CirDock: a jailbreak tweak that puts a spin on the iOS dock

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 21, 2015

CirDock is a recently released tweak that provides the iOS dock with new carousel animations, a larger capacity, and three user-toggle-able modes.

Like similar dock-oriented jailbreak tweaks, CirDock provides users with different animation styles such as Linear, Rotary, Time Machine, Cover Flow, etc. In all, there are nearly a dozen carousel animations to be found.

Although having a customizable dock with more than 4 app icons and custom animations may sound run of the mill in 2015, it’s really CirDock’s filter feature that makes the tweak stand out among the rest. Check out the details in this post for the full scoop. Read More

 

How to replace the Do Not Disturb icon with today’s moon phase

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 21, 2015

Interested in having a waxing crescent in your status bar instead of the standard Do Not Disturb moon icon? A new jailbreak package will allow you to theme the DND icon with the current moon phase.

The package, entitled Do Not Phase, piggybacks on the popular Protean jailbreak tweak in order to accomplish its goal. The result is a slick-looking Do Not Disturb moon icon that clues you in on the day’s current moon phase. Read More

 

Snapchat puts more pressure on jailbreakers by forcing upgrades

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 21, 2015

It looks like Snapchat isn’t resting on its laurels when it comes to protecting its product. After it surfaced that Snapchat was beginning to lock out any one who used Snapchat-centric jailbreak tweaks, users wised up and started downgrading to an earlier version of Snapchat without such protections in place.

Today, it appears that the Venice, CA company has caught on to the downgrading trend, and is now forcing users to upgrade to the latest version of Snapchat in order to use its product. Read More

 

Snapchat is locking out users who use Snapchat-oriented jailbreak tweaks

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 20, 2015

If you’re a fan of Snapchat and you like to use Snapchat-oriented jailbreak tweaks like Phantom, then take note. It appears that Snapchat is beginning to crack down on users who use jailbreak tweaks with its app.

Phantom—one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks for Snapchat—allows you to do things like spoof locations, save media, set custom notifications sounds, and much more. But apparently, Snapchat isn’t too keen on jailbreak users having such perks, and have begun locking out users of these tweaks. Read More

 

TaiG 2.4.3 elevated from beta status to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 20, 2015

The TaiG team has officially released version 2.4.3 of its iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool for Windows. The update piggybacks off the beta version of the 2.4.3 release that was ushered in last week.

Version 2.4.3 brings jailbreak optimization to the fore, and should theoretically result in a more stable and straightforward jailbreak experienced for its users. If you’ve yet to jailbreak, then we recommend using TaiG 2.4.3. You can find the full download in this post. Read More

 

3 ways to prepare for iOS 8.4.1

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

With iOS 8.4.1 currently in beta, chances are it will be released sooner than later, and Apple will follow up that release with a closure of the iOS 8.4 signing window.

Although we’ve seen nothing official regarding the matter—Apple still has yet to post release notes about its 8.4.1 beta—rumors are swirling that this update does indeed fix the exploits used in the TaiG iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 jailbreak.

With this in mind, it’s time to begin preparing mentally for what’s to come. In this post, I’ll show you how to be proactive and take the right measures to ensure a long jailbreak tenure on iOS 8.4. Read More

 

How to make Cydia show all updates for packages in the Changes tab

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

When new packages are released in Cydia, they automatically appear at the top of the Changes tab. This is handy, because it allows you to easily find new apps and tweaks for your iOS device.

This isn’t the case when it comes to existing tweaks that have received updates. A lot of times the updates to existing tweaks are minor, but sometimes they are major. Unless you have that particular tweak installed on your device, you’re pretty much left in the dark when it comes to Cydia alerting you of the new update by default.

There is a special provision that can be enabled on a per-tweak basis so that it will always show you when updates occur—it’s under the Change Package Settings section. But a new jailbreak tweak called ShowAllCydiaUpdates forces all Cydia packages to show their updates by default. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Cydia Impactor, CirDock, Acapella II, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

The tweak releases for the past week started off a little slow, but finished up very strong. This week’s releases were capped off with the unveiling and subsequent release of Cydia Impactor.

Cydia Impactor, as you’re probably well aware of by now, is a new tool from saurik that makes it possible to un-jailbreak your iPhone, but maintain your current firmware. Many will undoubtedly find this tool useful, especially when Apple stops signing iOS 8.4.

But of course, Cydia Impactor wasn’t the only notable release to hit the airwaves this week. Check inside as we highlight nearly two dozen different jailbreak releases from the past week.

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How to browse Cydia in full screen mode

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

As you’ve no doubt noticed, a lot of the newer jailbreak tweaks are Cydia-centric tweaks designed around improving the experience while browsing Cydia. One such example of this is a tweak we talked about recently called TranslucentCydia.

The latest such tweak—nobar+—is a release that allows you to browse Cydia in full screen mode. It does this by automatically hiding the status bar when Cydia is launched. Read More

 

How to add translucence to the Cydia install screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

After Cydia was updated to version 1.1.19, the floodgates were opened to all sorts of tweaks to modify the Cydia experience. Some tweaks added new functionality to Cydia, such as SwipeForMore, one of my favorite new releases to touch down in some time. Other tweaks, like TranslucentCydia, take a different approach and simply aim to change the look of Cydia. Read More

 

How to enable quick copy and paste in the Alien Blue Reddit client

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

Alien Blue is the official and most popular Reddit client on iOS, but it lacks one feature that I’ve always found annoying—the ability to easily copy and paste the text of posts.

A new jailbreak tweak called ABCopyTXT just recently appeared on Cydia, and it allows you to easily copy text in Alien Blue using the stock iOS share sheet. Have a look at our walkthrough to see how it works. Read More

 

How to unjailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Cydia Impactor

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 18, 2015

Want to remove your jailbreak without updating iOS? The just released Cydia Impactor can help you unjailbreak your iPhone with little effort. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to revert back to stock iOS and remove your jailbreak without updating your iOS version. Read More

 

Saurik releases Cydia Impactor to “unjailbreak” your iPhone without updating iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 18, 2015

A powerful new tool has just been released for jailbreakers to “unjailbreak”. It’s called Cydia Impactor, and it’s an on-device tool that lets you remove and revert all changes made to a device to return it to its stock configuration.

The most notable thing about this tool is that it allows you to return to stock without needing to upgrade your device. Say, for example, you wanted to sell your iPhone, but wanted to retain its jailbreak-ability to increase resale value. Normally, if you wanted to perform a full system restore, you’d be forced to upgrade to the latest firmware, and thus lose your jailbreak. With Cydia Impacter, you can restore your device to stock without upgrading. Read More

 

DockBar adds a sleek application launcher to your jailbroken iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 17, 2015

Looking for a quick way to launch pre-selected apps on your jailbroken iPhone? Cole Schaefer’s DockBar ($0.99) may be the tweak that meets your needs. It’s a great looking release that brings a customizable launcher to iOS.

DockBar works hand-in-hand with Activator as its means of invocation. Thus, you can access your quick launch side bar from nearly anywhere in iOS, and that includes while within apps and on the Home screen.  Read More

 

Roundification tweak brings rounded corners to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 17, 2015

Roundification is a new tweak that adds rounded corners to the Notification Center banners, including the quick reply interface. It also rounds off the entirety of Notification Center itself.

The tweak brings an elegant look to Notification Center, and although it’s not yet available on the default Cydia repos, it is available on a special third-party repo. Would you like to try Roundification? In this post, we’ll share all of the details. Read More

 

How to jailbreak the iPod touch 6th generation

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2015

One of the very first things that I tried when I got the iPod touch 6th generation (full review) was to jailbreak. To my surprise, both the PP jailbreak for Mac and the Windows-only TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.4 worked out of the box. This surprised me because in times past, the tools used to perform the jailbreak needed to be updated to support new devices.

With the iPod touch 6th generation, this is not so; you can jailbreak immediately. In this post, I’ll show you how easy it is to jailbreak your iPod touch 6 using the latest version of TaiG. Read More

 

TaiG 2.4.3 beta released to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2015

The folks at TaiG have released yet another beta for the iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool on Windows. Labeled version 2.4.3 beta, this update is there to optimize the jailbreak process.

As TaiG has been doing for some time now, they are suggesting that jailbreakers stick to the public versions of the TaiG tool, and leave the beta versions to testers. In this post, you’ll find the download links for both the publicly available version of TaiG and the beta version. Read More

 

You can jailbreak the iPod touch 6th generation right now

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2015

The iPod touch 6th generation can be jailbroken out of the box, because it comes with iOS 8.4, and the PP iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool for Mac works with the new iPods.

In fact, I just jailbroke my device no less than 5 minutes ago, and it worked without a hitch. If you guys have kept up with me, you know how much I absolutely loathed using my 5th-gen touch due to its pedestrian speed.

Seeing that the new iPod touch packs much more power than the device it replaces, I’d say this is a good candidate for a jailbroken device, or at the very least, it might become my go-to test device. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 116: Catching up

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 15, 2015

Episode 116: Sebastien joins us from France to talk about all of the latest jailbreak news, the latest iOS 8.4 jailbreak for Mac, the newest Cydia-centric tweaks, his meet up with pod2g, and more.

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Jailbreak tip: spoof your location in Snapchat to use any geofilter

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 14, 2015

Phantom for Snapchat is a popular jailbreak tweak that allows you to supercharge Snapchat with all sorts of bolt on features. It also has the ability to spoof your location.

Snapchat uses your location to present you with custom geofilters, which are basically stickers that you can place on your Snaps that reflect your current location. So, for example, you couldn’t normally add a Paris filter to your Snaps unless you were actually in Paris.

With Phantom’s location spoofing option, it’s possible to snag filters for any location that you desire around the world. It’s super-easy to use as well. We’ll show you how to spoof your location in Snapchat to add custom filters in our video tutorial. Read More