Seng: a new Auxo alternative now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 22, 2015

It’s been a big day for jailbreak releases. First, we had the highly anticipated Multiplexer land on Cydia, and now, we have Seng, another much-anticipated tweak, albeit less so than Multiplexer.

Seng, as we discussed back in in August, is a jailbreak tweak that’s inspired by Auxo. Actually, just calling it “inspired” would be doing it a disservice; Seng is heavily influenced by Auxo.

After being in beta for nearly two months, Seng is now available for purchase on Cydia for $2.50. Should you consider taking a look at it? Read More


Multiplexer, one of the deepest jailbreak tweaks ever, is now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 22, 2015

Multiplexer, the six-in-one multitasking jailbreak tweak that we previewed back in August, is now available for purchase on Cydia.

Multiplexer brings six different jailbreak tweaks together as one, and each tweak could rightfully stand on its own as a separate download. In the package, you’ll find Aura, Empoleon, Mission Control, Quick Access, Swipe Over, and the already well-know jailbreak tweak, Reach App.

All six of the tweaks join together to form one insanely deep package for multitasking on a jailbroken iPhone. Watch our video inside to get a preview of what to expect.

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New tweak lets older iPhone hardware mimic 3D Touch

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2015

A new jailbreak tweak called Force Touch Activator was recently released on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and it lets users on older hardware running iOS 8 mimic the 3D Touch effect that’s headlining the launch of the iPhone 6s.

Real 3D Touch requires a pressure sensitive screen, which is a part of the new hardware found in the new iPhone 6s. Older hardware, like the iPhone 6, lacks the pressure sensitive screen, so jailbreak tweak developers have to look for unique ways to try to bring similar functionality to older devices.

I’ll be honest and say that Force Touch Activator is pretty much nothing like 3D Touch—you don’t have the nuanced sensitivity levels, you don’t have haptic feedback, and most importantly, you lack a true pressure sensitive screen—but it’s an interesting tweak for jailbreakers to try nonetheless. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside, and see for yourself. Read More


ForceTouchActivator, Phone++, and other jailbreak tweaks to check out today

By Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2015

Earlier this week we published a couple interviews featuring representatives of the BigBoss and ModMyi repo, talking about how they handle security once a tweak is submitted to them for review. If you haven’t read these yet, we really suggest you take the time to peruse them as they provide details about how these repos work and do their best to make sure the tweaks you download are safe.

And speaking of tweaks, this week saw the release of a dozen or so tweaks. As always, some are more worthy of your interested than others. If you haven’t refreshed Cydia all week, we save you time by listing all the new tweaks in one convenient place. Read More


Provenance classic game emulator launches for Apple TV, and iOS devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 18, 2015

A week ago, we told you about Provenance, a then upcoming emulator that would be one of the first of its kind for the new Apple TV. Today, Provenance officially launched for the Apple TV and it also works with other iOS devices.

Provenance is a multi-emulator, meaning that it can emulate games from a variety of classic platforms. Users can look forward to emulating their favorite NES, SNES, Genesis/MegaDrive, Sega CD, Master System, GameBoy & GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Advance games.

Want to see what Provenance looks like on the big screen? Check here for more screenshots. Read More


Security: how the ModMyi repo handles tweaks submissions

By Sébastien Page on Sep 17, 2015

Following up on our interview with BigBoss repo maintainer Optimo, today we talk to ModMyi co-founder Kyle Matthews who shares the security process and safeguards in place when new jailbreak tweaks are submitted to his repo. While complete security can’t be guaranteed, Matthews explains that the ModMyi repo has done an incredible job along the years to protect its users.

But as he notes, 100% security is impossible, and at the end of the day, the ultimate responsibility is held by jailbreak users themselves. Read on for a fascinating look into one of the most popular repositories on Cydia. Read More


Interview: BigBoss repo maintainer talks security and user responsibility

By Sébastien Page on Sep 16, 2015

By jailbreaking their devices, most users usually know what they expose themselves to. When breaking the walls Apple has constructed to protect their security and privacy, jailbreakers put their fate in the hands of a handful of people. If done with basic principles in mind, jailbreaking can be very safe. I, for example, have been jailbreaking every iOS device I have owned since 2008, and I have yet to encounter any issue whatsoever.

Being cautious starts by being aware of what you install on your jailbroken device. Limiting yourself to the default repositories is good practice, as these repos do an outstanding job at analyzing jailbreak apps and tweaks before making them available for download, ensuring that the final user is as safe as possible.

But there is always that slight chance that a malicious tweak might have gone through the cracks and made its way into Cydia for millions of potential users to download. Nothing is 100% safe, but safety measures can be put in place to ensure the highest level of security. This is the job of repo maintainers.

We have talked to representatives of the two largest default repositories on Cydia to ask how they ensure the safety of their users. In a two-part series, we will publish their answers, starting today with Optimo, repo maintainer for BigBoss. Tomorrow, we will publish answers from Kyle Matthews of ModMyi. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 125: Jailbreaker’s guide to iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015

Episode 125: We talk about how to prepare for iOS 9 and how to emulate many of the feature of iOS 9 with a jailbroken iPhone.

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Five ways to prepare for iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 15, 2015

Tomorrow, after months of arduous testing, the final version of iOS 9 goes live to the public. Major iOS releases are always a big deal, and as such, it’s best to plan your upgrade strategy beforehand.

If you’re jailbroken, that adds yet another level of complexity to your decision making come go-live day. In this post, I’ll show you how to properly prepare for iOS 9 regardless of whether or not you’re jailbroken. Read More


Aria 2, MeetingDnd, and other jailbreak tweaks to check out

By Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2015

On the eve of the release of iOS 9, we can’t help but feel concerned about the future of jailbreaking. Will rootless make this an impossible thing? Is there such thing as impossible when talking about software though? We’ve seen encouraging signs from iH8sn0w this week, but only time will tell if this something that will actually happen, especially in regards to new devices being shipped.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy what we have now, as there is a number of interesting tweaks that were released this past week. Read More


WaveFlow adds a visualizer to the iOS 8.4 Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 12, 2015

Looking to add some additional pizazz to the Music app in iOS 8.4? If so, then you should consider giving WaveFlow a try.

WaveFlow, a new jailbreak tweak, adds a music visualizer to both your iPhone’s Now Playing interface in the stock Music app, and on your iPhone’s Lock screen. It only works with the stock Music app, but if that’s your primary method for playing tunes, it’s definitely work checking out. Read More


MeetingDnD enables Do Not Disturb based on calendar events

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 12, 2015

The Do Not Disturb preferences in the stock Settings app provides a limited level of scheduling for the DND feature found in iOS. If you want deeper scheduling capability, you’re going to need to rely on a jailbreak tweak like MeetingDND.

Just like the tweak’s name alludes to, MeetingDND allows you to create blocks of Do Not Disturb time based on calendar events. Check out the details in this post for more info. Read More


Upcoming jailbreak tweak looks to bring 3D Touch-inspired features to older iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 10, 2015

If you don’t plan on buying one of the new iPhones, but are intrigued by the iPhone 6s’ hallmark 3D Touch feature, you might want to listen up. Popular jailbreak developer Elias Limneos is currently working on a 3D Touch-inspired jailbreak tweak.

Since 3D Touch requires special hardware, this obviously isn’t real 3D Touch, but it emulates the 3D Touch feature by means of a long tap-and-hold gesture on the iPhone’s screen. The tweak, which is entitled Touch 3D, appeared in preview form on a recently posted YouTube video. Check it out and let us know what you think… Read More


iOS 9 untethered jailbreak demoed on video

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 10, 2015

iH8sn0w, a well-known and reputable hacker in the jailbreak community, has demonstrated an iOS 9 untethered jailbreak running on his iPhone 5. The jailbreak demonstrates Verbose booting, a custom boot logo, code injection, and Cydia.

iH8sn0w is running the just-released iOS 9 GM seed on his iPhone, as proven by the 13a340 build number seen in the About section of the Settings app. Watch the full jailbreak video demonstration, and see for yourself. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 124: Protect yourself

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2015

Episode 124: More talk about how to protect yourself from malicious jailbreak tweaks. A look at a new app that helps you to identify if your jailbroken iPhone has been compromised.

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PushRecord tweak adds hands-free audio message capability to the stock Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

PushRecord is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to record extended audio messages in the stock Messages app hands-free. Normally, when you wish to send an audio message in the Messages app, you have to hold down the record button for the duration of the message. With PushRecord, all it takes is a single push to start the recording and keep it going. Read More


Keek: the best way to view apps in Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

There are several jailbreak tweaks that allow you to view apps in Control Center, CCMore being the latest, but none of them are as good or as well implemented as this tweak.

Keek is a jailbreak tweak that lets you quickly open your most recently viewed apps in Control Center. You can then go back to Control Center, close the app, or launch the app in full screen view. Watch our video walkthrough to see Keek in action. Read More


Pangu team publishes a report highlighting kernel vulnerabilities in iOS 8.4.1

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

Pangu team member, windknown, has posted a report on the official Pangu blog outlining several vulnerabilities in iOS 8.4.1, the latest public iOS firmware for iPhones and iPads.

The writeup, entitled iOS 8.4.1 Kernel Vulnerabilities in AppleHDQGasGaugeControl, highlights three different bugs found in iOS 8.4.1: a stack overflow bug, an out-of-bound memory access bug, and a heap overflow bug. Read More


13 tweaks to check out this weekend

By Sébastien Page on Sep 6, 2015

We’re just days away from Apple unveiling new iOS devices and likely providing an official launch date for iOS 9. With new software come new challenges, and of course the continuation of the cat and mouse game. If rumors hold true, a jailbreak for iOS 9 might never happen. We shall see, I guess. In the meantime, let’s enjoy what we have now. Read More


How to check to see if your iPhone is infected by the KeyRaider malware

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 5, 2015

DylibSearch is a new jailbreak app that helps you quickly check to see if you have any known malicious tweaks, like KeyRaider, installed on your device. It does so by scanning the contents of the .dylib files contained in the filesystem’s MobileSubstrate directory.

By checking for known strings contained in malicious files, DylibSearch can quickly tell you if your iPhone is infected, or if it has a clean bill of health. This open source tweak is available by means of a special third-party repo, which you’ll find inside of this post. Read More

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