How to jailbreak iOS 8.x with Pangu on Mac OS X using a virtual machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2014

Although you never can tell with these sorts of things, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing an OS X version of Pangu in the immediate future. Although I’m sure that the Pangu guys are working feverishly on an OS X version of the jailbreak tool for iOS 8.x, it likely lags behind other priorities, such as translation, embedding Cydia, etc.

With that in mind, what options exist for those of us in Mac-only households? You could, of course, visit a friend who owns a Windows machine. Or, you can do what I always do, and install Pangu and jailbreak using a Windows virtual machine on OS X. In fact, you may be surprised (or not), but I don’t own a Windows machine, and haven’t in years. But I’m always able to jailbreak on day one due to my Windows virtual machines.

In this tutorial, I’ll tell you how to set up and install a virtual machine for free in order to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu on your Mac. Read More

 

Cydia Substrate updated to 0.9.5013 to support iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2014

Good news, fellow jailbreakers. Saurik has just pushed an update to Cydia Substrate to lend it iOS 8 compatibility. This means that tweaks that rely on Cydia Substrate to run (most of them should) can now be updated to work with iOS 8 as well.

Cydia Substrate has always been a big part of the puzzle that needed to be there for this iOS 8 jailbreak to really gain steam as far as jailbreak apps and tweaks are concerned. If you’re already jailbroken and have Cydia installed, then Cydia Substrate 0.9.5013 should appear as an update in Cydia. Read More

 

How to install Cydia on iOS 8 [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 22, 2014

As you know, the Pangu jailbreak came out this morning and enabled the ability to jailbreak iOS 8-8.1. Unfortunately, the jailbreak wasn’t bundled with Cydia, so it’s not much use to the general jailbreak users by itself.

Thankfully, Saurik quickly compiled a working version of Cydia for iOS 8, which is pretty easy to install if you follow our 8 steps. We show you how in this hands-on video walkthrough. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu 1.0.1 [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 22, 2014

Pangu for iOS 8 caught us all by surprise, but it shouldn’t be a shock that the talented Chinese jailbreak team pulled off a jailbreak in such a short period of time since iOS 8’s release. While the Pangu tool for iOS 8 isn’t exactly ideal as far as a consumer jailbreak goes—it doesn’t come bundled with Cydia, it’s in Chinese, and it’s Windows only—it’s certainly better than nothing.

In this video tutorial, we will show you how to jailbreak iOS 8.1 using Pangu 1.0.1 with a Windows machine. It’s an extremely easy and simple process, as long as you follow the steps exactly. This tool can jailbreak the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and any other device capable of running iOS 8.x. Check out our full video tutorial for the details. Read More

 

Saurik releases updated version of Cydia for iOS 8 to be installed manually

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 22, 2014

In a move that caught us by surprise, the Pangu Team released the jailbreak tool for iOS 8 today, although it doesn’t install Cydia, but rather provides SSH access so that developers can update their tweaks and make them compatible with iOS 8.

Earlier we reported that Saurik has already started working on updating Cydia to make it compatible with iOS 8 and 8.1. The good news is that he has now released the updated version of Cydia compatible with iOS 8 and comes in the form of a .deb file. You can now download the file from his website, and install it manually on your device. Read More

 

Pangu v1.0.1 brings bug fixes to this limited iOS 8 jailbreak

By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2014

The Pangu Team has released an update  to their iOS 8 jailbreak tool which was released out of the blue earlier today. Although no clear changelog is available, Pangu v1.0.1 brings a few bug fixes, including one that might have caused users who successfully jailbroke their device with the initial version to lose their photos.

Although promising, Pangu v1.0.1 is still more of a tool for developers rather than end users. As we noted earlier today, the current version of Pangu doesn’t install Cydia, which hasn’t been updated to bring compatibility for iOS 8. It simply allows developers to test out their tweaks and update them for iOS 8. Read More

 

Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 released

By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2014

The Pangu team has released a jailbreak for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 devices today, just about 35 days after the launch of Apple’s latest mobile operating system. The download link for Pangu for iOS 8 was briefly available on the official Pangu website before being pulled a few minutes later.

Although this is great news for jailbreakers, it does come with a few strings attached that make this initial iOS 8 jailbreak release somewhat useless for the time being. Read More

 

QuickMusic provides quick access to music controls with a stylish interface

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 22, 2014

We’ve seen quite a number of tweaks on Cydia that provide system-wide access to music controls including Musiex and the popular MiniPlayer tweak. QuickMusic is yet another similar tweak by developer Gabriele Filipponi, but this one features a unique functionality and stylish interface that I’m quite fond of.

With QuickMusic, you can swipe up the Music icon to bring up an awesome looking interface containing the album artwork as well as the music controls including the play/pause button enclosed by a circular progress bar, skip and previous buttons. Read More

 

EQUAlarm requires you to solve a math equation before snoozing the alarm

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 17, 2014

Do you snooze your alarm in the morning hoping to get up a few minutes later, but end up waking up late? If yes, you should definitely check out a new jailbreak tweak known as EQUAlarm that ensures you wake up on time.

Developed by PAL Labs, EQUAlarm requires you to solve a math equation before you can disable it, which is a good way of sharpening your brain before getting up from your bed. When the alarm starts to ring, you’ll view a math problem along with number keys that allow you to enter the answer. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 77: The jailbreak stigma

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2014

Episode 77: We discuss the negative connotations behind jailbreaking. Jeff plays emulators on iOS 8.1 and expresses his love for XBMC, and Sebastien and Cody talk about more repo hacks and favorite jailbreak tweaks from the previous week.

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Flurry lets you change the blur and tint level of iOS 7

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 15, 2014

Along with having an all around flatter design, iOS 7 heavily uses blur effect across the whole interface. If you ever wanted to adjust the blur level of various aspects of iOS 7, you should probably check out a brand new jailbreak tweak known as Flurry.

Developed by dantesieg, Flurry allows you to easily configure and adjust the blur and tint level of iOS 7. Any changes that you make will be applied to various interfaces such as the Notification Center, Control Center, Lock screen passcode, Home screen dock and way more.

In addition to the above mentioned interfaces, the tweak also blurs the Navigation Bar, Tab Bar, buttons as well as the Action and the Sharing menu. Read More

 

Impulse lets you control the music playing on your iPhone while it is locked

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 13, 2014

Impulse is a brand new jailbreak tweak dedicated to music lovers as it brings a new functionality many have been waiting for. Developed by Noeliel, Impulse allows users to control a currently playing song even when the device is locked. Yes, with Impulse, you no longer need to unlock your device just to control a song that is playing. Simply perform a gesture on the screen to perform a desired action. Read More

 

Bring your iOS 7 keyboard to life with ColorfulKBD Pro

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 13, 2014

iOS 8 is no short of third-party keyboards and we’ve already reviewed the noteworthy ones that bring many new features and provide more customization options. If you ever wanted to gain more control over how the keyboard looks in iOS 7, you should probably check out a new jailbreak tweak known as ColofulKBD Pro by ipon3g.

As its name implies, the tweak allows you to colorize the stock keyboard and bring a new look to it. By now, you must be thinking how this tweak is different from the remaining ones on Cydia that also allow you to customize the color of the iOS 7 keyboard. Read More

 

GBA emulator developer talks about the death of the date trick in iOS 8.1

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 9, 2014

GBA4iOS developer, Riley Testut, has posted an enlightening entry on his personal blog about the history of GBA4iOS. It delves into its humble beginnings up to its current status as a lame duck emulator waiting to be largely phased out post iOS 8.1.

Testut’s post is a fascinating read that explains not only the history of the uber-popular GameBoy Advanced emulator, but it also sheds some much-needed light on how the emulator was ever able to work on non-jailbroken devices in the first place. I highly recommend reading it. Read More

 

700,000 UDIDs of jailbreak tweaks pirates leaked

By Sébastien Page on Oct 8, 2014

A list of 700,000 UDIDs of devices used to install cracked tweaks from a pirate repo have been leaked online a few days ago. The list of leaked UDIDs, which was apparently compiled several months ago, is available as a text file, and a Twitter account was specially created to tweet one UDID every few minutes to somewhat expose the pirates.

Besides trying to shame the pirates by exposing their UDIDs, this move doesn’t represent much risk for the users whose Unique Device Identifier was leaked as it can hardly be tied to any personal information that could identify a user. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 76: The closet connoisseur

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 8, 2014

Episode 76: We break down a new iOS 8 keyboard that brings several jailbreak tweak features to iOS 8. We also talk about a ton of recent jailbreak releases such as Monochrome, CallBar for iOS 7, CCShuffle, Cou, Ascend, and more.

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How to use Reachability on older devices

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 8, 2014

Due to the larger screen of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple introduced a new feature in both the devices called Reachability. Basically, what this feature does is that it moves the top half of the screen to the bottom half when you double tap on the Touch ID. The reason behind this is to make it easier for users to continue one-handed use even on the new iPhones and to reach the top contents of the screen more easily.

If you ever wanted to enjoy the same feature on older iOS 7 devices, you should probably check out a jailbreak tweak called Reachability7 by developer Mohammed Marbouh. Read More

 

CallShortcut lets you add your favorite contacts to the Home screen

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 8, 2014

Just recently, an updated version of CallBar was released for iOS 7 that makes it a whole lot easier to manage your incoming calls. CallShortcut is yet another jailbreak tweak that provides a quicker way to call your contacts, directly from the Home screen.

Developed by Gertab and David Glinski, CallShortcut allows you to add any of your contacts to your Home screen. These appear as icons on the Home screen just like other app icons and when you tap on any of them, the call will be placed immediately. This provides a quick shortcut to your favorite contacts without ever opening the Phone or the Contacts app. Read More

 

iKeywi brings awesome jailbreak keyboard features to iOS 8 [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 7, 2014

As you’ve probably heard, I’ve been less than impressed with the initial round of third-party keyboards to hit iOS 8. I understand a lot of the problem has to do with Apple, and iOS 8’s overall bugginess, but not all of the blame is squarely on its shoulders.

Many of the third-party keyboards have an average implementation, and some of them are just plain bad. With that said, there are a few keyboards that have stood above the rest, as we outlined in our best iOS 8 keyboards post a couple of days ago.

But today, I encountered a familiar name when looking for new third-party keyboards to try. iKeywi, a name that will no doubt ring a bell if you’ve ever been into jailbreaking, is now available as an iOS 8 keyboard.

Needless to say, I immediately paid $0.99 for the privilege to download iKeywi, and I was mighty impressed by what I found. Folks, if you’re at all familiar with some of the more popular jailbreak tweaks, then iKeywi should immediately jump to the top of your must-buy list.

Don’t believe me? Think a tempered version of SwipeSelection (you can’t select text, but you can move the cursor using swipes). And that’s not where it stops. iKeywi adds a fifth row of keys to the keyboard interface, customized key text, customized output, the ability to show letter case, and more. Watch the video inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

How to play Super Nintendo games on your iOS 8 device

By Jim Gresham on Oct 6, 2014

Although there is no iOS 8 jailbreak, there is still a way to add a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator. Because Nintendo is missing the opportunity to make millions of dollars by releasing their games to the Apple App Store, people have turned to emulators for years. Since the iPhone was jailbreakable, it seems there was some way to play the old classics.

Thanks to a tip from @flawlessfox, whom you may recognize as one of the JailbreakCon organizers, we tested the SNES emulator “SiOS” and can confirm it works quite well, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus. Step inside for quick step-by-step instructions and you will be enjoying your favorite SNES games in about 5 minutes time. Yes, you read it correctly, there is no jailbreak required.  Read More