Let’s Talk Jailbreak 109: 99.999999999% sure

By Jeff Benjamin on May 27, 2015

Episode 109: We discuss iOS 9 and the rumored Rootless security, plus new jailbreak tweaks like Aeuria LS, Color Convos, IllLookLater, and more.

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New tweak brings iOS notifications to Xiaomi’s Mi Band

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

XiaoMi’s recently launched US online store doesn’t carry any actual smartphone hardware yet, but you can buy hardware like headphones, battery packs, and a fitness device called the Mi Band.

The Mi Band is akin to some FitBit models, in that it’s slim, understated, and lacks a touch screen. Due to the tracker’s lack of battery draining features, it gets really good battery life upwards of 30 days.

Perhaps the most attractive thing about the Mi Band is the price. Retailing for just $14.99, it’s much more affordable than any dedicated fitness tracker I’ve ever seen, let alone a full-featured device like the Apple Watch.

When paired with a Xiaomi smartphone, the Mi Band can alert you to things like phone calls by using vibration. Wouldn’t it be cool if it could alert you to notifications for certain iOS apps as well? Now it can, courtesy of a new jailbreak tweak called MiBand Utility from developer Pigi Galdi. Read More

 

‘Gauss’ spices up the Music app with impressive blur effects

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Gauss—which is named after German mathematician Karl Gauss, from which the Gaussian Blur derives its name—is a jailbreak tweak that adds blur, tint color, and text color effects to the stock Music app. Gauss lets you change up the blur radius, saturation, and more. You can even preview the look of the changes via the tweak’s preferences. Read More

 

StopAutoDelete stops the iOS cursor from deleting entire words

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

When you hold the delete button on the iOS keyboard, eventually the cursor will start to delete entire words in an effort to speed up the deletion process. While at times, this comes in handy from a speed perspective, I often find it more of a nuisance; it seems to always delete words that I had no intention of removing.

StopAutoDelete is a jailbreak tweak that slows down deleting on iOS, placing a sort of limiter on deleting and preventing whole words from being delete at once. Have a look at our video walkthrough for a full explanation. Read More

 

iPicar: hide specific Messages conversations when unlocking your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Have you ever had the desire to hide specific Messages app conversations? What about the ability to do so when unlocking your iPhone?

iPicar is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that. By means of a special passcode that’s used to unlock your iPhone, iPicar can hide specific conversations in the Messages app with ease. Read More

 

Recents is a jailbreak tweak for viewing recent calls in Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Recents is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to view recent phone calls and FaceTime calls directly in Notification Center. With the $1.49 package, which comes with a free trial, you can make calls directly from Notification Center, even if your device is locked.

By adding a tab next to the Today and Notifications tabs in Notification Center, Recents lets you view incoming, outgoing and missed calls with ease. It also lets you delete individual calls, all calls, and it works with a variety of other jailbreak tweaks such as Copic and LockInfo.

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RippleBoard: add ripple effects to the iOS Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

RippleBoard is a new tweak that brings tap indicators to the iOS Home screen. Whenever you tap the screen, or launch an app, you get a cool little ripple effect on the Home screen.

But RippleBoard isn’t just limited to on screen taps. As you’ll see from the tweak’s preferences, there are other things that you can do with RippleBoard, including customizing the range and duration of the ripple effects. Read More

 

Aeuria LS is a beautiful Lock screen tweak for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

Great standout tweaks seem to be few and far between as of late, but the developer of Aeuria LS obviously has other thoughts about the matter. Aeuria LS is an original and wonderful-looking Lock screen tweak for jailbroken devices, that presents the current time in a unique manner.

Conceptualized by Zach Williams and programmed by Bryce Pauken, Aeuria LS is one of the best looking jailbreak tweaks that I’ve seen in a while. It brings a Lock screen clock interface to the iPhone that features customizations by clock type, time format, clock face font, color, blur, and more.

It’s a simple looking tweak that you’ll find to be incredibly deep, and a technical work of art once you delve into its preferences. Have a look at our video overview of Aeuria LS for more details. Read More

 

IllLookLater: prevent iPhone screen wake when receiving notifications

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Do you find that many of your incoming notifications don’t warrant the awakening of the Lock screen on your iPhone? Perhaps you think that waking up your iPhone every time you receive a notification is a waste of precious battery.

If you feel that way, then you may want to look into IllLookLater, a recent jailbreak tweak that’s available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo free of charge. IllLookLater makes it so that you can limit the amount of apps that wake the Lock screen when receiving a notification. In other words, it lets you pick and choose the apps that you deem worthy. Read More

 

Color Convos: assign colors to Messages app conversations

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Color Convos is a jailbreak tweak that serves as a Messages app addon. It lets you quickly assign different colors to the outgoing message bubbles in a Messages app conversation.

Why is this useful? The developer presents an interesting use case scenario. He suggests that Color Convos will make it easier to discern who you are sending a message to, ensuring that you are sending messages to the correct contact, lending peace of mind.

Does Color Convos work as expected? Have a look at our walkthrough to find out. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: ADKeys, Alternatum, and more

By Sébastien Page on May 24, 2015

According to the rumors, iOS 9 will be a heavy blow to the jailbreak community, but as Jeff cleverly noted, there’s no such thing as impossible. With that said, we’re hoping the grim rumor won’t discourage smart developers from coming up with new tweaks.

Speaking of new tweaks, this week was pretty slow, but it saw the release of a few interesting ideas. Read More

 

Alternatum brings an app switcher and toggles to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Alternatum is yet another jailbreak tweak that piggybacks on the Reachability feature introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It allows you to add a host of new features to the Reachability view such as an app switcher, toggles and more.

Unfortunately, I don’t currently own any jailbroken devices that feature Reachability, but Alternatum does bring the ability to use a simple Activator gesture to mimic Reachability. Does it work well?

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ADKeys: assign an image as your keyboard background color

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

ADKeys, which stands for adaptable keys, is a tweak that lets you change up the background and key cap color of the keyboard in iOS. By doing so, you can match up your keyboard color with other areas or your iPhone, such as your current wallpaper or theme.

If you can manage to handle the tweak’s frustrating preferences, then you may be able to obtain the look you’re going for. Have a glance at our walkthrough for a bit more detail. Read More

 

iOS 9 security & jailbreaking: there’s no such thing as impossible

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Recent reports are claiming that Apple’s upcoming iOS update—iOS 9—will make it more difficult to jailbreak iPhones and iPads going forward. Some are even stating that it will be nearly impossible to jailbreak an iPhone running iOS 9.

The reason? Rootless—the kernel-level security feature that was discussed earlier today. This new feature is said to prevent malware, increase the safety of extensions and preserve the security of sensitive data.

When it’s all said and done, Apple’s security efforts in iOS 9 appear to be its most prolific since iOS 5. It could make it more of a challenge for jailbreakers and hackers.

But impossible? There’s nothing that’s impossible when it comes to security. More difficult? Perhaps. More challenging? Maybe. But impossible? Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 108: What great timing

By Jeff Benjamin on May 20, 2015

Episode 108: We discuss the prospect of replacing Siri with third-party voices, and a host of new jailbreak tweaks like Helius 2, LockEmoji, NoBanner, LockEditor, and more.

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Helius 2 adds a fresh coat of paint to the Lock screen music controls

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Helius 2 is the follow-up to the popular tweak that redesigned iOS Lock screen media controls. In a nice gesture to owners of the original, developers s1ris and Phillip Tennen have rewritten the tweak from scratch and are providing it as a free upgrade to previous owners of Helius.

In case you’ve forgotten, or in case you’ve never used the original version, Helius is a tweak that takes your default media controls on the Lock screen, and provides them with a fresh coat of paint. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more information on how this tweak works. Read More

 

How to display the now playing app in the iOS media controls

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Have you ever glanced at your Control Center or Lock screen media controls, and wondered what app was responsible for playing the now playing song? This tends to happen if you have several music apps installed on your iPhone.

The problem stems from the fact that iOS doesn’t display the app responsible for a song’s audio output. But a new jailbreak tweak, called PlayingLabel, promises to solve this issue. Read More

 

LockEditor lets you modify several Lock screen properties on iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

If you find the stock iOS Lock screen to be a bore, then LockEditor is here to spice things up a bit. It’s a jailbreak tweak that allows you to modify a plethora of Lock screen features, from the passcode rings, to “slide to unlock” text.

In fact, LockEditor contains nearly two-dozen different settings and switches that allow you to customize the look and feel of the Lock screen. Have a look at our video, which showcases some of the features that you’ll find in LockEditor. Read More

 

NoBanner suppresses banner notifications when playing video

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Have you ever been in the middle of a great video, only to have the experience interrupted by an untimely banner notification? Not only is this visually disturbing, but incoming banners reduce the audio volume of a playing video as well.

NoBanner is a new jailbreak tweak that puts an end to this issue. It suppresses banner notifications whenever playing video on your iPhone. Watch our video walkthrough for a demonstration of NoBanner in action. Read More

 

LockEmoji prevents the iOS keyboard from reverting to another input mode

By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2015

If you regularly use the emoji keyboard on iOS, then you’ve no doubt experienced the issue that causes your keyboard to revert to another input method.

This problem generally arrises when doing one of two things: after tapping send in a chat app like the Messages app, and on first keyboard activation when the current input mode is emoji.

If you’re unfamiliar with the issue, it’s a little difficult to describe without actually showing you. Check out our video demonstrations, which shows you how LockEmoji—a free new jailbreak tweak released on Cydia—tackles this issue. Read More

 
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