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Add a splash of color to your Status Bar icons with Aerial

Fresh off the press is a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Aerial, which offers you the ability to add a splash of color to just about any of your Status Bar’s indicator icons.

The tweak has been developed by a team called PolyTweaks, and at the heart of its design is well-known graphical designer Surenix, but the developer behind its creation has chosen to remain anonymous.

Surenix releases Power 2, an iPhone battery life companion app for Apple Watch

Thientam Bach, better known by a large amount of the jailbreak community as Surenix for his design work on high-end themes and jailbreak tweaks, released his first app in the App Store last year called Power.

It was essentially an information-based app that showed data about your iPhone’s battery level on your Apple Watch at a glance. But because so much has changed in iOS 10 and watchOS 3, Bach has released Power 2 in the App Store on Thursday with new features and support for the latest operating systems.

Leaf for iPhone review: a new, design-focused way to browse Twitter

Ever since Apple integrated support for Twitter sharing into iOS, I’ve been an avid Twitter user. It’s where I get the majority of my tech headlines, an occasional dose of national or world news that makes it past my Tweetbot mute filters, and how I discover most of my new apps and friends, even. It also happens to be where my app discoveries, tech opinions, and bad jokes get posted. If you’re not following me on Twitter, you’re probably better off for it, but I’d appreciate you giving it some consideration regardless.

All this results in me becoming keenly interested when a new Twitter app is released, and the latest addition to the many clients I’ve tried is Leaf, a brand new app designed by Surenix and developed by iPlop, both prominent members of the jailbreak scene. Based on my experiences thus far, Leaf is best described as an alternative to Twitter’s official client rather than an opponent of Tweetbot, the Twitter power user’s app of choice. If you dislike Tweetbot for whatever reason but aren’t entirely satisfied with Twitter’s default option, Leaf may be for you.

Depthicons by Ryan Petrich & Surenix brings parallax effects to your app icons

Every once in a while, a jailbreak tweak hits Cydia that offers a fun new aesthetic to your iOS device(s). Some end up becoming hits, while others slowly disappear into the archive of Cydia’s ever-expanding jailbreak tweak library.

Depthicons on the other hand, a new jailbreak tweak release created jointly between developer Ryan Petrich and designer Surenix, may just end up being the next hit, and we’ll show you why in this review.

Auki 2 is in development, teased by Surenix

Auki—the Quick Reply and Quick Compose tweak released by Surenix and Bensge back at JailbreakCon in 2014—has a sequel in the works. Auki 2 is currently deep into development, and is the the result of a new collaboration between designer Surenix and developer Pimskeks.

Messages app tweaks like Auki are few and far between these days, especially with the demise of biteSMS, but Auki 2 looks poised to change that notion.

WinterBoard now works with iOS 9

Good news for those of you who are into theming your jailbroken iPhone—WinterBoard, the framework that’s pretty much the standard for theming iOS devices, is now compatible with iOS 9. This means that you can now enjoy all of the many wonderful themes available on Cydia with the latest available jailbreak.

Power for Apple Watch updated with notification alerts, UI updates, and various fixes

It’s always nice when someone from the jailbreak community ventures over to the App Store and goes “legit”. Quite a few jailbreak community members have done so in the past, and Surenix, frequent jailbreak design collaborator and theme creator, is one of latest to do so.

The first edition of his App Store release, Power, bought glanceable iPhone power levels to your Apple watch. The newest update, version 1.1, adds notifications to the mix.

With Power 1.1 ($0.99), you can now be notified when your iPhone reaches specific battery levels. You’ll can even receive an Apple Watch notification when your Phone battery is fully charged.

A first look at the upcoming Alympus jailbreak tweak

Alympus is a brand new tweak by developer iKyle, and designer Surenix. It’s been teased for the past week, but until today, we really had no idea what to expect. Would it be a new messaging tweak? A new theme? Or something else?

Today, we have a better idea of what Alympus entails. It seems to be an App Switcher replacement for iOS.

Surenix just posted a teaser Vine, which showed off some of the tweak’s upcoming functionality. Needless to say, it looks really good. Have a look and tell us what you think…

Fresh WWDC 2015 Wallpapers

Tomorrow, Apple begins the annual Worldwide Developer Conference with a keynote that will be live streamed across le world. A long list of what-if’s shroud the conference this year, with little or no details about any upcoming features or releases. Of course, we expect updates to iOS 9, OS X, and potentially Watch OS. A new Apple Music service will most likely be launched, but less expected is a refresh to Apple TV and a new streaming media service. For full details, make sure to read through Cody’s expansive round up.

Celebrating the upcoming conference, we previously released a set of wallpapers that were inspired by the WWDC invitations. Today’s selection is a mixture that is inspired both by the invitation and the banners now hanging on San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Step inside to get your new images.

Lock screen launcher tweak atom gaining iOS 8 and iPhone 6 compatibility

One of the most popular Lock screen launchers—atom—is getting a big update for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6. With new developer Daniel Turner on board to execute his vision, Surenix plans on bringing the updated version of atom to the Cydia store this Friday. Here’s the first look at atom running on my iPhone 6 Plus.

Auki 1.2 update adds new dark mode and additional features

The popular quick reply tweak Auki has been updated to version 1.2, and it brings some notable new features to the table. The big feature with version 1.2 is without a doubt the new dark mode, which is great when texting in low light conditions.

While it’s possible to toggle directly between dark and light mode via Auki’s settings, the tweak also features the ability to schedule when dark mode is enabled and disabled, which its designer, Surenix, subtly hinted to in this clever tweet.

But that’s not all of the new features that you should expect from the new Auki. The update includes a variety of bug fixes and a few subtle additions as well. Check out our video as we walk through Auki 1.2’s new features…

JailbreakCon 2014: behind the scene

As I am trying to write a catchy intro for this post, I can’t help but feel the pressure. I’m feeling the pressure mainly because I wrote a similar piece a couple of years ago when I first attended JailbreakCon. To date, this post is still one of my favorites I have published on iDB. Having set the bar pretty high, this sequel could prove to be like most sequels: uninspired and thrown out there to cash in on a previous success. This is a risk I am willing to take today.

Maybe more importantly, I am feeling the pressure because I don’t want to disappoint readers by writing the same story I wrote a couple years ago. I guess I’m feeling like a musician that is incapable of finding a different sound for his next album, you know, kinda like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sometimes it’s good to keep the same sound. Sometimes it gets repetitive and boring. Hopefully, this time will still feel as refreshingly honest as it did the first time, while still entertaining readers, which really is my ultimate goal.

Yes, my goal is not so much to tell you about all the great workshops and talks I attended at JailbreakCon this year. My goal is to share the other side of the story. The side that no one not attending the event would be able to experience if it wasn’t for the words I’m typing on the keyboard right now. Let’s call it the behind the scene story of JailbreakCon.

So this is me, sharing my story of JailbreakCon 2014. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it…

WWDC 2014 wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

Earlier today, Apple announced via a press release its annual developer conference will be held Monday, June 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. Each conference and media event Apple holds, a cleverly designed artwork is released along with the announcement. Merely hours later, many fans and graphic artists take their own visions and create iOS wallpapers to celebrate the occasion. Inside this post, find various forms of the WWDC 2014 wallpapers, prepped and ready for your Lock or Home screen…