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


Intelliborn posts screenshots and video of IntelliScreenX 7

By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014

Last week we told you that Intelliborn announced it would be launching the beta of its highly-anticipated jailbreak tweak IntelliScreenX 7 this week. Well, the tweak isn’t quite ready yet, but Intelliborn has released something that should make the wait a little less painful.

The developers have posted a couple of screenshots of of IntelliScreenX update this afternoon, as well as a video showing the tweak in action. And judging by what we’ve seen so far here, they weren’t kidding when they told us last week that “the wait would be worth it.” Read More


Polus: a customized QuickLaunch experience for Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

A3tweaks—the development team behind great jailbreak releases such as Auxo—is back with a brand new upcoming tweak, and we want to show it to you. The tweak, which is called Polus, is an extension that adds significant improvements to the QuickLaunch section of Control Center.

With Polus, you can customize Control Center’s apps shortcuts, and assign them with Activator gestures…but that’s not all. We’ve taken the upcoming tweak for a detailed spin on video. Check past the break for more information. Read More


NoGrabber: how to hide Notification Center and Control Center grabbers

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

Grabbers, like the one in the photo above, appear while trying to invoke Notification Center or Control Center in a full screen app. The grabbers essentially force you to perform two invoking gestures in order to launch Control Center or Notification Center. The grabber feature is there to prevent accidentally launching the aforementioned overlays while using a full screen application or game.

Some people, apparently, find the grabber feature annoying, and they want to launch Notification Center or Control Center like they normally do, even while using a full screen app. If you’re one of those people, then NoGrabber is something you should consider using. It forces the overlays to behave like normal, eliminating the grabber while in full screen applications. Take a gander at our video walkthrough to see how it works in action. Read More


How to quickly swipe between message threads in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

MessageSwiper7 is a recent Cydia release that brings the ability to swipe between Messages app conversations in iOS 7. We posted about the original MessageSwiper almost a year ago, and as you’ll see, that version differs quite a bit from the latest version.

Since iOS 7′s Messages app already features built-in actions for swipe gestures on both the right and left side of the app, more thought had to be put into the tweak to get things right in iOS 7. We’ve taken MessageSwiper7 for a brief spin on video to show you how it works. Have a look at our full walkthrough inside.

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vColor: change the color of your volume HUD

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

The volume HUD has always held a weird place in the hearts of jailbreakers. It’s been used to launch apps, it’s been customized, it’s been given music features. Now, it’s being colored, again.

vColor is the latest volume HUD-based jailbreak tweak that allows you to change up its look. It lets you alter the background, depletion bar, volume number, and volume meter colors. vColor is from developer Javier Brito, and it’s available for free right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Check inside as we step through vColor’s functions on video. Read More


ActiveAlarm: Open the Clock app directly to the alarm section

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

ActiveAlarm is a brand new jailbreak tweak that can be handy for those of you relying on your iPhone as an alarm clock. It’s a tweak that allows you to assign an Activator gesture of your choice to the stock Clock app.

While it’s true that Activator already contains an action for launching the stock Clock app, ActiveAlarm takes it one step further. ActiveAlarm will take users directly to the alarm clock section of the stock Clock app upon using the Activator gesture. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside as we show you how it works. Read More


Classic Badges: use iOS 6 app badges on iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

Do you hate the look of the app badges in iOS 7? Would you prefer to use the app badges present in iOS 6? If so, ClassicBadges is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that.

While ClassicBadges is a standalone tweak, it does rely on some help from WinterBoard to get the font and spacing of the old-school inspired badges to look just right. As we always like to do, we’ve put the tweak through its paces in a hands-on video walkthrough. Check inside for all of the details. Read More


How to mark conversations in the Messages app as unread

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014

Have you ever wanted to mark a conversation in the Messages app as read or unread, but eventually realized that there was no way to do so with stock iOS? I’ve certainly been there before. Perhaps the jailbreak community has come up with a good solution?

Unread is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to tap and hold on a message to mark it as unread. If the message is already unread, you can conversely tap and hold on it to make it read. The concept is certainly admirable, but I found that the tweak is not without issue. Check inside for the full rundown. Read More


Spin: add a twist to your Lock screen’s music interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 25, 2014

Spin is a just-released jailbreak tweak that adds a new look and feel to the Lock screen music controls and interface. Once you install the tweak, you’ll need to head over to the stock Settings app to enable it and respring.

Whenever you play music and go to the Lock screen, you should notice a new remixed music interface. Check out our video walkthrough inside for a deeper look at Spin. Read More


New upcoming tweak brings Mission Control concept to reality

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2014

Vertex is an upcoming tweak currently in development that aims to bring Mission Control inspired functionality to iOS 7. The tweak, which is currently being talked about on /r/jailbreak, merges Control Center and the app switcher together, along with other iOS 7-centric touches splashed in.

There’s still no timetable for Vertex’s release, but we do have a video preview of the tweak created by developer Ian Burns. Check past the break for the video and more details concerning this awesome looking jailbreak release. Read More


How to easily change the color of your iPhone keyboard

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2014

I generally hate jailbreak releases that feature goofy names like ColorY0urBoard, but I decided to give the new jailbreak app a try despite my inclinations. To my surprise, ColorY0urBoard is actually not that bad of an app.

If you’re searching for a way to easily customize the color of the stock keyboard within iOS, then ColorY0urBoard is a viable option. It’s a standalone app release with an interface dedicated solely to changing the keyboard color. The app includes a color wheel, much like you’d find in image-editing applications, and it also features brightness and alpha sliders to perfect your customized look.

ColorY0urBoard isn’t perfect, but it does a pretty good job of customizing the look of your keyboard. Have a glance at our video walkthrough inside for more details. Read More

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