30 new and updated jailbreak tweaks worth checking out

By Sébastien Page on Nov 10, 2014

With the release of the Pangu jailbreak for both Windows and Mac users, developers have been busy updating their tweaks for iOS 8 and iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but also releasing new tweaks featuring new features.

Admittedly, we haven’t been on top of our game covering all these new updates and releases. The sheer volume of these tweaks makes it very hard to have a proper look at everything that us being pushed to Cydia, but we don’t want you to be left out either, so we’ve compiled a list of tweaks that were recently released or updated.

There are probably some tweaks missing, because again, it’s really hard to keep track of everything that makes its way to Cydia, but that should give you a good starting point if you’re looking for tweaks to add to your arsenal. Read More

 

Springtomize 3 goes live on Cydia for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014

Finally, a reason to jailbreak for many users. Filippo Bigarella’s Springtomize 3 (version 1.3) has gone live in the Cydia store as a free update ($2.99 new) for users who purchased the iOS 7 version.

Springtomize 3 brings tons of customization options to the iOS SpringBoard. Its name is literally the combination of the two words: SpringBoard + Customize = Springtomize. Head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo to download it now. Read More

 

How to add pull-to-refresh to Safari in iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014

For a large screen device like the iPhone 6 Plus or even the iPhone 6, it takes some serious thought when designing apps. That’s because it’s much more difficult to reach certain part of the screen using one hand, so developers have to design their apps with one-handed users in mind.

But where such thought may be lacking, a jailbreak tweak can go a long way towards enhancing the usability of certain apps. That’s definitely the case with this latest tweak called SafariRefresh. It adds a simple pull-to-refresh mechanism to Apple’s stock web browsing app, and the result is a much more usable refresh function on large screen devices. Read More

 

How to disable frequently visited sites in Safari

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014

A new jailbreak tweak has arrived to let you disable the frequently visited sites section in Safari for iOS 8. It’s appropriately called Disable Frequently Visited Sites, and it works immediately upon install. If you’ve found Safari’s frequently visited sites section to be a little arbitrary and/or intrusive, you should definitely check this tweak out. Full details inside. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu for Mac [video]

By Sébastien Page on Nov 9, 2014

The Pangu Team released their Pangu utility for Mac earlier today, so Mac users who were waiting for compatibility with their operating system have no excuse to not jailbreak any longer.

In this post, we will show you how to use Pangu for Mac to jailbreak iOS 8.1. This post was created for an iPhone, but note that the steps are exactly identical, no matter what device you want to jailbreak (ie. an iPad or iPod touch). Likewise, any iOS 8 firmware version can be jailbroken using this tool, including iOS 8, and iOS 8.0.2. Read More

 

Pangu for Mac jailbreak for iOS 8 now available

By Sébastien Page on Nov 9, 2014

The Pangu Team has finally released Pangu for Mac, a utility to jailbreak iOS 8 to iOS 8.1 devices on Mac today. The tool comes roughly two weeks after the release of the Windows version of the tool.

The Pangu jailbreak utility has had its fair share of problems since it was released on October 22 but it’s now stable enough to be given the green light by no less than saurik, the man behind the Cydia installer. Read More

 

DoubleCheck helps you avoid sending text messages to the wrong person

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2014

Have you ever inadvertently sent a text message to the wrong recipient? I think we all have. Frankly, it’s a good way to encounter a mild disaster if you’re not careful.

To help prevent yourself from acquiring foot-in-mouth disease, there’s a free new jailbreak tweak called DoubleCheck that you should take a look at. DoubleCheck places the recipient of a text message in the text input field, giving you a means to “double check” the recipient before sending the message.

Want to see how DoubleCheck works in action? Have a look at our video demonstration after the break. Read More

 

LockGlyph: unlock Touch ID enabled devices using the Apple Pay animation

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2014

LockGlyph is a brand new tweak available on the Cydia store that brings the Apple Pay confirmation animation to the Lock screen. If you own a Touch ID enabled device like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus, you can unlock your device using fingerprint authentication, and enjoy a nice Apple Pay-inspired animation and sound during the process.

I’ve taken a spin with LockGlyph on video. Check inside to see some of the tweak’s pluses and minuses. Read More

 

The EFF files petition with Copyright Office to keep jailbreaking legal

By Cody Lee on Nov 8, 2014

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (or EFF) is once again fighting to keep the practice of jailbreaking legal. The non-profit digital rights group announced this week that it has filed a petition with the Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office to extend and expand the exemption that allows you to jailbreak your phone, without violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Because the software on mobile phones and tablets is copyrighted, the act of jailbreaking (and rooting on Android devices) is technically forbidden by the DMCA. But Congress created a procedure to allow for exemptions on activities where users make fair use of copyrighted works, reviewed every three years. The last exemption for jailbreaking was awarded in 2012, so it’s set to expire soon. Read More

 

LittleBrother: add iPhone 6 Plus-inspired scaling and a landscape Home screen to older iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

And like clockwork, Ryan Petrich is at it again. His first headlining iOS 8 compatible tweak is called LittleBrother, and it seeks to add features enjoyed on Apple’s latest iPhone hardware to older devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

LittleBrother allows users to essentially do two things: adjust the display zoom scaling like the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, and enable landscape mode features on the Home screen and even Lock screen.

I’ve been playing around with this new tweak for several hours, and I’m convinced that many iPhone 5 and 5s users are going to love it. It’s not without its shortcomings, but the promise is definitely there. Have a look at our full 60fps video walkthrough inside for more details. Read More

 

How to add a fifth column of icons to your Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

If you’re looking for a way to add a fifth column to your Home screen app icon layout in iOS 8, then you may want to check out this recently uploaded tweak called better Five Column Homescreen. This tweak is from the same developer that brought us betterFiveIconDock, and it does just as it states—adds a fifth column to the Home screen on iOS 8 devices.

The result is pretty much as expected—the existing icons are repositioned and proportioned to fit an additional column. Why does the developer insist that his tweak is “better”? Mostly because of the improved spacing mechanics employed by his release. Have a look inside to see what it has to offer. Read More

 

SphereView: an upcoming iOS SpringBoard launcher with a 3D feel

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

SphereView is one of the more unique jailbreak tweaks that I’ve come across as of late. It is a SpringBoard replacement for launching apps, and it incorporates a 3D spherical view to do so.

It’s one of those tweaks that has to be seen in action to truly appreciate what it does and how much potential it may have. With that in mind, step inside and watch our hands-on video. Read More

 

HandyKey: a tweak that adds a one-handed keyboard to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

If you find it difficult to type on large screen iOS devices like the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6, then HandyKey is a jailbreak tweak that you may derive real benefits from. The tweak, which is available for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, brings the ability to add a one-handed keyboard for right-handed or left-handed iPhone users.

Users who use HandyKey have the option of forcing the iOS keyboard to always open to HandyKey when the keyboard is invoked, or a two-finger swipe gesture on the keyboard can be used to orientate it as needed. Have a look at our video inside for additional details and a hands-on demonstration. Read More

 

Saurik touts jailbreak and Cydia stability for iOS 8, enables Cydia purchases

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2014

Another day, another milestone. Saurik, the man behind Cydia, has re-enabled purchases for paid Cydia apps and tweaks, which means that you can now purchase apps and tweaks that were, for a time, unobtainable for some.

He also made sure to lend credibility to the stability of both Cydia and the iOS 8 jailbreak via a pair of tweets—the first of such since the iOS 8 jailbreak arrived. Read More

 

Upscale: Change the resolution on your jailbroken iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2014

Upscale is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to run higher resolutions on jailbroken iPhones. The tweak, which is currently in beta, features serval presets to choose from via its settings.

This tweak makes it possible to run the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus resolution on older devices like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s—devices with substantially less screen real estate. The result is an interface that features less than ideal tap-zones, but much more room to work with on screen.

Upscale is a compelling jailbreak tweak that everyone should at least investigate. First noted and discovered by developers cpdigitaldarkroom and coolstar, this is a tweak that will surely turn a lot of heads. Full details after the jump… Read More

 

Filippo Bigarella teases Springtomize for iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2014

Is this enough to get you to take the plunge? I know it will be for Sebastien, and perhaps even Cody. Springtomize for iOS 8 was officially teased by well-known (and well-liked) developer, Filippo Bigarella.

Springtomize is the type of tweak that lets you customize virtually every aspect of your iPhone’s SpringBoard, hence the name “Spring” (SpringBoard) and “tomize” (Customize). We’ve done extensive reviews of this extremely popular tweak in the past, so if you’re not familiar with it, I advise you to get up to speed and review our Springtomize coverage.

If you’ve yet to jailbreak, will this be enough to push you over the edge? Read More

 

Pangu team: Mac version of the iOS 8 jailbreak due in a couple of days

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 5, 2014

Good news for Mac users who have been unable to jailbreak due to the lack of a native Mac jailbreak tool for iOS 8.x: The Pangu team has heard your cries, and is gearing up for an OS X release.

In a Twitter post just a few minutes ago, the PanguTeam Twitter account acknowledged the release of Cydia 1.1.16, and followed that acknowledgement up with some insight on the status of the Mac jailbreak. Have a look at the details inside… Read More

 

Cydia Installer updated to version 1.1.16 to fix bugs with iTunes backup restores and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 5, 2014

Once again, Saurik has pushed an update for Cydia Installer. This update provides several important bug fixes that makes it a must-update for anyone who is currently jailbroken.

In this update, you’ll find a bug fix for the previous Cydia releases related to iTunes backup restores, iOS 8 multitasking timeouts, App Store redirects, and more. Check out the full change log after the break.

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VolumeNotifier makes your device beep as you increase or decrease the volume

By Alihassan Mahdi on Nov 5, 2014

Normally, when you increase or decrease the volume on your iPhone, a large volume HUD appears on the center of the screen that displays the volume level as you adjust it. VolumeNotifier is a brand new jailbreak tweak that goes a little step further and notifies you when you change the volume on your device.

The tweak adds a sound effect when you’re changing the volume such that when you increase or decrease the volume, a beep sound is made, just like how it works on Mac. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 80: You guys have changed

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2014

Episode 80: Sebastien and Cody explain why they’ve yet to jailbreak their iPhones. iOS 8.1.1 kills the Pangu jailbreak. Tons of new jailbreak tweaks discussed, including a cool new Apple Watch UI tweak called Aeternum, and a tweak that lets you optimize apps for the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6’s larger screen. Jeff goes gaga over the new Cydia.

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