By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 14, 2015
The tweak that many of you have been waiting for is almost here. Springtomize 3, the legendary jailbreak tweak originally from Filippo Bigarella, is right around the corner for iOS 9. Earlier today, a copy of the tweak landed in my inbox, and I’ve been testing it out throughout the day and into this evening.
In case you’re not familiar with Springtomize, it’s a tweak that essentially allows you to customize a wide variety of SpringBoard attributes. You can change the size of app icons, change the look of the dock, hide icon labels, and adjust animation speeds. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 17, 2015
Aeternum is a jailbreak tweak that debuted last year, which brought an Apple Watch-inspired interface to the iPhone. Aeternum Hives is a new tweak based on Aeternum that takes the idea to the next level.
If you’ve dreamed of a folder-less Home screen setup with easy to view and easy to launch apps, then Aeternum Hives is going to be right up your alley. I was able to snag an early preview copy of the tweak, and I’d like to show it off to you via our hands-on video walkthrough. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2015
One of the most popular and well-regarded tweaks available on Cydia has just been updated. Springtomize 3, under the tutelage of another developer, has been updated to work with the latest Apple firmware. I’ve tested it out personally, and can confirm that it works on iOS 8.4. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 12, 2015
It seems like every few months, Elias Limneos steps up to the plate to bring us something awesome. Even during a “jailbreak drought”, such as the one we’re currently experiencing, Limneos doesn’t hesitate to put out a great release.
AquaBoard for iOS 8 is the latest such release, and it is a follow up to previous versions of AquaBoard for iOS 5, iOS 6 and iOS 7. Needless to say, AquaBoard has been around for quite some time, and now, even first time jailbreakers get to taste (or is that drink?) the goodness that is AquaBoard. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2015
One of the reasons why I’ve never been heavily into theme reviews is because of the time it takes to set up the theme and revert my Home screen configuration after testing. Many themes only support certain apps and app icons, hence, it requires a lot of app icon rearranging to aptly show off the theme in question.
I can’t remember where I read the comment, but an iDB commenter mentioned SetBack as a possible solution to my problems. It claims to allow you to restore your SpringBoard layout with ease. Yesterday, I tried SetBack for the first time, and he was right, it is the solution that I needed, and you might like it too. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 3, 2015
MultiIconMover+ is the follow-up release to one of the most handy jailbreak tweaks from a purely practical standpoint. The original MultiIconMover provided an easy way to move multiple app icons from one SpringBoard page to another. MultiIconMover+ takes this same concept and adds several new handy features to the mix. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2014
One of the big advantages of the iPhone 6 Plus when compared to the iPhone 6 is the 6 Plus’ ability to rotate into landscape mode while on the SpringBoard. Home screen rotation also works with smaller devices that use upscaling tweaks like LittleBrother or Upscale.
If you’re someone who find the Home screen rotation to be annoying, then you may be interested in disabling the rotation outright. Notate is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that. Have a look inside for all of the details. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 12, 2014
Aeternum, a jailbreak tweak that mimics the Apple Watch UI on iPhone is now available for download in Cydia. Developed by SpiritOfLogic, Aeternum has received Jeff’s praises as he called it the best looking and best functioning Apple Watch UI-inspired tweak so far.
As highlighted in our recent preview, Aeternum comes with features you might expect from such a tweak. More specifically, it allows you to disable or enable the dock, and rearrange icons to your liking. But maybe more importantly, the tweak uses clean and smooth in and out animations when launching apps. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014
Finally, a reason to jailbreak for many users. Filippo Bigarella’s Springtomize 3 (version 1.3) has gone live in the Cydia store as a free update ($2.99 new) for users who purchased the iOS 7 version.
Springtomize 3 brings tons of customization options to the iOS SpringBoard. Its name is literally the combination of the two words: SpringBoard + Customize = Springtomize. Head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo to download it now. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014
SphereView is one of the more unique jailbreak tweaks that I’ve come across as of late. It is a SpringBoard replacement for launching apps, and it incorporates a 3D spherical view to do so.
It’s one of those tweaks that has to be seen in action to truly appreciate what it does and how much potential it may have. With that in mind, step inside and watch our hands-on video. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2014
I just got my hands on the latest jailbreak tweak to take advantage of Lucas Mendes’ open source Apple Watch UI for the iPhone. It’s called Aeternum, which means eternity in latin, and it’s from the developer that brought us iRealSMS and iTouchSecure. In other words, it’s from a quality well-known developer.
I’ve tried a few tweaks that build upon Mendes’ code, but Aeternum is far and away the best looking and best functioning one thus far. Not only do you get the Apple Watch UI, but you get smooth animations, a dock, and the ability to rearrange app icons. It still has some ways to go, but it’s very promising. Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the jump. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2014
SixBar is a recently released tweak for those of you who are tiring of the status bar present in iOS 7. It forces the status bar into the old-school black and white mode that was last seen in iOS 6.
SixBar is not a theme, so it doesn’t require WinterBoard or any other theming utility. Once you install SixBar, you’ll need to go to the Settings app to find the tweak’s preferences. Inside the preferences you’ll notice a lone toggle—a kill-switch—used to enable or disable the tweak. When you enable the toggle and respring, you’ll see the familiar black and white status bar inspired by iOS 6…
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2014
IconLock7 is a free jailbreak tweak recently released on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. It’s a tweak that allows you to add a password to prevent apps from being moved or deleted without verification.
Unfortunately, IconLock7 has a few design flaws, most notably, the lack of password verification when establishing the initial password. Check inside as we walk through IconLock7’s pluses and minuses in this hands-on video demonstration. Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Feb 13, 2014
Welcome to the third edition of our Theme Thursday roundup, which highlights some of the best theme releases for Winterboard each week. While this column is primarily focused on iPhone and iPod touch themes, many of them are also compatible with the iPad. We also often mention some worthwhile alternatives to consider looking into. The themes featured this week are: Laguna, 3 4 All, Enkelt Neue, Zanilla 2.1 and iRa. I’m also using ClassicDock and Iconomatic throughout. Take a look… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2013
As predicted, the flood of new tweaks has started to pour in. The latest tweak, one called HiddenSettings7, allows users to access Apple’s hidden internal SpringBoard settings menu. This menu, which contains a plethora of settings to garner fine grained control over the look and feel of your device’s SpringBoard, is accessible via a shortcut found in Control Center.
We’ve taken the liberty to film a high level overview of HiddenSettings7 for you to enjoy. Have a look inside to see where to get the tweak and how to access a wealth of new settings. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 23, 2013
And…let the inevitable deluge of new jailbreak apps and tweaks begin! SwitchSpring is a brand new jailbreak tweak that just appeared on Cydia today. Keep in mind that there still may be some underlying compatibility issues with jailbreak tweaks as all of the bugs and updates get ironed out from yesterday’s surprise iOS 7 jailbreak release, but things are slowly moving towards that direction.
I was able to test out SwitchSpring on my jailbroken iPod touch 5th generation, and it worked just fine. This is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to easily kill all running apps or respring your device right from the app switcher. Of course, I’ve made a video walkthrough showcasing how SwitchSpring works in action, and I encourage you to take a look. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 12, 2013
SBPageSwipe is an interesting new tweak that was recently released on Cydia. It allows users to quickly scroll between the first and last SpringBoard page by swiping on the page dots that reside above the Home screen dock.
As you would imagine, this is a very simple and straightforward tweak with zero options to configure. Though it’s simple in nature, I did find it pretty handy to have. It’s almost like using the Home and End buttons on a desktop keyboard. Take a look inside. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2013
HomeDisplay is a brand new jailbreak tweak that places a second status bar beneath the stock iOS status bar on your Home screen. The secondary status bar includes the current date on the left-hand side of the bar, with the current temperature on the opposite side.
HomeDisplay also features the ability to showcase the now playing track, and it works with streaming services like Spotify. We have a full video walkthrough of HomeDisplay in action. Take a look inside to see how it works… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jun 1, 2013
It seems like every time I post a screenshot of my Lock or Home screen, I’m inundated with tweets, Facebook messages and even the odd Google+ message asking how I created the minimalist, clean effect. It looks very different to the stock iOS experience, and offers some features that Apple refuses to offer, and I rather like it!
After the most recent flurry of questions I thought it best to put together a short blog post together detailing what apps or tweaks I used, along with the important settings required to recreate my Home or Lock screen.
So, without further delay, let’s get started… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 8, 2013
Velox is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that I’ve had my eye on for months. I’ve been anticipating the release of this tweak for a very long time, because I think it has the potential to make a huge impact on the jailbreak community.
Rarely does a jailbreak tweak come along that has the capability to change the way that you use your device. A very exclusive number of tweaks belong to that group, and Velox has the potential to crash the party.
Yes, Velox is in the same hemisphere, and it contains, perhaps even more long term potential than Auxo. That’s because it’s a completely different type of tweak that can interact with multiple apps, and features its own API for extended development.
Primarily, Velox is a tweak that allows you to interact with apps on your Home screen in order to check notifications without opening Notification Center. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Velox also features custom “folders” that can be individually tailored for specific apps. Each of these folders can be accessed using a simple swipe up or swipe down gesture on the app icon that you wish to interact with.
What does this mean? It means that if I swipe up on the Settings app, a folder containing settings toggles is revealed. It means that if I swipe down on the Camera app, the camera is revealed in a folder right there on my Home screen. Trust me, reading these words just doesn’t do it justice; you have to see it in action to really appreciate the potential here. Thankfully, I’ve got an exclusive hands-on video to showcase how it works… Read More