Apex 2 brings iOS 7 compatibility to the popular app-grouping tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on May 23, 2014

Apex 2 is the sequel to the original jailbreak tweak, which allowed users to group app icons in folder-like structures. The update, which is compatible with iOS 7, was just released today.

Like its predecessor, Apex 2 allows users to group up to four additional sub-apps to a primary app icon. Each sub-app can be revealed by performing a swipe up, swipe down, or double-tap gesture on the primary icon.

We got our hands on the final build of Apex 2, and like always, we’ve created a video walkthrough for your enjoyment. Have a look inside to see what makes Apex 2 tick.
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Helius redesigns your Lock screen music controls

By Sébastien Page on May 22, 2014

The Lock screen has been an area of interest for jailbreakers for quite some time, which probably explains the popularity of tweaks such as LockInfo7 or Spectral. Some tweaks do things in a subtle way, others aim to take a fresh approach in order to bring a completely new design. This is the case of Helius, a new tweak developed by Phillip Tennen who’s goal is to bring a new kind of music controls to your Lock screen… Read More


Inbox Count keeps count of your emails in the Mail app

By Sébastien Page on May 22, 2014

Prior to iOS 7, the Mail app would show you how many emails were in your inbox, which was a handy feature that would help you keep track of things. It’s something that apparently didn’t make the cut in iOS 7. One could speculate on the reasons behind this decision, but it wouldn’t help much.

Enters Inbox Count, a new jailbreak tweak that brings back the old feature and helps you keep count of how many emails are in your inbox… Read More


LockInfo7 brings essential info to the Lock screen

By Joe Rossignol on May 21, 2014

There are a countless number of jailbreak tweaks that aim to improve the Lock screen experience, such as Convergance and IntelliScreenX, but not many come close to LockInfo7 in terms of usefulness. The newly released tweak by iOS developer David Ashman expands the functionality of the Lock screen in several different ways. Read ahead to see what I mean…  Read More


TouchPass allows you to unlock your iOS device with a tap

By Sébastien Page on May 21, 2014

I’m not sure what’s all the rage about tap-to-unlock tweaks these days, but there must be something in the air. After the recent release of TapToUnlock7 and SmartTap, a new tweak called TouchPass promises to let you unlock your iOS device with just one tap. Well, to be fair here, you’ll still have to wake the device in order to tap to unlock so it’s not just a one-tap unlock solution, but close enough… Read More


TypeRead only sends iMessage read receipts when you start typing your reply

By Sébastien Page on May 21, 2014

One great feature of iMessage is the ability to send read receipts to people who send you a text from an iOS device, basically letting them now that not only you have received their text, but you’ve actually read it too.

But what if, from time to time, you do not want the other person to know that you have read their message right away? Of course, you could turn off reader receipts altogether, but if you’re looking for a little more flexibility, have a look at TypeReadRead More


Bulb: add a status bar indicator for the iPhone’s LED flashlight

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

The flashlight toggle in Control Center was a great addition to iOS 7, but it always baffled me why Apple didn’t place some sort of indicator in the status bar to tell you when the flash was active. Obviously, most people can see when the flash is on, but there are certain circumstances that one can encounter, which would make such an indicator useful.

What about when you sit your phone down on a table with the LED flash covered? It’s possible that the iPhone’s battery could die due to the flash being on for a long period of time. I know that may seem far-fetched, but it has happened to the developer of this tweak, and it has happened to me on a few occasions.

Bulb is a jailbreak tweak that will help make users more aware of the status of the LED flash. It places a lightbulb indicator in the status bar whenever the flash is active. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more info. Read More


How to easily search the contents of the stock Settings app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

As a recent Galaxy S5 adopter, one of the features that I immediately appreciated was the ability to perform a search within the phone’s Settings. Granted, Samsung is notorious for packing its phones with so many settings that a search is almost a requirement, but it’s still a nice feature to have.

Needless to say, ever since I laid my hands on the GS5, I’ve been wanting for a similar feature on iOS. Well, that feature arrived just a few minutes ago, and it’s, unsurprisingly, brought to us by the prolific developer Ryan Petrich.

SearchSettings is a new jailbreak tweak available on Ryan’s beta repo, and like on the GS5, you can perform searches within the settings app. Have a look at our video demo of the tweak in action after the fold. Read More


WallCycler: get fresh wallpaper every time you unlock your device

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

WallCycler is a new jailbreak tweak that recently appeared on Ryan Petrich’s beta repo. It’s a tweak that allows you to cycle wallpaper each time you unlock your device, or cycle manually using an Activator gesture.

There is no preference panel for WallCycler, but the tweak can be enabled by visiting Settings > Wallpaper & Brightness > Choose Wallpaper, and selecting an album. After doing so, you’ll receive a pop-up box asking you if you’d like to cycle the photos in the chosen album.

We’ve take WallCycler for a spin on video. Have a look at our demonstration after the jump. Read More


InTube: download and import videos directly from YouTube

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

InTube is a tweak that allows you to easily download HD or SD videos directly from the official YouTube app, and it will automatically import the videos into the stock Music and stock Video apps in iOS. If you’re an avid fan of YouTube, then InTube is an awesome jailbreak tweak that you should check out immediately.

The really great thing about InTube is that all of the downloading and importing is done seamlessly and automatic. Once you invoke the download, which appears via a clean looking button inside of the YouTube app, the entire process will complete itself. Have a look at our video after the break for our step-by-step walkthrough. Read More


SlideCut: an innovative keyboard shortcut tweak for jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

SlideCut is a brand new jailbreak tweak from developer r_plus. Whenever I see this developer’s name behind a tweak, it piques my interest, because they’re usually innovative and fun to use. SlideCut is no different.

SlideCut allows you to slide from your spacebar key to any shortcut key to execute an action. For example, you can slide from the spacebar to the ‘A’ key to select all, or slide from the keyboard to the ‘C’ key to copy the highlighted text.

We’ve got a full video walkthrough of SlideCut in action. Have a look inside to see how it works. Read More


Supercharge Safari with Canopy for iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

Where do I start? That’s the first thing that you’ll probably think to yourself after installing Canopy for iOS 7. The original Canopy succeeded in supercharging Safari, filling it with tons of practical new features, and this new version of Canopy for iOS 7 does likewise.

How does adding open in Chrome support sound? Or what about a quick paste and go option like Chrome for the desktop? How about adding quick translation features or accessing recently closed pages? You can do all of that with Canopy for iOS 7 and more. Read More


AlbumSnapper: create and manually select albums right from the Camera app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2014

Have you ever faced the need to create an album or filter photos to a specific album right from the Camera app? If you’re a frequent photo taker, or a frequent traveller, you’ve likely faced such a need.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could designate a photo for a specific album before you even take the photo? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create a new album on the fly, right from the comforts of the Camera app?

A new upcoming jailbreak tweak from developer Brandon Sachs allows you to do just that. AlbumSnapper is a wonderful addition to the stock Camera app, and frankly, I don’t see why this isn’t a native Camera app feature to begin with. Check inside for the full walkthrough. Read More


How to add LG-inspired ‘knock’ gestures to Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2014

The LG-inspired KnockOn feature seems to be a big hit amongst the jailbreak community. We’ve already seen Elias Limneos’ KnockOn inspired tweak called SmartTap, and now we have Knock.

Knock is an Activator add-on that adds two new gestures to the mix: the ability to knock on (hard tap) the sides of the iPhone or the front and back of the iPhone. Knock uses the device’s accelerometer to detect knocks, and a lot of work has been put into its development to prevent false positives. Have a look at our video demonstration for more details. Read More


How to add a step counter to the iPhone 5s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2014

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could have a pedometer right on the Lock screen? Some phones, notably the Samsung Galaxy S5, already allow you to do this. Now you can do the same thing on your iPhone 5s courtesy of a new jailbreak tweak.

The tweak, which is aptly entitled LSStepCount, is a beta release that places a pedometer count right on the Lock screen and in the status bar. It’s a beta tweak, so it definitely needs some TLC from a design perspective, but it works. Check out our video walkthrough of the tweak after the jump. Read More


How to add a live word counter to the stock Notes app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 15, 2014

Prolific jailbreak developer Julian Weiss is quickly ascending the ranks as one of my favorite members of the community. He continues to release tweak after tweak, and many of them prove to be useful just like this one. NotesCounter is his latest addition to Cydia, and as is the case with many of his releases, it’s a simple yet effective jailbreak tweak.

As its name implies, NotesCounter adds a simple word counter to the Notes app interface. It’s accomplished in a way that’s good-looking without bringing unnecessary attention to itself. Have a look at our full video walkthrough of NotesCounter after the jump. Read More


PopShare: share text from the copy and paste menu

By Jeff Benjamin on May 15, 2014

PopShare is a recently released jailbreak tweak that acts as an add-on to Ryan Petrich’s Action Menu. Action Menu is the legendary tool that adds a ton of extra features, including the ability to create add-ons like PopShare, to the copy and paste menu.

The idea behind PopShare is that you can highlight specific text and quickly share that text using iOS’ built-in sharing sheet. As an idea, PopShare is a good jailbreak tweak. Unfortunately, ideas don’t always translate into success, especially on the very first try. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean…

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Sentry teases Apex 2, the tweak that lets you group apps together

By Jeff Benjamin on May 15, 2014

Sentry, the designer behind Auxo 2 and a bevy of other jailbreak releases, has teased a sequel to another one of his popular tweaks. Apex—the jailbreak tweak that allowed users to group app icons and reveal them using swipe gestures—has received the iOS 7 treatment, and it comes in the form of Apex 2.

If you’re someone who likes to avoid using folders, then Apex is a jailbreak tweak that should pique your interest. The idea behind the tweak was good, but it was the implementation, with its smooth animations, that made Apex stand out.

Needless to say, it’s good to see Apex running on iOS 7, as it evokes fond memories. Check out the full review of the original version, and a sneak peak at the new iOS 7 update. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 57: We don’t say that on infomercials?

By Jeff Benjamin on May 14, 2014

Episode 57: Special guest Jim Gresham joins Cody Lee and Jeff Benjamin in a discussion of all things jailbreak. Inside we discuss the state of a potential iOS 7.1 jailbreak, tons of new jailbreak tweaks, and some not-so-new jailbreak goodies.

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How to integrate Google Cloud Print natively within iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 12, 2014

If you ever listen to our Let’s Talk iOS podcast, you’re probably keenly aware of my paperless lifestyle. As a huge Evernote proponent, I make it a habit of avoiding hoarding lots of unnecessary papers. But every now and then, even I am forced to print out a document or two. It happens just rarely enough to make it extremely annoying, and my annoyance is compounded by the fact I don’t own an AirPrint compatible printer.

As someone who is slowly integrating their way back into the Google ecosystem, I decided to give Google’s Cloud Print service a try. Google Cloud Print is basically the Google equivalent of AirPrint with some notable differences here and there. But for all intents and purposes, people use Google Cloud Print for the same reason that people use AirPrint—they want to print wirelessly from a wirelessly connected device.

It goes without saying that Google Cloud Print support is a feature that hasn’t been, and probably never will be, included in stock iOS. But that’s okay, because there is a jailbreak tweak that will allow you to just that. Check inside for the full video walkthrough. Read More

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