CameraModes: easily disable camera features that you’ll never use

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015

I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve used Panorama or Slo-mo on my iPhone 6 Plus. in fact, the same could probably said about Time-lapse and Square mode. The only Camera app modes that I use on a consistent basis are the standard Photo and Videos modes. CameraModes is a new jailbreak tweak for people like me. It allows users to disable unused modes in order to simplify the Camera app interface. Read More

 

‘CandleLight’ will disable your iPhone’s flashlight after a preset interval

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015

There have been several times when I’ve woken up to a dead or almost dead iPhone, and then later realized that I sat it down with the flashlight still on. This always happens at night, where I use the iPhone’s LED flash to traverse the treacherous terrain that is my dark bedroom. Wouldn’t it be nice if the iPhone was smart enough to disable the flashlight after a certain amount of time? Read More

 

Upcoming tweak ‘Folderix’ lets you quickly swipe between multiple folders

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015

Folderix is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that lets you quickly swipe between all of the folders that you have on your iPhone without exiting the folder interface. If you have lots of folders created on your device, this is one of the fastest ways to navigate between them. Read More

 

PanicLock: a good way to discretely lock your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015

Have you ever been in a situation where you would like to lock your iPhone in a discrete manner? Perhaps someone has asked to see your iPhone, or they’ve figured out your password, and they want to examine your phone. Obviously, you could just say no, but if you’re the passive aggressive type of person, you could just use PanicLock for iOS 8 instead. Read More

 

How to turn Spotlight into a better application launcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015

Searchlight is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to improve Spotlight in a few basic ways: it allows you to access the Spotlight search interface from anywhere, even while within an app, and it allows you to bolt on recent and favorite apps to the interface as well. If you’re used to using application launchers on your desktop machine, then Searchlight might be a jailbreak tweak that fits nicely into your workflow. Read More

 

Split screen multitasking tweak ‘ReachApp’ gets an app selector in big update

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015

If you’re running the ReachApp beta—the jailbreak tweak that brings true split-screen multitasking to iOS—you likely noticed the update that just recently hit Cydia. The update adds a lot of new switches to the tweak’s preferences, and fleshes out the description of each switch.

With ReachApp 0.1, you’ll find the ability to view the Notification Center in split-screen view, enable a much-requested app selector (yes!) and more. Check out our new video walkthrough, which highlights many of the new features in this highly anticipated update. Read More

 

How to put the App Switcher in Reachability view

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 1, 2015

Switchability is yet the latest jailbreak tweak to incorporate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ Reachability view with a jailbreak modification. In this case, Switchability places the App Switcher into Reachability view, hence the name Switchability. I’ve been testing out the tweak for a while, and what I’ve found was a great concept, but its execution needs a little work before it’s truly ready for primetime. Read More

 

How to get ReachApp’s split-screen multitasking on your iPhone right now

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 1, 2015

ReachApp is a groundbreaking new jailbreak tweak for iPhones and iPads that we covered earlier. Unfortunately, it’s not available on the default Cydia repos like ModMyi or BigBoss, so it wasn’t eligible for our 2014 tweak of the year awards. Despite that, ReachApp is definitely one of the best tweaks that I’ve used this year, and certainly one of the most practical depending on how you use your device. Although it’s not available on the default Cydia repos, you can get the beta version on your iOS device right now. Read More

 

Confero: tidy up the Home screen by hiding app badges

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 31, 2014

Confero is a brand new jailbreak tweak that helps you to clean up the iPhone’s SpringBoard by eliminating (or at least lessening) the red notification badges. Many find such badges, which sit in the upper right-hand corner of an app with pending notifications, to be an eyesore. Confero is a viable solution for getting rid of said badges. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 88: Best tweaks of the year

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 30, 2014

Episode 88: We discuss and break down our selections for the top tweaks of 2014, including the top tweak of the year honors.

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The best jailbreak tweaks of 2014

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 30, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. It’s the end of 2014, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to compile our list of the best jailbreak tweaks of 2014.

To be eligible to make this list, the jailbreak tweak or app must have been released in 2014, it can’t be an update or a sequel to another tweak released prior to 2014, it must work on the latest iOS 8 jailbreak, and it must be compatible with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. That means that tweaks like Auxo 3, which would have otherwise made the list, are not included. I know those are some pretty tough regulations, but by doing it this way, we ensure that we have an original list full of fresh and new jailbreak apps and tweaks that you can use today.

Okay, enough talk. Let’s get into our list of the best jailbreak releases of 2014. Will your favorite tweak make the list? Read More

 

Interview: TaiG team offers elusive answers to important questions

By Sébastien Page on Dec 30, 2014

The first time we heard about TaiG was a year ago, when the evad3rs released the evasi0n7 jailbreak, bundling the Chinese installer to their jailbreak utility for users in China. Long story short, TaiG wasn’t what the evad3rs thought it was, as it was clearly an installer that facilitated piracy. A backlash followed, which led to evad3rs unbundling TaiG from their tool. But it was too late. Damage was done. Reputation was tarnished. TaiG then stuck in our heads as the embodiment of piracy in a country we culturally don’t understand.

Fast-forward to November 2014 and the unexpected release of the TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.1.1. It came out of nowhere and surprised everybody, and despite the sour taste TaiG had left in the community a year before, we were all quick to forget all about it. For most people, having a jailbreak for the latest software version was all that mattered.

If the TaiG jailbreak was one of the most popular of the year, the company behind it still remains quite a mystery, at least here in the US. Who is the team behind the TaiG jailbreak? Maybe more importantly, what is TaiG, the company, and what does it do? What are its goals?

We reached out to the TaiG jailbreak team, comprised of a single member, and tried to ask those embarrassing questions. As you can see below, the answers are short and don’t address the main points, usually avoiding the question altogether. Besides a few elusive replies to important questions, we do get a few interesting answers about the future of the TaiG jailbreak. Read More

 

10 new tweaks released this week

By Sébastien Page on Dec 28, 2014

The song says “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” It is indeed, unless you’re expecting tons of apps and tweaks to be released, in which case, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This past week was pretty slow in terms of new tweaks, but it made up the low quantity by great quality. Among the notable tweak releases of the week, we’ll definitely note Ignition and Auxo 3, two highly anticipated tweaks that will sure make their marks on your devices. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 87: $9,796 Mac Pro upgrade

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2014

Episode 87: We talk about Auxo 3, Camera Tweak 3, AnyDrop 3 and many more new jailbreak tweak releases. We also discuss the new iMods store platform, Jeff’s ongoing issues with his Macs, and much more.

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CarPlay Activator rebranded as ‘Ignition’ launches for free on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2014

CarPlay Activator, a tweak that we reviewed in depth a few weeks ago, is now available for download on Cydia as Ignition. The tweak, which is remarkably free of charge, is from well-respected developer Adam Bell. If you’re not interested in dropping north of $500 on a CarPlay head unit with a terrible resistive touch screen, then Ignition may be the answer to your CarPlay desires. Read More

 

ReachApp will bring true split-screen multitasking to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2014

Reachability continues to be a feature of focus for jailbreak developers, but I have to say that this latest upcoming jailbreak tweak takes the cake. ReachApp is an in-development jailbreak tweak that brings true split-screen multitasking to iOS 8 by means of Reachability. That means that yes, you can view two apps at the same time, and interact with both apps! Watch our video to see how it works in action. Read More

 

Auxo 3 review: a legendary tweak inches closer to perfection

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2014

After much anticipation, I finally have my hands on Auxo 3—exactly two years to the day of the original Auxo release date. This is a jailbreak tweak a long time in the making. It’s the second sequel to one of the most well-known and impactful jailbreak tweaks in the community’s storied history, and it doesn’t disappoint.

If I could put it into a nutshell, I’d say that Auxo 3 is a much-refined version Auxo 2. Lead designer, Sentry, and developer, Qusic, refrain from deviating drastically from the things that made Auxo 2 such a compelling update, but the pair does bring quite a few new interesting features and refinements to the table. This ultimately proves to be a very good thing. Read More

 

CameraTweak 3: a good Camera app upgrade, but not as compelling as its predecessors

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 23, 2014

The CameraTweak series of jailbreak tweaks is a long-running series that first debuted over two years ago for iOS 6. At the time, it brought many features to the iPhone’s Camera app that were sorely missing. Things like adding a countdown timer and improved exposure and focus control are just a few of the enhancements that jailbreakers welcomed with opened arms. Now that the stock Camera app has been dramatically improved in iOS 7 and iOS 8, is CameraTweak 3 the compelling tweak that its predecessors were? Read More

 

JailbreakCon 2015 is in the works, and this is how you can help

By Sébastien Page on Dec 22, 2014

The fine folks at saurikIT are already working on planning the 2015 edition of JailbreakCon, the only event to my knowledge entirely dedicated to jailbreaking and the community around it. Although I haven’t personally been involved in the planning of the event, I understand that a lot of work and preparation goes into it, with one of the main challenges being to figure out what exactly attendees expect from the event. This is where you come in. Read More

 

Allarm: a cleverly named tweak that toggles all alarm clocks simultaneously

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 21, 2014

Looking for a quick way to disable all alarm clocks in the stock Clock app at the same time? Allarm—a clever mix of the words All and Alarm—is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that. It places a handy toggle switch at the top of the alarm clock tab in the stock Clock app. Toggling this switch allows you to quickly disable all alarms simultaneously. Read More