Ryan Petrich releases Activator 1.9.8 beta 2 with new screen brightness control settings

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 21, 2015

Ryan Petrich has released the second beta of Activator 1.9.8, bringing a whole host of new changes to the popular jailbreak tweak. In the update you’ll find new localizations, new increase and decrease brightness actions, and several new fixes.

You won’t find Activator 1.9.8 beta 2 in the stock Cydia repos, but in this post, I’ll show you how you can add Ryan’s beta repo to take advantage of the latest Activator features. Read More


An iOS 9.2 jailbreak is in the works, according to TaiG partner

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2015

Not only is an iOS 9.2 jailbreak in the works, but it could be here sooner than you think. That all, according to 3K Assistant, a long-time TaiG jailbreak partner. 3K Assistant is the same name of the utility that we always recommend unchecking on TaiG jailbreaks, because it usually has links to pirated content and just seems shady overall.

According to a report by Stephen Chan, who’s reported on jailbreaking accurately in the past, 3K Assistant has announced that a jailbreak for iOS 9.2 is coming soon via the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. Read More


How to add Panorama and Time-Lapse 3D Touch shortcuts to the Camera app

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2015

By default, the stock Camera app features four 3D Touch quick action shortcuts: Take Selfie, Record Video, Record Slo-mo, and Take Photo. One of the reasons that only four shortcuts are displayed, is because 3D Touch quick actions are limited to up to four items.

A couple of new tweaks from developer PoomSmart help to increase this threshold and add two new shortcuts to the stock Camera app. UnlimShortcut is a jailbreak tweak that expands the amount of quick action shortcuts available for use with any app, effectively removing the four shortcut limit. A second tweak, CamTouch, is the tweak that actually adds the two additional shortcuts to the stock Camera app specifically.
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Tweaks of the week: Safari Close All Tabs, MessagesTabs, and more

By Sébastien Page on Dec 20, 2015

This was a relatively slow week compared to what we’ve seen in the past few months, but that could be due to the time of the year. Still, a few tweaks were released this week. Nothing Earth-shattering, but who are we to complain? Read More


How to frame and shoot photos directly from the Home screen using 3D Touch [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2015

One of the perks of having a jailbroken iPhone 6s is that you can combine 3D Touch with many of the newest jailbreak tweaks to come up with unique new features. One such feature, the ability to frame and take photos directly from the iOS Home screen, is made possible using a jailbroken iPhone 6s and a recently released tweak.

The tweak is entitled Point-And-Shoot, and it is capable of enhancing the stock 3D Touch shortcuts for the Camera app with a live camera viewfinder placed right on the Home screen. You can then use the Home screen viewfinder to frame your shots and snap photos on the fly. Read More


DeleteCut: a jailbreak tweak that lets you quickly delete entire words

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 19, 2015

After holding the Delete key on your iOS keyboard for a few seconds to delete text, you’ll notice that iOS will begin to delete entire words to save time. Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of waiting for it to kick in, you could immediately invoke entire word deletion using a keyboard modifier?

That’s the basic premise behind DeleteCut. It’s a jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly delete whole words when pressing the Delete key while holding the Shift key. If you’re a prolific typer, then this free jailbreak tweak is bound to save you some time. Read More


How to add the native iOS share sheet to the YouTube app [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 19, 2015

It’s almost 2016, and the official YouTube app is still relying on its antiquated built-in sharing options instead of the native iOS 9 share sheet that most modern apps use on the platform. Sadly, Google insists on keeping its design language in many of its apps, even though it looks out of place on iOS. Not only that, but YouTube’s built-in sharing options are a lot less functional and flexible.

With Native YouTube Share, a free jailbreak tweak available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can force the YouTube app to use the stock iOS 9 sharing sheet when sharing videos. Read More


Auki 2 is in development, teased by Surenix

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2015

Auki—the Quick Reply and Quick Compose tweak released by Surenix and Bensge back at JailbreakCon in 2014—has a sequel in the works. Auki 2 is currently deep into development, and is the the result of a new collaboration between designer Surenix and developer Pimskeks.

Messages app tweaks like Auki are few and far between these days, especially with the demise of biteSMS, but Auki 2 looks poised to change that notion. Read More


Springtomize 3 updated with new features

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2015

Uber-popular jailbreak tweak Springtomize 3 was provided with a nice little update today. Even though Filippo Bigarella has handed over the development reigns to another developer, the tweak is still receiving new features, which is a great sign for Springtomize fans.

Today’s update, while not containing anything groundbreaking, brings several new niceties to the table. Additions include the ability to display seconds in the status bar, colorize the Lock screen time and date, and more. Read More


How to quickly close all Safari tabs at once [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2015

If you want to quickly close all of the open Safari tabs on your iPhone running iOS 9, then there’s a new jailbreak tweak that you might be interested in. The properly named Safari Close All Tabs is a jailbreak tweak that makes it easy to quickly close all open Safari tabs.

But there’s more to Safari Close All Tabs than first meets the eye. The tweak also lends the ability to whitelist specific tabs that you wish to keep open. Read More


A look at 20 recently released iOS 9 jailbreak tweaks [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2015

In this video, I showcase 20 recently released jailbreak tweaks. Some are great, some are not so great, but almost all of them are interesting.

If you’ve been lagging behind when it comes to keeping up with the latest jailbreak releases, then this new video will help bring you up to speed. Inside, I show you 20 new tweaks in just over three minutes. If you’re pressed for time, but still want to know what’s new, then give it a watch. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 138: For prolific folder users only

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2015

Episode 138: A jailbreak tweak that presents a flashlight shortcut when your iPhone is in the dark, Auxo 3 for iOS 9 is released, an Auxo 3 alternative makes its way to iOS 9, a Mario-inspired jailbreak tweak makes its way to Cydia, and a new tweak for prolific folder users.

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iPhone jailbreaking pioneer George Hotz is building a self-driving car of his own

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2015

George Hotz aka ”Geohot”, one of the pioneers of the early jailbreak scene, is building a self-driving car of its own, according to a lengthy profile published today by Bloomberg Businessweek.

If you frequent this website, you’re probably aware that Hotz is credited with becoming the first person to carrier-unlock an iPhone, which allowed users to use their handset with other carriers.

Much like he’d hacked the original iPhone, he’s now done the same with his ordinary 2016 Acura ILX sedan. Working in his garage, he’s managed to turn the Acura into a self-driving vehicle in about a month, by putting a laser-based radar on the roof, mounting a camera near the rearview mirror and attaching a 21.5-inch screen and a joystick to the dashboard. Read More


Seng: even in beta, it’s the best App Switcher tweak for jailbroken iOS 9 devices [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 15, 2015

If you’re looking for an App Switcher replacement for iOS 9, then look no further than Seng, the currently in-beta Auxo-inspired tweak from developer Charlie Hewitt. We first told you about Seng’s recent beta a few days ago, but since then, I’ve been able to go hands-on with the tweak.

What I found was a tweak that worked much like the original version of Seng released back in the summer time. The big difference here is that Seng now plays nice with iOS 9, a feat that’s likely harder than it looks given the state of Auxo 3. Read More


Mockingbird: a new App Switcher tweak that’s not quite ready for prime time

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 15, 2015

Mockingbird ($1.99 on Cydia) is a new jailbreak tweak that brings a completely redesigned App Switcher experience to jailbroken iPhones running iOS 9. The tweak merges App Switcher cards and Notification Center notifications for a unique app switching experience that’s truly original.

Unfortunately, originality will only score you so many points. Mockingbird, while presenting some good ideas, is the textbook example of a tweak that was released long before being ready for prime time. Read More


Seng 1.2 beta released for jailbroken iOS devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 14, 2015

Seng, the popular App Switcher and Control Center replacement created by developer Charlie Hewitt, is now available as a beta download for iOS 9. The beta is only available for users who have purchased the previous version of Seng, so that will unfortunately leave a lot of you out during the beta period.

If you did purchase the previous version of Seng, however, it’s just a matter of adding Charlie’s beta repo to your list of Cydia sources to begin using the tweak on iOS 9. Read More


TextFaces review: add Unicode faces to your keyboard

By Lory Gil on Dec 14, 2015

In early November, we told you about a fun little jailbreak tweak that makes it possible for you to add Unicode faces to your keyboard so you don’t have to be like everyone else with those silly yellow smiley faces.

The tweak’s developer, Neo Ighodaro told us that, thanks to our coverage of Unicode Faces, he figured that it would be a good idea to turn it into an official App Store app rebranded as TextFaces. We took it for a test spin on a non-jailbroken device and have a review of TextFaces for you today. Read More


Tweaks of the week: Flash, SearchDelete, and more

By Sébastien Page on Dec 13, 2015

We haven’t seen that many tweaks released in a single week in recent memory, and that’s a good thing. It means the jailbreak community is still vibrant and involved.

If you’ve been waiting for that groundbreaking tweak, well, I’m sorry to say you’ll have to wait a little longer. However, if you’re looking for smaller tweaks to enhance the iOS experience, we have about 30 of them here that you should check out.  Read More


Review: Auxo 3 for iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 13, 2015

Auxo 3 for iOS 9 is, as we stated in our previous release post, is a brand new jailbreak package for iOS 9. Although the tweak shares a lot of similarities with the previous version of Auxo 3 for iOS 8, this package has been rebuilt completely from the ground up with iOS 9 in mind.

A lot of people are ragging on A3tweaks for charging an upgrade price for the iOS 9 release, and while I can understand that frustration, you also have to try to see it from the shoes of the developer behind the project. This wasn’t a matter of changing a few lines of code and shipping an update in an effort to nickel and dime customers. No, considerable effort had to be exerted to make Auxo 3 for iOS 9 work, hence the delay in providing an update.

Granted, that may not be enough solace for previous Auxo 3 customers, especially when you consider that one of the tweak’s pillar features is unstable and buggy. Watch our video review inside for more details. Read More


How to add Mario-inspired notification sounds to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 12, 2015

If you’re rocking a jailbroken iPhone and you like Mario, then a newly released jailbreak tweak is sure to be right up your alley. 1UP is a brand new tweak that alters the sound of Message notifications to that of the classic Mario coin sound found in Nintendo’s storied gaming franchise.

The real treat of the tweak, and the inspiration behind the name, comes from when you reach a preset threshold of notifications. By default, once you receive 10 notifications for the Messages app, you’ll hear the special “1UP” sound instead of the typical coin notification.

1UP is a great tweak to have if your heart strings are easily pulled by video game nostalgia. Best of all, it’s available free of charge on Cydia’ ModMyi repo. Read More

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