Tweaks of the week: Browsix, igSpeedster, MiniTimer, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 16, 2015

This week, approximately 20 new tweak releases landed on Cydia. They range from basic releases like SongCount, which adds your total amount of songs to the Music app, to the more complex; Browsix lets you access the web from anywhere using a floating web browser mechanism.

All in all, there are many new tweaks this week that you may find interesting, and the majority of them are free. Check out the full list and see what you may have missed. Read More


Extensify: an upcoming tweak store for non-jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 13, 2015

One of the big concerns about iOS 9 is that Apple is rumored to have made jailbreaking a lot more difficult with its upcoming OS update. While the verdict is still out on “Rootless” and what impact it may or may not have on jailbreaking in general, it’s time to start thinking outside of the box.

Two developers have done just that. Majd Alfhaily and Kevin Ko, better known around jailbreak circles as @freemanrepo and @uhelios, have created something pretty special. It’s called Extensify, and it’s a tweak store that allows you to modify and add new features to App Store apps without needing to jailbreak.

When Alfhaily first approached me with word of this, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. Tweaks without a jailbreak? Huh? But then I actually tried Extensify and saw that it was legit.

Read my hands-on walkthrough of the exciting new app, and be sure to watch our video breakdown inside as well. Read More


The iOS 8.4 jailbreak is dead. What now?

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 13, 2015

Now that we know for sure that iOS 8.4.1 kills the exploits used in the most recent jailbreaks, it’s time to sit back and reevaluate our current jailbreak situation.

What should you do? In this post, I’ll evaluate some of the options and steps that you can take to ensure a long and happy jailbreak future. Read More


Confirmed: iOS 8.4.1 patches the exploits used by the TaiG jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 13, 2015

We were hopeful, but as suspected, Apple was just a little late in getting the security details about the iOS 8.4.1 release out to the public. As it turns out, iOS 8.4.1 does indeed patch the TaiG jailbreak, as rumored for the last month. Needless to say, you should stay away from iOS 8.4.1 if you’re at all interested in jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 120: Keep it weird

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 12, 2015

Episode 120: Join us for an outrageous episode filled with jailbreak talk, including a chit-chat about the best free tweaks, and tons of jailbreak-related side stories.

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How to make Control Center dark

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 11, 2015

DarkCC is a newly released jailbreak tweak that tints Control Center with a dark tint. It definitely serves to change up the look of Control Center, lending it a stealth-like appearance.

If you’re looking to add some flair to Control Center, then DarkCC is a tweak that’s definitely worth trying. Check out the details in this post. Read More


TypeStatus 2 public beta goes live

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 11, 2015

TypeStatus 2 has entered into a live beta, and is now available to download for anyone who wishes to test it.

TypeStatus is the tweak that allows you to see a when someone is in the midst of typing a response to you on iMessage, or when someone has read one of your iMessages. The tweak places a handy overlay or icon in the status bar to indicate when either action has taken place.

After a period of private beta testing, Hashbang Productions has opened up the tweak to the public. Want to take it for a spin? Check out the repo details and additional information inside this post. Read More


Seng: an Auxo alternative for iOS 8 jailbreakers

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 11, 2015

I know I’ve caught a lot of flack in the past for comparing other tweaks to Auxo. Some people think that I’m biased when it comes to Auxo and its creators, but as I’ve said in the past, I just like to call a spade a spade.

If you get offended by the mere mention of Auxo, then you may want to jump right into the article, and skip the next sentence.

Seng is a tweak that’s heavily inspired by Auxo. There I said it. There’s simply no denying that fact.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great tweak. Auxo 3 isn’t even updated for iOS 8.4, so your options are limited if you enjoy its functionality. Developer Charlie Hewitt saw this as an opportunity, and has stepped in to offer Seng—a tweak that pays homage to the Auxo series, but finds enough solid footing to stand on its own two feet. Watch our in-depth video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More


25 top free Cydia tweaks for frugal jailbreakers

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 10, 2015

Jailbreaking on a budget? That’s okay. Despite what some may lead you to believe, there’s a surprising amount of great jailbreak tweaks that can be had absolutely free. If you’re a frugal jailbreaker, then this list of 25 tweaks is sure to appeal to you.

In this post you’ll find multitasking tweaks, media apps, SpringBoard management tools, Cydia modifying tweaks, Siri tweaks, Music app tweaks, animation tweaks, and much more. As it turns out, you can make a pretty awesome jailbroken iPhone without spending a dime.

How many of these free tweaks do you use on a daily basis? Watch our video walkthrough to see the full rundown… Read More


Tweaks of the week: Lock+, Epicentre, Picture Passcode, and others

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 9, 2015


Another week brings another batch of solid Cydia releases. The headlining tweak from the past week is without a doubt Lock+, the WYSIWYG theme creator with a web-based interface. If you’ve been hesitant on messing with themes in the past, then you should give Lock+ a serious look; it makes theme creation simple and easy.

Other interesting tweaks from the past week are Epicentre, which adds a redesigned passcode interface with slick animations. There’s also Picture Passcode, which lets you create custom security based on photos.

Check out our full list of the past week’s jailbreak tweaks in this post. Of the nearly two-dozen tweak releases mentioned, you’re bound to find one or two tweaks that will catch your interest.

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Multify jailbreak tweak updated for iOS 8.4 with new features

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 8, 2015

Multify—one of the most impressive multitasking jailbreak tweaks that we’ve seen thus far—is now available for jailbreakers running iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4. Up until now, the tweak wasn’t compatible with the latest jailbroken firmware, but that has now been remedied.

We reviewed the original version of Multify back in March, and were super-impressed by what it brought to the table. Now, jailbreakers who perhaps haven’t had a chance to take the tweak for a spin get to do so. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 119: I heard you like multitasking

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 5, 2015

Episode 119: A talk about the awesome new upcoming jailbreak tweak called Multiplexer, the tweaks of the week, TaiG for Mac finally arrives, and a new tweak lets you have App Store-inspired reviews on Cydia.

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How to add ratings to Cydia tweaks

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2015

Cydia Ratings is an awesome new beta jailbreak tweak that brings an App Store-inspired ratings interface to all of your favorite Cydia tweaks.

Ever since Cydia debuted, there’s never been a real way to go about rating the tweaks housed inside. Users are thus made to either take the plunge on a tweak without knowing how good it is, or wait for a review from iDB. Now, with Cydia Reviews, users will have a legitimate way of reviewing and reading reviews for all of the tweaks available on Cydia. Read More


New KeySwipe jailbreak tweak lets you switch between keyboards with a swipe

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2015


I don’t know about you, but I find it kind of tedious to switch between keyboards on iOS. I find it tedious, because have to tap that little language button, which requires a precise tap on the keyboard.

Instead, wouldn’t it be nice if you could just perform a simple swipe gesture to switch between the keyboards that you have configured? A new tweak called KeySwipe lets you do just that. Read More


Activator 1.9.6 beta 1 brings quick access to the power down slider and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2015

A new beta version of Activator is now available for download. The often-updated staple jailbreak tweak from developer Ryan Petrich brings several new features and fixes to the table.

Check out this post to learn what the update contains and how to install the updated version on your jailbroken device. Read More


TaiG 1.1.0 for Mac released to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2015

TaiG has released a new version of its Mac jailbreak tool for iOS 8.4. Version 1.1.0 of TaiG for Mac aims to fix an issue present for users of OS X 10.9. If you’ve experienced issues with jailbreaking your iPhone using the OS X version of TaiG, then it is recommended that you update to this latest version. Read More


Jailbreakers be like… [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 3, 2015

Let’s face it, as jailbreakers we have a lot of stereotypes created about us. Some are undoubtedly true, and some are perhaps a bit more far-fetched. The fact of the matter is that jailbreaking brings its own type of lingo, thinking, and funny moments.

With this in mind, I came up with 10 jailbreak stereotypes for this tongue-in-cheek video. How many of these jailbreak stereotypes are you guilty of? Read More


Ryan Petrich teases free update to VideoPane

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2015

Today, Ryan Petrich teased his upcoming release, VideoPane2—the follow-up to the popular picture-in-picture video tweak for jailbroken iPhones. VideoPane allows you to multitask and watch videos anywhere on iOS.

Considering how much work has gone into VideoPane, and what it allows you to do, it wouldn’t be surprising if Petrich decided to charge for the update. However, the update will be free for those of you who purchased VideoPane in the past, regardless of when it was purchased.

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How to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on Mac with TaiG 1.0.0

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2015

As we told you about earlier, the iOS 8.4 jailbreak is now officially available on Mac from TaiG. The TaiG jailbreak tool for Mac is a simple and easy to use tool to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad on your Mac without having to resort to using a virtual machine.

In this video tutorial, I will show you how to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on your Mac using the TaiG tool. Read More


TaiG for Mac released to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2015

Over a month after the original TaiG jailbreak for Windows surfaced, TaiG for Mac is now officially available for OS X users. TaiG for Mac will allow you to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on your Mac without having to resort to using a virtual machine.

If you’ve yet to jailbreak due to the lack of a proper TaiG tool for OS X, now is your time. You can find the download link for TaiG for Mac inside. Read More

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