By Guest Author on Mar 18, 2013
Welcome to our third post about the wonderful world of iPhone Lock screen mods! In this series we lay out instructions on how to turn that boring stock Lock screen into a beautifully crafted setup. The Lock screen is literally the first thing you see every time you turn on your iPhone so why not make it look as pretty as possible. Let’s just get started… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2012
Since the iPhone 5 launched two weeks ago with its new Lightning port, accessories have been extremely scarce. Lightning to USB cables alone have been hard to find, never mind docks and other add-ons.
Thus, we imagine we’ll be seeing a slew of do-it-yourself solutions pop up over the next few months. In fact, one has already surfaced involving an Elevation Dock, some hacking and a Lightning USB cable… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 2012
A few days ago we told you about the iPhone 5 mod kit. It’s essentially a backplate for your iPhone 4/4S that’s made to look like the two-tone rear shells believed to belong to Apple’s next-gen handset.
Well either Tim Cook and company don’t like the fact that the mod kit is named after its latest smartphone, or it must look a lot like it, because Apple just served the developers a takedown notice… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2012
It’s extremely likely that the two-tone back panels we’ve been seeing over the past few months are indicative of what we’ll see on Apple’s next smartphone. And some folks aren’t very happy about that.
But for those of you who like the design, you don’t have to wait until next month to enjoy it. A new ‘iPhone 5′ mod kit has surfaced that allows you to convert your iPhone 4/4S into Apple’s next-gen handset… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 22, 2012
This is pretty cool. The folks over at iPatch, a UK-based iPhone repair shop, have come up with an interesting hardware mod that turns the headphone jack on your iPhone 4/4S into an LED flashlight.
If you recognize the name iPatch, it’s probably because it’s the same team that brought us the glowing Apple logo mod for the iPhone 4 last year. And now it’s back with the “headphone jack torch…” Read More
By Guest Author on Dec 16, 2011
Chinese manufacturer K.O. Gadget has just revealed a cool new hack that will make the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone 4S glow, much like the logo on MacBooks. For $42, the company will send you the kit to perform the mod and claims that it can be done at home in less than five minutes.
The mod is actually pretty simple since you are only replacing the back panel of your iPhone. The back panel has a transparent Apple logo which lets light pass through it, but the trick is the “light strip” that you add to it… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 28, 2011
Are you tired of your iPhone looking like all of the other millions of handsets out there? These new transparent back panels from iFixit should do the trick. They add a touch of cool to your handset by giving you insight to your iPhone’s insides.
Typically, these see-through panels go for over $50, but for a limited time iFixit has them on sale for just $29.99. And you won’t just get the back plate, iFixit is including the tools to install the thing, a screen protector, and a wet bag… Read More
By Alex Heath on Oct 31, 2011
A 19-year-old Apple fan from Hong Kong has created a very special mod for the iPhone that places Steve Jobs inside the Apple logo on the back of the device. During the initial shock of Steve’s passing, a designer created a graphic of the Apple logo with Steve Jobs’ silhouette embedded in the logo itself.
That image became the inspiration for a very unique iPhone mod that is now available for purchase online… Read More
By Alex Heath on Sep 12, 2011
Apple’s MacBooks stand out in a crowd, thanks to their sleek design and bright Apple logo. Apple designed the logo on its laptops to glow, but the iPhone has lacked such a feature. Until now.
iPatch has teased a mod for the iPhone 4 that turns the device’s rear Apple logo into a glowing work of art. Whenever the iPhone’s screen comes on, the Apple logo lights up. Now that’s magical. Read More
By Guest Author on May 18, 2011
If you’ve been holding off updating to iOS 4.3.x because of the lack of support for some of your favorite jailbreak tweaks and apps, I can understand your position. While I love iOS updates that include tons of bug fixes and new features, I usually don’t upgrade right away due to compatibly issues with jailbreak apps and tweaks I couldn’t live without on my iPhone.
With that said, if one of those jailbreak tweaks include Action Menu by Ryan Petrich, you’ll be glad to know it’s finally been updated for iOS 4.3+ support… Read More
By Alex Heath on May 4, 2011
You’ve probably heard that Apple finally released the white iPhone 4 after a ten month delay. If you bought the black iPhone 4 and you’re still under contract with your carrier, it’s not very financially reasonable to break your contract and purchase the white iPhone at full price.
There are several methods for turning your black iPhone into the beautiful, other-worldly, white specimen that Apple released last week. Let’s take a look at the options… Read More
By Guest Author on Feb 18, 2011
As many of you know, with the release of iOS 4.0 Apple discontinued support for the iPhone 2G as well as the iPod Touch 1G. This left iPhone 2G and iPod Touch 1G stuck on iOS 3.1.3 for life. Furthermore, while Apple did end up upgrading the iPhone 3G (which has the same amount of RAM/processor as the iPhone 2G), 3G owners experienced a great deal of problems after updating to 4.0. The OS was incredibly slow and was barely usable.
After various reports and angry iPhone 3G users, Apple began to look into the issue and stated the issues would be resolved in iOS 4.2.1. When iOS 4.2.1 came around, performance had been improved on the iPhone 3G, but it was still quite slow. Most users decided to downgrade/remain on iOS 3.1.3.
By Alex Heath on Feb 14, 2011
Did you know that the iPhone had a “Safe Mode?” Safe Mode on the iPhone has been apart of jailbreaking for years now, but many people still don’t understand it. If your iPhone is jailbroken, Safe Mode will be invoked when MobileSubstrate (the Cydia support framework) crashes.
Desktop operating systems, like Windows and Mac OS X, have had a “Safe Mode” for a long time. On the desktop, safe mode is used for removing corrupted processes that may be causing the operating system to not function properly.
The iPhone has a “Safe Mode” for that exact same reason. A simple Cydia app called “Safe Mode Launcher” allows you to invoke the iPhone’s Safe Mode with one tap. Let’s take a look…
By Alex Heath on Jan 12, 2011
Cydia, the jailbreak equivalent of Apple’s App Store, indexes all jailbreak apps/tweaks/mods so that users can easily find them on the iPhone. To have Cydia on your iPhone, you must first jailbreak. This process frees you from having to only download apps from Apple’s App Store. Once you jailbreak, you can install all kinds of cool apps, mods and tweaks on your iPhone through Cydia.
Instead of Apple’s curated content, Cydia must rely on “repositories” from jailbreak developers to index jailbreak apps. These “repositories” (or “repos”) are basically just storage houses for jailbreak content that developers want to distribute through Cydia. Repositories are sources that Cydia searches for jailbreak apps.
By default, Cydia already pre-installs some popular repositories that host most jailbreak content. However, there is a way in Cydia to add more sources. Not all jailbreak content can be accessed through the default sources that Cydia pre-installs. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add a new source to expand your jailbreak catalog in Cydia…
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 27, 2010
Every year, there are multitudes among multitudes of apps and tweaks released for jailbroken iPhones. Similar to the App Store, some are worth more of your attention than others.
In 2010, we’ve looked in-depth at more apps, more tweaks, and more mods than ever before, with the goal of keeping our readers completely in the know.
Now, we’d like to take some time to reflect on our favorite jailbreak apps of 2010. Being included on this list doesn’t necessarily mean the app was released in 2010, it just means that it was amongst our most utilized of this year. Drumroll, please…
By Alex Heath on Dec 14, 2010
We recently reported that the creator of Cydia, Jay “saurik” Freeman, is close to releasing an official version of Cydia for the Mac. We speculated on if it was really necessary, and if it is important enough to thrive on a desktop ecosystem.
This “Mac Cydia” would seem to be Freeman’s direct attempt at the jailbreak, unfiltered version of the new Mac App Store and OS X Lion. Since the news of a Mac Cydia, there have been more details shared from Freeman himself about the goals and features of the OS X version of Cydia…
By Sébastien Page on Nov 23, 2010
A few weeks ago we gave you a preview of GridTab, a jailbreak application that shows your opened Safari tabs in a grid, as seen on the image above.
GridTab is available in Cydia for $0.99. You can see a video of it in action below… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 19, 2010
App Switcher Brightness is a new jailbreak application – or rather a tweak – that adds a brightness slider to your iPhone app switcher. If you find yourself constantly changing the brightness of your iPhone screen, then App Switcher Brightness will most likely be a right fit for you.
Instead of having to go to Settings > Brightness, you can simply double press the home button to launch the app switcher, flick to the right to have your iPod controls appear, and your brightness control is there… Read More
By Alex Heath on Nov 19, 2010
Many of us jailbreakers know how frustrating it can be to debug the modifications we make to iOS. When installing an app in Cydia, if the app requires it, Cydia gives you a prompt to restart your springboard.
There are two types of restarts you can have on your iPhone: a hardware restart and a software restart. A hardware restart takes considerably longer, and it is when you see the Apple boot logo (or your own, modded logo). A simple software restart usually does the trick for installing new packages on your iPhone, and it also helps with ironing out the bugs you may be experiencing… Read More