SmartClose places apps in a state of deep sleep to intelligently preserve system resources

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 30, 2015

Ryan Petrich’s SmartClose, a popular tweak that takes backgrounded apps and places them immediately into a deep sleep state, has finally been updated for iOS 8. Due to the tweak’s usefulness in terms of battery life and system resource preservation, many of you have been clamoring for a SmartClose update ever since the iOS 8 jailbreak was released.

What makes this tweak so beloved and effective? How does it work? Check out the post for all of the details.

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Ryan Petrich’s ‘Skippy’ adds an HUD overlay for quick index jumps in iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 22, 2015

Ryan Petrich has posted a brand new jailbreak tweak on his beta repo called Skippy. It’s the result of a request fulfillment for an r/jailbreak reader.  Skippy makes it easier to navigate quick index jumps by implementing an HUD overlay.

The quick index jump feature is the vertical list that appears on the right side of your iPhone when scrolling through alphabetically sorted content. Users can vertically swipe on the alphabet to quickly jump between items in the list that begin with the letter last selected.

To make it easier to see the current letter, Skippy displays a handy HUD that showcases the letter that you’ve landed on. Read More


Activator 1.9.6 beta 1 brings quick access to the power down slider and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2015

A new beta version of Activator is now available for download. The often-updated staple jailbreak tweak from developer Ryan Petrich brings several new features and fixes to the table.

Check out this post to learn what the update contains and how to install the updated version on your jailbroken device. Read More


Ryan Petrich teases free update to VideoPane

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2015

Today, Ryan Petrich teased his upcoming release, VideoPane2—the follow-up to the popular picture-in-picture video tweak for jailbroken iPhones. VideoPane allows you to multitask and watch videos anywhere on iOS.

Considering how much work has gone into VideoPane, and what it allows you to do, it wouldn’t be surprising if Petrich decided to charge for the update. However, the update will be free for those of you who purchased VideoPane in the past, regardless of when it was purchased.

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Activator and Flipswitch updated for iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 5, 2015

Good news for iOS 8.4 jailbreakers. The public versions of both Activator and Flipswitch are now available for iOS 8.4.

As you likely know, many of the jailbreak tweaks in Cydia rely on both of these releases to work properly. Prior to the update, Activator would cause the SpringBoard to crash and respring into safe mode on iOS 8.4.

Users did have the option of installing the Activator beta as a workaround, but that’s no longer a requirement thanks to these updates. Read More


How to fix safe mode crashes in iOS 8.4 when Activator is installed

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 2, 2015

You may have noticed that your device will respring into safe mode whenever the public version of Activator is installed on iOS 8.4. The problem is, many tweaks rely on Activator as a prerequisite, and Activator hasn’t been updated to work with iOS 8.4 as of yet.

Does that mean that any tweak that relies on Activator is simply unusable until Ryan Petrich pushes out a public update? Not at all. Just install the Activator beta…

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Activator beta now available for iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2015

If you’re looking to try some of the available jailbreak tweaks for iOS 8, chances are you’ll need Activator to support them. Since the current public version of Activator doesn’t yet play nice with iOS 8.4, Ryan Petrich has graciously released a beta version on his beta repo. Be sure to grab this Activator update to ensure better compatibility with all of your favorite jailbreak tweaks. Read More


Activator 1.9.3 released on stock Cydia repos

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

The latest and greatest version of Ryan Petrich’s Activator has graduated from beta status to the default Cydia repos.

If you’ve been trying to use Activator on your iOS 8.3 jailbreak, you may have encountered problems with the previous version. That’s because the previous version wasn’t optimized for iOS 8.3. With the release of Activator 1.9.3 final, that has changed, and there’s no longer a need to add Ryan’s beta repo to take advantage of the update. Read More


Ryan Petrich updates the Activator beta with two new releases

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2015

In the last few days, Ryan Petrich has updated the Activator beta with two new releases, beta 2 and beta 3 of Activator 1.9.3. The releases bring a plethora of new fixes and features to Activator, and it’s obtainable by anyone who has Ryan’s beta repo added to their list of Cydia sources.

Want to learn what’s new, and how to get your hands on the latest beta release? Check out the details in this post for the answer. Read More


‘Cask’ brings slick animations to iOS table views

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2015

Now that his work on Auxo seems to be finished, perhaps this means that we will begin seeing more frequent releases from Ryan Petrich? It doesn’t appear that he’s wasting any time, as Cask, a new jailbreak tweak, just recently appeared on his beta repo.

Cask is a tweak that brings animated table scrolling, inspired by Google Plus, to iOS. Although it may sound like a small thing, when you see Cask in action, you’ll realize that it causes a significant visual change. Be sure to watch our full video walkthrough of Cask in action.

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Auxo Legacy Edition: nothing beats an original

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 28, 2015

The wait is over; Auxo Legacy Edition has just touched down on Cydia. For those of you that purchased Auxo 2 or Auxo 3, Auxo Legacy Edition will cost $0.99. Everyone else is asked to pay $1.99 to join in on the fun.

And fun it is.

While I liked the sequels to the original Auxo, neither of them felt as cool to me as the original version—a tweak that arguably laid the groundwork for the modern App Switcher that we enjoy today on iOS. Auxo Legacy Edition, Auxo LE hereafter, brings the well-liked card preview interface back to iOS 8 with a modern look and new features.

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Auxo Legacy Edition teased again, coming next month

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 22, 2015

With the recent release of the Auxo-inspired jailbreak tweak, Stratos, perhaps we can chalk this one up to impeccable timing? Indeed, Auxo Legacy Edition, a much anticipated revival of the original Auxo for modern firmware and devices, was teased by the official A3tweaks account this morning, and it looks good. Read More


Ryan Petrich releases a new cache cleaning tool

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015

If you have Ryan Petrich’s beta repo added to Cydia, then you likely saw the presence of a new jailbreak tweak called CacheClearer. The tool, which is available for free, allows users to clear app caches from the Usage section of the stock Settings app. The great thing about CacheClearer is that it feels like a native part of iOS, and not a bolt-on. If you’re looking for a sleek way to manage individual app cache, then you should definitely give CacheClearer a look. Read More


LittleBrother: add iPhone 6 Plus-inspired scaling and a landscape Home screen to older iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

And like clockwork, Ryan Petrich is at it again. His first headlining iOS 8 compatible tweak is called LittleBrother, and it seeks to add features enjoyed on Apple’s latest iPhone hardware to older devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

LittleBrother allows users to essentially do two things: adjust the display zoom scaling like the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, and enable landscape mode features on the Home screen and even Lock screen.

I’ve been playing around with this new tweak for several hours, and I’m convinced that many iPhone 5 and 5s users are going to love it. It’s not without its shortcomings, but the promise is definitely there. Have a look at our full 60fps video walkthrough inside for more details. Read More


Ryan Petrich pushes iOS 8 updates for Activator, FlipSwitch, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

You know things are starting to roll when Ryan Petrich begins to update his vast library of Cydia tweaks. The first such tweaks to receive their iOS 8 updates landed on the prolific developer’s beta repo just a short while ago.

Activator, is of course, the headlining feature of them all, since so many other tweaks rely on it for core functionality. It, along with AppList and the FlipSwitch framework were updated. Read More


Activator receives major update with new icons, developer APIs and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 29, 2014

Popular jailbreak tweak Activator has been updated today, bringing the package to version 1.9. Developer Ryan Petrich says that this is the “largest release” for the tweak in over a year, as it brings about many new features and enhancements.

We’ve posted the lengthy change log down below, but just to give you an idea of what to expect, Activator 1.9 includes several new icons, new developer APIs and custom actions. It also offers a number of bug fixes and various other improvements… Read More


VintageKeys lets you switch back to the old iOS 6 keyboard

By Joe Rossignol on May 27, 2014

Ryan Petrich is one of the most influential developers within the jailbreaking scene, with his name behind several well-designed and useful jailbreak tweaks for iPhone and iPad. One of his latest releases is VintageKeys, a useful extension that allows you to adjust the keyboard styling on your device. There are four different keyboards to choose from: modern light, modern dark, legacy light and legacy dark…  Read More


How to easily search the contents of the stock Settings app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2014

As a recent Galaxy S5 adopter, one of the features that I immediately appreciated was the ability to perform a search within the phone’s Settings. Granted, Samsung is notorious for packing its phones with so many settings that a search is almost a requirement, but it’s still a nice feature to have.

Needless to say, ever since I laid my hands on the GS5, I’ve been wanting for a similar feature on iOS. Well, that feature arrived just a few minutes ago, and it’s, unsurprisingly, brought to us by the prolific developer Ryan Petrich.

SearchSettings is a new jailbreak tweak available on Ryan’s beta repo, and like on the GS5, you can perform searches within the settings app. Have a look at our video demo of the tweak in action after the fold. Read More


PopShare: share text from the copy and paste menu

By Jeff Benjamin on May 15, 2014

PopShare is a recently released jailbreak tweak that acts as an add-on to Ryan Petrich’s Action Menu. Action Menu is the legendary tool that adds a ton of extra features, including the ability to create add-ons like PopShare, to the copy and paste menu.

The idea behind PopShare is that you can highlight specific text and quickly share that text using iOS’ built-in sharing sheet. As an idea, PopShare is a good jailbreak tweak. Unfortunately, ideas don’t always translate into success, especially on the very first try. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean…

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Ryan Petrich releases jailbreak tweak to patch iOS 7 Mail encryption bug

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2014

Earlier this week, word got out that there’s a gap in security in iOS. Security researcher Andreas Kurtz discovered  that all versions of iOS 7.1, and at least iOS 7.0.4, don’t encrypt email attachments.

Kurtz says that he has informed Apple of the bug, and they are working on a fix, but there’s no word when it will be available. Fortunately, the jailbreak community has a much faster response time… Read More

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