from one station to the next, always holding out for the next patch of reception somewhere between the constant outages afflicting your iPhone. Most times, the internet will cut out in the least opportune moments, like on your commute home when you slump in your seat and want to mindlessly gaze at moving images on your phone.
To weather the crisis of poor connection, Hyper News functions as a pocket of pre-downloaded news clips to fall back on whenever your data leaves you hanging.
In a spell of news apps being tested at iDB, Hyper News stands out for its utter simplicity and the concerted effort to occupy a unique space in the news realm. Here are the ins and outs to know about Hyper News. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017
Despite what appeared to be a couple of busy weeks previously, it seems the jailbreak tweak assembly line has slowed down slightly once more, as releases weren’t as rapid this week.
Nevertheless, we wrap up with a jailbreak tweak roundup every single Sunday, so we’ll be taking this opportunity to talk about all of the jailbreak tweaks that were released this week, starting with our favorites. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017
A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Photicon (short for Photos App + Icon) aims to add a little more excitement to your Photos app icon by making it dynamic, rather than static.
With this effect, your icon will never be the same old icon ever again. It will change over time as you use your iPhone’s camera to snap photos on a regular basis. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017
Most people use banner notifications for their day-to-day notifications, but some apps like Calendar and Reminders default to alert-style notifications because they require a little bit of extra attention.
For the most part, these alert messages look pretty boring on a stock iOS device, but with a new free jailbreak tweak release called AdaptiveColorAlerts, your alerts can automatically color themselves based on whatever background is residing behind them. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017
Apple’s Activity app on iPhone and Apple Watch includes a social feature that encourages some friendly competition by pitting your own fitness data against folks who are willing to share it with you. This lets you see if you can beat a friend in closing all three Activity rings, permit your trainer to keep an eye on your daily progress and so forth.
This how-to lays out all there’s to know about sharing Activity data, including getting progress update from friends, engaging in smack talk, viewing shared Activity rings, removing a friend from shared Activity or muting their notifications for the day and more. Read More
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
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 12, 2017
If you’re familiar with the timer functionality that’s built into your iPhone and use it frequently to time stuff, then you might really enjoy a new free jailbreak tweak release called OnceMore.
This tweak adds a new option to the Lock screen whenever a timer completes so that you can restart another one immediately after. Read More
By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 11, 2017
Developer Jonathan Seals recently released a new piece of work called CoolBooter, an interesting tool which allows some 32-bit devices to dual-boot different iOS firmwares. With a simple reboot it can allow, for example, switching between iOS 6 and iOS 9. Whilst this functionality is commonplace in the desktop computing world, booting multiple operating systems on iOS devices is much rarer.
Sebastien and I talked briefly about the tool on Let’s Talk Jailbreak 157, and in this article I’ll give some more info, as well as a video demonstration of it in action. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2017
After Apple terminated his position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies for “business reasons,” Automator and AppleScript evangelist Sal Soghoian is now guest blogging about these technologies over at MacStories.
In his first post for the publication, Soghoian shares his thoughts on Automator, AppleScript and similar services versus app extensions. Soghoian spent almost 20 years leading AppleScript, Automator and related technologies at 1 Infinite Loop. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2017
I get asked every day whether or not someone should jailbreak their iOS 10 device right now with Luca Todesco’s beta tool or continue to wait a little longer for a more stable jailbreak release.
In this post, I hope to tackle some of the confusion regarding the tool and help to answer some ongoing questions of whether or not you should jailbreak just yet. Of course, if you don’t have the time to read, the short answer is: no. Read More
By Steffen Reich on Jan 10, 2017
There is no debate that a large contingent on the internet has been holding out for less Pokémon Go news in 2017, but it is equally clear that this sentiment will not be echoed by the people at Niantic. No matter the side of the fence you are on, the fact that Pokemon Go is hands down one of the most successful apps in the history of the App Store (breaking first-week download and revenue records) is a big deal, and the augmented reality laced game will continue to rake in millions of users and dollars in the year ahead. It’s not all rosy though, as the daily player count is continuously pointing south and engagement data crumbling.
As much as this is Niantic’s battle to fight, Apple too has a vested interest in the preservation of Pokemon Go’s winning streak and will want to benefit financially from the game throughout the current fiscal year. The question both business entities therefore are going to have to find answers to is what’s next for Pokémon Go strategically, and what is Apple’s role in facilitating Niantic’s continued success with the app? Not so much content wise but rather in terms of product strategy, I have sized up a few moves that Niantic, The Pokémon Company and Apple could have up their sleeves over the next 12 months.
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 10, 2017
While the jailbreak for iOS 10.1.1 is currently in beta and only supports a certain subset of devices, jailbreak developers are still ramping up for a public jailbreak by releasing new tweaks geared toward iOS 10 and updating their latest jailbreak tweaks for support.
Ryan Petrich is the latest to join that group after having released updated versions of Activator, FlipSwitch, and FlipControlCenter in his beta repository with preliminary iOS 10 support. Read More