Let’s Talk Jailbreak 106: Gave up the jailbreak for nothing

By Jeff Benjamin on May 6, 2015

Episode 106: We discuss some of the negative experiences associated with giving up our jailbreaks for the Apple Watch.

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Aspectus brings a Music control interface to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

If you’re not a big proponent of Reachability, then perhaps this new jailbreak tweak will at least convince you to use it, even if it’s not the way that Apple intended it to be used. Aspectus is a recently released jailbreak tweak that brings a beautiful music control interface to the iPhone’s Reachability view.

Even if you’re using a device that doesn’t support Reachability, Aspectus will work with Activator in order to provide access to the tweak. Read our walkthrough for more details as to how it looks and how it works. Read More

 

Muswitch: a jailbreak tweak that places music controls in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

App Switcher tweaks seem to be all the rage these days, so it’s not surprising to see a tweak like Muswitch pop up on Cydia. Muswitch, as its name hints to, allows you to place music controls in the iOS 8 App Switcher.

These Music controls replace the contact shortcuts that normally reside above the cards found in the App Switcher. Watch our video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

CCSwipe adds customizable swipe zones to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

CCSwipe is a recently released tweak that replaces the standard Control Center swipe gesture with a gesture that invokes the App Switcher, and a gesture that takes you to the Home screen.

By itself, CCSwipe isn’t mind-blowing, but its preference panel contains an innovative features that I feel is worth some praise. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what it I mean. Read More

 

How to add an old school combination lock to the iOS Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Combination Lock, a brand new jailbreak tweak that just recently touched down on Cydia, makes me feel a bit nostalgic. It takes me back to my high school days when I used to use a combination lock for my school locker. It’s been so long since I’ve used one of those locks, but this new jailbreak tweak resuscitates the experience.

If you’re looking to add a little flair to the iOS Lock screen, then you should take Combination Lock for a spin (pun intended). Have a look at our video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

PhotoSize lets you quickly calculate the size of items in the stock Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

PhotoSize is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly calculate the size of photos, videos, and screenshots selected in the stock Photos app. The tweak is capable of calculating the size of a single photo, video or screenshot, and it’s also capable of calculating the size of multiple items as well. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see PhotoSize in action. Read More

 

GroupMe separates regular Messages app conversations from group conversations

By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

Do you find your Messages app to be too cluttered? Perhaps it’s the mix of group messages combined with normal one-on-one messages that make sit feel that way.

GroupMe is a new jailbreak tweak that can go a long ways towards decluttering the Messages app. It separates group messages from regular messages using tabs at the bottom of the Messages app interface. Watch our video walkthrough for a thorough explanation. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Aspectus, Echo, PullBulletin, and more

By Sébastien Page on May 3, 2015

Recently, we’ve been busy dreaming up the possible jailbreak tweaks for Apple Watch and discussing the topic on Let’s Talk Jailbreak, and to be honest, we kind of lost sight of the tweaks for iOS lately. Hopefully we can rectify this as the Apple Watch hype goes down. In the meantime, we listed all the tweaks that were released on Cydia this past week. There aren’t many of them, but we do have a couple interesting ones. Read More

 

Andrios: an Android-inspired experience for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 1, 2015

Andrios has been a hot topic for jailbreakers as of late. The upcoming tweak, which should be touching down any second now on Cydia, brings many Android-inspired features to iOS.

The developers of Andrios, BrandDev & Logan O’Connell, have worked hard to make the tweak’s tag line live up to the final product. Does it succeed in doing so? Read More

 

10 most wanted Apple Watch jailbreak tweaks

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2015

It officially launched less than a week ago, but many people are already thinking about jailbreaking the Apple Watch. I’ve seen prominent hackers and developers talk about jailbreaking Apple’s new wearable device, and I’ve heard it mentioned several times on some prominent podcasts.

The question is, why are so many people interested in jailbreaking Apple’s new hardware? The answer is mixed, but there are lots of similarities to iPhone OS and the early iPhone hardware. When the iPhone first launched back in 2007, it was severely limited. You couldn’t copy and paste, you couldn’t have custom wallpaper, there was no App Store, etc. Jailbreaking eventually allowed early users to do all of those things.

Similar to the early iPhone software, Watch OS 1.0 won’t allow users to do things like use custom watch faces, or run native apps. Jailbreaking could, in theory, allow for both of these features. But that’s not all. Jailbreaking Watch OS opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 105: Our most wanted Apple Watch tweaks

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2015

Episode 105: The tweaks we’d like to see for the Apple Watch.

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Tweaks of the week: Doorman, Gauss, NetflixSleepTimer, and more

By Sébastien Page on Apr 26, 2015

If there is one thing we’ll remember from this past week, it’s probably not the amount of tweaks that were released, but more likely the launch of Apple Watch, which by the way, has so much potential for a jailbreak, but it’s an entirely different discussion.

Not much was released on Cydia this week, but there are still some pretty interesting tweaks. Take a look! Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 104: Good news bad news

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2015

Episode 104: The iOS 8.4 jailbreak proof of concept video, controlling Spotify with Siri, hiding apps when unlocking your iPhone, a jailbreak tweak that’s a bonafide battery killer, and a way to bring Office 2013’s awesome cursor animation to iOS.

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iSwitch makes the App Switcher card interface transparent

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

The premise of iSwitch may sound a little goofy at first, but after using the tweak, I was a left with a much better impression about the overall idea than when I started. iSwitch is a tweak that makes the App Switcher cards transparent, but it goes further than that. Not only are the cards transparent, but the interface, including the app icons that normally rest beneath the cards, are displayed on top of the currently running app.

The end result is an App Switcher that can be manipulated on top of an open app. This means that you could be browsing Safari, invoke the App Switcher while Safari is still open and usable, and switch to an app of your liking. It’s not without its downsides, but iSwitch is much cooler than I initially expected. Watch our video preview to see how. Read More

 

Fuse merges the Lock screen clock and music controls into a single interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

Fuse is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to combine the music controls and the Lock screen clock. This results in the ability to display both elements at once, something that’s not normally possible on stock iOS 8. Read More

 

How to hide the battery percent sign in the iOS status bar

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

I find it to be kind of odd, but some people really hate the percent sign that appears alongside the battery indicator in the iOS status bar. Our very own Sebastien Page is one such person.

Over the last few months, he’s been lamenting about his disdain for the percent sign, and how he hasn’t been able to find a jailbreak tweak that lets him remove the pesky little symbol. Many tweaks, like Springtomize, can customize the iOS status bar to a high degree, but the percent sign seems to be off limits.

Fortunately, there is a jailbreak tweak that can hide the percent sign, and it’s been sitting under our noses for quite some time. The aptly entitled No percent sign is a jailbreak tweak that lets you easily hide the percent sign symbol on iOS. Read More

 

MaterialOne for Vex: a new Android Lollipop-inspired theme for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015

Vex—the tweak that allows you to apply custom themes to both Notification Center and Control Center—features several built-in options that look great. But none of the built-in themes look as good as MaterialOne.

MaterialOne for Vex is a new third-party theme that’s available free of charge on the MacCiti repo. It allows you to apply an Android 5.0-inspired look to both Control Center and Notification Center. Watch our video and see how. Read More

 

Beep Beep: modify what happens when you plug in your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015

Would you like an easy way to modify the vibration, charging sound, and screen power on when plugging in your iPhone to a power source? If so, then Beep Beep will allow you to do just that.

Although the sound and vibration exists to provide you with confirmation that the iPhone is indeed properly  connected to a power source, it can be annoying depending on your circumstances. In this video walkthrough, we’ll show you how to manage the charging confirmations using Beep Beep. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: CyNotifier, FolderBlur, Eclair, and more…

By Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2015

It seems that the tweak release drought that hit us a few weeks back is over. Not only jailbreak developers are staying busy, but the most amazing thing to me is that smart people keep coming up with incredible tweaks. This week is no different. Read More

 

SmoothCursor brings a beautifully animated cursor to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2015

When I first heard about SmoothCursor, I didn’t imagine that it would have much of an effect on the typing experience. While it’s true that it doesn’t have any real bearing on the actual input process, it definitely has a noticeable look from a visual standpoint.

SmoothCursor borrows the same cursor movement popularized by Microsoft Office. Instead of a cursor with well-defined keyframes of animation, the cursor features smoothly animated motion as you type.  Read More