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


How to quickly launch apps using gestures

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2014

Gestr is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows users to assign gestures to a specific app and launch the app using the assigned gesture. The tweak, which is available for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, uses an Activator action to engage the screen used for inputing gestures.

In the end, Gestr probably isn’t a tweak that will significantly speed up app launches on iOS, but it’s undoubtedly a cool way to do so. Have a look inside for our video walkthrough, which showcases how it works. Read More


SpotiSearch: search Spotify directly from Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2014

I love Spotify and I don’t think that’s a secret. So can you imagine how happy I was when I stumbled upon this new jailbreak tweak in Cydia?

SpotiSearch is a brand new tweak that allows you to search the entire Spotify library using Spotlight search. That’s right, you can search for your favorite artists, albums or songs directly from the same Spotlight search that you use to search your local iPhone.

I’ve taken SpotiSearch for a thorough test-drive on video. Join me inside, as I showcase how this awesome new jailbreak tweak works. Read More


How to view animated GIFs in the stock Photos App

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2014

If you’ve ever saved an animated GIF to your iPhone’s Photos app, you’ve probably realized that the animations don’t play as normal. Instead, animated GIFs behave like static images within the Photos app, devoid of any of the animation that makes using GIFs so fun.

GIFViewer is a brand new jailbreak tweak that solves this problem. It, upon installation, allows you to view animated GIFs that are saved to the stock Photos app. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for a demonstration of how it works. Read More


BattSaver for iOS 7: manage your iPhone’s radios to increase battery life

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 23, 2014

BattSaver, a battery saving jailbreak app that we reviewed in-depth a couple of years ago, has been updated for iOS 7 compatibility. It’s basically the same jailbreak release that we reviewed before, except this time around it works for iOS 7 and arm64 devices like the iPhone 5s.

As we explained in our initial review, BattSaver isn’t necessarily performing any magic, it just manages the radios on your device in such a way so that you can save battery life. Many of the same strategies are incorporated in this updated version of BattSaver, including Normal and Aggressive battery saving strategies. Have a look inside for more details. Read More


Evasi0n7 1.0.6 released with support for iOS 7.0.6

By Cody Lee on Feb 22, 2014

Following Apple’s release yesterday of iOS 7.0.6, the evad3rs have released an update to their evasi0n7 jailbreak tool. The update, which brings the tool to version 1.0.6. included a fix for an SSL connection verification issue, which turned out to be a major security flaw in the operating system.

For this reason, we recommend that, if possible, you update to the latest firmware and then use evasi0n7 1.0.6 to jailbreak your device

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IntelliScreenX 7 beta set to land next week

By Cody Lee on Feb 22, 2014

We’ve been getting asked on a fairly frequent basis over the past few weeks if we’ve heard anything about IntelliScreenX. The all-in-one Lock screen jailbreak tweak has been very popular with users since it first launched in late 2011, and it’s one of the few remaining holdouts for iOS 7.

Well this morning we finally received word from Intelliborn, the developers behind the tweak, and it’s good news. Apparently the team is almost finished with an iOS 7-compatible version of IntelliScreenX, and they are planning on releasing a beta version of it as early as next week… Read More


Ayeris review — a subtly re-imagined iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 21, 2014

Ayecon is probably the most well-known jailbreak theme of all time, and for good reason; it was groundbreaking upon its initial release, harnessing the power of the then newly-christened Retina display for insanely detailed and hyper-skeuomorphic app icons.

But when Apple decided to switch things up with iOS 7—ushering in its first post-Forstall release and shedding tons of skeuomorphic weight in the process—Ayecon no longer felt fresh and new. Ayecon is like the anti-iOS 7, because it heavily depends on the now outdated skeuomorphic identity of iOS 6 and below.

When the iOS 7 version of Ayecon was released earlier this year, it was met with mixed reactions due to its polarizing nature when compared to iOS 7. Although some pledged unequivocal allegiance to the legendary theme, not a few were disappointed that it didn’t usher in something new, something more iOS 7 appropriate, something, well, more flat.

Surenix’s first new theme since Ayecon is the perfect answer to the semi-collective “meh” heard across the jailbreak community. Instead of trying to shoehorn an old theme into a mold it was never intended to fit, a fresh new start was warranted. Ayeris is that fresh start.

Unlike Ayecon’s heavy-handed approach to design, Ayeris is a much more subtle re-imagining of iOS 7. We’ve been testing Ayeris for the past few weeks on our day-to-day devices, and we’d like to show it to you now. Check inside for our full hands-on review and video. Read More


LockToCell: lock app icon spacing in the app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2014

When you open the app switcher in iOS 7 and scroll through the list of apps, you’ll notice that the app icons beneath the app switcher cards change spacing as you scroll through. In other words, the spacing isn’t always equal between app icons, and the app icons aren’t always located directly beneath the app card that they represent.

LockToCell is a new jailbreak tweak that forces even spacing for the app icons that lie beneath the cards in the app switcher. It makes it so that the spacing stays the same, even when scrolling fast through the app switcher. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More


Springtomize 3 updated with new Barrel-inspired animations and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2014

Filippo Bigarella has pushed the latest update for Springtomize 3 to Cydia, and it’s a doozy. The update brings loads of bug fixes, but it also adds new features like lock animations, new app switcher features to handle the look of inactive apps, new Barrel-like scroll animations, and more.

Springtomize 3 is one of the best tweaks for iOS 7, and with this latest 1.1 update, it only gets better. Have a look at our new video, which showcases some of Springtomize 3′s new features—including all two-dozen plus scroll animations—after the jump. Read More


Springshot: add a slingshot effect to the app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2014

Whenever I see one of Adam Bell’s tweaks hit Cydia I get excited, because I know it’s going to be something innovative and/or fun to use. And Adam didn’t disappoint with his latest release, which is appropriately titled Springshot.

Springshot is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to pull down on the app switcher cards to dismiss apps using a slingshot effect. The WebOS inspired tweak is available free of charge from Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what Springshot is all about. Read More

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