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Cydia Creator Explains Why You Should Jailbreak the iPhone

Why should you jailbreak the iPhone? That’s a question that gets asked here at iDB all the time. If you consider yourself a jailbreak expert, you’ve most likely been asked the same question once or twice.

There’s perhaps no one man more qualified to answer that question than Jay Freeman, a.k.a. “saurik.” Saurik created Cydia- the hub of the jailbreak world. He is the man responsible for what the jailbreak community has become today.

SBSettings Update Brings New Features and Bug Fixes

In the past we’ve deemed SBSettings an absolute “must have” jailbreak app for all jailbroken iPhone users, and we still stand by that statement with the latest update to the hugely popular jailbreak app.
If you’re new to the jailbreak scene and have no clue what SBSettings is, basically it’s a completely free, fast, and skinnable device manager from the developers over at BigBoss. Here’s the best part: to launch the app simply slide your  finger across the top banner and a window will drop down with several, customizable toggles such as  Bluetooth, Brightness, WiFi, 3G, Airplane mode, CallerID, and more! 

How to Update Cydia in the Background

If you’re not the type to stick around while Cydia updates, then we have a solution for you. A few new additions have appeared recently in Cydia that will allow you to update the cache that Cydia uses without actually running the app.

There are a couple of apps that perform this duty, and both of them run as SBSettings toggles. This makes it pretty easy to update Cydia while you check your email and then quickly load up Cydia to get your updates and new packages.

Everything You Need to Know About “Safe Mode” on a Jailbroken iPhone

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…

Jailbreak Basics: Why SBSettings is an Absolute Must Have Jailbreak App

Over the years, numerous people have asked me about my favorite jailbreak app. Depending on my mood, I might give one answer one week, and a totally different answer the next.

One thing that stays consistent though, is my recommendation of SBSettings. This integral app is one of the reasons why it hurts so much to use a non-jailbroken phone.

Just what is it that makes SBSettings receive unanimous high praise across the board? Check inside for the answer via video…

Easily Switch Springboard Configurations with BackBoard for iPhone

One of the biggest cons of jailbreaking has always been how difficult it is to restore a jailbroken iPhone’s settings and configuration. If you ever need to restore iOS or upgrade/downgrade to a different iOS version, there is no clear way to easily restore your iPhone’s (both jailbreak and general) configuration.

BackBoard is a new jailbreak app that aims to help you save your iPhone’s springboard/home screen configuration. There are other apps, like PkgBackup, that help you back up your jailbreak apps and settings; but BackBoard has some different features that make it appealing…

SBSwitcher Places SBSettings Toggles in Your App Switcher

The first thing I thought when I first saw SBSwitcher on Cydia is “Wow, that’s pretty expensive.” Indeed $2.99 is quite the hefty price for a jailbreak tweak that essentially duplicates the functionality that you’ve been enjoying all of this time for free.

SBSwitcher is basically SBSettings placed in your app switcher. Unfortunately, only the toggles apply here, so if you want to invoke any of the other SBSettings functionality, like say, respringing, you’ll have to resort back to your old methods…

With that in mind, there has to be some redeeming factor for SBSwitcher, right? Surely, $2.99 will travel further than that, no?

5 Practical Jailbreak Apps That Should Be in Every iPhone Owner’s Tool Belt

We here at iDB love us some good jailbreak apps and tweaks, but there are few that stand out when you take into account sheer practicality.

For example, say you’re trying to find your keys in a dark place, or need to know where to position the jumper cables on your stalled car during the cold the night hours? No sweat, you always have a flashlight with you; thanks to your iPhone and SpringFlash.

Did your favorite app make the cut? Are you totally prepared for whatever situation may confront you in a dire time of need? Are we making this way too suspenseful? Check inside and find the answer…

SBRotator Adds Landscape Mode to Your iPhone Home Screen

Most apps in iOS support both portrait and landscape mode. The iPad even supports portrait and landscape on the home screen. Apple has limited the iPhone’s home screen to portrait mode only, but there is now a jailbreak tweak for adding landscape rotation to your iPhone’s home screen.

SBRotator changes your home screen to match your iPhone’s orientation, just like most apps will already do in iOS. If you have been dying to have this capability since you saw the iPad’s rotated home screen, you should be very happy with SBRotator…

ScrollingBoard, The Ultimate Jailbreak Tweak for Your iPhone’s Dock

ScrollingBoard is a new Cydia tweak that let’s you have scrolling, unlimited icons in your dock and folders, and addons in your dock (like iPod controls). What makes ScrollingBoard so interesting is that not only does it bring a few new features to your jailbroken device, but it also replicates the functions of other popular jailbreak tweaks in the process.

ScrollingBoard’s main goal is to make your iOS device’s dock as useful as can be. The native arrangement of icons on your home screen’s pages is also available on your dock with ScrollingBoard. The addons and SBSettings integration that ScollingBoard brings to the dock also make this tweak especially worth the $1.50 price tag…

Tutorial: How To Replace the Pink biteSMS Icon With the Stock SMS Icon

Jailbreaking is without a doubt one of the best features about owning an iPhone. Not only are there some totally cool apps that you couldn’t get your hands on otherwise, but you can fully customize your iPhone’s look to fit your style.

biteSMS is one such application that gives users much more functionality than Apple’s stock offering. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could completely replace the stock SMS application with biteSMS, all the way down to the look and name of the app icon? Indeed it would be, that’s why we’ve created an in-depth tutorial for you inside…