By Mike Schnier on Jan 15, 2013
As someone who writes about iOS software and jailbreak tweaks for a living, I am constantly using software to connect to my devices. The right software can make it a snap to access the file system, transfer photos, manually install software, and make backups, but the wrong software can make your work flow slow to a crawl.
This is an overview of some of the most popular tools for browsing the iOS filesystem from a computer. Depending on your preferences, you might choose one tool over another… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2012
Last week a tethered jailbreak was released for iOS 6 running on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th generation. While it was great to have a jailbreak so soon, the jailbreak didn’t include any GUI tools like Cydia, only SSH and afc2 support were added.
Fortunately, now that we have SSH access, we can transfer and install pretty much anything on our jailbroken iOS 6 devices, including Cydia.
Check inside for the full video tutorial that shows you how to install Cydia on iOS 6 beta… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 14, 2012
Indeed, there will be a jailbreak for iOS 6 in the very near future, but it might not be what you’re expecting. This morning, MuscleNerd announced that the iPhone Dev Team will release an iOS 6 jailbreak “In the spirit of the experimental ecosystem JBers provide”.
With that in mind, the team is releasing a developer only jailbreak for iOS 6. This means that you won’t have access to a pretty interface like Cydia, but you will be provided with SSH access. Read More
By Nick Prokesch on May 8, 2012
Did you know you can launch an iPhone app or respring your iDevice using Alfred for Mac? It’s actually possible. You can invoke a hotkey, type Respring into your Mac, and your iPhone SpringBoard will restart automatically.
This tutorial is not for the feint of heart. It helps if you have a general understanding of OpenSSH, the command line, and scripting with AppleScript or Python. You will need to have a Mac with administrator rights and a jailbroken iDevice. Read on to get started… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 27, 2012
Tired of the mundane “beep” that Siri does when you initially invoke her? Maybe you found our tutorial on how to make Siri say “Yes?” compelling?
If that wasn’t enough for you, then you can take it a step further and create your own custom Siri audio introduction as well. Check inside for our full tutorial… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 23, 2012
Okay, so I’m switching gears a bit here and talking about an app that you can download from the App Store.
Make no mistake, while I love jailbreak apps and tweaks, I also have love for many apps that can be found in the App Store.
The App Store is loaded with myriads of quality apps, and Panic’s Prompt is one of them. Prompt is an SSH client, and a perfect alternative to Mobile Terminal for hardcore terminal users.
Did you know It also allows you to browse the root structure of your iDevice’s file system if you’re jailbroken and have OpenSSH installed? Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2011
If you’re a jailbreaker, then you realize how important OpenSSH is to the jailbreak community and you likely use it often.
But if you’re new to the world of jailbreaking, you might not see the benefit right off hand.
This video tutorial not only shows you how to install OpenSSH onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but why it’s beneficial as well… Read More
By Alex Heath on Sep 3, 2011
In the jailbreak store known as Cydia, apps and tweaks are distributed by means of independent repositories. These ‘repos’ serve as distribution channels for offering Cydia packages to customers from different companies and developers.
While larger repos, like BigBoss, index hundreds and hundreds of Cydia packages for users to install, many smaller repos can tend to clutter up the Cydia experience. If you’re interested in creating an independent repo of your favorite tweaks, or hosting your own packages in Cydia, there’s an easy way to create your very own Cydia repo right on your iPhone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 16, 2011
While Cydia is a decent hub for all of the available jailbreak apps and utilities, there’s no arguing that dealing with the clunky package installer can be a bit cumbersome at times.
For folks that weren’t aware, you can manually install jailbreak apps and tweaks without ever opening Cydia. All you need is the .deb file of the package you want to install, and an FTP client like iPhone Explorer or Cyberduck.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to manually install a .deb file on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Read More
By Alex Heath on May 28, 2011
iTransmission is a free jailbreak app that allows you to download torrents straight to your iPhone. We’ve talked about torrent apps before, but iTransmission works like the popular desktop torrent app of a similar name, Transmission.
Transmission has been a hugely popular torrent client on non-mobile platforms, and iTransmission aims at making it easy to download torrents right from your iPhone. Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 27, 2011
Thanks to a new hack for running iPad apps on the iPhone, someone has been able to successfully run GarageBand on the iPhone 4. GarageBand is a relatively new addition to iOS that was introduced alongside the iPad 2.
Although the App Store’s GarageBand is specifically designed for the iPad, it can also be hacked to run on a jailbroken iPhone.
Watch a demo video after the break! Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 26, 2011
Did you know that you can run iPad apps on the iPhone? If your iPhone is jailbroken, there’s a new way to run iPad-specific apps on the iPhone and iPod touch.
It’s been technically possible to port iPad apps to the iPhone for quite some time, but not until now has it become a relatively straightforward process. Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 20, 2011
Prompt is a new, stylish SSH app from Panic. The Panic team has developed several popular applications for the Mac, and now they’ve ventured into the App Store with a new SSH client.
If you’re a network/developer geek, you’re probably very familiar with SSH (Secure Shell). Prompt is an incredibly well-designed SSH client for all iDevices. If you’ve been looking for the perfect SSH app, Prompt may be the solution… Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 11, 2011
I had a scary experience last night. As I was searching for a certain tweak in Cydia, I noticed that I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for. So I searched for a few more apps and tweaks, and I kept getting no results. I thought about it for a minute, and then realized that every item I had searched for was from the BigBoss repo.
I’ve recently upgraded to the iOS 4.3.1 jailbreak, and I haven’t gotten to play around with my main iPhone setup that much yet.
To my surprise, the BigBoss repo was broken in Cydia. BigBoss is a pre-installed repo in Cydia, so it’s very odd that it wasn’t working. The good news is that there’s a way to re-add default Cydia repos without re-jailbreaking the iPhone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2011
Yesterday we showed you folks how to SSH into your jailbroken Apple TV2 through your desktop OS’ command line prompt. Today we are going to show you how to create a connection with your hacked Apple TV2 in a much more user friendly way.
All you need is CyberDuck for Mac or Windows, and your Apple TV’s IP Address. Of course you’ll also need a jailbroken Apple TV2, and both it and your computer must be on the same Wi-Fi network. For those new to the game, you can find your IP in your Apple TV2′s main menu, Settings > General > Network > IP Address.
Once CyberDuck is done downloading, fire it up. Your going to want to choose to create a new connection.
From the drop down menu, select SFTP. In the Server field type your IP Address that we had you get earlier.
In the Username section type root and for the password, type alpine.
Then just click Connect.
You should now be looking at your Apple TV’s root directory. Besides the ability to view your ATV2′s folder sub system, you also have write privileges. This is one way to install Plex or Firecore’s ATV Flash.
By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2011
First, I will explain what SSH is and why we do it. SSH (Secure Shell) allows you to exchange data between two networked devices, using a secure channel. A jailbroken iPhone has the ability to connect with your computer via SSH, giving you read and write access to your iDevice’s hard drive.
You can repair damaged files, install games that aren’t in the App Store, and even turn your iDevice into a portable hard drive. I know it all sounds complicated, but we use applications to make the process as easy as browsing a folder on your computer. This is my quick and easy guide to SSH into your iPhone….
By Alex Heath on Mar 7, 2011
If you jailbreak, you have the option to change your iPhone’s default boot logo. You’ve always been able to do so manually through SSH, but recent jailbreak tools allow you to install custom logos in a much simpler way through Cydia.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “boot logo,” it simple refers to the icon that displays on your iPhone’s screen during a boot. Through the miracle of jailbreaking, it’s rather easy to replace that Apple icon with all sorts of interesting things to look at.
Here are 10 of the best custom boot logos in Cydia…
By Alex Heath on Mar 5, 2011
Remember when we told you about the new multitouch gestures that Apple hid in earlier developer builds of iOS 4.3? Apple has seeded the final developer GM build of iOS 4.3 before the public launch on March 11th, and the very same gestures are still “hidden” inside 4.3.
When the story first broke that there were new gestures in 4.3, the gestures were only enabled on a specific build of 4.3 that wasn’t available to the general audience of Apple develepors. In the final GM build of iOS 4.3, these hidden multitouch gestures can be enabled through a jailbreak exploit.
Let’s take a closer look…
By Nick Prokesch on Jan 24, 2011
Sometimes we install apps out of curiosity only to discover that they are unstable on our device. In some cases, it’s an app developed for a specific iPhone or iPad model. In other cases, the app is only compatible with certain firmware versions. Other times you may have installed conflicting tweaks.
Whatever the reason may be, here is a fix for a constantly crashing Springboard with no way to open Cydia to uninstall unstable apps. If your iPhone boots to the lock screen, but crashes if you do anything beyond that, this guide will help you to remove problematic packages without Cydia.
By Alex Heath on Jan 17, 2011
There are a ton of great games to play on the iPhone. Most of them have multiple levels and achievements to unlock. You wouldn’t want to lose your game progress and achievements in the event that you have to restore your iPhone.
For jailbreakers, backing up data is essential. To upgrade to a new version of iOS, a jailbroken iPhone is completely wiped and updated to the default setup of the next iOS release. A new jailbreak has to then be applied, and all personal data (media, contacts, jailbreak apps, etc) has to be synced back onto the iPhone.
Through the magic of SSH, you can save your iOS game data on your computer in the event that you have to restore. Here’s how to do it…