Springtomize 3 goes live on Cydia for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014

Finally, a reason to jailbreak for many users. Filippo Bigarella’s Springtomize 3 (version 1.3) has gone live in the Cydia store as a free update ($2.99 new) for users who purchased the iOS 7 version.

Springtomize 3 brings tons of customization options to the iOS SpringBoard. Its name is literally the combination of the two words: SpringBoard + Customize = Springtomize. Head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo to download it now. Read More

 

How to add pull-to-refresh to Safari in iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014

For a large screen device like the iPhone 6 Plus or even the iPhone 6, it takes some serious thought when designing apps. That’s because it’s much more difficult to reach certain part of the screen using one hand, so developers have to design their apps with one-handed users in mind.

But where such thought may be lacking, a jailbreak tweak can go a long way towards enhancing the usability of certain apps. That’s definitely the case with this latest tweak called SafariRefresh. It adds a simple pull-to-refresh mechanism to Apple’s stock web browsing app, and the result is a much more usable refresh function on large screen devices. Read More

 

How to disable frequently visited sites in Safari

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014

A new jailbreak tweak has arrived to let you disable the frequently visited sites section in Safari for iOS 8. It’s appropriately called Disable Frequently Visited Sites, and it works immediately upon install. If you’ve found Safari’s frequently visited sites section to be a little arbitrary and/or intrusive, you should definitely check this tweak out. Full details inside. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu for Mac [video]

By Sébastien Page on Nov 9, 2014

The Pangu Team released their Pangu utility for Mac earlier today, so Mac users who were waiting for compatibility with their operating system have no excuse to not jailbreak any longer.

In this post, we will show you how to use Pangu for Mac to jailbreak iOS 8.1. This post was created for an iPhone, but note that the steps are exactly identical, no matter what device you want to jailbreak (ie. an iPad or iPod touch). Likewise, any iOS 8 firmware version can be jailbroken using this tool, including iOS 8, and iOS 8.0.2. Read More

 

DoubleCheck helps you avoid sending text messages to the wrong person

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2014

Have you ever inadvertently sent a text message to the wrong recipient? I think we all have. Frankly, it’s a good way to encounter a mild disaster if you’re not careful.

To help prevent yourself from acquiring foot-in-mouth disease, there’s a free new jailbreak tweak called DoubleCheck that you should take a look at. DoubleCheck places the recipient of a text message in the text input field, giving you a means to “double check” the recipient before sending the message.

Want to see how DoubleCheck works in action? Have a look at our video demonstration after the break. Read More

 

LockGlyph: unlock Touch ID enabled devices using the Apple Pay animation

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2014

LockGlyph is a brand new tweak available on the Cydia store that brings the Apple Pay confirmation animation to the Lock screen. If you own a Touch ID enabled device like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus, you can unlock your device using fingerprint authentication, and enjoy a nice Apple Pay-inspired animation and sound during the process.

I’ve taken a spin with LockGlyph on video. Check inside to see some of the tweak’s pluses and minuses. Read More

 

LittleBrother: add iPhone 6 Plus-inspired scaling and a landscape Home screen to older iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

And like clockwork, Ryan Petrich is at it again. His first headlining iOS 8 compatible tweak is called LittleBrother, and it seeks to add features enjoyed on Apple’s latest iPhone hardware to older devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

LittleBrother allows users to essentially do two things: adjust the display zoom scaling like the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, and enable landscape mode features on the Home screen and even Lock screen.

I’ve been playing around with this new tweak for several hours, and I’m convinced that many iPhone 5 and 5s users are going to love it. It’s not without its shortcomings, but the promise is definitely there. Have a look at our full 60fps video walkthrough inside for more details. Read More

 

How to add a fifth column of icons to your Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

If you’re looking for a way to add a fifth column to your Home screen app icon layout in iOS 8, then you may want to check out this recently uploaded tweak called better Five Column Homescreen. This tweak is from the same developer that brought us betterFiveIconDock, and it does just as it states—adds a fifth column to the Home screen on iOS 8 devices.

The result is pretty much as expected—the existing icons are repositioned and proportioned to fit an additional column. Why does the developer insist that his tweak is “better”? Mostly because of the improved spacing mechanics employed by his release. Have a look inside to see what it has to offer. Read More

 

SphereView: an upcoming iOS SpringBoard launcher with a 3D feel

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

SphereView is one of the more unique jailbreak tweaks that I’ve come across as of late. It is a SpringBoard replacement for launching apps, and it incorporates a 3D spherical view to do so.

It’s one of those tweaks that has to be seen in action to truly appreciate what it does and how much potential it may have. With that in mind, step inside and watch our hands-on video. Read More

 

HandyKey: a tweak that adds a one-handed keyboard to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

If you find it difficult to type on large screen iOS devices like the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6, then HandyKey is a jailbreak tweak that you may derive real benefits from. The tweak, which is available for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, brings the ability to add a one-handed keyboard for right-handed or left-handed iPhone users.

Users who use HandyKey have the option of forcing the iOS keyboard to always open to HandyKey when the keyboard is invoked, or a two-finger swipe gesture on the keyboard can be used to orientate it as needed. Have a look at our video inside for additional details and a hands-on demonstration. Read More

 

Saurik touts jailbreak and Cydia stability for iOS 8, enables Cydia purchases

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2014

Another day, another milestone. Saurik, the man behind Cydia, has re-enabled purchases for paid Cydia apps and tweaks, which means that you can now purchase apps and tweaks that were, for a time, unobtainable for some.

He also made sure to lend credibility to the stability of both Cydia and the iOS 8 jailbreak via a pair of tweets—the first of such since the iOS 8 jailbreak arrived. Read More

 

Upscale: Change the resolution on your jailbroken iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2014

Upscale is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to run higher resolutions on jailbroken iPhones. The tweak, which is currently in beta, features serval presets to choose from via its settings.

This tweak makes it possible to run the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus resolution on older devices like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s—devices with substantially less screen real estate. The result is an interface that features less than ideal tap-zones, but much more room to work with on screen.

Upscale is a compelling jailbreak tweak that everyone should at least investigate. First noted and discovered by developers cpdigitaldarkroom and coolstar, this is a tweak that will surely turn a lot of heads. Full details after the jump… Read More

 

Filippo Bigarella teases Springtomize for iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2014

Is this enough to get you to take the plunge? I know it will be for Sebastien, and perhaps even Cody. Springtomize for iOS 8 was officially teased by well-known (and well-liked) developer, Filippo Bigarella.

Springtomize is the type of tweak that lets you customize virtually every aspect of your iPhone’s SpringBoard, hence the name “Spring” (SpringBoard) and “tomize” (Customize). We’ve done extensive reviews of this extremely popular tweak in the past, so if you’re not familiar with it, I advise you to get up to speed and review our Springtomize coverage.

If you’ve yet to jailbreak, will this be enough to push you over the edge? Read More

 

Pangu team: Mac version of the iOS 8 jailbreak due in a couple of days

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 5, 2014

Good news for Mac users who have been unable to jailbreak due to the lack of a native Mac jailbreak tool for iOS 8.x: The Pangu team has heard your cries, and is gearing up for an OS X release.

In a Twitter post just a few minutes ago, the PanguTeam Twitter account acknowledged the release of Cydia 1.1.16, and followed that acknowledgement up with some insight on the status of the Mac jailbreak. Have a look at the details inside… Read More

 

VolumeNotifier makes your device beep as you increase or decrease the volume

By Alihassan Mahdi on Nov 5, 2014

Normally, when you increase or decrease the volume on your iPhone, a large volume HUD appears on the center of the screen that displays the volume level as you adjust it. VolumeNotifier is a brand new jailbreak tweak that goes a little step further and notifies you when you change the volume on your device.

The tweak adds a sound effect when you’re changing the volume such that when you increase or decrease the volume, a beep sound is made, just like how it works on Mac. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 80: You guys have changed

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2014

Episode 80: Sebastien and Cody explain why they’ve yet to jailbreak their iPhones. iOS 8.1.1 kills the Pangu jailbreak. Tons of new jailbreak tweaks discussed, including a cool new Apple Watch UI tweak called Aeternum, and a tweak that lets you optimize apps for the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6’s larger screen. Jeff goes gaga over the new Cydia.

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How to add a fifth icon to the dock in iOS 8 and on the iPhone 6

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2014

betterFiveIconDock is a new jailbreak tweak that brings the ability to add a fifth app icon to the iOS dock on both iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The tweak, which is available free of charge on a non-default Cydia repo, even plays nice with the iPhone 6 Plus’ Home screen rotation abilities.

Want to see how betterFiveIconDock works in action? Check out our video walkthrough inside.

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You should update to iOS 8.1 now if you’re at all interested in jailbreaking

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2014

Perhaps you’ve been holding out on updating to iOS 8.1 until there’s a “stable” jailbreak and a stable version of Cydia. Maybe you’re like Sebastien and Cody, and just want to make sure that things run smoothly enough, and that the compelling tweaks are updated for iOS 8 before taking the leap.

Throw all of that logic out of the window. If you’re an iOS 7.x jailbreak holdover, it’s time to stop holding out and just update. iOS 8.1.1 is now in beta, and it has been confirmed to kill Pangu’s iOS 8.x jailbreak. Even if you don’t want to jailbreak right now, it’s still a good idea to go ahead and upgrade to iOS 8.1, so that when the jailbreak does meet your needs, you can still jailbreak on iOS 8.

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Aeternum: the best looking Apple Watch UI SpringBoard replacement for iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2014

I just got my hands on the latest jailbreak tweak to take advantage of Lucas Mendes’ open source Apple Watch UI for the iPhone. It’s called Aeternum, which means eternity in latin, and it’s from the developer that brought us iRealSMS and iTouchSecure. In other words, it’s from a quality well-known developer.

I’ve tried a few tweaks that build upon Mendes’ code, but Aeternum is far and away the best looking and best functioning one thus far. Not only do you get the Apple Watch UI, but you get smooth animations, a dock, and the ability to rearrange app icons. It still has some ways to go, but it’s very promising. Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the jump. Read More

 

‘Unlimited iTunes Radio Skips 8′ does exactly what its name suggests

By Alihassan Mahdi on Nov 4, 2014

iTunes Radio is one of the popular features of the iOS Music app that many users appreciate. It allows you to seamlessly stream musics from various music stations, or even create your own. However, it comes with some limitations that might put you off. One such restriction is that it only allows a maximum of 6 skips per hour for each station.

There is a plethora of tweaks on Cydia that allow you to get rid of these limitations imposed in iTunes Radio. Unlimited iTunes Radio Skips 8 is one such tweak. As obvious as the name sounds, the tweak gives you the freedom to skip as many songs as you wish without any restriction. So you’ll no longer be forced to hear to a song that you don’t like after you’ve surpassed the skip limit imposed by Apple. Read More