The top 10 must-know Cydia tips [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

Since I imagine that there are probably tons of new jailbreakers since the iOS 8.3 jailbreak touched down, now is a great time to review some of my favorite Cydia tips. But even if you’re a seasoned Cydia veteran, you may find a tip or two in this list that you’ll find handy. How many of these tips do you use on a regular basis? Watch our video and find out. Read More

 

Power Saver Mode tweak brings impressive iOS 9-inspired battery management features to older firmware

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

iOS 9 has some significant new power saving features that will lend users up to an additional three hours of battery life. Dubbed Low Power Mode in iOS 9, users can eek out up to an extra 3 hours of battery life with the option enabled.

Low Power Mode works by disabling animated wallpapers, Mail Fetch, Background App Refresh, motion effects, and, as recently discovered, throttling the CPU.

Power Saver Mode, a new iOS tweak developed by Elijah Frederickson, tries its best to provide many of the same benefits to jailbroken iPhone users on iOS 8. Power Saver Mode increases contrast, enables Reduce Motion, disables Background App Refresh, location services, Cellular Data when on Wi-Fi, and more.  Read More

 

Still having problems jailbreaking iOS 8.3? These tips may help

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

Sadly, there are still many individuals that cannot successfully jailbreak iOS 8.3 with the TaiG. I understand how insanely frustrating this can be, but also want to help. Trust me, I feel your pain on this, as it’s super-frustrating when you see everyone else enjoying their jailbreak and you’re stuck with a stock phone.

But don’t give up! You’re going to do this. Consider some of my tips inside. Some may be obvious, but some may be not so obvious. Whatever you do, just give it a try. Read More

 

App icons disappearing after jailbreaking iOS 8.3? There’s a fix for that

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

Have you encountered an issue with disappearing icons on your jailbroken iPhone? You’re not alone. Quite a few users have complained about the issue after jailbreaking using the TaiG tool for iOS 8.3.

Today, saurik has pushed an update to UIKit Tools to fix that issue. The update, which is version 1.1.10, now officially supports iOS 8.3 and all previous versions of iOS. Read More

 

Cydia developers can now mark their paid tweaks as iOS 8.3 compatible

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

Up until now, developers have not had the ability to mark their jailbreak tweaks in Cydia as iOS 8.3 compatible. This is because saurik wanted to ensure the stability of the TaiG iOS 8.3 jailbreak beforehand. Now that TaiG has proved its relative stability, Cydia is now officially open to iOS 8.3 enabled tweaks. Read More

 

Springtomize 3 will be updated for the iOS 8.3 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

Springtomize 3 is one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks on Cydia, and for good reason. It’s basically like 100 tweaks in one, and it allows you to modify the look and feel of your iPad or iPhone to a very high degree.

So when it was revealed that its developer, Filippo Bigarella, recently accepted an internship at Apple, many folks, while happy for Filippo, were concerned about what that could mean for the future of Springtomize. Well, I have good news… Read More

 

50 tweaks that work with the iOS 8.3 jailbreak [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

Now that TaiG has updated its iOS 8.3 jailbreak to play nice with Cydia Substrate, it’s time to start exploring the vast library of jailbreak apps and tweaks available on Cydia. If you’re new to Cydia, or even if you’ve just been out of the game for a while, it can be overwhelming.

With this in mind, I’ve compiled a video that showcases 50 different jailbreak tweaks. My goal isn’t to be super extensive with the coverage of each tweak, but it’s to provide you with an overview of some of the things that are out there and some of the stuff that is possible with jailbreaking.

Watch our video, and be impressed by the sheer breadth and variety of the Cydia catalog! Read More

 

Activator 1.9.3 released on stock Cydia repos

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

The latest and greatest version of Ryan Petrich’s Activator has graduated from beta status to the default Cydia repos.

If you’ve been trying to use Activator on your iOS 8.3 jailbreak, you may have encountered problems with the previous version. That’s because the previous version wasn’t optimized for iOS 8.3. With the release of Activator 1.9.3 final, that has changed, and there’s no longer a need to add Ryan’s beta repo to take advantage of the update. Read More

 

TaiG CEO hints at an eventual iOS 9 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

TaiG CEO Xie Lei is feeling pretty bullish about the possibility of jailbreaking iOS 9, as evident by a comment posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. In his comments, which appear to be appended on another post, similar to a quoted retweet on Twitter, Mr. Lei alludes to the future of TaiG’s ambitions. Read More

 

How to manually update to TaiG 2.1.2 if you’re already jailbroken

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

If you’re already jailbroken, and let’s face it, a lot of you are, then you may be wondering how to update your jailbreak to the latest version of TaiG—version 2.1.2. Should you start from scratch, or try to use the TaiG jailbreak tool again? No.

That’s because it’s super easy to update to the latest version of TaiG directly from Cydia itself. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get up and running on the latest version of TaiG, which fixes all sorts of bugs, in just a few minutes. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.2 + Cydia Substrate

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

As we noted earlier, the TaiG 2.1.2 untethered jailbreak tool was just released to much fanfare. This is the version of the tool that works as you would expect. It’s compatible with the latest version of iTunes, and works with Cydia Substrate out of the box.

Sadly TaiG 2.1.2 is still Windows only, but we have a good virtual machine tutorial for Mac only users. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.2 in mere minutes. Read More

 

TaiG 2.1.2 officially released to jailbreak iOS 8.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

It’s here, ladies and gentlemen. After a few files got leaked last night, TaiG has come back today with the official version of its jailbreak tool for iOS 8.3. The tool, which is dubbed as version 2.1.2, is for Windows only and features proper Cydia Substrate support. It also fixes the problems with iTunes, where the tool would get stuck at 20% or 60%.  Read More

 

Activator beta updated to support iOS 8.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

Activator, an absolute staple tweak for jailbreakers, has been updated for iOS 8.3. The Ryan Petrich developed jailbreak tweak is not only great on its own, but it’s the backbone to a lot of the existing jailbreak tweaks, and opens up the floodgates to the rest of the vast Cydia library.

To install Activator 1.9.3 beta 5, you’ll need to add Ryan’s beta repo to your list of Cydia sources. Check inside for all of the details.

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How to fix the dreaded virtual machine error when attempting to run the TaiG jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

In a previous post, I lamented about the fact that I received a dreaded virtual machine error when trying to run the TaiG jailbreak tool on VMware Fusion 7. The error went something like this: Sorry, this application cannot run under a Virtual Machine.

Not only is that totally ambiguous, but it really didn’t make much sense when you consider that the prior TaiG tool ran with no problems. After trying a few solutions I found via Google, I resigned myself to the fact that I would probably just have to settle and use the old tool instead..

Fortunately, however, one of our awesome readers has come though with a fix. Mohamed Elkady shared this interesting little trick to help bypass a frustrating error. In this post and video, I’ll walk you through the entire process step-by-step. Read More

 

TaiG issues a statement regarding “leaked” jailbreak packages

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

TaiG has commented on the “leaks” of its TaiG jailbreak tool and the untether debian package that has spread like wildfire on the Internet this evening. Earlier today, it was discovered by a reddit users that TaiG had uploaded new versions of its tool to the official TaiG server. In fact, the naming convention, which follows a naming standard, made it extremely easy to guess the exact location of the file.

On Chinese microblogging site Weibo, TaiG is advising against using these leaked files, as they are only for testing, and not official versions. It states that only the initial 2.0.0 version was an official release.

Users were understandably anxious to get their hands on these updated versions due to the fact that they packed in the much anticipated Cydia Substrate fixes. These fixes were necessary for users to be able to enjoy the many jailbreak tweaks that rely on this framework. Read More

 

The iOS 8.3 jailbreak roundup

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

It’s been a crazy last couple of days, but it’s also been very exciting. It all started when the jailbreak for iOS 8.3 came unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, and it culminates with the release of a Cydia Substrate compatible update this evening. No doubt, there’s still much more to come, but now we’d like to take the time to wrap up the ongoings of the last two days.

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the iOS 8.3 jailbreak, and what you might expect in the future. Read More

 

TaiG issues another update to its iOS 8.3 jailbreak tool

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that it’s been a whirlwind the last few days. TaiG isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, as they’ve now made yet another update to their jailbreak tool available online. This update, dubbed TaiG 2.1.1 comes mere hours after the 2.1.0 update—a release that aimed to fix the Cydia Substrate issues—was discovered.

As far as what’s included in TaiG 2.1.1, my guess is bug fixes. Judging by the minor release version, there’s likely some minor fixes that were important enough to warrant an update.

At any rate, it’s always best to use the latest and greatest when it comes to jailbreak tools, so if you’ve yet to jailbreak, you might as well use TaiG 2.1.1 to do so. Read More

 

Poll: Will you jailbreak iOS 8.3?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

Now that Cydia Substrate is available, users can now enjoy the many jailbreak tweaks and apps available on Cydia. Given the timing of this iOS 8.3 release, we’re interested to know what our readers think about the jailbreak overall.

Are you jailbroken? Do you plan on doing so soon? Or are you holding off altogether? Sound off in our poll, and check to see where you stand with regard to other jailbreakers. Read More

 

How to enable Cydia Substrate on the iOS 8.3 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

If you’re jailbroken on iOS 8.3, you’ve likely been frustrated by the lack of Cydia Substrate support up until now. As you’re no doubt aware of by now, Cydia Substrate hasn’t worked on iOS 8.3 due to a fix that needs to be implemented by the folks at TaiG.

The good news is that the fix is out, and I’ve confirmed that it works. If you’ve jailbroken your device with the TaiG 2.0 tool yesterday or earlier today, you can use a simple .deb file install to fix Cydia Substrate in just a few minutes.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install the TaiG 8.3 Untether .deb on your jailbroken iOS 8.3 device and fix Cydia Substrate. Read More

 

TaiG 2.1 released to fix Cydia Substrate

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

It looks like several reddit users have unearthed the next version of the TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.3. Several users have posted screenshots of the tool, which is said to fix the Cydia Substrate issues, iTunes issues, etc.

I’ve tested the untether myself, and I can confirm that it works. Cydia Substrate now works, and jailbreak tweaks that are compatible with iOS 8.3 now work. Read More