Auxo 2 review: one of the best jailbreak tweaks ever gets better

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 1, 2014

Auxo is dead.

Perhaps that’s what some of you thought last June, when you first saw Apple unveil iOS 7 at its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference. You weren’t alone. Even Sentry, the tweak’s prolific designer, sat with a temporary moment of dejection as he watched Apple unveil its newest stride in mobile computing.

Less than a year later, Sentry is back, and he’s brought along QusicS, a skilled developer who’s helped him express a brand new take on a legendary tweak. Whereas the original version of Auxo gained popularity from its full app previews, Auxo 2 is much more of an evolutionary take on iOS 7′s App Switcher as a whole.

Ultimately, this has proved to be a wise decision, because Apple’s version of the App Switcher is nowhere near the limited mess that it was on firmwares below iOS 7. Auxo 2 is a serious refinement and feature-filled update, and I believe you’ll find that it significantly improves the process of switching apps.

We’ve been testing Auxo 2 since Saturday. Does it live up to the hype? Check out our full review and video walkthrough for the answer. Read More

 

How to enable five additional dynamic wallpapers in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2014

Do you enjoy using iOS 7′s dynamic wallpaper feature? Would you like to get your hands on five additional wallpapers? If the answer to those questions was yes, then you definitely need to check out this jailbreak tweak.

HiddenWallpapers is a jailbreak tweak that’s available free on Cydia, and it unlocks five additional dynamic wallpapers for your iOS 7 device. Three of the wallpapers are admittedly a bit pedestrian, but there are two that I think are quite special. Have a look at our video after the break to see the new wallpapers in action.

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MathPass: use simple math problems to unlock your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2014

MathPass is an interesting new jailbreak tweak that’s perfect for those who are just beginning to learn multiplication, or for those who just want to stay alert and have a little fun doing it. MathPass asks you to answer simple multiplication problems from the Lock screen, with the product being the Passcode that will unlock your device.

For example, MathPass might ask: ten times one is? Your answer would then be 0010. It’s 0010 and not just 10, because you’re required to enter a four digit passcode in order to unlock your device. That’s pretty much the whole gist of MathPass in a nutshell; check out more detail inside. Read More

 

How to enable Facebook Chat Heads anywhere in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2014

Facebook’s Chat Head feature is now available to use anywhere in iOS 7 thanks to a timely update to the well-received MessageBox tweak. If you can remember, MessageBox was the jailbreak release that allowed users to enjoy Chat Heads anywhere in iOS, not just in the default Facebook app.

Developer Adam Bell has updated MessageBox to play nice with iOS 7, freeing the Chat Heads feature from the confines of Facebook’s Paper app. Want to see how Chat Heads look in iOS 7? Step inside for our full video walkthrough. Read More

 

Cylinder: the Barrel-inspired jailbreak tweak now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

Cylinder—the jailbreak tweak inspired by Barrel—has been updated and listed on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. The tweak, which we previewed back in February, allows you to add various animation effects to the icons on your iPhone’s Home screen.

The awesome thing about Cylinder is that it allows users to create their own animations via special Lua scripts, and combine multiple animations by layering them on top of one another. Cylinder is a tweak that’s much deeper than it might seem on the surface. Check out our updated video walkthrough inside to learn more. Read More

 

How to remove the slide to unlock arrow on the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

Have you ever wanted to remove the little arrow icon that resides to the left of the text on the Lock screen? Well, you can now do so by means a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoSTUArrow. As you may have already put together, the “STU” stands for slide to unlock.

Admittedly, this is one of the simplest jailbreak tweaks that you’ll find on the Cydia store, but that’s what’s wonderful about jailbreaking; there’s truly something there for everyone. Interested to see how NoSTUArrow works? Have a look at our video walkthrough inside. Read More

 

Recent ‘ProWidgets’ update adds a simple Grey theme

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

A few weeks ago, we reviewed ProWidgets—a tweak that I believe is amongst the best of jailbreak releases. The tweak by itself is very well done, but my sentiments were also based on ProWidgets’ potential with regard to expandability.

The version of ProWidgets that I reviewed didn’t include the simple grey theme that’s now available with the latest ProWidgets update. Although it’s not technically a third-party theme, this is one of the first big changes that we’ve seen to ProWidgets since our initial review. Have a look inside as we showcase the tweak’s simple grey theme on video. Read More

 

How to add a respring widget to ProWidgets

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

EasySpring for ProWidgets is one of the first, if not the first, add-ons for the ProWidgets jailbreak tweak. As you might have heard, I’m a pretty big fan of ProWidgets, not only due to its great design and functionality, but also due to the potential it has for third-party developers.

Although this initial add-on isn’t very exciting, it does show off how easy it is for developers to create good looking widgets. Have a glance past the break as we showcase to you EasySpring—the add-on that allows you to have your own custom respring widget. Read More

 

How to enable unlimited skips in iTunes Radio

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

iTunes Radio Unlimited has been available on Cydia for quite some time, but I just recently decided to give it a shot. Prior to this month, I’d only used iTunes Radio a handful of times, but I changed my tune while working on the ultimate Music app guide for iOS 7.

In that guide, I broke down every aspect of the stock Music app, which includes iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a nice feature, but the song skip limit, which keeps your skips per station to just six an hour, felt extremely limiting.

In steps iTunes Radio Unlimited. This jailbreak tweak gets rid of the skip limit and the iTunes Radio ads, even if you’re not an iTunes Match subscriber. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see how it works in action. Read More

 

How to disable “Cover Flow” in the iOS 7 Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

The traditional Cover Flow feature that’s been a staple of the Music app for many years was finally retired in iOS 7. It was replaced with a cool new album art view that appears when placing your device into landscape orientation.

While the new-fangled Cover Flow view (I’ll just call it Cover Flow for lack of an official name) is pleasing to the eyes, some may find it to be an annoyance at best and a hinderance at worst. Needless to say, its usability is questionable, and it arguably places style over substance and convenience.

With that being said, there is a way outright prevent the Cover Flow view from being displayed when placing your device in landscape mode. The solution to the problem is a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoCoverFlow7. Read More

 

PowerDown Pro: add more options to the iPhone’s power down interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

PowerDown Pro is a jailbreak tweak that adds extra options to the power down screen that appears on your iPhone after holding the sleep button. Normally, this menu contains a single option—slide to power off—but with PowerDown Pro, three additional options are put into play.

Each of the available options—reboot, respring, safe mode, and shut down—can be accessed using swipe gestures on the red rectangle box found on the power down screen. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump to see how it works in action. Read More

 

Auxo 2 jailbreak tweak coming to Cydia April 2nd

By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2014

Good news jailbreakers. The dev group A3 tweaks announced earlier today that Auxo 2, the highly anticipated sequel to their original jailbreak tweak, is nearing completion and should be ready for release sometime this week.

We first saw evidence of Auxo 2 at the beginning of the month, when the group’s UI designer Sentry posted a pair of 6-second video clips teasing some of the tweak’s features. And today, a much longer trailer has been posted… Read More

 

Evasi0n7 1.0.8 is out with support for iOS 7.0 11A466

By Cody Lee on Mar 28, 2014

At some point during the past week or so, the evad3rs released an update for evasi0n7, bringing the jailbreak tool to version 1.0.8. According to the change log, the software now supports build 11A466 of iOS 7.

Apparently 11A466 is a factory build—not available for download—of the iOS 7 firmware that shipped on some of iPhone 5s and 5c units. And up until now, folks with these devices were having issues jailbreakingRead More

 

How to add a rain effect to the iPhone’s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Rain Lock is a jailbreak tweak that lets you add custom “rain” effects to the iPhone’s Lock screen. The rain is really just text, which can be custom text or one of the two built-in text effects.

As you may have already figured out, Rain Lock isn’t the type of tweak that adds enhanced functionality to your iPhone, neither does it help you work smarter—it’s a tweak that’s unapologetically centered on visual flair. And that’s okay, because that’s what Rain Lock does well, and it gets it right for the most part. Mosey on inside for a look into how Rain Lock works via our hands-on video walkthrough… Read More

 

How to add a fake fingerprint sensor to iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

No, that wasn’t a typo. There’s a new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia that allows you to fake the functionality of a fingerprint scanner on your iOS 7 device. Geared towards folks without a Touch ID enabled device like the iPhone 5s, this tweak does its best to fake the security benefits of a fingerprint scanner.

If only it were possible to actually fake the security of the Touch ID sensor. Spoiler: it’s not. And as such, this tweak, ironically entitled Bio, falls squarely into the mix with other “joke” jailbreak tweaks used for comedic effect. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump to see Bio in action. Read More

 

Customize Notification Center with BetterNC7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

BetterNC7 is a jailbreak tweak geared towards the Notification Center in iOS 7. It’s one of those tweaks that contains a ton of different toggles to disable or enable certain features.

I’ve never been a huge fan of tweaks like this, just because they seem to add features just for the sake of saying they have a lot of features. That said, there are some nice settings to be found within BetterNC7′s preferences, so it’s worth checking out. Have a look inside to see some of the details on video. Read More

 

Here’s another way to speed up animations in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Speed Intensifier is a tweak that’s been around for some time, but was just recently updated to play nice with iOS 7 and arm64 devices like the iPhone 5s. The effect, especially when you take into consideration the drastic animation changes present within iOS 7, is nothing short of startling.

If you’re looking to speed up, at least in perception, the speed of your device, then look no further. Speed Intensifier allows you to significantly increase the speed of animations found within iOS 7, and it does so while allowing you to keep iOS 7′s trademarked style. Check out our full video walkthrough inside, which showcases Speed Intensifier in action. Read More

 

BlurFolders: force your folders to take up the full screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Looking to switch up the look of your folders in iOS 7? If so, then check out BlurFolders, a recently released jailbreak tweak that makes your folders display in full screen view.

BlurFolders essentially takes the normal view of folders within iOS 7, which are blurred to begin with based on the wallpaper, and expands it to take up the full screen. It doesn’t provide you with any extra real estate for additional folders, but it’s a neat look, if not a bit flawed in execution. Have a glance at our video inside to see for yourself. Read More

 

TimeForAlarm 2: display the time remaining before an alarm clock sounds

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Have you ever tried to calculate in your mind how many hours you have to sleep before you need to wake up? I think we all do that from time to time, and more than not, it ends up with us being anxious about the fact that we don’t have much time to sleep. But that aside, there’s a new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia that performs this countdown function for your automatically, and it’s called TimeForAlarm 2.

TimeForAlarm 2 is a free jailbreak tweak that places a handy countdown timer right beside the alarm clock in your stock Clock app. It’s a great way to instantly figure out how much time you have remaining before your alarm clock sounds. Want to see how it works in action? Take a gander at our video walkthrough after the break. Read More

 

QuickPass: enable or disable the passcode with a handy toggle

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

QuickPass is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly disable the passcode lock on your iOS device using a handy toggle found in the stock Settings app. QuickPass is a great tool when you encounter situations where it would be easier to have no passcode on your device at all.

I find QuickPass useful when reviewing jailbreak tweaks, especially tweaks where I’m required to respring a lot. Have a look inside for a full video walkthrough showcasing how the tweak works. Read More