Unpower tweak alerts you when your device gets unplugged

By Cody Lee on Feb 23, 2013

Have you ever noticed that, by default, your iPhone and iPad give you an audible alert when you plug them in, but not when you unplug them? Why is that? It seems like it would serve a similar purpose–letting you know if your device is plugged in or not.

Well whatever the reason is, it’s not something you have to worry about anymore. At least, not if you’re jailbroken. There’s a new tweak out in Cydia this week called ‘Unpower,’ and its one function in life is to alert you when your device gets unplugged… Read More

 

How to back up your jailbreak tweaks before updating in iOS 6

By Mike Schnier on Feb 21, 2013

Many of our regular readers have been asking us about backup solutions for their devices after the release of iOS 6.1.2 and the jailbreak that followed shortly afterwards. I want to be clear here: automated backups can be very bad news. If you restore your tweaks without going through Cydia, and an update breaks a single tweak, you won’t have a fun time attempting to find the incompatible package that crashes your phone at startup. While minor updates (like 6.1 to 6.1.2) are less likely to cause conflicts, the risk is never zero.

With that warning in mind, there are a number of options for backing up your Cydia tweaks when upgrading to iOS 6.1.2… Read More

 

ActiveDock brings an OS X inspired dock to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 21, 2013

When you hear about an upcoming tweak collaboration between jailbreak community staples like Filippo Bigarella and Surenix, then the tweak is pretty much destined to be good. Unsurprisingly, that is the case for the upcoming ActiveDock, a jailbreak tweak that brings an OS X styled dock to the small screen.

We’ve gone hands-on with ActiveDock and put it through its paces. Needless to say, we came away impressed. Check out our video walkthrough inside. Read More

 

‘Haptic Keyboard’ tries to make your typing experience more engaging

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 21, 2013

Haptic Keyboard is a new jailbreak tweak that institutes haptic feedback with each press of a key on the iPhone’s keyboard. Similar tweaks have appeared on Cydia in the past, but their compatibility has been spotty with recent iOS updates.

The purpose of haptic feedback, is to give the end user the sensation of actually typing on a physical keyboard, instead of a piece of smooth glass. Unfortunately, in the case of this latest version of Haptic Feedback, the idea is much better than the final execution. Read More

 

‘Enable Copy text in Facebook’ makes using the official Facebook app less frustrating

By Mike Schnier on Feb 20, 2013

Have you ever had to jump through hoops to log into a desktop website because an app won’t let you copy the text on your phone? This should never happen, but for some unfathomable reason, major services like Facebook do not allow for copying text in-app (the Facebook app currently allows users to copy text from messages and comments, but not from status updates or posts).

Luckily you can get rid of the annoyance, even if Facebook won’t fix the issue themselves. ‘Enable Copy text in Facebook’ is a tweak that allows jailbroken iOS devices to capture the text directly from Facebook posts themselves… Read More

 

SubtleLock lends a subdued look to the iPhone’s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 19, 2013

Looking for a Lock screen a bit on the unassuming side of things? Then try out this new jailbreak tweak entitled SubtleLock. This is a tweak that makes both the ‘slide to unlock’ and the clock section on your Lock screen a bit smaller.

The developer of SubtleLock says that his tweak reclaims almost 100 pixels from the Lock screen, lending more room to wallpaper and notifications. Take a look at our video walkthrough of SubtleLock inside. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 6.1.2 with evasi0n 1.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 19, 2013

Evasion 1.4 was just released with support for the recently released iOS 6.1.2, and we’ve got the details on how to use it to jailbreak your iDevice of choice. Although iOS 6.1.2 doesn’t bring any new features to the table, there is a bug fix that makes the upgrade worth it.

Take a look inside as we show you how to jailbreak iOS 6.1.2 with evasi0n 1.4. This tutorial is for the Mac, but the same principal applies across all computing platforms. Read More

 

TypingPrivacy prevents iMessage users from seeing when you type

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 19, 2013

Whenever you begin composing a new iMessage, your recipient can see that you’re typing. That’s because an ellipsis appears in their Messages app to let them know so. The purpose of this is to let people know that you’re responding to them, that you haven’t left them hanging. It makes the party on the other end of the message wait in expectation of your response.

While most people don’t have a problem with this and actually enjoy the feature, some find it to be an intrusion of privacy. You could, obviously, just disable iMessage, and the issue would be settled. But that means the inconvenience of incurring possible SMS fees, and the inability to send messages via Wi-Fi, and on iOS devices which aren’t iPhones.

As a response to this possible breach of privacy, a jailbreak developer has created a tweak to eliminate the ‘now typing’ ellipsis. The tweak is called TypingPrivacy, and it’s available right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Read More

 

How to grab Auxo nightly beta builds

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 19, 2013

A3tweaks, the team behind Auxo, has put together a beta repo which will host nightly builds of its popular tweak for paying customers. That means that if you purchased Auxo, you can simply add this beta repo to your Cydia sources, and enjoy the latest features before the general public.

In fact, there’s already a new beta build available for download right now. Take a look past the break to learn how you can easily access the bleeding edge upgrades. Read More

 

Zephyr updated again, resurrects keyboard options and adds more features

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

We love it when developers really take the time to listen to their user-base. That’s exactly what Grant Paul (a.k.a. Chpwn) did after receiving feedback about his latest update to Zephyr.

Apparently, more than a few people were unhappy about the tweak’s new keyboard features. So much so, that Paul received over 200 some-odd emails and tweets expressing dislike over the changes. His response? Push out another update a few hours after the previous update, fully addressing the concerns. Read More

 

AssistantLove receives an iOS 6 update

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

One of my favorite jailbreak tweaks, AssistantLove, just received an update for iOS 6 compatibility. AssistantLove was featured in our top jailbreak tweaks of 2012 list, and would have been added to my “perfect iPhone” feature, if it had iOS 6 compatibility at the time.

If you’re a Spotify user like I am, then you will really appreciate what AssistantLove brings to the table. Along with allowing you to integrate GPS apps with Siri, and launch apps using shortcut names, AssistantLove meshes Siri with Spotify. This means that you pretty much search for any song or artist you can think of using your voice. Read More

 

LivelyIcons: animate icons and help cancer research

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

There’s a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia, and it’s not unlike something you’ve probably seen before. The tweak is called LivelyIcons, and it allows you to add opening animations to each app icon on your iPhone’s Home screen.

LivelyIcons features about a dozen different animations that you can enable via a simple list found in the Settings app. An option to increase or decrease the duration of the animation also exists. That may not sound all of that exciting, but the tweak’s functionality plays second fiddle to a greater cause. Check inside for the full scoop. Read More

 

How to save Instagram photos to the Camera roll

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could save your favorite Instagram photos directly to your Camera roll? Well, that’s the exact premise behind a new jailbreak tweak called InstaSave. InstaSave is an extremely simple tweak, in fact there are no settings to configure after installation.

Once installed, you’ll notice a new Save option appear after tapping the ellipsis button when viewing your favorite photos. Take a look inside for more details as to how InstaSave works. Read More

 

Hands-on with Kamera

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

Last week we brought you some information on Kamera — a recently released jailbreak tweak available for free on Cydia’s ModMyi repo. Well, we just got a chance to try it out on…ahem, camera, so we thought we’d bring you a video walkthrough.

As you probably remember, Kamera is a Notification Center widget that enables you to go directly to the front-facing or rear-facing mode via the Camera app. Recently an option was added to Kamera to allow you to use a long tap and hold to go straight to video mode. I’ve found it to be a decent tweak, although many other options exist out there to quickly invoke the Camera.

If you’re browsing from an iDevice, you can download Kamera from Cydia using this direct link. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

 

Zephyr updated to implement new Screen Area option

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

A new update to Zephyr just appeared on Cydia, and it contains at least one new feature. If you were attuned to Twitter about a week ago, you may have noticed a somewhat intense conversation between @_Yllier_ and Zephyr developer, @Chpwn.

Basically, the conversation began when Yllier created a hack for Zephyr, which makes it possible to limit the screen area where a “swipe from left to right gesture” is valid. He created the hack with the intention of making it easier to use apps like Gmail, and Facebook, which both rely on the swipe gestures that can interfere with Zephyr.

To make a long story short, Chpwn wasn’t pleased that the hack was released due to issues it could cause with future updates, support, etc., and he asked Yllier to remove it. Yllier did eventually remove it, but not before he received a nod from Chpwn agreeing to include the useful feature in a future version of Zephyr. And that, folks, is where we are now. Read More

 

MuteIcon: know when your iPhone’s mute switch is enabled

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

MuteIcon is a jailbreak tweak that adds an icon to your status bar when your iPhone is placed into silent mode. The purpose of this is to let you know visually when your iPhone’s mute switch is enabled.

The tweak contains a few settings within the Settings panel for adjusting its properties, but overall, it’s an extremely simple affair. Notice our brief overview inside. Read More

 

‘HighlightGeneral’ is a bit goofy, but I kind of like it

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

If you read our post that shows how to create the perfect jailbroken iPhone, then it’s pretty obvious that I have a ton of jailbroken apps and tweaks running on my iPhone. Sometimes, that can cause things to become a little foggy as far as the Settings app is concerned. Eventually, it’ll be filled to the brim with preference panels for all of the stuff you’ve installed from Cydia.

As a result, that can often make it a little difficult to quickly locate key sections within the Settings app. The General section is arguably the most popular portion of the Settings app. HighlightGeneral is a jailbreak tweak that makes this section stand out by changing its text label color from black to blue.

Is it a bit silly? Yes. Is it useful? That’s highly debatable. But I will say that I kind of like it. Read More

 

How to enable still captures while shooting video on the iPod touch 5th generation

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2013

If you own both an iPhone 5 and an iPod touch 5th generation, you might find it strange that you can capture still photos while shooting video on the iPhone 5, but not on the iPod touch. Regardless as to why Apple made such a decision, it doesn’t really matter if you’re jailbroken. That’s because a new jailbreak tweak recently appeared on Cydia enabling the function.

Still Capture Enabler is the tweak that allows your iPod touch 5th generation the ability to take still capture photos in the midst of a video shoot. Does it work as you would expect? Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for all of the pertinent details. Read More

 

A new app switching concept from the designer of Auxo

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 17, 2013

Looking for a different take on app switching? If so, then look no further than this new app switching concept from @Sentry — the designer behind the highly popular Auxo tweak. The currently unnamed concept allows iPhone users to swipe from the bottom of the page, splitting the page in two. The split reveals a column of strategically placed app icons that can be used to quickly switch between apps.

Swiping on the column reveals toggles and volume and brightness sliders. Since it doesn’t have a name just yet, I’ll just refer to it tentatively as AppUnzipper. That’s a good name, don’t you think? I mean, it basically looks like you’re unzipping the currently running app to access an app switcher beneath. Read More

 

6 ways to get more out of Auxo

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 17, 2013

It’s no secret that the Auxo jailbreak tweak is one of my favorite jailbreak tweaks of all time. It’s a tweak that adds a full snapshot preview of your running apps in the app switcher. It also includes handy toggles and redesigned music controls.

Now the question stands to be asked: how do you go about getting the most out of Auxo? Inside I’ll share some handy tips that show you how to become an Auxo pro. Read More