Let’s Talk Jailbreak 76: The closet connoisseur

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 8, 2014

Episode 76: We break down a new iOS 8 keyboard that brings several jailbreak tweak features to iOS 8. We also talk about a ton of recent jailbreak releases such as Monochrome, CallBar for iOS 7, CCShuffle, Cou, Ascend, and more.

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How to use Reachability on older devices

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 8, 2014

Due to the larger screen of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple introduced a new feature in both the devices called Reachability. Basically, what this feature does is that it moves the top half of the screen to the bottom half when you double tap on the Touch ID. The reason behind this is to make it easier for users to continue one-handed use even on the new iPhones and to reach the top contents of the screen more easily.

If you ever wanted to enjoy the same feature on older iOS 7 devices, you should probably check out a jailbreak tweak called Reachability7 by developer Mohammed Marbouh. Read More

 

CallShortcut lets you add your favorite contacts to the Home screen

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 8, 2014

Just recently, an updated version of CallBar was released for iOS 7 that makes it a whole lot easier to manage your incoming calls. CallShortcut is yet another jailbreak tweak that provides a quicker way to call your contacts, directly from the Home screen.

Developed by Gertab and David Glinski, CallShortcut allows you to add any of your contacts to your Home screen. These appear as icons on the Home screen just like other app icons and when you tap on any of them, the call will be placed immediately. This provides a quick shortcut to your favorite contacts without ever opening the Phone or the Contacts app. Read More

 

iKeywi brings awesome jailbreak keyboard features to iOS 8 [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 7, 2014

As you’ve probably heard, I’ve been less than impressed with the initial round of third-party keyboards to hit iOS 8. I understand a lot of the problem has to do with Apple, and iOS 8’s overall bugginess, but not all of the blame is squarely on its shoulders.

Many of the third-party keyboards have an average implementation, and some of them are just plain bad. With that said, there are a few keyboards that have stood above the rest, as we outlined in our best iOS 8 keyboards post a couple of days ago.

But today, I encountered a familiar name when looking for new third-party keyboards to try. iKeywi, a name that will no doubt ring a bell if you’ve ever been into jailbreaking, is now available as an iOS 8 keyboard.

Needless to say, I immediately paid $0.99 for the privilege to download iKeywi, and I was mighty impressed by what I found. Folks, if you’re at all familiar with some of the more popular jailbreak tweaks, then iKeywi should immediately jump to the top of your must-buy list.

Don’t believe me? Think a tempered version of SwipeSelection (you can’t select text, but you can move the cursor using swipes). And that’s not where it stops. iKeywi adds a fifth row of keys to the keyboard interface, customized key text, customized output, the ability to show letter case, and more. Watch the video inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

How to play Super Nintendo games on your iOS 8 device

By Jim Gresham on Oct 6, 2014

Although there is no iOS 8 jailbreak, there is still a way to add a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator. Because Nintendo is missing the opportunity to make millions of dollars by releasing their games to the Apple App Store, people have turned to emulators for years. Since the iPhone was jailbreakable, it seems there was some way to play the old classics.

Thanks to a tip from @flawlessfox, whom you may recognize as one of the JailbreakCon organizers, we tested the SNES emulator “SiOS” and can confirm it works quite well, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus. Step inside for quick step-by-step instructions and you will be enjoying your favorite SNES games in about 5 minutes time. Yes, you read it correctly, there is no jailbreak required.  Read More

 

Ascend brings a gorgeous look to your iOS 7 Lock screen

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 6, 2014

A few weeks ago, we showed you ClassicLockScreen, a tweak by CoolStar and Phillip Tennen that provides over four different styles which you can apply to your Lock screen. Ascend is a somewhat similar jailbreak tweak by Ben Rosen that brings a gorgeous look to your Lock screen.

The tweak brings back the popular iOS 6 Slide to Unlock slider with an iOS 7-esque style along with a blurred background and top bar. Additionally, it gets rid of the round passcode buttons and replaces it with a flatter interface and a transparent background. The same applies to the notifications that appear on the Lock screen. Read More

 

Monochrome applies shades of grey to your app icons

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 6, 2014

If you ever wanted to bring a classic look to your Home screen icons, you should probably check out a new jailbreak tweak called Monochrome that squeezes out all the colors from the app icons on the Home screen and brings a simplistic look to them.

Developed by Ron Thakrar, the tweak applies shades of grey to all the app icons on the Home screen, just like the classical black and white movies, bringing a more simplistic look to your Home screen. The wallpaper color will remain as is, but if you want to take it a little further, you can use a black and white wallpaper to better suit the grey icons, although it would have been a nice addition if the tweak already came equipped with this feature. Read More

 

Popular jailbreak tweak ‘CallBar’ receives a big iOS 7 update

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 2, 2014

CallBar, the tweak that lets you better manage incoming calls, has received a fairly big update to better suite iOS 7. The tweak now features Notification Center integration, which allows users to handle all telephony needs from a familiar location. The update also features a re-designed incoming call screen, which allows you to use your device more efficiently while your iPhone is ringing.

All in all, CallBar for iOS 7 is a fairly massive upgrade over its predecessors from a visual and usability standpoint. Many of the functions remain the same, but the tweak has been laid out in a manner so that it’s easier to use and easier on the eyes. Have a look at our video overview of CallBar for iOS 7 after the jump. Read More

 

Meet Xsser mRAT, Chinese trojan that steals treasure trove of info from jailbroken iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2014

There’s a new trojan in town, one that attacks jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

As discovered by Lacoon, the malicious software dubbed Xsser mRAT uses social engineering to steal valuable data from jailbroken devices by fooling unsuspecting users to tap on an install link in phishing messages from unknown senders.

Created by Chinese hackers, it can extract a vast range of personal information including your iOS address book, SMS messages, call logs, GSM identities, your approximate geographical location (as determined by the cell tower ID), on-device pictures, as well as passwords and other authentication data in the iOS keychains used by your Apple ID, mail accounts and other services. Read More

 

Customize the look of the Messages app with Messages Customizer Pro

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 30, 2014

One of the many reasons that users jailbreak their iOS device is to customize it. If you’re looking for a tweak that allows you to customize the stock Messages app, you should definitely consider checking out Messages Customizer Pro.

The tweak has been produced by Charlie Hewitt, the same developer who created the Messages Customiser tweak earlier this year. The successor comes packed with additional new features and allows you to customize and theme the stock Messages app the way you want. Read More

 

CCShuffle adds shuffle and repeat buttons to the Lock screen and Control Center

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 30, 2014

While Control Center is a convenient place to quickly control a playing song, it still lacks some music controls. CCShuffle is a new jailbreak tweak that brings the much anticipated shuffle and repeat buttons to Control Center.

Developed by Charlie Hewitt, CCShuffle adds a shuffle and repeat button to the right and left of the media controls in Control Center. Originally, the buttons are only available in the stock Music app, but with this tweak, you can also use them from Control Center. Not only this but CCShuffle also adds both the buttons to the Lock screen as well. Read More

 

Cou replaces the Slide to Answer slider with ‘Accept’ and ‘Decline’ buttons

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 26, 2014

When your iPhone is locked and you receive a phone call, you’ll see a slide to answer knob that allows you to respond to the call, and declining a phone call will require you to press the Sleep/Wake button twice. Cou is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to customize this interface and replace the slider found on the Lock screen with buttons you normally see when you receive a call while the device is unlocked.

Developed by danteseig, Cou replaces the Slide to Answer slider with two buttons called ‘Answer’ and ‘Decline’. This means that you can easily reject a phone call by pressing the Decline button rather than double pressing the Sleep button. Read More

 

BeSureBefore ensures that you never perform an action accidentally on iPhone

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 25, 2014

There are times when you accidentally send a message or like a photo on Instagram without intending to do so. BeSureBefore is a new jailbreak tweak that prevents you from performing such actions mistakenly.

The tweak displays a confirmation message before you send a message or an email, call a contact, like a photo on Instagram and much more. For instance, when you press the Send button in the Messages app, a confirmation message pops up ensuring that you don’t send the message accidentally, as shown in the GIF above. Once you confirm to deliver the message, you’ll have to press the Send button again to proceed. Read More

 

iDevice Wise provides detailed specifications about your iOS device

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 25, 2014

If you ever wanted to find out the complete specifications of your iOS device, you should check out a new jailbreak tweak developed by iNasser called iDevice Wise. The tweak displays each and every detail that you need to know about your iOS device ranging from its IMEI, Serial Number and Model number to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Address and much more. It includes literally anything you want to find out about your device, even the detailed specs that a tech junkie will look after. Read More

 

iMaker allows you to animate app icons on your Home screen

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 23, 2014

We’ve seen ActiveBoard, a tweak that allows you to add glowing effects to applications that are running in the background or have a pending notification. iMaker is a new jailbreak tweak with a similar goal, but packed with various different animations and options.

The tweak, which has been developed by Javier Brito, allows you to quickly identify the recently opened 5 apps that are still running in the background, applications that have a pending notification or which have been recently updated. This is done by applying various different animation styles to their icons. Read More

 

Looking for an alternative to Zephyr? Try Tage

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 20, 2014

Zephyr was one of the most popular multitasking tweak for iOS 6, however it hasn’t been updated yet for iOS 7. If you miss the tweak, you should definitely check out an alternative to it known as Tage.

Developed by Ma Jun, Tage features functionality similar to Zephyr and changes the way you switch between opened apps. The tweak is made up of five major parts. You can swipe the left or right side of the screen to switch between active apps. Additionally, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to either close the app or launch the App Switcher. Finally, swiping left or right from the top edge of the screen allows you to lock your device. Read More

 

AudioOut: output audio through speaker when the headphone is connected

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 20, 2014

Normally, when you connect your headphone to your iOS device, it will start to output the audio from the headphone rather than the speaker and there’s no way you can switch to the latter. AudioOut is a brand new jailbreak tweak that aims to save your day by fixing this issue.

Developed by vibez, AudioOut allows you to listen to a song from the device’s external speaker even when the headphone is plugged in. Not only this, but the tweak also lets you control the audio from the headphone’s controls such as its volume. This means that you can listen to a song from the device’s external speaker and at the same time control the sound with the headphone’s remote control. Read More

 

Parental Controls For iOS restricts the amount of time your child spends on your device

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 19, 2014

One of the features that iOS 7 lacks is the ability to control the amount of time your child spends using your device. Parental Controls for iOS is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to bring this highly anticipated feature to jailbroken iOS 7 devices.

Developed by Ge0rges, the tweak allows you to limit the amount of time a person can use your iOS device. Once the time has ended, the user will be automatically be locked out of your device and a pop-up will be displayed with three buttons: ‘Emergency Call’, ‘Add One Hour’ where a person will be allowed to use the device for an extra hour once the parental passcode has been entered and an ‘Ok’ button. The only way your child can gain access to your device once the time limit has been reached is when you choose to add an extra hour.  Read More

 

Flinfo lets you view additional details about an iOS application

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 19, 2014

If you ever wanted to quickly find out additional information about an app such as its version or bundle ID, you should probably check out a brand new jailbreak tweak known as Flinfo.

The tweak allows you to find out an app’s bundle ID, display name, executable name or even its current version by swiping up its app icon. After doing so, an action menu pops-up that allows you to select the information you want to view. Once you’ve chosen the information you want to display, it will be copied to your clipboard and you can view it by pasting it in the Notes app or anywhere else. Read More

 

VolumeStatus 2 adds a volume indicator to the Status Bar

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 18, 2014

One of the ways of finding out the current volume level of your device is to press the volume buttons on the side of your device. VolumeStatus 2 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly determine the current volume level of your device directly from the Status Bar.

The tweak adds a volume indicator to the Status Bar that allows you to take a quick peek at the volume level without pressing the volume buttons. The tweak doesn’t display the exact volume level, but it gives you an idea of how much the volume is. The icon is followed by curved lines indicating the device’s volume level. Read More