Popular Lock screen launcher atom is coming to iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 12, 2015

One of the most popular Lock screen launchers for iOS 8 is headed to iPad. Atom, the Surenix-designed and Daniel Turner-developed atomic-inspired Lock screen launcher, is headed to the big screen. We’ve got a first hands-on look at atom for iPad, including a summation of the tweak’s iPad-exclusive feature. Read More

 

How to add landscape mode, cellular streaming, and native favorite access to Tweetbot

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 12, 2015

Recently, I’ve started using the official Twitter app more. I like some of the features that the Twitter app has, such as native access to see who’s favorited your tweets, notifications on an individual user basis, native video support, etc.

But even with all of those features, I still find myself going back to Tweetbot 3. The user experience found in Tweetbot is so much more thought-out and refined, and the animations, sounds and graphics are charming. Needless to say, despite its limitations, I always go back to Tweetbot.

If you feel the same way that I do, and you’re jailbroken, then Tweetbot+ will certainly be of interest to you. It brings many new features to the table to enhance the Tweetbot 3 experience, such as cellular streaming, native favorite access, landscape mode, and more. Our full video walkthrough showcases all of the major features. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 98: Fifty shades of meh

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2015

Episode 98: On this week’s episode, we talk about jailbreaking the Apple Watch, a big Cydia pet peeve, hands on with Velox 2, and more jailbreak tweaks of the week.

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FullSwitch brings a full screen App Switcher to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2015

Do you think that the App Switcher preview cards in iOS are too small? If so, then FullSwitch, a release that brings a full screen App Switcher to iOS 8, might be just the tweak to scratch your itch.

Along with the full screen App Switcher, FullSwitch brings privacy mode, customizable multitasking indicators, and a special Home screen menu to iOS 8. We’ve taken FullSwitch for a walkthrough on video, so check it out. Read More

 

AlbumShot creates app-specific albums for your screenshots

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 10, 2015

Are you looking for a way to better organize the screenshots that you take with your iPhone? If so, then you should take AlbumShot for a spin.

AlbumShot is a recently released jailbreak tweak that creates albums in the Photos app to store the screenshots that you take. But it doesn’t just create a single album; it creates an album for each app that you take a screenshot for. Watch our full video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

Heads Up Display Mode turns your iPhone into an HUD for your car

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 10, 2015

I just tried one of the coolest new jailbreak tweaks that I’ve tested in a while. It’s called Heads Up Display Mode, and it allows you to mirror your iPhone’s screens so that it reflects an accurate image in your car’s windshield. Read More

 

24 tweaks you should check out today

By Sébastien Page on Mar 8, 2015

The weekend nears its end, but there is a very exciting week ahead of us, with Apple officially launching Apple Watch at a special event tomorrow. For those of you who can’t wait for the big event, we have gathered a bunch of tweaks that were recently released on Cydia to help you pass time.

For each tweak that we did cover on iDB, we added a link to Jeff’s full video review. Enjoy! Read More

 

How to replace the stock Clock app icon with a digital clock icon

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 6, 2015

Digital Clock Icon is a new jailbreak tweak that does one thing: it changes the stock analog Clock app icon to that of a digital clock. But that’s not all. Along with the digital clock, you get an altimeter and a date reading. Digital Clock Icon may be a simple jailbreak tweak, but given its looks and feature-set, it’s sure to find users who value what it brings to the table. Read More

 

Hands-on with Velox 2

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 6, 2015

I’ve had a copy of Velox 2 for several weeks, and I’ve seen it progress as its developer, Phillip Tennen, brings new features to the table. Every week, there seems to be a new feature or a new addition, which is promising for the highly anticipated tweak.

Velox, as you’re likely aware of, allows you to access special views for an app on the SpringBoard by means of a simple activation gesture. The default gesture, a swipe up on the app icon, will yield a special “Velox view”, or if no view exists for the app in question, a Notifications view for all of the app’s pending notifications.

If you’re familiar with the original Velox, then you largely know what to expect from Velox 2. But there are several new additions that appear in the sequel that promise to breathe some fresh air into the tweak… Read More

 

Melodic brings new sharing, metadata editing, and queuing features to the stock Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 6, 2015

When developer samball told me that there was a new jailbreak tweak in the works, I kept my eyes on Cydia for its appearance. That’s because samball is a well-respected developer, and behind such jailbreak releases as CameraTweak. Sam’s newest tweak is called Melodic, and it brings some awesome new features—like the ability to share music from your library via AirDrop, Messages, and more—to the stock Music app. Read More

 

Rochade: invert Twitter handles with full names in the stock Twitter app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 5, 2015

Rochade is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to invert the appearance of full names and Twitter handles within the stock Twitter app. Its aim is to provide more weight to the Twitter handle, and less such weight to the names of users associated with said handles.

Although other notable Twitter apps, like Tweetbot, have support for managing the display of names and handles within the UI, the official Twitter app is more strict in its approach. Read More

 

My Cydia pet peeve: App Store redirects

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015

The situation in Cydia right now is one of sadness. I’m sad, because nearly every time I try to download or purchase a new tweak or app, I have to finagle and wrangle with the App Store redirects that seem to have multiplied as of late.

I kid you not, I get about 5 pop-ups every time I open a page on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and sometimes I just give up after wrestling with trying to open a tweak’s page. At first this behavior was tolerable, but over the last few weeks, it seems to have reached a boiling point. It generally takes a lot of inconveniences for me to decide to write about one of my annoyances, but this situation is just flat out of control, and I need to vent.

Someone needs to fix this. The problem primarily seems to happen with tweaks hosted on the BigBoss repo. If this happened to any other repo, I’d simply uninstall that repo and go about my business. Sadly, I can’t do that, because the BigBoss repo is more or less Cydia. It hosts 99% of the tweaks that we report on, and it’s generally where all of the action is when it comes to tweaks. Themes are a different story, and sometimes you’ll find a really cool tweak on ModMyi, but it’s obvious that the BigBoss repo is where most of the activity resides in this community. Read More

 

PortraitWallpaper keeps wallpaper from rotating while in landscape mode

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015

PortraitWallpaper is a new jailbreak tweak that forces the wallpaper on your iPhone to remain locked in portrait orientation, even when the rest of the interface is rotated to landscape mode. Depending on the type of wallpaper that you have configured, the results could get interesting. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 97: Jailbreak guru to the stars

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015

Episode 97: Apple closes the iOS 8.2 beta 2 signing window, Comex releases his Substitute Cydia Substrate replacement, iOS Blocks is being made into a real tweak, 8 practical jailbreak tweaks, 10 tweaks that aren’t on default cydia repos, and more.

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Upcoming Shrinkability iOS tweak mimics Samsung’s one-handed mode

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015

If you’ve ever used one of Samsung’s flagship large phones or phablets, then you’re likely well-aware of the Korean firm’s so-called one-handed mode. One-handed mode is exactly what it sounds like—it makes it so that you can use a device that would normally take two hands to operate, with a single hand.

Of course, Samsung isn’t the only company to offer such a feature. Apple revealed Reachability, a tool that allows users to pull down the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ interface, for easy one-handed usage. Although both features are designed to make it possible to operate a larger device with one hand, the methodologies behind the features couldn’t be any different. Read More

 

NoSwitchBar lends a cleaner look to the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2015

NoSwitchBar is a brand new free jailbreak tweak that just touched down on the Cydia store. It lets users eschew the status bar at the top of the app card previews in the App Switcher, allowing for a cleaner look. Read More

 

10 Tweaks to try that aren’t on default Cydia repos

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2015

Yesterday, I found this thread on Reddit and was reminded of how many great jailbreak tweaks exist outside of Cydia’s default repos. Of course, developers like Ryan Petrich are well-known for their beta repos, but there are some other lesser-known repos that you should be aware of as well. Here’s a list of ten jailbreak tweaks that are available outside of the popular BigBoss and ModMyi repos. Read More

 

InstallReset: reset the Home screen icon layout upon app installation

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 2, 2015

Are you extremely particular about your iPhone’s Home screen app layout? If so, then InstallReset is going to be a tweak that you either hate or love.

InstallReset forces your iPhone’s Home screen layout to reset to defaults upon a new app installation or an app uninstallation. It will therefore keep your apps organized in alphabetical order along with keeping the default Home screen app icons in stock order. Read More

 

8 must-have jailbreak tweaks that solve real problems on iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 2, 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve told you about the must-have jailbreak tweaks for iOS. In this post, I’m going to highlight the staple tweaks that I use. But this isn’t just some randomly generated and arbitrary list of tweaks put together for the sheer sake of doing so. No, this is a list of eight tweaks that makes the iPhone a better device overall.

Some people are claiming that jailbreaking is dead or that it’s a mere shell of its once glorious self. I say baloney. Until iOS can solve the problems that these eight jailbreak tweaks solve natively, then jailbreaking will always be alive and kicking in my eyes. Read More

 

Comex releases an alpha build of Substitute, a controversial Cydia Substrate replacement

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 1, 2015

Today, Comex made good on his promise and released an alpha build of Substitute—the hacker’s polarizing new Cydia Substrate replacement for jailbroken iPhones. Back in January, it was revealed that Comex was helping the iMods team—a crew that is working on a Cydia replacement—with some of the necessary fundamentals to get the project off the ground.

One of the most needed pieces of a Cydia replacement is a Cydia Substrate replacement. Without Cydia Substrate, or something like it, then a Cydia replacement doesn’t make much sense. Not only has Comex pledged his support for the project, but he’s just brought one of its most important puzzle pieces to reality. Read More

 
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