ChargePulse: make your iPhone’s battery icon pulse when charging

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 22, 2015

Although the small lightning logo appears next to the battery icon when charging the iPhone, I still find it difficult to quickly discern whether or not my device is charging. For whatever reason, it always takes me a second or two to realize that the lightning icon is there, indicating a charge.

With a tweak like ChargePulse, you can easily spot when your iPhone is charging, even when it’s two to three feet away. ChargePulse makes it readily apparent that your battery is charging by adding a subtle pulse to the battery icon in the status bar. Read More

 

Prism adds a visualizer to the stock Music app in iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 22, 2015

Want to feel more connected to your music? Prism, a new visualizer jailbreak tweak for the iOS 8.4 Music app, can help you do just that.

Not only does the Prism visualizer work with the music that you have stored locally on device, but it also works with Apple Music if you happen to subscribe to Apple’s recently launched streaming music service.  Read More

 

LinkCollector lets you delay opening links until later

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 22, 2015

LinkCollector is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to collect multiple links, and open them at your leisure all at once. Instead of opening the links that you collect immediately, you can simply defer them.

When you attempt to open a Safari link from another app, you’ll get a banner notification that informs you that a link has been collected. You can tap the banner to open the link immediately, or you can let the banner timeout, and open the link(s) when you visit Safari later. Read More

 

Pangu touts a new iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak at HackPwn security conference

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 21, 2015

I have to be honest, I didn’t think we’d see a jailbreak for a long time after Apple fixed what seemed like a gazillion different security holes in iOS 8.4.1, but here we are. Just over a week after iOS 8.4.1 was released, the Pangu team showcased an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak on an iPhone 6 at Friday’s HackPwn2015 security conference. Read More

 

igSpeedster: an awesome tweak for managing multiple Instagram accounts

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 21, 2015

igSpeedster is a new jailbreak tweak that’s squarely aimed at social media managers with multiple Instagram accounts. But you don’t need to be a social media manager to benefit from igSpeedster, as it’s not uncommon for a person to have multiple Instagram accounts.

I like to keep my personal and work Instagram accounts separate, so a tweak like this is right up my alley. Yet, igSpeedster does more than just let you manage multiple accounts. It adds the ability to save images to your photo library, tap on links, copy captions, and repost photos. It really is one of the best Instagram jailbreak tweaks that I’ve seen thus far. Read More

 

New ShiftCycle tweak lets you quickly change the case of selected text

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 20, 2015

Have you ever wanted to quickly change the case of a block of text after the fact? Sure, you can always go in and change casing letter by letter, but wouldn’t it be better if you could do so with minimal effort?

A new jailbreak tweak called ShiftCycle allows you to do just that. By simply highlighting text you wish to change, and tapping the Shift key, you can easily change and cycle through text casing in a matter of seconds. Read More

 

Hours after the BigBoss repo endured an outage, ModMyi is experiencing similar problems

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 20, 2015

In what appears to be a coincidence, the popular ModMyi repo now appears to be suffering from an outage. This comes just hours after the BigBoss repo waded through extended downtime.

When trying to refresh the ModMyi repo from the Sources tab in Cydia, it hangs and never actually refreshes. Trying to download a tweak from the repo results in a black screen with an eventual timeout—just like what happened with the BigBoss repo yesterday.

Like I said, it could be just a coincidence, but I have to admit that the timing of these two outages is a little odd. Both ModMyi and BigBoss rarely suffer from extended downtime, so it’s weird to see them both suffering from similar outages back to back like this. Read More

 

BIM: a new jailbreak tweak that lets you view links without leaving the Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

I’ve always lived by the idea that simple jailbreak tweaks make the best jailbreak tweaks, and BIM is the perfect example of that. BIM is a tweak that lends a convenient web browsing experience directly inside of the stock Messages app.

When someone sends you a link, tapping on it will open a web browser directly inside the Messages app. This means that you can check out the links sent to you quickly without needing to leave the Messages app for Safari. Read More

 

No, it’s not just you, the BigBoss repo is currently down

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

If you’ve recently tried to install a tweak hosted on the BigBoss repo, then you’ve probably encountered issues doing so. It’s not something wrong with your phone, or with your Internet connection. The BigBoss repo is currently down, and have been for at least 45 minutes. Read More

 

20 recently released jailbreak tweaks for iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that jailbreaking doesn’t seem to be slowing down much, despite the just-released iOS 8.4.1. Jailbreak developers are still putting out tweaks at a blistering clip, as evident by our tweaks of the week post this weekend.

Just in case you may be a little behind on what’s new, we’re showcasing 20 recently released jailbreak tweaks in less than five minutes. Watch this video for a quick refresher of what’s recently been put on Cydia, and remember, this is just a portion of the releases to land over the last few weeks. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 121: Watch transmitted disease

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

Episode 121: The death of the iOS 8.4 jailbreak, our jailbreak gameplans going forward, running tweaks on iOS 9, a discussion of iMods, and the upcoming Multiplexer multitasking jailbreak tweak.

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Apple is still signing iOS 8.4…install it now or forever hold your peace

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 18, 2015

Apple is still signing iOS 8.4. That’s not an anomaly, as Apple usually waits a while before it slams the door for good on older firmware. It’s now been nearly a week since the exploit-killing iOS 8.4.1 was released, so time is definitely not on the side of those wishing to downgrade (or upgrade) to iOS 8.4 and enjoy a crisp new jailbreak.

We’ve emphasized this several times already, but now it’s really serious and now it’s really crunch time.

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Why I jailbroke my iPhone 6 Plus again and why you should consider it as well

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 17, 2015

I’ve been running the iOS 9 beta on my iPhone 6 Plus and have been using the iPhone 5s as my jailbroken device for the last 2-3 weeks. My idea was to use the iPhone 5s as my jailbreak device, and keep my daily driver—my iPhone 6 Plus—jailbreak free.

But once Apple released the jailbreak-killing iOS 8.4.1, my tune changed. I decided to go back to iOS 8.4 and jailbreak my iPhone 6 Plus again. Why’d I do it? I explain in this post… Read More

 

Hands-on with Multiplexer, the six-in-one multitasking tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 17, 2015

Today, I got my first chance to try out Multiplexer, the highly anticipated upcoming multitasking tweak from Elijah Frederickson and Andrew Abosh, that’s currently setting the jailbreak community ablaze.

Multiplexer can rightly be labeled as an “ultimate multitasking tweak”, because it basically combines six multitasking-oriented jailbreak tweaks into one.

The tweak blends traditional side-by-side multitasking options along with enhanced backgrounding, and multiple desktops. But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. Step inside as we give you the first hands-on look at Multiplexer on video. Read More

 

Here’s a video walkthrough of the latest iMods beta, an upcoming Cydia alternative

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 16, 2015

iMods has posted a new video walkthrough of its long-in-the-works app, and it’s made lots of progress. Unlike the Extensify app that we previewed last week, iMods is a true Cydia alternative that aims to provide users with a prettier UI, ratings, video previews, and more.

The video is impressive. It shows how tweaks are installed, navigating the various sections of the app, and more. Of course a video can only go so far. Trying iMods out for ourselves will be the ultimate test as to whether or not this is a viable Cydia alternative, but I have to admit that it looks good based on the video preview. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Browsix, igSpeedster, MiniTimer, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 16, 2015

This week, approximately 20 new tweak releases landed on Cydia. They range from basic releases like SongCount, which adds your total amount of songs to the Music app, to the more complex; Browsix lets you access the web from anywhere using a floating web browser mechanism.

All in all, there are many new tweaks this week that you may find interesting, and the majority of them are free. Check out the full list and see what you may have missed. Read More

 

Extensify: an upcoming tweak store for non-jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 13, 2015

One of the big concerns about iOS 9 is that Apple is rumored to have made jailbreaking a lot more difficult with its upcoming OS update. While the verdict is still out on “Rootless” and what impact it may or may not have on jailbreaking in general, it’s time to start thinking outside of the box.

Two developers have done just that. Majd Alfhaily and Kevin Ko, better known around jailbreak circles as @freemanrepo and @uhelios, have created something pretty special. It’s called Extensify, and it’s a tweak store that allows you to modify and add new features to App Store apps without needing to jailbreak.

When Alfhaily first approached me with word of this, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. Tweaks without a jailbreak? Huh? But then I actually tried Extensify and saw that it was legit.

Read my hands-on walkthrough of the exciting new app, and be sure to watch our video breakdown inside as well. Read More

 

The iOS 8.4 jailbreak is dead. What now?

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 13, 2015

Now that we know for sure that iOS 8.4.1 kills the exploits used in the most recent jailbreaks, it’s time to sit back and reevaluate our current jailbreak situation.

What should you do? In this post, I’ll evaluate some of the options and steps that you can take to ensure a long and happy jailbreak future. Read More

 

Confirmed: iOS 8.4.1 patches the exploits used by the TaiG jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 13, 2015

We were hopeful, but as suspected, Apple was just a little late in getting the security details about the iOS 8.4.1 release out to the public. As it turns out, iOS 8.4.1 does indeed patch the TaiG jailbreak, as rumored for the last month. Needless to say, you should stay away from iOS 8.4.1 if you’re at all interested in jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 120: Keep it weird

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 12, 2015

Episode 120: Join us for an outrageous episode filled with jailbreak talk, including a chit-chat about the best free tweaks, and tons of jailbreak-related side stories.

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