Predix: predict when your iPhone’s battery will fully charge or die

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 7, 2014

Predix is a new jailbreak tweak that presents the time until your device’s battery is scheduled to die or fully charge. It does so by means of a heads up display in the center of the iPhone’s screen.

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep tabs on battery life, including handy predictions on charging and discharging remaining time, then you’ll want to look into this thoughtful jailbreak tweak. Read More

 

38 new and updated jailbreak tweaks worth a look at

By Sébastien Page on Dec 7, 2014

These last seven days marked another solid week of worthy jailbreak tweaks releases and updates, and as you know, Cydia isn’t necessarily a great place to discover what’s new or what’s been updated… which is why we’ve come up with this weekly wrapup of new and updated jailbreak tweaks.

Each tweak comes with a short description of what it actually does, as well as the price and a link to our post on iDB if we covered the tweak in question. Of course this is not a one hundred percent comprehensive list, so some tweaks might be missing, which is where you come in: if you see a tweak that was updated or released that is not on this list, simply add it up in the comments section. Read More

 

‘CarPlay iOS’ lets you experiment with CarPlay right on your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 6, 2014

Eager to see how the CarPlay interface looks on your iOS device? If so, you can use a new jailbreak tweak to preview the look of the CarPlay interface right on your iPhone or iPad.

CarPlay iOS is a new jailbreak tweak, available free on the BigBoss repo, that makes the CarPlay head unit interface accessible without the need of an external display. Read More

 

AdvancedSettings8: access the ridiculously in-depth settings hidden on your iOS 8 device

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

AdvancedSettings8 is a jailbreak tweak that unlocks Apple’s hidden settings for iOS 8. These settings are hidden for a good reason, as they reveal things that the average user would have no clue how to use. I consider myself to be a fairly advanced user, and it was enough to confuse me a bit, so there’s that.

But there is some value to be had from AdvancedSettings8. After you peruse the multitude of sections and the vast array of adjustable values, you’ll surely stumble upon at least one or two settings from which you can personally derive value. Read More

 

Brevity 2: send a quick canned message directly from the stock Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

Brevity 2 is the sequel to a tweak of the same name—Brevity—which allowed iOS 7 users to send a quick canned message via the stock Messages app. The sequel to Brevity is pretty much a 1:1 translation of the original for newly jailbroken iOS 8 devices.

If you’re looking to add a simple canned message that you can quickly access from the stock Messages app, then Brevity 2 should meet your needs. Read More

 

TaiG jailbreak updated to version 1.1, upgradable via Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2014

The TaiG 8.0-8.1.1 Untether has been updated to version 1.1, and it comes bundled in the TaiG jailbreak that’s downloadable for Windows, and it also comes as a Cydia package for those who have already jailbroken with TaiG.

The update doesn’t appear to be a major update, but there are fixes included to fix sandboxing issues present in the previous version of the TaiG jailbreak tool. Users who are jailbroken, and those who have yet to jailbreak should use TaiG 1.1.  Read More

 

Prettier Banners adds contacts photos to Messages notifications

By Sébastien Page on Dec 4, 2014

I miss BiteSMS for so many reasons, and one of them is that the tweak adds the photo of your contacts in Messages notifications, assuming you do have a photo for that contact to begin with of course.

Prettier Banners is a new tweak that will certainly fill that void, at least until BiteSMS gets an update. Developed by Mohamed Marbouh, Prettier Banners will replace the Messages app icon with the photo of your contact when receiving a text message notification. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 84: That came out of nowhere

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 2, 2014

Episode 84: We talk all about the TaiG iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak in this week’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak. We also discuss our hands-on experiences with the TaiG tool and some of the new jailbreak tweaks that have hit the wire in the last week.

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FileBrowser: an alternative to iFile?

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 2, 2014

Once again, iFile, the de facto standard for emulating Finder-like actions on iOS, has some competition. This time it comes in the form of FileBrowser, a brand new free (BigBoss) jailbreak app that runs under root on jailbroken devices.

FileBrowser allows jailbroken users to browse the entire filesystem of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It lends the ability to do things like rename, copy & paste, create and delete folders, delete files, create and extract compressed files, and more.

Does FileBrowser make a good free alternative to iFile? Check out our full video walkthrough after the break for the details. Read More

 

Apple stops signing iOS 8.1, downgrade now impossible

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 1, 2014

iOS 8.1’s day has come and gone. Today, in fact, just a few minutes ago, Apple stopped signing the firmware.

If you missed out on iOS 8.1, there is no way to either upgrade to it, or downgrade to it. Instead, you’ll have to go directly to iOS 8.1.1.

Fortunately, like the firmware it replaces, iOS 8.1.1 is jailbreakable as well. Check inside to see what this means for the future of jailbreaking iOS. Read More

 

Cydia refresh: 33 new and updated tweaks to check out

By Sébastien Page on Nov 30, 2014

In case you were too busy trying to burn the calories you gulped down over Thanksgiving, you might have heard that a new jailbreak for iOS 8.1.1 was released over the weekend. The TaiG jailbreak created the surprise, and to be honest, we’re still trying to wrap our heads around this release. But we’re not going to complain.

In the meantime, a lot of new jailbreak tweaks were released and updated. Some of them could be considered minor tweaks. Others definitely offer deeper functions. As we’ve been doing now for a few weeks, we bring you most of these new or updated tweaks in one convenient place so you don’t get lost into the mess that Cydia can be when it comes to discovery. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.1.2 with TaiG

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 29, 2014

iOS 8.1.1 is now officially jailbroken, and it’s one of the easiest jailbreaks that I’ve experienced in my long history of jailbreaking. As we first noted, the TaiG team, not the Pangu team, is responsible for the iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak, which was released for Windows users early this morning.

I’ve personally tested out the TaiG jailbreak tool for iOS 8.1.1, and can report that it works. In fact, it installs Cydia straight out of the box, and it’s super easy to follow along, even though the tool hasn’t been translated to English. In this tutorial, we will show you how to use TaiG to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1.

Update: This tutorial was written for iOS 8.1.1, but you can follow the same directions to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2. Simply make sure you use the latest version of TaiG. Read More

 

A few observations about the TaiG iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 29, 2014

In what seems to be the rule more than the exception these days, a jailbreak was released out of the blue with basically no prior warning, catching us all by surprise. It’s great to be surprised by something so random, but it’s also a tad disconcerting and tends to send us scrambling to dissect details and separate fact from fiction.

As you’ve seen already, we’ve personally tested out the TaiG jailbreak tool for iOS 8.1.1. Should you take the plunge now? Here’s what we know thus far. Read More

 

How to disable SpringBoard rotation on the iPhone 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2014

One of the big advantages of the iPhone 6 Plus when compared to the iPhone 6 is the 6 Plus’ ability to rotate into landscape mode while on the SpringBoard. Home screen rotation also works with smaller devices that use upscaling tweaks like LittleBrother or Upscale.

If you’re someone who find the Home screen rotation to be annoying, then you may be interested in disabling the rotation outright. Notate is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that. Have a look inside for all of the details. Read More

 

Review: AppHeads an incredibly fast iOS multitasking tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

AppHeads, the tweak that brings a fast multitasking experience to iOS7 and iOS 8, is now available for download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Inspired by Facebook’s ChatHead system, AppHeads brings a fresh and new multitasking method to iOS.

We’ve already previewed the tweak once before, and now it’s available for purchase for $4.99. Is it worth its relatively steep asking price? Does it live up to the hype and potential? Check inside for the video walkthrough and review. Read More

 

‘Pyx’ adds smooth animations to the iOS app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

Looking to change up the look of the App Switcher animations on iOS 8? If so, then look no further than Pyx, a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that allows you to add over half a dozen animations to the App Switcher.

As you’ll see from our video walkthrough inside, Pyx isn’t the most elegant tweak that you’ll run across, but it works well enough to leave most satisfied with the results. Have a look at our video for the full scoop. Read More

 

WatchBoard: a new Apple Watch SpringBoard replacement for iPhone and iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

Aaron Ash, the creator of the legendary jailbreak tweak called Barrel, is back with a brand new creation called WatchBoard. WatchBoard is based off of the Apple Watch UI, and it’s the best implementation of said concept that I’ve seen thus far.

Ash’s expertise in this area is immediately apparent when it comes to design decisions, settings, etc. Not only that, but the tweak works on both the iPhone and the iPad. Have a look at our video walkthrough of WatchBoard after the break to see what makes it so good. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 83: The reasonable yes man

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2014

Episode 83: We discuss the fact that Apple is still signing iOS 8.1, downgrading tips for those running iOS 8.1.1 or iOS 8.2 beta, iH8sn0w’s iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak, along with several new jailbreak tweaks that we’ve recently tried.

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WiFried: a new tweak to fix iOS 8’s Wi-Fi performance issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2014

Developer Mario Ciabarra, best known for his work on big Intelliborn tweaks like MyWi and My3G, is back with a brand new tweak that claims to do some great things for people experiencing Wi-Fi issues on iOS 8. WiFried is the name of his new tweak, and its purpose is to fix the persistent Wi-Fi issues that occur for a lot of iOS 8 users. That sounds good and all, but the question is, will it work? Read More

 

SnooScreens lets you set wallpaper from your favorite subreddit

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 24, 2014

SnooScreens is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to change your iPhone’s wallpaper based on images appearing on a subreddit of your choice. Once the tweak is installed, all you need to do is configure a subreddit, adjust some of the tweak’s options, and assign an Activator gesture.

Upon invoking the Activator gesture that you assign, SnooScreens will cause the Home screen and/or Lock screen wallpaper to reflect the top image post on a subreddit or an image at random from the front page. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break for a look into how this tweak works. Read More