10 jailbreak myths debunked

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Over the years, there have been lots of misconceptions about jailbreaking, the type of people that jailbreak, and the overall purpose of jailbreaking. What’s true, and what’s not? Does jailbreaking void your warranty? Is it hard to do? Is it even necessary nowadays?

In this post, I’ll break down and debunk 10 jailbreaking myths. I’ll show you why I still jailbreak, and why jailbreaking may be quite different than you perceived it to be. Read More

 

How to get notified when we post a new YouTube video

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

As a part of yesterday’s YouTube app update for iOS, it is now possible to receive a push notification whenever we post a new video on iDownloadBlog’s YouTube channel.

Each week, we post several videos about jailbreaking, the latest Cydia tips, tricks, tips, reviews, and more. iDB’s YouTube channel is a great source for the latest information on all things Apple, jailbreaking, iOS, and the iPhone and iPad.

With this latest update, it’s even easier to stay up to date with all of our new video content. In this post, we’ll show you how to do just that. Read More

 

New version of Phantom released to sidestep potential jailbreak lockouts

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Snapchat has apparently abated from its cat and mouse game with jailbreak tweak developers. Less than a few days after Snapchat begun locking out users who had Snapchat-specific jailbreak tweaks installed on their devices, Snapchat stopped locking out users.

How long will Snapchat stop its lockouts? Is this just a temporary thing until it’s able to adequately update and clarify its terms of service? It’s still relatively unclear at this point.

What is clear is that Phantom, a Snapchat-centric tweak created by jailbreak developer CokePokes, has been updated to workaround the Snapchat crackdown. So even if Snapchat were to change its course again, and reengage jailbreak users, Phantom’s latest version should work regardless. Read More

 

28 new jailbreak tweaks showcased on video

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 23, 2015

The pace of jailbreak tweak releases is still fairly high, even a month after the iOS 8.3/8.4 jailbreak. In this latest video, I showcase 28 new jailbreak tweaks.

The tweaks range from app backgrounding tweaks, to Apple Music tweaks, to volume HUD tweaks. There’s a large variety shown off in this latest video. Take a look, and see what you may have missed. Read More

 

LyricForMusic: display song lyrics for Apple Music tracks

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2015

Apple Music is great, but with all of the new music discovery it brings, you’re bound to run into situations where you wish you had quick access to song lyrics. That’s where a brand new jailbreak tweak called LyricForMusic comes into play.

LyricForMusic lends you nearly instant access to a song’s lyrics simply by tapping on its album artwork. And this works, not only for the music that you own or for the music that you have saved locally to your device; it also works for music streamed directly from Apple Music’s 30+ million song catalog. Read More

 

New Snapchat tweak sidesteps crackdown on jailbreakers [updated]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2015

A new jailbreak tweak for Snapchat just launched, and it works on the latest version of Snapchat—version 9.12.0.0—without causing a lockout.

As you’ll recall, Snapchat started cracking down on Snapchat-oriented jailbreak tweaks after an update to one of the more popular tweaks (Phantom) allowed users to spoof locations and snag coveted filters from places across the world.

Though an update to Phantom is said to be on the way, a new update to another Snapchat-centric tweak—Snapchat+— is the first release that actually lets users bypass the Snapchat ban hammer. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 117: Handy with the hex codes

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2015

Episode 117: Jeff and Cody help you prepare for the upcoming iOS 8.4.1 release. Cydia Impactor is released to let users restore their jailbroken iOS devices to stock without upgrading their firmware, the iPod touch 6th-gen is jailbroken, TaiG releases a new update, and lots of new tweaks are discussed.

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CirDock: a jailbreak tweak that puts a spin on the iOS dock

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 21, 2015

CirDock is a recently released tweak that provides the iOS dock with new carousel animations, a larger capacity, and three user-toggle-able modes.

Like similar dock-oriented jailbreak tweaks, CirDock provides users with different animation styles such as Linear, Rotary, Time Machine, Cover Flow, etc. In all, there are nearly a dozen carousel animations to be found.

Although having a customizable dock with more than 4 app icons and custom animations may sound run of the mill in 2015, it’s really CirDock’s filter feature that makes the tweak stand out among the rest. Check out the details in this post for the full scoop. Read More

 

How to replace the Do Not Disturb icon with today’s moon phase

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 21, 2015

Interested in having a waxing crescent in your status bar instead of the standard Do Not Disturb moon icon? A new jailbreak package will allow you to theme the DND icon with the current moon phase.

The package, entitled Do Not Phase, piggybacks on the popular Protean jailbreak tweak in order to accomplish its goal. The result is a slick-looking Do Not Disturb moon icon that clues you in on the day’s current moon phase. Read More

 

Snapchat puts more pressure on jailbreakers by forcing upgrades

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 21, 2015

It looks like Snapchat isn’t resting on its laurels when it comes to protecting its product. After it surfaced that Snapchat was beginning to lock out any one who used Snapchat-centric jailbreak tweaks, users wised up and started downgrading to an earlier version of Snapchat without such protections in place.

Today, it appears that the Venice, CA company has caught on to the downgrading trend, and is now forcing users to upgrade to the latest version of Snapchat in order to use its product. Read More

 

Snapchat is locking out users who use Snapchat-oriented jailbreak tweaks

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 20, 2015

If you’re a fan of Snapchat and you like to use Snapchat-oriented jailbreak tweaks like Phantom, then take note. It appears that Snapchat is beginning to crack down on users who use jailbreak tweaks with its app.

Phantom—one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks for Snapchat—allows you to do things like spoof locations, save media, set custom notifications sounds, and much more. But apparently, Snapchat isn’t too keen on jailbreak users having such perks, and have begun locking out users of these tweaks. Read More

 

TaiG 2.4.3 elevated from beta status to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 20, 2015

The TaiG team has officially released version 2.4.3 of its iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool for Windows. The update piggybacks off the beta version of the 2.4.3 release that was ushered in last week.

Version 2.4.3 brings jailbreak optimization to the fore, and should theoretically result in a more stable and straightforward jailbreak experienced for its users. If you’ve yet to jailbreak, then we recommend using TaiG 2.4.3. You can find the full download in this post. Read More

 

3 ways to prepare for iOS 8.4.1

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

With iOS 8.4.1 currently in beta, chances are it will be released sooner than later, and Apple will follow up that release with a closure of the iOS 8.4 signing window.

Although we’ve seen nothing official regarding the matter—Apple still has yet to post release notes about its 8.4.1 beta—rumors are swirling that this update does indeed fix the exploits used in the TaiG iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 jailbreak.

With this in mind, it’s time to begin preparing mentally for what’s to come. In this post, I’ll show you how to be proactive and take the right measures to ensure a long jailbreak tenure on iOS 8.4. Read More

 

How to make Cydia show all updates for packages in the Changes tab

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

When new packages are released in Cydia, they automatically appear at the top of the Changes tab. This is handy, because it allows you to easily find new apps and tweaks for your iOS device.

This isn’t the case when it comes to existing tweaks that have received updates. A lot of times the updates to existing tweaks are minor, but sometimes they are major. Unless you have that particular tweak installed on your device, you’re pretty much left in the dark when it comes to Cydia alerting you of the new update by default.

There is a special provision that can be enabled on a per-tweak basis so that it will always show you when updates occur—it’s under the Change Package Settings section. But a new jailbreak tweak called ShowAllCydiaUpdates forces all Cydia packages to show their updates by default. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Cydia Impactor, CirDock, Acapella II, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

The tweak releases for the past week started off a little slow, but finished up very strong. This week’s releases were capped off with the unveiling and subsequent release of Cydia Impactor.

Cydia Impactor, as you’re probably well aware of by now, is a new tool from saurik that makes it possible to un-jailbreak your iPhone, but maintain your current firmware. Many will undoubtedly find this tool useful, especially when Apple stops signing iOS 8.4.

But of course, Cydia Impactor wasn’t the only notable release to hit the airwaves this week. Check inside as we highlight nearly two dozen different jailbreak releases from the past week.

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How to browse Cydia in full screen mode

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

As you’ve no doubt noticed, a lot of the newer jailbreak tweaks are Cydia-centric tweaks designed around improving the experience while browsing Cydia. One such example of this is a tweak we talked about recently called TranslucentCydia.

The latest such tweak—nobar+—is a release that allows you to browse Cydia in full screen mode. It does this by automatically hiding the status bar when Cydia is launched. Read More

 

How to add translucence to the Cydia install screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

After Cydia was updated to version 1.1.19, the floodgates were opened to all sorts of tweaks to modify the Cydia experience. Some tweaks added new functionality to Cydia, such as SwipeForMore, one of my favorite new releases to touch down in some time. Other tweaks, like TranslucentCydia, take a different approach and simply aim to change the look of Cydia. Read More

 

How to enable quick copy and paste in the Alien Blue Reddit client

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2015

Alien Blue is the official and most popular Reddit client on iOS, but it lacks one feature that I’ve always found annoying—the ability to easily copy and paste the text of posts.

A new jailbreak tweak called ABCopyTXT just recently appeared on Cydia, and it allows you to easily copy text in Alien Blue using the stock iOS share sheet. Have a look at our walkthrough to see how it works. Read More

 

How to unjailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Cydia Impactor

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 18, 2015

Want to remove your jailbreak without updating iOS? The just released Cydia Impactor can help you unjailbreak your iPhone with little effort. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to revert back to stock iOS and remove your jailbreak without updating your iOS version. Read More

 

Saurik releases Cydia Impactor to “unjailbreak” your iPhone without updating iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 18, 2015

A powerful new tool has just been released for jailbreakers to “unjailbreak”. It’s called Cydia Impactor, and it’s an on-device tool that lets you remove and revert all changes made to a device to return it to its stock configuration.

The most notable thing about this tool is that it allows you to return to stock without needing to upgrade your device. Say, for example, you wanted to sell your iPhone, but wanted to retain its jailbreak-ability to increase resale value. Normally, if you wanted to perform a full system restore, you’d be forced to upgrade to the latest firmware, and thus lose your jailbreak. With Cydia Impacter, you can restore your device to stock without upgrading. Read More

 
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