PhotoAlbums+ for iOS 7: move, secure, and share photos more efficiently

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2014

I have to be honest with you and state that for whatever reason, I’ve never been a big fan of PhotoAlbums+. I’ve never been big on taking photos with my iPhone, and I certainly don’t take photos that I care about hiding from others. That being said, PhotoAlbums+ contains features that jailbreakers should definitely be aware of—features that may help your workflow when it comes to photo management on iOS.

The iOS 7 compatible version of PhotoAlbums+ just recently touched down for both the iPhone and the iPad. Check past the break as we go hands-on in our video walkthrough… Read More


How to get the iOS 7.1 calendar event list view on iOS 7.0

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2014

Developer Ryan Petrich has released a new jailbreak app to his beta repo that allows jailbroken users to experience the new iOS 7.1 calendar on lesser firmware.

Entitled Gregorian, this standalone jailbreak app is a great compromise for those who wish to remain on jailbroken firmware, but want to experience some of the cool new features introduced with Apple’s recent iOS 7.1 release. Check inside for all of the details. Read More


ProWidgets: a groundbreaking widget suite with multitasking features

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2014

Cydia has been the originating point for lots of groundbreaking ideas over the years. Copy and paste originated here, card-based app switchers began here as well. And let’s not forget Notification Center and Control Center — each had its roots firmly planted in Cydia before debuting in stock iOS.

It goes without saying that Apple has been keen on seeing many of the developments unfold by some of the brilliant minds that make up the jailbreak community. It’s even hired ones because of the work they’ve done with jailbreak apps and tweaks, and iOS hacking in general.

Today, we’re happy to reveal the next big blockbuster tweak for jailbroken iPhones and iPads. Hopefully, it will help generate ideas for Apple’s next big feature in iOS. Today, we’d like to introduce to you a brand new upcoming tweak called ProWidgets. We’ve got the very first exclusive hands-on coverage of ProWidgets, and we think you’ll agree with us when we say it’s one of the best looking jailbreak tweaks we’ve seen in some time… Read More


Polus is now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2014

Polus—the brand new Control Center QuickLaunch tweak for iOS 7—is available right now on Cydia to download. The tweak, which we covered extensively a few weeks ago, allows you to customize various aspects of the QuickLaunch shortcuts appearing in Control Center, including the amount of shortcuts, size, and shape.

You can even assign Activator actions to each QuickLaunch shortcut, including a single tap and a tap-and-hold gesture. This allows you to do interesting things like assign a tap-and-hold gesture to the Twitter app shortcut in order to launch the compose-new-Tweet sheet. When it comes to Polus your only limit is your imagination. Step inside to review our full video walkthrough of the tweak in action. Read More


Hands-on with the Hipjot keyboard beta for Cydia – try it now

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2014

If you’ve been keeping your ear to the street as of late, you’re well aware of the Nintype/Hipjot keyboard tweak that’s currently in development for Cydia. Unlike most Cydia releases, the Hipjot keyboard implementation is being worked on by the developer of the App Store version—Jormy Games—so you can expect a release that’s about as faithful as possible to the developer’s original vision.

Comparable to keyboard technology like Swype, Hipjot adds a keyboard that largely departs from Apple’s stock iOS keyboard. It allows you to use swiping gestures to go from one character to the next in order to build full words, sentences, and paragraphs. The unique text entry method allows its users to type much faster than is possible on a standard iOS keyboard, with some users reaching upwards of 70-90 words per minute without breaking much of a sweat.

I’ve had the chance to go hands-on with the Cydia version of the keyboard, and I can tell you that it makes typing much faster. Being able to use Hipjot with stock iOS apps, and 3rd-party apps makes typing a breeze. Inside we’ve created a preview video of the beta build so that you can see how the keyboard works in action with stock applications. Read More


TwitkaFly brings Twitter quick reply and quick compose to iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 10, 2014

If you’ve been around the jailbreak scene for any considerable amount of time, then you probably recognize the name TwitkaFly. It’s a jailbreak tweak that’s been around since the iOS 4 days, and it allows you to use quick reply and quick compose features with Twitter.

TwitkaFly was just recently updated for iOS 7, and it brings with it a fresh coat of paint and compatibility with Apple’s latest OS release. As you’ll see from our video walkthrough, TwitkaFly isn’t perfect, but it’s a tweak that you should definitely consider if you’re a big time user of the official Twitter app or Tweetbot Read More


Asphaleia: a stylish new Touch ID jailbreak tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 7, 2014

There’s no shortage of Touch ID enabled security tweaks for iOS 7. There’s AppLocker, BioProtect, and my favorite, BioLockdown from Ryan Petrich. So the question is, do we need another entry into what has become an increasingly crowded market? If the team behind the release is a3tweaks, then the answer to that question is an emphatic yes.

Unlike the majority of the other releases in the a3tweaks’ repertoire, Asphaleia is extremely deep with tons of options. Sentry, the tweak’s designer, isn’t known for throwing a bunch of unnecessary features into his work with no purpose in mind. Instead, he reasoned that a security tweak like this made it necessary to have enough options to a). keep it secure, and b). give users the options that they need. It’s a strategy that, for the most part at least, has paid off reasonably well.

If you’re looking for an alternative to any of the aforementioned security tweaks—AppLocker, BioProtect, or BioLockdown—then Asphaleia is a release you should definitely check for upon its impending launch. Have a look at our full 10+ minute video walkthrough, as we break down all that the highly anticipated release has to offer. Read More


Vertex is now available on Cydia

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2014

Vertex, the awesome jailbreak tweak that combines app switcher and control center into one convenient page, is now available for download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. The tweak, developed by Ian Burns and Timon Olsthoorn, and is based on Bill Labus’ popular Mission Control concept.

The team bills Vertex as a sort of one-stop-shop for all of your app-switching, music-controlling and Settings-toggling needs. The tweak is well-designed with customizable aesthetics, and in our initial walkthrough, Jeff said it’s ‘definitely worth trying.’ Check out our hands-on video below… Read More


Ayeris jailbreak theme released for iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2014

Ayeris—the follow up jailbreak theme from Ayecon creator, Surenix, is now available for jailbroken iPad users. The theme, which was initially released for the iPhone last month, brings a subtle yet refreshing refinement to the look and feel of stock iOS 7.

If you’ve already purchased Ayeris for the iPhone, then the iPad version is only $0.99. Check inside for additional details. Read More


Vertex: hands-on walkthrough

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2014

It seems like we’ve started to hit the point in the jailbreak cycle where developers are starting to pull out the big guns. For instance, we had IntelliScreenX 7 released last night, Sentry teased a work-in-progress Auxo 2, and today, we’re bringing you the first hands-on review of the highly anticipated Vertex—a new jailbreak release that brings Bill Labus’ popular Mission Control concept to reality.

I’ve spent some considerable hands-on time with Vertex—putting it through its paces on my daily driver, bugging Timon Olsthoorn, its humble 16 year-old project manager from the Netherlands—and I have to say, I really like this tweak.

Timon, of course, is just one half of the team that responsible for taking Labus’ concept and making it into something tangible. Memphis Tennessee native Ian Burns puts his stamp on the Vertex project by serving as the tweak’s lead engineer. As you’ll see from our hands-on video walkthrough that follows, Ian is pretty good at what he does. Read More


Auxo 2 teased in videos

By Cody Lee on Mar 2, 2014

In October 2012, we posted a few images from a concept by an up-and-coming designer called “Rethinking the App Switcher for the iPhone 5.” As the name suggested, the concept offered a different take on the then-bottom-loading app switcher.

That designer’s name was Sentry, who is now one of the most well-known figures in the jailbreak community, and that concept went on to become Auxo, perhaps one of the most popular tweaks of all time. And yes, folks, a sequel is on the way… Read More


IntelliScreenX 7 hands-on walkthrough

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 2, 2014

Intelliborn’s IntelliScreenX has been around for a few years now, and it continues its reign as one of the most popular jailbreak releases of all time. Even if you have beef with the way IntelliBorn goes about updating its Cydia releases, slowly trickling out nuggets of information, there’s simply no denying that it creates jailbreak apps more ambitious than only the most talented of jailbreak developers.

Even more so than iOS 6, iOS 7 was a radical departure from the status quo, and because of that, jailbreak developers have had to go back to the drawing board so to speak. Intelliborn hasn’t been exempt from this problem.

After months or retooling and remixing, and after what has essentially been a build from scratch, IntelliScreenX 7 is finally amongst the living. In fact, we have a beta copy of the highly anticipated release in our hands right now, and we’d love to show it to you.

This latest version of IntelliScreenX is not only a rethinking of the app, it brings a fresh new feature to the table as well. Check inside for our full hands-on video walkthrough of IntelliScreenX 7… Read More


Evasi0n7 1.0.7 released with fix for bundled package list issue in Cydia

By Cody Lee on Mar 1, 2014

The evad3rs have released an update to their evasi0n7 jailbreak tool this afternoon. The update, which brings the tool to version 1.0.7, includes a fix for a known issue where the bundled package lists could not be updated by Cydia.

This is more of a maintenance update, as it doesn’t really add new features or benefits for people who aren’t experiencing the above problem. So unless you are seeing the issue, there’s no reason for you to restore and re-jailbreak… Read More


How to quickly toggle iMessage read receipts

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

One of the coolest things about using iMessage is the fact that you can tell when others have read your messages. A read receipt toggle is built right into the stock Messages app, allowing users to enable or disable the feature at will.

Unfortunately, you have to venture into Settings > Messages to access this toggle. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could easily disable or enable read receipts from anywhere on your iOS device?

That’s the exact premise behind ReadReceiptsFS. It’s a toggle for the Flipswitch framework that allows you to easily toggle read receipts on the fly. Take a look inside to learn more. Read More


How to enable the Fleksy Keyboard in stock applications

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

The Fleksy Keyboard is a third-party keyboard with an SDK that iOS developers can tap into if given access by Fleksy. The benefits of using the Fleksy Keyboard over the stock iOS keyboard is readily apparent after just a brief hands-on experience. You can actually go out to the App Store right now to download the standalone Fleksy Keyboard app to try it out. Other apps, like Launch Center Pro, have recently incorporated Fleksy in-app, providing for an arguably better typing experience.

But what about using the Fleksy Keyboard with built-in apps like Messages, Reminders; even Safari? What then? Up until now, this has been impossible. But the recent creation of a brand new jailbreak tweak called Fleksy Enabler, allows you to use the popular keyboard with some first-party and unsupported third-party apps. Read More


TouchBar: disable status bar items with a touch

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

When I first took TouchBar for a spin, I have to admit I was a bit confused. I understood the fact that the tweak allowed you to invoke a quick toggles bar near the status bar; that much was clear. What I didn’t understand was a setting found in the preferences for the tweak that allows you to “enable items.”

Well, apparently, this enable items toggle lets you touch the actual icons present in the primary status bar. For example, if you touch the little signal bars in the upper left-hand corner of your iPhone’s screen, you can engage AirPlane mode. If you touch the Airplane icon, you can turn off Airplane mode. This works for most of the items that you’ll find in the status bar.

This is one of the few tweaks that I’ve run across that lets you interact with actual items in the status bar. Remember, these items are insanely small, so it’s a little odd and a bit intriguing all at once. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump to see what I mean. Read More


CallShare: create notes, calendar events and more during phone calls

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

Have you ever wanted to quickly create a note as you engaged in a phone conversation, or perhaps setup a calendar event right there mid-call? CallShare is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to do that and more.

Available for download from Cydia’s ModMyi repo, CallShare lets you create new messages, emails, calendar events, notes and reminders directly from the stock Phone app. To see how CallShare works in action, please watch our video walkthrough that appears after the break. Read More


SixBar: enable the black and white status bar from iOS 6

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

SixBar is a recently released tweak for those of you who are tiring of the status bar present in iOS 7. It forces the status bar into the old-school black and white mode that was last seen in iOS 6.

SixBar is not a theme, so it doesn’t require WinterBoard or any other theming utility. Once you install SixBar, you’ll need to go to the Settings app to find the tweak’s preferences. Inside the preferences you’ll notice a lone toggle—a kill-switch—used to enable or disable the tweak. When you enable the toggle and respring, you’ll see the familiar black and white status bar inspired by iOS 6…

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StatusBright: swipe across the status bar to change brightness

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

StatusBright is a just-released jailbreak tweak available on Cydia’s ModMyi repo. It’s a simple tweak that lets you change your iPhone’s brightness settings using a swipe on the status bar.

You might remember a similar jailbreak tweak entitled SwipeBright. It, too, allowed you to swipe on the iPhone’s status bar in order to adjust the brightness settings of the device. Sadly, SwipeBright has yet to be updated to support iOS 7, so the developer of StatusBright felt that a new tweak was justified.

Although adjusting the brightness on the iPhone is much easier with iOS 7′s Control Center, it’s still one less gesture that you need to perform by putting the controls directly on the status bar. Check inside for more details about how StatusBright works. Read More


PowerBanners: change low power alerts to unobtrusive banners

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

Don’t you just hate it when you’re in the middle of a game or a movie only to be interrupted by the low power notification at 20% and at 10%? Wouldn’t it better if the notification was a bit less intrusive? That’s the premise behind PowerBanners, a new jailbreak tweak available for free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

For those of you who have been around for a while, there’s another jailbreak tweak called LowPowerBanner that brings similar functionality to iOS. Sadly, as is the case with many tweaks for iOS 6 and below, it was never updated for iOS 7. PowerBanners was created from the ground up with iOS 7 in mind, and it works on arm64 devices like the iPhone 5s as well.

We’ve taken some time to test out PowerBanners and we can report that it works as advertised. Want to know just how well it works? Check inside to watch our hands-on walkthrough. Read More

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