IntelliScreenX beta with iOS 7.1.x support available

By Cody Lee on Jul 3, 2014

The release of the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x last month was both a gift and a curse. It brought about a way for folks to jailbreak the latest iOS firmware, but it also broke a lot of popular packages in Cydia.

Several developers have already updated their tweaks to work with 7.1.x, and today we’re adding another one to the list (sort of). Intelliborn has posted a beta version of IntelliScreenX with support for 7.1.x… Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 63: 50 things you always wanted to know about ProWidgets but were too shy to ask

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 2, 2014

Episode 63: Jeff, Sebastien, and Cody discuss Pangu v 1.1, the implications of a jailbreak this late in the game, and more. The team also talks about iOS 7.1.x compatible tweaks, Chinese hackers, and nitrogen infused beer.

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How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 untethered using Pangu

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2014

Good news ladies and gentlemen. iOS 7.1.2 is out and it’s jailbreakable right now with the Pangu untethered jailbreak. That means that yes, you can update to iOS 7.1.2 and rest easy knowing that it’s jailbreakable out of the box.

If you’ve yet to jailbreak using Pangu, be sure to follow our jailbreak tutorials which lie after the break. We have tutorials for both Windows and Mac OS X. Step inside to learn how… Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x with Pangu 1.1 on Windows [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 29, 2014

The highly anticipated Pangu 1.1 update was just today released for both Windows and Mac users. Obviously, the big news here was Mac compatibility, as Mac users were left without a usable version after the initial Windows-only version of Pangu 1.1 was released.

But Windows users should be happy too, as version 1.1 of Pangu brings with it English text that makes it easier to follow along in the jailbreak process. The update also gets rid of the nefarious checkbox that allowed pirated software to be easily installed on your device.

Pangu 1.1 is a streamlined version of the original tool. If you’ve been on the fence about using it, then perhaps this latest update will ease your concerns. Check inside to view our step-by-step jailbreak tutorial for Pangu 1.1 on Windows. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x untethered with Pangu on Mac OS X [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 29, 2014

Pangu for the Mac was just released today, and it brings with it the ability to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x untethered. The Windows version, which was released last week to much fanfare, has already allowed many people to enjoy the fruits of jailbreaking iOS.

I think it’s safe to say that the Mac version has been highly anticipated since word of Pangu first hit the Internet. For those of you who remained patient, your patience has paid off. You can now jailbreak iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 using your Mac. Check our our full video walkthrough inside for all of the details. Read More

 

iOS 7.1.1 compatible jailbreak tweaks

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014

It has been a few days since the Chinese team Pangu surprised us with an iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak, and the dust is finally starting to settle. After learning that the jailbreak is safe to use, we’ve gone ahead and shared video guides on how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.1 on Windows and how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.1 on OS X. We also answered some of the other pressing questions surrounding the jailbreak, including the two exploits used for this method.

We’ve been receiving a lot of questions on our social platforms and comments about which jailbreak tweaks are compatible with iOS 7.1.1, so we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list based off this shared document by JailbreakQA moderator iAdam1n. While our jailbreak guru Jeff Benjamin has tested some of these tweaks, we cannot guarantee that all of the packages listed will work with your specific iOS device, version or other tweaks installed…  Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 62: The Pangu jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2014

Episode 62: Jeff and Joe discuss the surprise release of the Pangu jailbreak tool for iOS 7.1.x. Is it safe? Should you jailbreak? Should you wait?

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The Pangu jailbreak team is hard at work on updated versions of its jailbreak tool

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2014

As of now, there is only one OS supported for the Pangu jailbreak—Windows—and even that version has its fair share of issues. The Pangu team has acknowledged the problems, and posted an updated status message on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

The post indicates that the team is hard at work on new Windows and Mac versions of its tool, including English translated text (nice), and a smaller file size. The team even hints that we could see a Linux version of the tool as well. Have a look inside for the full message. Read More

 

Notific8: make iOS 7′s Notification Center look like iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2014

Notific8 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that aims to make iOS 7′s Notification Center look more like iOS 8. The changes, which take effect immediately upon installing the tweak, consist of small aesthetic adjustments.

From a functionality standpoint, Notific8 is lacking, as it doesn’t actually do much outside of visual adjustments. Still, it’s a decent way to alter Notification Center to make it align with Apple’s future design cues. Have a look at our video inside. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x with Pangu on Mac OS X using a virtual machine for free

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2014

So it’s kind of a bummer that there isn’t a Mac version of Pangu just yet. This is especially true for those of us who only have Macs and don’t own any Windows machines (raises hand).

But just because Pangu is only available for Windows doesn’t mean that you’re dead in the water. There is an easy, if not a teeny bit time consuming, way to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x on a Mac right now. It can be accomplished by means of using a virtual Windows instance.

Check inside to see how you Mac users can jailbreak your iOS 7.1.x devices with Pangu using a Windows virtual machine instance. It’s probably a lot easier than you imagined, and most importantly, it’s absolutely free! Read More

 

Poll: have you jailbroken iOS 7.1.x?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2014

The iOS 7.1.x jailbreak is here, and it works. That said, it’s been met with its own fair share of controversy. We believe that more people are coming around to the idea that the jailbreak is generally safe to use as we discussed on Let’s Talk Jailbreak, but there are still quite a few of you holding out. So, tell us; what have you decided to do? Have you used Pangu to jailbreak your iOS device yet? Sound off in the poll inside. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 untethered with Pangu on Windows [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2014

The Pangu.io jailbreak seemingly came out of nowhere, but we can confirm that it 100% works. We tested the jailbreak on our device running iOS 7.1.1 and it worked just as advertised, burning two exploits in the process.

Pangu will eventually come in two flavors—a Windows version and a Mac version—however, the Mac version is still in development. Inside, we’ll show you how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x on your device using Pangu for Windows.  Read More

 

DockWare: access the iOS dock from anywhere

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2014

DockWare is a brand new jailbreak tweak that brings an interesting idea to the table: it lets you access your iOS dock from anywhere, even while within apps. DockWare uses Activator gestures to accomplish this feat, allowing you to both display and hide the iOS dock while on the Home screen or while within apps.

We’ve taken DockWare for a spin on video in order to show you how it works in action. It’s an interesting tweak, but at $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, it probably won’t be for everyone. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what we mean. Read More

 

How to add shortcuts to the volume HUD with Volume+

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 19, 2014

Volume+ is a new jailbreak tweak that infuses the volume heads up display that appears when adjusting your device’s volume with new features and shortcuts. It’s used to better equip you with handy controls while listening to music from the stock Music app or other music playing applications.

If you’ve been keeping a keen eye on Cydia over the last few years, you’ll know that it’s not the first volume HUD altering jailbreak tweak, and it probably won’t be the last. Unfortunately, it falls into the lower tier of similar tweaks, because its buggy and suffers from some poor design choices. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 61: You’ve been Orangered

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2014

Episode 61: We talk about Geohot’s latest work on the Galaxy S5, Cydia’s big iOS 7 update, new jailbreak tweaks like Genie, MoreInfo, and Orangered for iOS 7, and tons of other quips, observations, and…singing…

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MoreInfo provides media search for Activator

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 16, 2014

iOS 8 might be stealing a little bit of the thunder from the jailbreaking scene as of late, but the community is still going strong. MoreInfo is a new extension designed for use with Activator, the useful jailbreak tweak for assigning gestures to trigger common iOS actions. It allows for a quick in-browser search of the currently playing song or movie, with support for multiple search engines and several customization options. A full rundown of the extension follows…  Read More

 

Geohot “makes it ra1n” on Android with a rooting tool for the Samsung Galaxy S5

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 16, 2014

Geohot—a name that’s virtually synonymous with iPhone jailbreaking—has taken up quite a few different ventures since departing from the jailbreak scene. He’s dabbled in Playstation 3 hacking, and working at Facebook. He was even rumored to have been on the precipice of an iOS 7 jailbreak, but nothing formally materialized from him.

But yesterday, Geohot (real name George Hotz) made his name known on an even wider scale when he released a new rooting tool for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other Android devices. The tool, which is called Towelroot, is a downloadable package that allows Galaxy S5 users to quickly root their devices. This is especially helpful for GS5 users on Verizon and AT&T, because those two mobile carriers lock the bootloader.

I’ve tried out Towelroot on my Galaxy S5, and it works just as described. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Hotz’s past jailbreak tools. Check inside for all of the details. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 60: What’s on our iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 11, 2014

Episode 60: Could Apple be opening up iOS even more than we initially thought? Sebastien Page and Cody Lee discuss the recent revelations concerning the potential iOS 8 Control Center customization and iOS UI themes. The guys also talk about the tweaks they have installed.

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Genie unlocks your iPhone with simple gestures

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 10, 2014

On a recent article that I wrote, a reader was surprised after reading that I am generally disinterested by a lot of jailbreak tweaks. It might not make sense, given that I write for a blog that is consistently on top of covering the jailbreak scene. Allow me to explain: it’s not that jailbreak tweaks do not pique my interest, but rather that some are simply too complex or cumbersome to provide a meaningful purpose.

That’s not to discount the fantastic work that developers put into creating jailbreak tweaks. There are just as many good tweaks as there are less impressive ones. Genie is a new Lock screen extension that is a good example. Not only does it provide useful functionality for unlocking your iPhone, but it is a lightweight tweak that isn’t dragged down by dozens of confusing settings or unnecessary features. Check it out…  Read More

 

3 colorful iOS theme setups to check out

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 7, 2014

A few weeks ago, I shared three beautiful iOS theme setups for the iPhone. Judging by the amount of readers that left comments, including those that shared their own setups, I would say it was a resounding success. A few readers asked that we follow up with another similar post, so here we are with three more colorful iOS theme setups to go along with the summer season. The setups come from the /r/iOSthemes community on Reddit, and we’ve included the jailbreak tweaks and themes used where possible… Read More