Tweaks of the week: Alympus, Watchdog Pro, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2015

 

The past week was a big week for jailbreak releases. It saw the release of the Surenix and Kyle Howells collaboration—Alympus—which brings a reimagined App Switcher to iOS 8.4. It also saw the release of Watchdog Pro—a multitasking tweak with tons of options.

Did you miss any good Cydia releases from the past week? Unless you’ve been watching Cydia like a hawk, it’s likely that you may have. View our full list to see what gems you may have looked over.

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How to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on Mac with TaiG 1.0.0

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2015

As we told you about earlier, the iOS 8.4 jailbreak is now officially available on Mac from TaiG. The TaiG jailbreak tool for Mac is a simple and easy to use tool to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad on your Mac without having to resort to using a virtual machine.

In this video tutorial, I will show you how to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on your Mac using the TaiG tool. Read More

 

TaiG for Mac released to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2015

Over a month after the original TaiG jailbreak for Windows surfaced, TaiG for Mac is now officially available for OS X users. TaiG for Mac will allow you to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on your Mac without having to resort to using a virtual machine.

If you’ve yet to jailbreak due to the lack of a proper TaiG tool for OS X, now is your time. You can find the download link for TaiG for Mac inside. Read More

 

How to use the iPhone’s proximity sensor as an Activator gesture

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 31, 2015

ProximityActivator is a recently released tweak that adds a new proximity sensor gesture to your list of Activator gestures. This makes it possible to perform certain actions simply by waving your hand in front of your iPhone.

In the video example that follows, I’ll show you how I can invoke the App Switcher by waving my hand in front of my iPhone 5’s proximity sensor.  Read More

 

Upcoming Multiplexer jailbreak tweak looks incredible

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 30, 2015

Multiplexer is an upcoming multitasking jailbreak tweak from Elijah Frederickson and Andrew Abosh, the same developers that brought us the high-regarding multitasking tweak, ReachApp.

Building on the success of ReachApp, Multiplexer is actually six tweaks built into one. In fact, each of Multiplexer’s features could probably stand on their own two feet—for example, ReachApp is a part of Multiplexer.

It’s still very much a work-in-progress, but Frederickson and Abosh have teased Multiplexer’s feature-set over the last week. I’ve been around jailbreaking for a long time, and this looks like it could possibly be one of the biggest and most ambitious releases that we’ve seen in quite some time. Read More

 

Epicentre: a gorgeous new passcode interface for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 29, 2015

Finding the stock iOS passcode interface to be a bit boring? If so, then keep your eyes peeled for Epicentre, an upcoming jailbreak tweak that adds a gorgeous new interface to the passcode Lock screen.

Epicenter replaces the stock passcode interface with a beautifully animated setup that looks like it was inspired by a traditional rotary phone. It features a preference panel with several options for customizing the look and security of the passcode entry interface. Watch our full video preview to see how. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 118: Alympus has fallen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 29, 2015

Episode 118: We discuss some of the top myths about jailbreaking, the new Alympus tweak from Surenix and Kyle Howells, new jailbreak malware surfaces, Snapchat backtracks on banning jailbreakers from its app, and several new jailbreak tweaks.

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Alympus: a meticulously-designed App Switcher replacement with tons of character

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 28, 2015

Well-respected developer Kyle Howells, and renowned UI designer, Surenix, have teamed up for something special. Their new collaborative project, called Alympus, has just been released on Cydia, and it brings a completely redesigned App Switcher, Control Center, and Music Controls interface to iOS 8.

Alympus was teased this past Sunday, but that teaser was just that—a tease. In the video that follows, I’ll break down all of Alympus’ features. Once you see all of what Alympus has to offer, I think you’ll agree that there’s more than meets the eye. Read More

 

New beta tweak helps clean up Cydia package descriptions

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 27, 2015

Well-known developer Majd Alfhaily just released a new beta tweak on his personal repo called Cyte. The tweak aims to clean up the descriptions for packages present in Cydia to make them look more consistent and appealing.

In my opinion, this is one of the biggest tweak opportunities present since Cydia opened up to Cydia Substrate extensions. A more consistent and cleaner looking Cydia when it comes to package depictions, would go a long way towards improving the experience. Read More

 

A first look at the upcoming Alympus jailbreak tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2015

Alympus is a brand new tweak by developer iKyle, and designer Surenix. It’s been teased for the past week, but until today, we really had no idea what to expect. Would it be a new messaging tweak? A new theme? Or something else?

Today, we have a better idea of what Alympus entails. It seems to be an App Switcher replacement for iOS.

Surenix just posted a teaser Vine, which showed off some of the tweak’s upcoming functionality. Needless to say, it looks really good. Have a look and tell us what you think… Read More

 

LockPlus: an upcoming WYSIWYG Lock screen theme maker

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2015

One of the most difficult things that jailbreakers can do is put together a decent looking theme. Sure, all in one themes like Ayeris make it easy, but building a fully themed iPhone piece-by-piece is a little more challenging.

And then there’s the fact that there are so many type of themes. There’s SpringBoard themes, Lock screen themes, app-specific themes, etc. There’s really a lot to plan out and think about when it comes to successfully theming a jailbroken iPhone.

Well, a new theming solution is aiming to change this—at least when it comes to theming the Lock screen. LockPlus is a soon-to-be-released theming solution created by @JunesiPhone and based on Cydget. It allows you to create full Lock screen themes using a simple WYSIWYG web editor. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: LyricForMusic, Dissident, ControlPane, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2015

Although this week saw nothing quite as impactful as Cydia Impactor, it was still a fairly solid week for new jailbreak tweaks.

Among the new tweaks released in the past week was Dissident, a new true backgrounding tweak, and LyricForMusic, a tweak that makes it possible to display song lyrics from Apple Music.

Did you miss one of the sleeper hits that was released on Cydia in the last week? Check out our list of new tweaks and see for yourself.

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Warning: Lock Saver Free tweak comes with a trojan

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Talk about bad timing. Just after I posted about how jailbreaking was relatively safe, here comes news of a trojan that slipped through ModMyi’s review process.

The tweak in question, Lock Saver Free, is a tweak that we featured in our new tweaks of the week video last night. Lock Saver Free was published by developer dmarinov, and is unfortunately still available for download on ModMyi as of this post. Read More

 

10 jailbreak myths debunked

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Over the years, there have been lots of misconceptions about jailbreaking, the type of people that jailbreak, and the overall purpose of jailbreaking. What’s true, and what’s not? Does jailbreaking void your warranty? Is it hard to do? Is it even necessary nowadays?

In this post, I’ll break down and debunk 10 jailbreaking myths. I’ll show you why I still jailbreak, and why jailbreaking may be quite different than you perceived it to be. Read More

 

How to get notified when we post a new YouTube video

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

As a part of yesterday’s YouTube app update for iOS, it is now possible to receive a push notification whenever we post a new video on iDownloadBlog’s YouTube channel.

Each week, we post several videos about jailbreaking, the latest Cydia tips, tricks, tips, reviews, and more. iDB’s YouTube channel is a great source for the latest information on all things Apple, jailbreaking, iOS, and the iPhone and iPad.

With this latest update, it’s even easier to stay up to date with all of our new video content. In this post, we’ll show you how to do just that. Read More

 

New version of Phantom released to sidestep potential jailbreak lockouts

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Snapchat has apparently abated from its cat and mouse game with jailbreak tweak developers. Less than a few days after Snapchat begun locking out users who had Snapchat-specific jailbreak tweaks installed on their devices, Snapchat stopped locking out users.

How long will Snapchat stop its lockouts? Is this just a temporary thing until it’s able to adequately update and clarify its terms of service? It’s still relatively unclear at this point.

What is clear is that Phantom, a Snapchat-centric tweak created by jailbreak developer CokePokes, has been updated to workaround the Snapchat crackdown. So even if Snapchat were to change its course again, and reengage jailbreak users, Phantom’s latest version should work regardless. Read More

 

28 new jailbreak tweaks showcased on video

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2015

The pace of jailbreak tweak releases is still fairly high, even a month after the iOS 8.3/8.4 jailbreak. In this latest video, I showcase 28 new jailbreak tweaks.

The tweaks range from app backgrounding tweaks, to Apple Music tweaks, to volume HUD tweaks. There’s a large variety shown off in this latest video. Take a look, and see what you may have missed. Read More

 

LyricForMusic: display song lyrics for Apple Music tracks

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2015

Apple Music is great, but with all of the new music discovery it brings, you’re bound to run into situations where you wish you had quick access to song lyrics. That’s where a brand new jailbreak tweak called LyricForMusic comes into play.

LyricForMusic lends you nearly instant access to a song’s lyrics simply by tapping on its album artwork. And this works, not only for the music that you own or for the music that you have saved locally to your device; it also works for music streamed directly from Apple Music’s 30+ million song catalog. Read More

 

New Snapchat tweak sidesteps crackdown on jailbreakers [updated]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2015

A new jailbreak tweak for Snapchat just launched, and it works on the latest version of Snapchat—version 9.12.0.0—without causing a lockout.

As you’ll recall, Snapchat started cracking down on Snapchat-oriented jailbreak tweaks after an update to one of the more popular tweaks (Phantom) allowed users to spoof locations and snag coveted filters from places across the world.

Though an update to Phantom is said to be on the way, a new update to another Snapchat-centric tweak—Snapchat+— is the first release that actually lets users bypass the Snapchat ban hammer. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 117: Handy with the hex codes

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2015

Episode 117: Jeff and Cody help you prepare for the upcoming iOS 8.4.1 release. Cydia Impactor is released to let users restore their jailbroken iOS devices to stock without upgrading their firmware, the iPod touch 6th-gen is jailbroken, TaiG releases a new update, and lots of new tweaks are discussed.

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