Activator for iOS 9 gets a big update with 3D Touch support

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2015

Hot on the heels of the earlier initial beta release of Activator for iOS 9, Ryan Petrich has just dropped the public release of Activator 1.9.6. As you might expect, this release adds several new options and iPhone 6s-centric features to the popular tweak. Activator for iOS 9 is now available for download via the BigBoss repo. Check out the rest of this post for the full change log. Read More


A closer look at Activator’s new Application Shortcuts feature

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2015

Earlier today, we reported that Ryan Petrich had updated his beta repo, and with it, the Activator beta for iOS 9. The update brought overall compatibility to iOS 9, but more interestingly, it brought about a new feature called Application Shortcuts.

In our previous post about the iOS 9 compatible Activator beta, we briefly touched on the new Application Shortcuts, but in this post, I’d like to dive in a little deeper to show you exactly what these puppies can do, and why they’re so cool—even for older pre-iPhone 6s devices.

In a nutshell, Application Shortcuts let you access the shortcuts that are normally only available to 3D Touch capable iPhones on the Home screen, merging them with Activator gestures. The result is a super-cool feature that will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the iOS 9-enabled Activator. Read More


Saurik pushes Cydia Substrate update and comments on Pangu issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2015

Saurik recently pushed a small Cydia Substrate update to fix issues with devices running versions of iOS prior to iOS 5. The update, which comes in at version 0.9.6011, was pushed to fix a problem that arose during the 0.9.6xxx series of Cydia Substrate updates.

While this update is small, and probably only affects a handful of jailbreakers, the more important issue of jailbreak stability was mentioned by Saurik recently via Twitter. As you’re likely aware of, some have been experiencing issues with non-recoverable boot loops after restarting their jailbroken devices running iOS 9… Read More


Jailbreak tweaks of the week: the floodgate is wide open

By Sébastien Page on Oct 18, 2015

Talk about timing! As we were discussing the next best thing after jailbreaking on the last episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, Pangu Team came out once again out of nowhere to surprise us with a release of their own. It seems the jailbreak drought is over and we can officially open the floodgates again.  Read More


Upcoming Springtomize 3 update for iOS 9

By Jim Gresham on Oct 18, 2015

One of the most popular ways to customize your iOS device is the Springtomize tweak. With the ability to drastically modify the UI, Springtomize allows for modifications like the number of dock icons, status bar clean up, animation changes, and, my personal favorite, icon label manipulation. I absolutely hate icon labels and for several iOS generations, Springtomize saved the day.

There are a lot of questions about when the tweak will be available for the recently jailbroken iOS 9. I was able to chat with the Springtomize developer, Filippo Bigarella, this afternoon. Read More


Aeternum Hives: an upcoming jailbreak SpringBoard replacement inspired by Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 17, 2015

Aeternum is a jailbreak tweak that debuted last year, which brought an Apple Watch-inspired interface to the iPhone. Aeternum Hives is a new tweak based on Aeternum that takes the idea to the next level.

If you’ve dreamed of a folder-less Home screen setup with easy to view and easy to launch apps, then Aeternum Hives is going to be right up your alley. I was able to snag an early preview copy of the tweak, and I’d like to show it off to you via our hands-on video walkthrough. Read More


EnableLivePhotos enables Live Photos on older iOS 9 devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2015

If you have an older device running iOS 9, it’s possible to create Live Photos if you’re willing to jailbreak your device. EnableLivePhotos is a recently released jailbreak tweak that not only lets you take Live Photos, but lets you display Live Photos on the Lock screen as well.

EnableLivePhotos is the best implementation of Live Photos that I’ve seen for non-iPhone 6s devices. Watch our video and see how it works. Read More


Dismiss breadcrumb links in iOS 9 with a new jailbreak tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2015

One of the new features in iOS 9 is a new app linking structure. This allows you to navigate back to the originating app that linked you via a handy breadcrumb link in the upper left-hand corner of the status bar. Some people hate it, most love it, but I think all can agree that it’s a little awkward at times.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could dismiss the breadcrumb link once you’ve arrived at a destination, and had no intentions of going back? BreadcrumbsAway is a new jailbreak tweak that lets you do just that. It allows users to dismiss breadcrumb links and regain the full status bar view in iOS 9. Read More


NewsOfTheWorld: a new jailbreak tweak for enabling Apple News in all regions

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2015

If you live in a region outside of the United States and wish to access Apple News, there’s now a jailbreak tweak method for doing so. There is a way to access Apple News in restricted regions on non-jailbroken devices, but that involves changing region settings on your iPhone, which can be annoying, and it can act finicky as well.

NewsOfTheWorld is a brand new jailbreak tweak, from well-known developer Hamza Sood, that makes it easy to get Apple News in all regions. All it takes is a jailbroken iOS 9 device, and a couple of reboots. Read More


RevealMenu is yet another tweak that brings 3D Touch-like functionality to older devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2015

There are now several tweaks that attempt to bring the iPhone 6s’ flagship feature to older devices. The latest such tweak is called RevealMenu, and it contains one particular feature that makes it unique when compared to some of the other 3D Touch-esque tweaks that I’ve tried.

RevealMenu allows users to long-press on an icon to invoke a 3D Touch-like overlay menu, but it also allows you to slide your finger directly to the menu without lifting your finger off the screen. In my opinion, that single gesture is what makes 3D Touch’s shortcut feature really shine. Many of the other 3D Touch-inspired tweaks didn’t allow you to do that, and that’s what makes RevealMenu worth checking out. Read More


Apex 2 updated with support for iOS 9

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 15, 2015

Coming soon after the release of the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9 on Wednesday, A3Tweaks has released an update for Apex 2 that introduces iOS 9 compatibility.

As one of several jailbreak tweaks created by the well-known jailbreak development group A3Tweaks, Apex allows users to hide Home screen icons by tucking them under other icons of a similar category, removing the need for excessive folders. A simple swipe will reveal the grouped apps, allowing them to be launched with a tap. Read More


SpotlightBeGone lets you disable both Spotlight views in iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2015

In iOS 9, Apple decided to allow users to be able to invoke Spotlight via two methods. The first method, the swipe down gesture on the Home screen, is the same invocation method employed in iOS 8. The second method, the swipe right on the first Home screen page, is a throwback gesture from older versions of iOS.

SpotlightBeGone is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to disable one, or both of the Spotlight gestures. If you’re simply not a fan of Spotlight, or if you don’t like a particular method for accessing it, then SpotlightBeGone is the tweak for you. Read More


Forcy updated with haptic feedback and better 3D Touch emulation for older iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2015

Forcy, the jailbreak tweak that does its very best to emulate the 3D Touch experience on older iPhones, is now available with a few new anticipated features. Version 1.0.1 of Forcy brings a new preference panel, which allows users to configure the way the tweak works.

The initial version of Forcy featured no such preferences, in fact, after installation, there were no options for configuring the experience at all. With the new preference option, users can disable Forcy outright, toggle haptic feedback, and enable a swap invoke method that allows for a more true 3D Touch-esque feeling. Read More


Saurik updates Cydia Substrate to version 0.9.6010

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2015

Cydia Substrate received an update this morning that fixes issues with the 32-bit armv7 slice. This update, which is now available for download for all jailbroken users, prevents issues where extensions wouldn’t load into Cydia.

There is also a need for all 32-bit binaries to be recompiled. Due to a change implemented by Apple for iOS 9, 32-bit binaries that aren’t recompiled are likely to fail or crash if they are not recompiled. This means that all developers that have published 32-bit binaries, in particular Cydia Substrate extensions, have a little work to do. Read More


Pangu 1.0.1 released to fix issues with the iOS 9 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2015

Pangu has released the first update for its iOS 9 jailbreak tool for Windows. Pangu 1.0.1 is now available to all users, and fixes several issues with the tool. If you’ve been having issues getting the Pangu 1.0.0 to properly launch, or have experienced failed jailbreak attempts, then you should definitely give it another shot with this latest version of Pangu. Read More


Forcy adds 3D Touch-inspired gestures to all iOS 9 devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2015

Forcy is a brand new jailbreak tweak, one of the first newly created tweaks for the iOS 9 jailbreak, that allows you to enable 3D Touch-inspired gestures on any iOS 9 device. The gestures, which are impressively similar to what you’d find on 3D Touch-enabled devices like the iPhone 6s, allow you to take advantage of the Home screen app icon shortcuts made popular on Apple’s most recently released iPhone hardware.

Forcy is available right now for free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see how it works. Read More


How to jailbreak iOS 9 with Pangu on Mac using a virtual machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2015

If you’re running a Mac, you’ll need a virtual machine running Windows in order to jailbreak using OS X. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a Windows virtual machine and how to jailbreak iOS 9 on your Mac. It’s super easy, and takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Instead of waiting for a Mac tool, why not use a virtual machine and enjoy an iOS 9 jailbreak today?

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iOS 9 jailbreak tweaks compatibility list

By Sébastien Page on Oct 14, 2015

Most of us were taken by surprise by the release of the Pangu iOS 9 jailbreak yesterday, and although this is exciting news, there are still some things to keep in mind at this time, such as the fact that many tweaks won’t be working right off the bat.

The good news is, Cydia Substrate has been updated for iOS 9. The bad news is, your favorite tweak might not have been yet. Fortunately, the community has once again come together and is working on an iOS 9 jailbreak tweaks compatibility list to help identify what tweaks are currently working and what tweaks aren’t. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 129: The next best thing

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2015

Episode 129: Can sideloading replace jailbreaking? How to add a f.lux-like effect to your iOS 9 device. How to put folders within folders on iOS 9. Two new jailbreak tweak reviews.

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Cydia Substrate has been updated for iOS 9, but many jailbreak tweaks still won’t work yet

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

It looks like saurik must have been in the know about the iOS 9 jailbreak, because it comes updated to work with iOS 9 post-jailbreak. As saurik states in the Cydia Substrate change log, version 0.9.6000 brings about significant changes to the package to make it play nice with iOS 9.

The fact that Cydia has been updated immediately is great news for jailbreakers. It means that you don’t have to jump through any hoops in order to get Cydia working on your device right after the jailbreak.

With that established, some of you may still deem it best to hold off for a while. That’s because there simply aren’t many tweaks available that work with iOS 9 yet…

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