Vestigo: an awesome way to manage Wi-Fi networks from anywhere

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 10, 2014

Vestigo is a great-looking upcoming jailbreak tweak that makes managing Wi-Fi networks on your jailbroken iPhone a breeze. It’s a well-designed tweak that incorporates Activator gestures to access Wi-Fi management from anywhere.

We’ve got an early look at Vestigo—a tweak that should be touching down on Cydia any day now—and we really like what we’ve found. Want to see how Vestigo works in action? Take a glance at our video walkthrough after the break. Read More

 

MarkAsRead7: Remove icon badges when clearing Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 8, 2014

Are persistent app badge notifications getting you down? Do you wish they’d just go away after clearing alerts from Notification Center? If this sounds like a problem you experience, then you’ll definitely be interested in MarkAsRead7.

MarkAsRead7 is a free jailbreak tweak available right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo that helps you keep your Home screen looking fresh and clean. As its name implies, it features iOS 7.1.x compatibility out of the gate. Take a gander at our video demonstration inside to see why you may find this tweak to be useful. Read More

 

How to fully mask password input on the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 8, 2014

Have you ever typed a password in iOS and wondered to yourself why Apple doesn’t mask the last character completely? The reason that Apple doesn’t fully mask the password as you type probably has to do with being able to verify that you entered the correct password.

Some may argue that such a feature is counter to staying secure as you enter your password. It’s easy to see why some people may feel that way.

Enter Fully Masked Passwords—a new jailbreak tweak that applies a full mask to every character entered in a password field. Check out our video after the break to see it in action. Read More

 

Auki updated with new features and new developer API

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 8, 2014

Our favorite quick reply-enabling jailbreak tweak has been updated with quite a few new features, a brand new developer API, bug fixes, and much more. Auki version 1.3 is a fairly large update, the first of such since the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x was released.

Designer Surenix and developer Benno provided us with a preview copy of Auki 1.3, and we’ve been testing it out for the last few hours. Have a look inside to see what’s new. Read More

 

TypeStatus Plus teased in new blog post

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 7, 2014

Hashbang productions, the team that brought my idea of TypeStatus to reality, has teased an incoming new version of its popular jailbreak tweak called TypeStatus Plus.

Why the Plus? For starters, it works with more than just iMessage. It works with WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, and Kik. It also features Notification Center integration and Lock screen integration.

How about customizable status bar notifications? That’s there too. What about Pebble watch support? Yep, you’ll find that in TypeStatus Plus as well… Read More

 

Acute: a new voice control tweak for jailbreakers

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 7, 2014

Acute is a brand new and highly anticipated voice control tweak for jailbroken iOS user. We’ve been playing around with it for a day or so, and we really like what we see thus far. This tweak has potential.

Acute allows users to create custom phrases that can be uttered from anywhere within iOS. Once Acute detects a phrase, it will launch a pre-configured action, or a custom action based on your custom phrases. Actions can be linked to any Activator action, which makes this tweak extremely versatile and powerful. Read More

 

How to add weather to the status bar in iOS 7.1.x

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 6, 2014

StatusbarWeather7 is a jailbreak tweak that places current weather information in the status bar at the top of the iOS interface. StatusbarWeather7 plays nice with iOS 7.1.x devices, which were just recently jailbroken courtesy of the Pangu jailbreak.

If you’re in need of a tweak that places current weather info right at your fingertips, then you’d be hard pressed to find a tweak that’s more convenient. Step inside to see StatusbarWeather7 in action via our hands-on video walkthrough. Read More

 

Springtomize 3 updated for iOS 7.1.x sporting a brand new feature

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 6, 2014

Springtomize 3 has received a critical update for those wishing to properly use the tweak on iOS 7.1.x jailbroken devices. The update, which is free for previous purchasers of Springtomize 3, is now available for download from Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

For those of you unfamiliar with Springtomize, this is a tweak that essentially allows you to customize the look of the Home screen to an insane degree. It’s many tweaks rolled into one good-looking and generally reliable package, and it’s what its developer, Filippo Bigarella, is primarily known for.

I’ve downloaded the Springtomize 3 iOS 7.1.x update and have been playing around with it all day. I can report that the tweak works as expected, and it brings quite a few bug fixes to the table. You’ll also be interested to know that this update brings with it a brand new feature—a dark background for folders. Check out the details after the break. Read More

 

‘TapTheAt’ adds a quick keyboard shortcut for email addresses

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 6, 2014

If you have a long email address like yours truly—because let’s face it jeff@idownloadblog.com is pretty long—then this new jailbreak tweak is something you may take a liking to. It’s called TapTheAt, and it makes it super-easy to quickly populate your email address by using a simple keyboard shortcut.

TapTheAt allows you to insert your email address by simply tapping and holding the ‘@’ key on the iPhone’s keyboard. Once you do, the email address will be auto-pasted, which eliminates the need to type out the full email address manually.

Check out our full video demonstration showcasing how TapTheAt works. Read More

 

How to resize app icons with Icon Resizer

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 6, 2014

Icon Resizer is a new jailbreak tweak that does exactly what its name says—allows you to resize the iPhone’s Home screen app icons. We’ve downloaded it, tested it out, and would like to show you how it works in action.

Although you won’t find Icon Resizer on any of Cydia’s default repos as of this post, it is available for download via the developer’s GitHub repo, which we will, of course, share with you. Check past the jump for our full video analysis and other vital details of this interesting new jailbreak release. Read More

 

ColorfulVolume: add color to the volume HUD on iOS 7.1.x

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 5, 2014

ColorfulVolume is a brand new iOS 7 jailbreak tweak that allows you to change the color of your volume heads up display (HUD).  It also lets you add a custom title near the top of the volume HUD and set it to change to a random color with each invocation.

For those of you interested in having fine-grained access to the exact color that appears for the volume HUD, you’ll be happy to know that ColorfulVolume includes individual RGB sliders for granular color adjustments. Have a look at our video walkthrough of ColorfulVolume after the jump. Read More

 

How to get iOS 8 style quick reply on iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 5, 2014

If someone told you that six months ago that quick reply for Messages would be a feature in iOS 8, most people would probably say that it would be the headline feature for the updated OS. But Apple cranked it up a few notches, unveiling new features like Continuity and extensions, and suddenly quick reply no longer seemed like that big of a deal.

But let’s face it, quick reply is still very much a big deal. In fact, it’s such a wanted feature that there have been tons of jailbreak tweaks in the past that have brought some form of quick reply to the table for jailbroken users.

The latest such tweak aims to mimic the quick reply style found in iOS 8 to a close degree. Have a look at our video walkthrough past the break to see Interactive Message Notifications in action. Read More

 

Aslock: add new functionality to the Spotlight search swipe gesture

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 4, 2014

Aslock is an interesting new jailbreak tweak that brings new functionality to the swipe-down gesture used to invoke Spotlight search. Along with being able to invoke Spotlight as you normally would, you can now access the App Switcher and lock your device using Spotlight swipe gestures.

It’s the type of tweak that’s a little difficult to explain in writing. With that in mind, we’ve created a video walkthrough so that you can see how the Aslock works in action. Read More

 

IntelliScreenX beta with iOS 7.1.x support available

By Cody Lee on Jul 3, 2014

The release of the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x last month was both a gift and a curse. It brought about a way for folks to jailbreak the latest iOS firmware, but it also broke a lot of popular packages in Cydia.

Several developers have already updated their tweaks to work with 7.1.x, and today we’re adding another one to the list (sort of). Intelliborn has posted a beta version of IntelliScreenX with support for 7.1.x… Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 63: 50 things you always wanted to know about ProWidgets but were too shy to ask

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 2, 2014

Episode 63: Jeff, Sebastien, and Cody discuss Pangu v 1.1, the implications of a jailbreak this late in the game, and more. The team also talks about iOS 7.1.x compatible tweaks, Chinese hackers, and nitrogen infused beer.

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How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 untethered using Pangu

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2014

Good news ladies and gentlemen. iOS 7.1.2 is out and it’s jailbreakable right now with the Pangu untethered jailbreak. That means that yes, you can update to iOS 7.1.2 and rest easy knowing that it’s jailbreakable out of the box.

If you’ve yet to jailbreak using Pangu, be sure to follow our jailbreak tutorials which lie after the break. We have tutorials for both Windows and Mac OS X. Step inside to learn how… Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x with Pangu 1.1 on Windows [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 29, 2014

The highly anticipated Pangu 1.1 update was just today released for both Windows and Mac users. Obviously, the big news here was Mac compatibility, as Mac users were left without a usable version after the initial Windows-only version of Pangu 1.1 was released.

But Windows users should be happy too, as version 1.1 of Pangu brings with it English text that makes it easier to follow along in the jailbreak process. The update also gets rid of the nefarious checkbox that allowed pirated software to be easily installed on your device.

Pangu 1.1 is a streamlined version of the original tool. If you’ve been on the fence about using it, then perhaps this latest update will ease your concerns. Check inside to view our step-by-step jailbreak tutorial for Pangu 1.1 on Windows. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x untethered with Pangu on Mac OS X [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 29, 2014

Pangu for the Mac was just released today, and it brings with it the ability to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x untethered. The Windows version, which was released last week to much fanfare, has already allowed many people to enjoy the fruits of jailbreaking iOS.

I think it’s safe to say that the Mac version has been highly anticipated since word of Pangu first hit the Internet. For those of you who remained patient, your patience has paid off. You can now jailbreak iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 using your Mac. Check our our full video walkthrough inside for all of the details. Read More

 

Pangu jailbreak now available for Mac with English support and bug fixes

By Sébastien Page on Jun 29, 2014

Users who weren’t able to jailbreak their iOS 7.1.x devices because of the lack of Mac support for the Pangu jailbreak tool can rejoice. Earlier today, the Pangu Team released Pangu 1.1.0 with a few improvements and bug fixes. Most notably, Pangu 1.1.0 brings support for Mac and is now available in English.

Among the imrprovements, it appears that one major bug that threw some devices into a boot loop has been fixed. From what we hear, it is now much more stable than the previous version… Read More

 

What is your jailbreak story?

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 26, 2014

Earlier this week, we were treated to the pleasant surprise of an iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak by the Chinese team Pangu. I had the privilege of discussing the jailbreak with our video guru Jeff Benjamin on the most recent Let’s Talk Jailbreak episode, which was a lot of fun. In the podcast, Jeff asked me to introduce myself to the community and to describe my jailbreak roots.

The story begins in December 2007, when I was on a family vacation near the sandy beaches of Cape Coral, Florida. My older brother, now a software engineer at Google, was incredibly interested in this new product called the iPod touch. In particular, he wanted to jailbreak it. As a thirteen-year-old eighth grader at the time, I had never heard of the device. I especially did not know what jailbreaking was…  Read More

 
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