Is the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak safe, and should you update?

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 24, 2014

There are several questions that have been circulating since the iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak was released, so I have created this FAQ of sorts to answer some of the more pressing concerns. Read ahead as I talk about the safety of the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak, which exploits were used, the compatibility of tweaks, how this affects an iOS 8 jailbreak and more. Everything you need to know about the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak is just ahead…  Read More

 

Poll: have you jailbroken iOS 7.1.x?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2014

The iOS 7.1.x jailbreak is here, and it works. That said, it’s been met with its own fair share of controversy. We believe that more people are coming around to the idea that the jailbreak is generally safe to use as we discussed on Let’s Talk Jailbreak, but there are still quite a few of you holding out. So, tell us; what have you decided to do? Have you used Pangu to jailbreak your iOS device yet? Sound off in the poll inside. Read More

 

How to remove PPSync from iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 23, 2014

While we recommend exercising caution with the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak until the dust settles, there will inevitably be some users that go ahead and upgrade anyways. If you have done so, and you are experiencing bugs or other unforeseen problems on your device, it may relate to issues with PPSync, a package that may be bundled if you use this new jailbreak tool by the Chinese team PanGu…  Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 untethered with Pangu on Windows [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 23, 2014

The Pangu.io jailbreak seemingly came out of nowhere, but we can confirm that it 100% works. We tested the jailbreak on our device running iOS 7.1.1 and it worked just as advertised, burning two exploits in the process.

Pangu will eventually come in two flavors—a Windows version and a Mac version—however, the Mac version is still in development. Inside, we’ll show you how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x on your device using Pangu for Windows.  Read More

 

iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak burns two exploits

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 23, 2014

iOS developer iH8sn0w confirms that the just released iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak burns through two exploits that could have potentially been used towards an iOS 8 jailbreak. I want to emphasize the word “potentially” in that sentence, because it is fully possible that Apple would have patched the vulnerabilities before the release of iOS 8 in the first place. But now, they most certainly will.

iH8sn0w says that the only exploits burned relate to code signing and the kernel, alongside the “syslogd chown” vulnerability that was already disclosed at the Black Hat hacking conference in August. Interestingly, the jailbreak also contains code that will make it compatible with iOS 7.1.2 once the software update is publicly released, which could be as early as this Friday…  Read More

 

iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak released

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 23, 2014

We’ve got exciting news for the jailbreaking community: a somewhat sketchy iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak has been released by the Chinese team PanGu. Our jailbreak guru Jeff Benjamin confirms that the tool works as expected, while iOS developer iH8sn0w and others have managed to install Cydia on devices running iOS 7.1 – 7.1.x…  Read More

 

DockWare: access the iOS dock from anywhere

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2014

DockWare is a brand new jailbreak tweak that brings an interesting idea to the table: it lets you access your iOS dock from anywhere, even while within apps. DockWare uses Activator gestures to accomplish this feat, allowing you to both display and hide the iOS dock while on the Home screen or while within apps.

We’ve taken DockWare for a spin on video in order to show you how it works in action. It’s an interesting tweak, but at $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, it probably won’t be for everyone. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what we mean. Read More

 

How to add shortcuts to the volume HUD with Volume+

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 19, 2014

Volume+ is a new jailbreak tweak that infuses the volume heads up display that appears when adjusting your device’s volume with new features and shortcuts. It’s used to better equip you with handy controls while listening to music from the stock Music app or other music playing applications.

If you’ve been keeping a keen eye on Cydia over the last few years, you’ll know that it’s not the first volume HUD altering jailbreak tweak, and it probably won’t be the last. Unfortunately, it falls into the lower tier of similar tweaks, because its buggy and suffers from some poor design choices. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 61: You’ve been Orangered

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2014

Episode 61: We talk about Geohot’s latest work on the Galaxy S5, Cydia’s big iOS 7 update, new jailbreak tweaks like Genie, MoreInfo, and Orangered for iOS 7, and tons of other quips, observations, and…singing…

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MoreInfo provides media search for Activator

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 16, 2014

iOS 8 might be stealing a little bit of the thunder from the jailbreaking scene as of late, but the community is still going strong. MoreInfo is a new extension designed for use with Activator, the useful jailbreak tweak for assigning gestures to trigger common iOS actions. It allows for a quick in-browser search of the currently playing song or movie, with support for multiple search engines and several customization options. A full rundown of the extension follows…  Read More

 

Geohot “makes it ra1n” on Android with a rooting tool for the Samsung Galaxy S5

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 16, 2014

Geohot—a name that’s virtually synonymous with iPhone jailbreaking—has taken up quite a few different ventures since departing from the jailbreak scene. He’s dabbled in Playstation 3 hacking, and working at Facebook. He was even rumored to have been on the precipice of an iOS 7 jailbreak, but nothing formally materialized from him.

But yesterday, Geohot (real name George Hotz) made his name known on an even wider scale when he released a new rooting tool for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other Android devices. The tool, which is called Towelroot, is a downloadable package that allows Galaxy S5 users to quickly root their devices. This is especially helpful for GS5 users on Verizon and AT&T, because those two mobile carriers lock the bootloader.

I’ve tried out Towelroot on my Galaxy S5, and it works just as described. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Hotz’s past jailbreak tools. Check inside for all of the details. Read More

 

Cydia updated with iOS 7 icon and redesigned interface

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 12, 2014

Cydia has received a major update this morning with several improvements. First and foremost, the app has received a long-awaited iOS 7 icon thanks to graphic designer Surenix. The package manager for jailbroken devices also gains a redesigned and better organized user interface, making it easier to manage repositories, see which packages you have installed and more. Read ahead for a full look at the update…  Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 60: What’s on our iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 11, 2014

Episode 60: Could Apple be opening up iOS even more than we initially thought? Sebastien Page and Cody Lee discuss the recent revelations concerning the potential iOS 8 Control Center customization and iOS UI themes. The guys also talk about the tweaks they have installed.

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Genie unlocks your iPhone with simple gestures

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 10, 2014

On a recent article that I wrote, a reader was surprised after reading that I am generally disinterested by a lot of jailbreak tweaks. It might not make sense, given that I write for a blog that is consistently on top of covering the jailbreak scene. Allow me to explain: it’s not that jailbreak tweaks do not pique my interest, but rather that some are simply too complex or cumbersome to provide a meaningful purpose.

That’s not to discount the fantastic work that developers put into creating jailbreak tweaks. There are just as many good tweaks as there are less impressive ones. Genie is a new Lock screen extension that is a good example. Not only does it provide useful functionality for unlocking your iPhone, but it is a lightweight tweak that isn’t dragged down by dozens of confusing settings or unnecessary features. Check it out…  Read More

 

Should you give up your jailbreak to upgrade to iOS 8 beta?

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2014

Since Apple seeded the inaugural beta of iOS 8 last week, we’ve been asked seemingly hundreds of times if the upgrade is worth giving up a jailbreak. As we all know, once you update past iOS 7.0.6 you lose the ability to jailbreak, and there’s no way to downgrade.

Now, we already touched on this subject during last week’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, but given how popular the topic has been, we wanted to cover it in a post. It’s not exactly the easiest question to answer, but I’m going to do my best to break down your options… Read More

 

iOS 8 and the future of jailbreaking

By Sébastien Page on Jun 8, 2014

It seems to be a recurring topic every year when Apple unveils a new version of iOS: did iOS 5 just kill jailbreaking? Will jailbreaking survive iOS 6? What’s left to jailbreakers with iOS 7? Did iOS 8 just make jailbreaking irrelevant?

These are some legitimate questions to ask, especially in regards to the fact that Apple, as you would expect, always adds new features to iOS, making jailbreaking a little less appealing. At least that’s how it looks on paper, because in reality, it’s not so clear.

A few major online publications have already chimed in about how iOS 8 is making jailbreaking pointless, usually with no real understanding of what jailbreaking truly is about. So I thought it’d be a good idea to lay down some balanced thoughts about iOS 8 and the future of jailbreaking… Read More

 

3 colorful iOS theme setups to check out

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 7, 2014

A few weeks ago, I shared three beautiful iOS theme setups for the iPhone. Judging by the amount of readers that left comments, including those that shared their own setups, I would say it was a resounding success. A few readers asked that we follow up with another similar post, so here we are with three more colorful iOS theme setups to go along with the summer season. The setups come from the /r/iOSthemes community on Reddit, and we’ve included the jailbreak tweaks and themes used where possible… Read More

 

How to get Reddit push notifications on iOS 7

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 7, 2014

While there are several third-party apps that get the job done, I’ve never found Reddit to offer a solid mobile experience on its own terms. The company does not have a mobile optimized version of its website for Safari on iPhone, it does not provide an official app in the App Store and it does not deliver push notifications on iOS devices. But, things are about to get better. While Reddit is working on iOS and Android apps, the jailbreak community has made up for the lack of Reddit push notifications. Take a look…  Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 59: iOS 8 and jailbreaking

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 4, 2014

Episode 59: A discussion about the jailbreak tweaks implemented into iOS 8, the potential of an iOS 8 jailbreak, and the future of jailbreaking after iOS 8. We also round up some of our favorite features from iOS 8 with a jailbreaking perspective.

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Early signs look good for iOS 8 jailbreak

By Cody Lee on Jun 4, 2014

Since Apple introduced iOS 8 on Monday, and released a beta version to developers, one of the top questions we’ve been asked here at iDB is: can it be jailbroken? As it stands now, there is no jailbreak for the current iOS 7.1.1 firmware.

At the time of this writing, I hadn’t heard of anyone successfully jailbreaking their device on iOS 8, but early efforts do sound promising. Well-known hacker i0n1c says that the first beta ‘doesn’t fix anything,’ and should be jailbreakableRead More

 
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