15 tweaks you should check out today

By Sébastien Page on Feb 22, 2015

After several weeks of slower and slower output of new jailbreak tweaks, it seems the trend is finally reversing. This week saw quite a few new releases, and some very interesting ones too. I gather all the new tweaks that were released on Cydia here so you don’t have to scroll through all those font packages you’ll likely never use. Read More

 

Auxo Legacy Edition teased again, coming next month

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 22, 2015

With the recent release of the Auxo-inspired jailbreak tweak, Stratos, perhaps we can chalk this one up to impeccable timing? Indeed, Auxo Legacy Edition, a much anticipated revival of the original Auxo for modern firmware and devices, was teased by the official A3tweaks account this morning, and it looks good. Read More

 

Skrollerz: tap the status bar to scroll to the bottom of a page

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 21, 2015

On this week’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, I brought up one of the tweak concepts that I worked on recently. That concept, entitled Scrottom, envisions a jailbreak tweak that allows you to tap the status bar to scroll to the bottom of a page, similarly to how a tap on the status bar currently takes you to the top of a page.

I also reviewed a long-existing jailbreak tweak called TapToScroll. That tweak brought similar functionality to the table, but it required configuration, and it didn’t perfectly implement my idea. In other words, it was satisfactory, but not totally ideal.

Today, a new jailbreak tweak entitled Skrollerz brings the closest representation of my concept thus far. In fact, I think it’s pretty much executed it to a tee, and I’m extremely happy with it. If you’re looking for a way to quickly scroll to the top or the bottom of a page, then you should definitely take a look at this free jailbreak tweak. Read More

 

ReStats: automatically reset cellular statistics after a set time interval

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2015

If you have a limited data plan with your wireless carrier, then you’re no doubt at least vaguely aware of how much data you burn through each month. While iOS has some built in statistics that can help you measure your wireless data usage, it’s easy to forget to reset the usage statistics to correspond with your billing cycle. That’s where a brand new jailbreak tweak called ReStats comes into play… Read More

 

Axial brings new quick launch features to Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2015

Axial is a brand new jailbreak tweak for iOS 8 that brings new app launching features to Control Center. Wherever you’re able to open Control Center, including while on the Lock screen, you’ll be able to launch apps via Axial.

One of the tweak’s hallmark features is its temporary auto-unlock for quicker access to your favorite apps while on the Lock screen. Auto-unlock makes it so that your device automatically inserts your passcode. This allows you to use pre-approved apps without manually entering a passcode or verifying with Touch ID. Read More

 

Profluence lets you assign Workflow automation to Activator gestures

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2015

Workflow, the powerful automation app available on the App Store, is extremely popular right now, and for good reason. It’s one of the first apps that brings true power-user features to the iPhone in an easy to digest package, and it capitalizes on the openness brought to the fore by iOS 8.

In fact, yesterday, our own Timothy Reavis posted an article to showcase 10 popular workflows. In his post, he highlights ways to view source code, shorten URLs, scan QR codes, and more—all with Workflow.

In and of itself, Workflow is a powerful app. But how much more powerful could it be if it were able to work closer together with Activator for jailbroken iPhones? Profluence, a brand new tweak that lets you invoke Workflow automation by means of an Activator gesture, helps to answer the question. Read More

 

How to use Facebook stickers in iMessage conversations

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2015

One of the things that I learned while visiting Korea last year is that Koreans love using an app called KakaoTalk. Kakao is a messaging app that pretty much everyone in Korea uses. It’s an app that’s instantly recognizable due to the bright, colorful, animated stickers that litter the conversations of passersby.

I’ve always thought that it would be cool if iMessage users could use animated stickers within the Messages app, and now it’s a reality thanks to a new jailbreak tweak called StickerMe. StickerMe takes the stickers available within the Facebook Messenger app, and brings them to an iMessage conversation near you. Read More

 

Stratos: a highly anticipated Auxo-inspired App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2015

Before I even begin talking about CortexDevTeam’s Stratos, let’s address the elephant in the room. Let’s address the fact that the tweak looks and functions very much like Auxo legacy edition.

Indeed, Stratos takes many cues from Auxo of old, but that’s one of the tweak’s most appealing assets. There are some, even after two successful iterations, who never quite came around to Auxo 2 and its sequel. For those people, Stratos is a jailbreak tweak that’s been highly anticipated for quite some time.

But that’s not to say that Stratos is a mere carbon copy of Auxo and nothing more. The tweak brings a few of its own innovations to the table as well. Read More

 

Popular is an app launcher that tracks your most used applications

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2015

Popular is a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that replaces the recent contacts and favorite contacts shortcuts found in the App Switcher with an app launcher. Popular’s launcher differs from other tweaks of this type, because it sorts the app icons based on usage. This makes it easy to quickly locate and launch the most popular apps on your iPhone. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 95: Season premier

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2015

Episode 95: Malicious code puts the jailbreak community on high alert, and Apple’s Lightning gets compromised. We review BerryC8, QR Mode, TapToScroll, MTerminal, Faded, and Aoraki.

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WidgetCenter now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2015

WidgetCenter—the Reachability piggybacking tweak that we previewed a while back—is finally available on Cydia after some delays. From developer Mitch Treece, who’s well-known for tweaks like Aero, Deck, Fancy, and more, it’s one of the better looking Reachability releases that I’ve seen thus far. Read More

 

Lock screen launcher tweak atom gaining iOS 8 and iPhone 6 compatibility

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 17, 2015

One of the most popular Lock screen launchers—atom—is getting a big update for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6. With new developer Daniel Turner on board to execute his vision, Surenix plans on bringing the updated version of atom to the Cydia store this Friday. Here’s the first look at atom running on my iPhone 6 Plus. Read More

 

TapToScroll: add additional status bar scroll behavior to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 16, 2015

In iOS you can quickly scroll up to the top of a page by tapping on the status bar. This is an extremely convenient shortcut, one that I always sorely miss when I have to use an Android device.

But sometimes I wonder why there isn’t a way to quick scroll to the bottom of a page. I mean, there’s a page up and a page down key on a standard keyboard for a reason.

Since there’s probably no hope that we’ll ever see such a shortcut appear natively in iOS, I am, once again, turning to the jailbreak community for help. Last night, I even went as far as to create a concept video for the idea, but as it turns out, that wasn’t needed. It wasn’t needed because a tweak already exists that pretty much accomplishes this exact need. That tweak is called TapToScroll for Activator, and it’s available for free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo right now. Read More

 

MTerminal is a great replacement for Mobile Terminal

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 16, 2015

Since the realization that jailbroken devices can be permanently bricked, it’s a good opportunity to remind you to change your iPhone’s root password. Using a terminal emulator makes changing the password a piece of cake. Unfortunately, the most popular terminal emulator hasn’t been updated for iOS 8 or for newer devices like the iPhone 6.

Thankfully, there is a free alternative terminal emulator available in Cydia, and it’s actually a fork of Mobile Terminal. Entitled MTerminal, this lightweight Mobile Terminal alternative comes from developer lordscotland, and features iOS 8 support with optimization for big screen devices. Read More

 

Faded: add subtle fade effects to the stock Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 16, 2015

Faded is a free jailbreak tweak that adds a subtle fade effect to music tracks played with the stock Music app found in iOS. It aims to bring an end to the abrupt pauses and plays that normally occur when pausing, playing, and changing tracks on your iPhone. Read More

 

Beware: malicious packages could potentially brick your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 16, 2015

Over the weekend, an interesting thread appeared on Reddit involving a new boot color changing mod. That mod, which came from developer @daytonhasty with lots of help from @xerub, wasn’t in itself malicious, but if misapplied could render a perfectly good iOS device permanently useless.

Sadly, because directions on installing the mod weren’t followed to a tee, some users were greeted with an expensive paperweight. On the heels of such a revelation, another developer has created a proof of concept tweak that shows how someone with malicious intent could fool jailbreakers into installing a package that renders their device useless. Read More

 

SwitcherFX adds a blur effect to the cards in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2015

If you’re looking to add more privacy to the cards found in the App Switcher, then SwitcherFX is mostly capable of fulfilling that task. It’s a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to add a privacy blur filter on top of the app preview cards that appear in the App Switcher. It also features several degrees of App Switcher and blur customization. Read More

 

Aoraki a multi-functional virtual button tweak that tries too hard

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2015

Aoraki is a newly released jailbreak tweak that places a virtual button on the screen at all times. This button allows you to access a heaping helping of functions ranging from file sharing to Twitter quick compose shortcuts. In other words, Aoraki, is the equivalent of a swiss army knife when it comes to jailbreak tweaks. It’s the proverbial jack of all trades, but master of none. Read More

 

11 tweaks to look over this weekend

By Sébastien Page on Feb 15, 2015

A week just ended, and a new one is starting, which gives us an opportunity to look at what was released on Cydia during the last few days. Once again, the trend gets clearer as less and less jailbreak tweaks are being released, something that we’ve been confirming every week for the past several weeks. This week we’ve go 11 tweaks for you to look at. Read More

 

QR Mode turns the stock Camera app into an awesome QR code reader

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2015

In some countries, like Japan for example, QR codes are prolific and people user them often. Although that’s not the case in the United States, and probably never will be, it does seem like there has been an uptick in QR code usage in the last few years. A new jailbreak tweak called QR Mode will certainly help its cause, among jailbreakers at least.

QR Mode is by far the best looking and best functioning QR code reader on Cydia, and it’s even better than standalone app offerings found in the App Store. Its feature set is well-rounded, its implementation seriously impressive, and it doesn’t feel overly intrusive. Although it suffers from a few bugs, QR Mode is well worth its $1.99 asking price, especially if these bugs can be stamped out. Read More