Tether: a unique new jailbreak tweak for creating quick Alarms, Reminders, or Calendar events

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2015

Tether is a new $0.99 jailbreak tweak from Philip Tennen and Evan Luther, and it’s pretty awesome. I like this tweak, not so much for what it does, although that’s handy as well, but I like it for its originality.

By using a 3D Touch gesture on the Home screen, you can invoke the Tether interface. Tether’s interface consists of a clock-like glyph with a line extending from it. As you drag your finger away from the point of origin, you’ll see a small time readout spell out a future time. The further your finger is away from the origination point, the further in time your tether will be.

When you release your finger, you have the option to set up an Alarm, Reminder, or Calendar event at the specific time that you selected. If it all sounds  little confusing, it’s because it’s much easier to explain by watching it in action. With that in mind, have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More


Pegasus: a tweak that brings Picture in Picture mode to all iOS 9 devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2015

The iPad has a leg up on other devices in the iOS family, because later model versions can take advantage of iOS 9’s new Picture in Picture mode for video multitasking. Picture in Picture mode lets you watch videos or conduct FaceTime calls in a smaller window while using other apps at the same time.

Unfortunately, for those of you on iPads that predate the iPad Air, along with iPhone and iPod touch users, Picture in Picture mode is not available. That’s unless you decide to jailbreak and install Pegasus, a tweak by developer Evan Swick. Pegasus is a new jailbreak tweak that enables Picture in Picture mode on previously unsupported devices. Have a look at our full video walkthrough to see how it works. Read More


Mobile Terminal now works on jailbroken iOS 9 devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2015

Good news for all of you Mobile Terminal fans, or for anyone interested in easily changing their jailbroken iOS device’s root password. Saurik just pushed an update for PAM Modules on Cydia, which was a prerequisite for terminal access.

All you need to do is go out to Cydia and update to PAM Modules 36.1. Cydia should automatically prompt you for the update, since this package is installed by default. Once you update, you can download Mobile Terminal, or any terminal emulator on Cydia that you prefer. Read More


Cydia Substrate updated to version 0.9.6100

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2015

Cydia Substrate received a new update, which comes a few hours after the Pangu tool update for jailbreaking iOS 9 on Mac.

This new version of Cydia Substrate brings the package to version 0.9.6100, and it includes preventative measures to stop would-be problem-causing jailbreak extensions. Read More


Pangu for Mac is now available to jailbreak iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, it took a while, but Pangu for Mac is now available. This means that even if you only own a Mac, you can now jailbreak iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 131: Tim Cook the ghost writer

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2015

Episode 131: Cody and Sebastien explain why they’ve yet to jailbreak, Pangu releases a new version of its jailbreak tool for windows, a discussion about downgrading to iOS 9.0.2, adding Safari View Controller support to apps using a jailbreak tweak, and using 3D Touch to dismiss all notifications in Notification Center.

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Pangu 1.2.0 released with latest Cydia Installer and Manage Storage bug fix

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 27, 2015

Pangu has released a new version of its iOS 9 jailbreak tool for Windows, along with an update to its untether package for those of you who are already jailbroken.

The new Pangu update, which comes in at version 1.2.0, features the latest Cydia Installer, version 1.1.26, bundled with the jailbreak, along with a fix for the Manage Storage bug that some were experiencing.

You can find the download for Pangu 1.2.0 inside, but keep in mind that this tool is still Windows-only for the time being. Read More


New tweak adds Safari View Controller support to Twitter, Gmail, WhatsApp and Alien Blue

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2015

Safari View Controller is a new feature in iOS 9 that lets developers enable an in-app browser based on Safari that taps into many of the features that make using standalone Safari so great. Some of the benefits are the ability to use current logins, access the keychain and use autofill.

Previously, developers had to come up with their own browsers for their apps, which meant that users couldn’t tap into ongoing logins, the keychain, or use autofill when viewing the web through these browsers. That resulted in, as you can probably attest to, a less that ideal and disconnected user experience.

Apple has fixed this issue by allowing developers to use Safari View Controller in order to bridge the gap between the sites and data that they already use, and the apps that they love.

Unfortunately, not all apps yet support Safari View Controller. Some popular apps, like Gmail, Twitter, and WhatsApp, to name a few, still use their own built in browsers. SFSafariViewController all the things is a brand new tweak that aims to fix this issue. Read More


28 new jailbreak tweaks to check out

By Sébastien Page on Oct 25, 2015

With the release of iOS 9.1 this week, Apple officially put an end to the short life of the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9. It doesn’t mean we won’t see another jailbreak from the team of hackers, but for the time being, we don’t have many options: either stay on iOS 9.0.2 and keep your jailbreak, or update to iOS 9.1 and lose your jailbreak.

Despite that, developers have been hard at work pushing updates to their tweaks or releasing new tweaks in Cydia. Like every Sunday, we bring you all these new tweaks in one condensed post for you to peruse. Read More


How to add iOS 9.1 emoji to a jailbroken device running iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 24, 2015

The headline feature of iOS 9.1 was without a doubt the 150 new emoji characters available to emoji keyboard users. These new characters are all the rage, and rightfully so, as they bring a whole new range of emotions to the table.

But what about those of us stuck on iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2? As you all know, Apple killed the Pangu jailbreak with iOS 9.1, so upgrading to iOS 9.1 isn’t an option for those of us wanting to maintain our jailbreak.

Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you can enable the emoji keyboard and send new emojis to devices capable of displaying them. The bad news is that the tweak is still a work in progress, and as such, the new emoji don’t display properly in all apps.

Some apps will work fine, such as Mail, but other apps, like Messages, won’t properly display the new emoji. Developer PoomSmart says that he is working on a fix for the issue, so eventually, we may have a 100% fully working iOS 9 emoji package for iOS 9.1.

In the meantime, however, this tutorial is the next best thing. Watch our video to see how it works.
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How to use 3D Touch to clear all notifications [jailbreak]

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 24, 2015

Although there aren’t any stock 3D Touch actions in iOS 9’s Notification Center, many feel that more could be done with Apple’s new deep press recognition in this area, and perhaps we’ll see some additions in future iOS updates, but for now these features are only enabled via jailbreak tweaks.

3D Touch to Clear Notifications is a new tweak that, as its name implies, allows users to firmly press in Notification Center to remove all notifications, much like the current implementation in Apple Watch’s notification shade. Read More


How to downgrade iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2015

Maybe it was the new emoji that tempted you? Or maybe you just made a mistake? Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself on iOS 9.1, but wish to go back to iOS 9.0.2—the last jailbreakable firmware that’s currently available for iOS 9. Fortunately, you still have time to downgrade back to iOS 9.0.2.

In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to downgrade from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2. But act quickly, this tutorial certainly has an expiration date, which will occur when Apple closes the 9.0.2 signing window. Read More


Cydia Impactor, the tool that lets you unjailbreak your iPhone, is coming for iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2015

Here’s a piece of news that kind of flew under the radar during saurik’s update of Cydia Installer earlier today—he’s apparently working on  providing a version of Cydia Impactor for iOS 9 firmware, too.

Cydia Impactor was the groundbreaking jailbreak release that allowed iOS 8 jailbreakers to perform an erase and restore on their devices without necessitating a software update. It basically allowed you to use iOS’ Erase all Content & Settings feature in such a way that it worked with jailbroken devices.

That tool was groundbreaking, because jailbroken devices, up until that point, were never capable of using this built in iOS feature. Cydia Impactor adds significant peace of mind to jailbreakers, because if something goes wrong with a jailbroken device, it’s possible to restore on the same firmware, and re-jailbreak.

In the past, jailbroken iPhones that needed to be restored were forced to update to the latest firmware, which, more times than not, would render the device un-jailbreakable. As you might have noticed, Cydia Impactor doesn’t currently work for iOS 9, but saurik is working hard in an effort to fix that. Read More


Tage beta with iOS 9 compatibility goes live for jailbreakers

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2015

Tage is a jailbreak tweak that is well regarded in the jailbreak community. In fact, it was our 2014 tweak of the year.

Tage is a tweak that acts as an App Switcher replacement, and so much more. Up until now, Tage hasn’t been compatible with iOS 9 and the latest Pangu jailbreak, but that’s all changed with today’s 1.2-beta 1 release.

If you want to try out the Tage beta, read the rest of this post for the details. Also, be sure to watch our in-depth walkthrough video explaining why Tage is so loved around these parts. Read More


Cydia Installer updated to version 1.1.25

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2015

Saurik has pushed an update to Cydia Installer, bringing it to version 1.1.25. This latest version of Cydia Installer moves jailbreak content found in /Applications to the user partition from the System partition. It’s recommended that all users update as soon as possible.

Update: Cydia Installer was updated to version 1.1.26 shortly after being updated to 1.1.25. The latest version doesn’t show any release notes, but we assume it is just a minor update to the more notable 1.1.25 version. Read More


Pangu releases version 1.1.0 of its iOS 9 jailbreak tool

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2015

Pangu has released an update to its Windows jailbreak tool for iOS 9. Pangu 1.1.0 features fixes to improve the success rate when attempting to jailbreak 64-bit devices, optimizations for the backup process, overall jailbreak speed, and more. If you’ve been experiencing issues getting Pangu for iOS 9 to work successfully on your device, then you should definitely try Pangu 1.1.0. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 130: Don’t go back there

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2015

Episode 130: An in-depth discussion about the iOS 9 jailbreak.

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How to install Kodi on iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 19, 2015

Kodi (formerly XBMC) has been updated to work with iOS 9. Prior to the update, the package would download and install on your jailbroken iOS device, but would crash upon startup. The folks behind Kodi just pushed an update that fixes the crashing issue.

We’ve talked about this app many times on iDB and via our Let’s Talk Jailbreak podcast. Kodi is one of the best apps for viewing media content, and streaming media content from an IP based over the air antenna solution on iOS. You can also use Kodi to stream local content from a NAS or from a PC.

Needless to day, Kodi has lots of uses, and now it’s officially available for iOS 9. In this post, we’ll show you how to add the repo necessary to install Kodi on your iPhone or iPad running Apple’s latest version of iOS. Read More


How to toggle Low Power mode via Control Center with a jailbreak tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 19, 2015

Low Power Flipswitch is a new Flipswitch toggle that allows you to quickly enable or disable Low Power Mode on iOS 9 devices. Flipswitch is the long-running framework that lets developers access standard toggles, and create new toggles.

With a tweak like Ryan Petrich’s FlipControlCenter, which was recently updated to support iOS 9, users can easily enable a Low Power Mode toggle that’s directly accessible via Control Center. Check out the rest of this post for more details. Read More


SwitcherTweak: invert the App Switcher direction, enable vertical App Switcher scrolling, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 19, 2015

If you’re looking to customize the newly redesigned App Switcher in iOS 9, then look no further than the just-released SwitcherTweak. This is a jailbreak tweak that adds lots of new options to the App Switcher, including scrolling direction, respring options, padding, blur, and more.

SwitcherTweak is available for free right now via a third-party repo, and I recommend that you check it out. Watch our video walkthrough for a more in-depth look at what this tweak can do. Read More