Mimoji tweak lets you establish favorite emojis and default skin color

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

Mimoji is a well-designed jailbreak tweak that affords users several customization options related to emoji. First and foremost, users are allowed to establish favorite emoji, which can be selected from all available emoji. Secondly, Mimoji lets users select a default skin color for ‘human’ emojis. If you’re a frequent emoji user and you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone, then Mimoji is certainly worth checking out. Read More


BatteryIcon tweak brings a battery indicator icon to the Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

BatteryIcon is a recently released jailbreak tweak that brings a battery-level-displaying shortcut icon to the Home screen. The icon itself lends you an approximation of current battery life, and the shortcut links directly to the Battery Usage section of the Settings app.

Like the stock Clock app, BatteryIcon is a “live” icon in that it updates dynamically to show the current battery level via a battery glyph and the color (low battery shows a red color) of the icon itself. Due to this, you’re able to quickly glance at the main portion of the Home screen for a quick indication of how your battery is doing. Read More


Tweaks of the week: BatteryIcon, Mimoji, More Recent, and more

By Sébastien Page on Oct 11, 2015

Just when you thought the jailbreak community was being hit by a tweaks drought, developers come out of nowhere to prove me wrong. For instance, jailbreak developer Creatix is responsible for the launch of no less than four tweaks this past week, and although they won’t revolutionize the way you use your iPhone, they certainly will make your life a bit easier.

Kudos to all these devs who are still releasing new tweaks. You guys keep up the good work! Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 128: Anything can happen Tuesday

By Sébastien Page on Oct 7, 2015

Episode 128: Because Jeff abandoned Cody and Sebastien for a well-deserved break, the two are left on their own. This episode includes discussions about various pet peeves, waterproofing the iPhone 6s, the new YiSpecter malware, privacy, and the jailbreak drought which is currently affecting everyone.

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Tweaks of the week: is this the beginning of a drought?

By Sébastien Page on Oct 4, 2015

I’ve been doing these weekly jailbreak tweaks roundups for several months now, and it seems to me this is the most uneventful one to date. Not only there isn’t much new on Cydia, but what’s new isn’t that groundbreaking either. Is it the beginning of a tweaks drought? Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 127: It’s the little things

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 30, 2015

Episode 127: Where does jailbreaking go from here? Jailbreak tweak ideas for new iPhone 6s features like 3D Touch, Live Photos, and more.

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Tweaks of the week: Multiplexer, PhotosLive, Seng, and more

By Sébastien Page on Sep 27, 2015

Some of us got to play around with a new iPhone 6s this weekend, and surely, some ideas must have popped up in people’s brains on how cool a jailbreak could be on this new device. Imagine the possibilities if Activator met 3D Touch for example! We’re still left longing for such a treat, so in the meantime, lets just enjoy what we have now. Read More


New tweak brings Live Photos to older iPhones running iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 25, 2015

Live Photos is a new iPhone 6s exclusive feature that breathes new life into static photography. It works by shoehorning the photo in between video captured just prior and just after the photo is taken. The resulting effect is a “live” photo that moves on your screen, lending context to the photo at hand.

The new 3D Touch feature is used to activate Live Photos in the Photos app, and doubtlessly the iPhone 6s and Live Photos were made with each other in mind. That said, it doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to have a similar iteration of Live Photos on older hardware, as has just been proven by a new Cydia tweak.

Elias Limneos, a well known tweak developer who has releases like CallBar and BioProtect under his belt, just released PhotosLive—an impressive rendition of Apple’s Live Photos for older jailbroken devices. The question is, how well does PhotosLive work? Read More


Rumors swirl about a potential iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 24, 2015

Over the last few hours, rumors have swirled on reddit and other places that we could see a jailbreak released for iOS 8.4.1. While I certainly can’t vouch for the validity of these rumors, I am nonetheless intrigued by such a prospect.

Although the great new features found in iOS 9 would make it hard for me to personally backtrack to iOS 8, I understand that some of you would jump at the chance if it meant being able to jailbreak.

The good news is that if a jailbreak is released for iOS 8.4.1, everyone, at least as of this writing, can enjoy it. That’s because Apple is still signing the iOS 8.4.1 firmware for all devices. When this will change is anyone’s guess, but Apple usually closes its signing window for older firmware in relatively short order. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 126: You lost me at hello

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 23, 2015

Episode 126: The Multiplexer six-in-one jailbreak tweak is finally released, iOS 9 security issues, giving up a jailbreak for iOS 9, a new 3D Touch emulating tweak, and more.

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Seng: a new Auxo alternative now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 22, 2015

It’s been a big day for jailbreak releases. First, we had the highly anticipated Multiplexer land on Cydia, and now, we have Seng, another much-anticipated tweak, albeit less so than Multiplexer.

Seng, as we discussed back in in August, is a jailbreak tweak that’s inspired by Auxo. Actually, just calling it “inspired” would be doing it a disservice; Seng is heavily influenced by Auxo.

After being in beta for nearly two months, Seng is now available for purchase on Cydia for $2.50. Should you consider taking a look at it? Read More


Multiplexer, one of the deepest jailbreak tweaks ever, is now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 22, 2015

Multiplexer, the six-in-one multitasking jailbreak tweak that we previewed back in August, is now available for purchase on Cydia.

Multiplexer brings six different jailbreak tweaks together as one, and each tweak could rightfully stand on its own as a separate download. In the package, you’ll find Aura, Empoleon, Mission Control, Quick Access, Swipe Over, and the already well-know jailbreak tweak, Reach App.

All six of the tweaks join together to form one insanely deep package for multitasking on a jailbroken iPhone. Watch our video inside to get a preview of what to expect.

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New tweak lets older iPhone hardware mimic 3D Touch

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2015

A new jailbreak tweak called Force Touch Activator was recently released on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and it lets users on older hardware running iOS 8 mimic the 3D Touch effect that’s headlining the launch of the iPhone 6s.

Real 3D Touch requires a pressure sensitive screen, which is a part of the new hardware found in the new iPhone 6s. Older hardware, like the iPhone 6, lacks the pressure sensitive screen, so jailbreak tweak developers have to look for unique ways to try to bring similar functionality to older devices.

I’ll be honest and say that Force Touch Activator is pretty much nothing like 3D Touch—you don’t have the nuanced sensitivity levels, you don’t have haptic feedback, and most importantly, you lack a true pressure sensitive screen—but it’s an interesting tweak for jailbreakers to try nonetheless. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside, and see for yourself. Read More


ForceTouchActivator, Phone++, and other jailbreak tweaks to check out today

By Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2015

Earlier this week we published a couple interviews featuring representatives of the BigBoss and ModMyi repo, talking about how they handle security once a tweak is submitted to them for review. If you haven’t read these yet, we really suggest you take the time to peruse them as they provide details about how these repos work and do their best to make sure the tweaks you download are safe.

And speaking of tweaks, this week saw the release of a dozen or so tweaks. As always, some are more worthy of your interested than others. If you haven’t refreshed Cydia all week, we save you time by listing all the new tweaks in one convenient place. Read More


Provenance classic game emulator launches for Apple TV, and iOS devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 18, 2015

A week ago, we told you about Provenance, a then upcoming emulator that would be one of the first of its kind for the new Apple TV. Today, Provenance officially launched for the Apple TV and it also works with other iOS devices.

Provenance is a multi-emulator, meaning that it can emulate games from a variety of classic platforms. Users can look forward to emulating their favorite NES, SNES, Genesis/MegaDrive, Sega CD, Master System, GameBoy & GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Advance games.

Want to see what Provenance looks like on the big screen? Check here for more screenshots. Read More


Security: how the ModMyi repo handles tweaks submissions

By Sébastien Page on Sep 17, 2015

Following up on our interview with BigBoss repo maintainer Optimo, today we talk to ModMyi co-founder Kyle Matthews who shares the security process and safeguards in place when new jailbreak tweaks are submitted to his repo. While complete security can’t be guaranteed, Matthews explains that the ModMyi repo has done an incredible job along the years to protect its users.

But as he notes, 100% security is impossible, and at the end of the day, the ultimate responsibility is held by jailbreak users themselves. Read on for a fascinating look into one of the most popular repositories on Cydia. Read More


Interview: BigBoss repo maintainer talks security and user responsibility

By Sébastien Page on Sep 16, 2015

By jailbreaking their devices, most users usually know what they expose themselves to. When breaking the walls Apple has constructed to protect their security and privacy, jailbreakers put their fate in the hands of a handful of people. If done with basic principles in mind, jailbreaking can be very safe. I, for example, have been jailbreaking every iOS device I have owned since 2008, and I have yet to encounter any issue whatsoever.

Being cautious starts by being aware of what you install on your jailbroken device. Limiting yourself to the default repositories is good practice, as these repos do an outstanding job at analyzing jailbreak apps and tweaks before making them available for download, ensuring that the final user is as safe as possible.

But there is always that slight chance that a malicious tweak might have gone through the cracks and made its way into Cydia for millions of potential users to download. Nothing is 100% safe, but safety measures can be put in place to ensure the highest level of security. This is the job of repo maintainers.

We have talked to representatives of the two largest default repositories on Cydia to ask how they ensure the safety of their users. In a two-part series, we will publish their answers, starting today with Optimo, repo maintainer for BigBoss. Tomorrow, we will publish answers from Kyle Matthews of ModMyi. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 125: Jailbreaker’s guide to iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015

Episode 125: We talk about how to prepare for iOS 9 and how to emulate many of the feature of iOS 9 with a jailbroken iPhone.

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Five ways to prepare for iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 15, 2015

Tomorrow, after months of arduous testing, the final version of iOS 9 goes live to the public. Major iOS releases are always a big deal, and as such, it’s best to plan your upgrade strategy beforehand.

If you’re jailbroken, that adds yet another level of complexity to your decision making come go-live day. In this post, I’ll show you how to properly prepare for iOS 9 regardless of whether or not you’re jailbroken. Read More


Aria 2, MeetingDnd, and other jailbreak tweaks to check out

By Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2015

On the eve of the release of iOS 9, we can’t help but feel concerned about the future of jailbreaking. Will rootless make this an impossible thing? Is there such thing as impossible when talking about software though? We’ve seen encouraging signs from iH8sn0w this week, but only time will tell if this something that will actually happen, especially in regards to new devices being shipped.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy what we have now, as there is a number of interesting tweaks that were released this past week. Read More

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