How to force your iPhone to landscape mode while watching videos

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2015

Have you ever tried to watch a video with the rotation lock enabled? If you want to watch that video in landscape, it can make for a frustrating experience.

It means having to open Control Center, disabling rotation lock, and then rotating your device so that the video goes into landscape mode. And then, when you’re finished with the video, you have to re-enable the rotation lock if you want it back on.

Instead of going through all of that rigamarole, wouldn’t it be better if iOS took care of all of that for you on the fly? It will, if you have AutoRotateVideos installed—a new jailbreak tweak that can make watching videos on your iPhone a more pleasant experience. Read More

 

Upcoming ‘iOS Blocks’ tweak aims to change the way you interact with apps on iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2015

Last year, we posted information on a research paper and iOS concept called iOS Blocks. Jay Machalani (@technofou), the brains behind the concept, suggests that an interface that combines Windows Phone’s live tiles and Android’s widgets, would be a best-of-both-worlds-scenario for iOS users.

iOS Blocks would essentially allow users to have proper widgets on the iOS Home screen, but the concept is put together in a way that make it totally seamless and transparent to users who prefer to use iOS like they always have. The widgets would mix the uniformity and standardization enjoyed by Windows live tiles with the interaction of Android’s widget system. It’s a smart idea with hours of research and presentation. I highly recommend that you read the original post on Machalani’s blog.

Obviously, Apple didn’t bring any sort of Home screen widget system to iOS 8, but it did give us Notification Center widgets. As if it needs to be said, Notification Center widgets are a far cry from iOS Blocks—a feature that would add significant depth to the iOS Home screen experience.

So after a year, what’s been made of this project and its corresponding research? Well, I have some good news: It’s being developed into a real working tweak, according to this post on reddit by someone closely associated with the project. Read More

 

iOS 8.2 beta 2 is no longer being signed

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

Bad news for would-be jailbreakers of iOS 8.2 beta 1 or beta 2—both firmwares are no longer being signed. There seems to be conflicting reports going around about whether or not Apple has killed access to beta 1, beta 2, or both beta firmwares, but I can personally confirm that Apple has shut down access to both.

Why is this significant? It’s significant because iOS 8.2 beta 1 and beta 2 were the only firmwares available that allowed users to jailbreak using PP Jailbreak on Mac or TaiG on Windows. Read More

 

TagExplorer: edit metdadata tags for media directly on your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

If you’ve ever had the desire to edit the metadata tags for the media content on your iPhone, then TagExplorer is a brand new $2.99 jailbreak app that you’ll want to, ahem…explore. It brings metadata editing capability to the iPhone, and allows users to edit the tags for music, podcasts, videos, and more. It even lets users locally edit tags for music downloaded from iTunes match. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 96: Controversy

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 25, 2015

Episode 96: We discuss the recent controversy over our jailbreak tweak coverage, why we don’t often review themes, how to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta, and discuss a whole host of new jailbreak tweaks like Profluence, StickerMe, and Stratos.

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Multitasking tweak Stratos now available in Cydia

By Sébastien Page on Feb 25, 2015

The highly anticipated multitasking manager tweak Stratos is now available in Cydia. Largely inspired by the original version of Auxo, Stratos is a beautiful multitasking tweak that aims to “simplify the way you interact with your iPhone.” Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 with TaiG for Windows

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

A few days ago, we posted our Mac jailbreak tutorial for iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. That tutorial used the PP Jailbreak tool for the Mac. For Windows users, things are slightly different. Windows users get to use the TaiG tool. At the end of the day, both tools are geared towards the same goal—allowing you to easily jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. Read More

 

How to fix the “Can’t find Apple driver” issue with TaiG for Windows

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

If you’ve been trying to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 or 2 with TaiG 1.3.0 over the last couple of days, you may have encountered an issue. An error that says: “Can’t find Apple driver, please download and install iTunes” has been causing all sorts of problems for would be jailbreakers.

iTunes may indeed already be installed, but it’s the latest version of iTunes for 64-bit Windows machines that’s causing the error to begin with. Perhaps you’ve tried to downgrade your copy of iTunes unsuccessfully. Or maybe you’ve just given up on trying to jailbreak your iPhone on a Windows machine. Well, don’t give up just yet, because we have a solution inside. Read More

 

SimpleCenters: customize Control Center and Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

SimpleCenters is a $1.00 jailbreak tweak that brings tons of customization options to both Notification Center and Control Center. The tweak features a bevy of switches in its preferences that allow you to toggle on or off nearly every facet of both overlays. Read More

 

TaiG releases a new Windows jailbreak tool for iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 23, 2015

As the rumors recently suggested, TaiG has released a new jailbreak tool for Windows users to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 and beta 2. Now, Windows users can enjoy a jailbroken version of iOS 8.2 just like Mac users can. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 22, 2015

Although Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 8.1.2, there’s still an inkling of hope for those of you who are developers and wish to jailbreak your devices. How so? iOS 8.2 beta 2 is still being signed by Apple, and this firmware is still jailbreakable.

What does this mean? It means that even if you’re currently on iOS 8.1.3 or any other firmware, you can downgrade or upgrade to iOS 8.2 beta 2 and then jailbreak your device using the PP Jailbreak tool for Mac. Read More

 

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

 
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