MyReachability: reach all four corners of an app by mating the accelerometer with Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 11, 2014

MyReachability is the first compelling tweak that I’ve seen thus far involving Reachability. I don’t want to sound hyperbolic, but this could be a game changing tweak with a little bit of TLC.

MyReachability is from Korean developer Shine, the first such tweak I’ve seen of his, but hopefully not the last. That’s because what I found was something extremely impressive, innovative and practical.

MyReachability allows you to access various areas of an app via Reachability by tilting your device. It taps into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ accelerometer to do this, and it makes accessing most areas of an app with one hand feasible.

Check out my video walkthrough of MyReachability after the break, and see why this new jailbreak tweak has me so excited. Read More

 

The Wall Street Journal posts full video of Tim Cook interview

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2014

In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in an interesting on-stage interview at The Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJ.D Live conference. During the 30-minute discussion, Cook talked about several topics including Apple Pay, Apple Watch and more.

Of course, Cook has done a handful of high profile interviews in recent months, but he does divulge some new details regarding Apple and its products during this talk. We covered some of the highlights here, but now you can watch the whole thing on video. Read More

 

Springtomize 3 goes live on Cydia for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus [video]

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

 

How to add pull-to-refresh to Safari in iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014

For a large screen device like the iPhone 6 Plus or even the iPhone 6, it takes some serious thought when designing apps. That’s because it’s much more difficult to reach certain part of the screen using one hand, so developers have to design their apps with one-handed users in mind.

But where such thought may be lacking, a jailbreak tweak can go a long way towards enhancing the usability of certain apps. That’s definitely the case with this latest tweak called SafariRefresh. It adds a simple pull-to-refresh mechanism to Apple’s stock web browsing app, and the result is a much more usable refresh function on large screen devices. Read More

 

DoubleCheck helps you avoid sending text messages to the wrong person

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2014

Have you ever inadvertently sent a text message to the wrong recipient? I think we all have. Frankly, it’s a good way to encounter a mild disaster if you’re not careful.

To help prevent yourself from acquiring foot-in-mouth disease, there’s a free new jailbreak tweak called DoubleCheck that you should take a look at. DoubleCheck places the recipient of a text message in the text input field, giving you a means to “double check” the recipient before sending the message.

Want to see how DoubleCheck works in action? Have a look at our video demonstration after the break. Read More

 

LockGlyph: unlock Touch ID enabled devices using the Apple Pay animation

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2014

LockGlyph is a brand new tweak available on the Cydia store that brings the Apple Pay confirmation animation to the Lock screen. If you own a Touch ID enabled device like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus, you can unlock your device using fingerprint authentication, and enjoy a nice Apple Pay-inspired animation and sound during the process.

I’ve taken a spin with LockGlyph on video. Check inside to see some of the tweak’s pluses and minuses. Read More

 

LittleBrother: add iPhone 6 Plus-inspired scaling and a landscape Home screen to older iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

And like clockwork, Ryan Petrich is at it again. His first headlining iOS 8 compatible tweak is called LittleBrother, and it seeks to add features enjoyed on Apple’s latest iPhone hardware to older devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

LittleBrother allows users to essentially do two things: adjust the display zoom scaling like the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, and enable landscape mode features on the Home screen and even Lock screen.

I’ve been playing around with this new tweak for several hours, and I’m convinced that many iPhone 5 and 5s users are going to love it. It’s not without its shortcomings, but the promise is definitely there. Have a look at our full 60fps video walkthrough inside for more details. Read More

 

How to add a fifth column of icons to your Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

If you’re looking for a way to add a fifth column to your Home screen app icon layout in iOS 8, then you may want to check out this recently uploaded tweak called better Five Column Homescreen. This tweak is from the same developer that brought us betterFiveIconDock, and it does just as it states—adds a fifth column to the Home screen on iOS 8 devices.

The result is pretty much as expected—the existing icons are repositioned and proportioned to fit an additional column. Why does the developer insist that his tweak is “better”? Mostly because of the improved spacing mechanics employed by his release. Have a look inside to see what it has to offer. Read More

 

SphereView: an upcoming iOS SpringBoard launcher with a 3D feel

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

 

HandyKey: a tweak that adds a one-handed keyboard to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2014

If you find it difficult to type on large screen iOS devices like the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6, then HandyKey is a jailbreak tweak that you may derive real benefits from. The tweak, which is available for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, brings the ability to add a one-handed keyboard for right-handed or left-handed iPhone users.

Users who use HandyKey have the option of forcing the iOS keyboard to always open to HandyKey when the keyboard is invoked, or a two-finger swipe gesture on the keyboard can be used to orientate it as needed. Have a look at our video inside for additional details and a hands-on demonstration. Read More

 

How to enable full 60 FPS video recording on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s brought out support for shooting full HD video in a smooth sixty frames per second (FPS), as opposed to prior models which limit 1080p video capture to a suitable thirty frames per second.

High frame rates make motion-intense videos even more awesome. For example, video shooting at 60 FPS gets rid of the stutter when panning the camera or capturing fast-moving objects.

And with YouTube now accepting 60 FPS uploads, you can share your silky smooth footage with the web at large. While both new iPhones default to capturing video in the traditional 30 FPS, all it takes to enable the new frame rate is flipping a switch in the Settings app, here’s how. Read More

 

How to add a fifth icon to the dock in iOS 8 and on the iPhone 6

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2014

betterFiveIconDock is a new jailbreak tweak that brings the ability to add a fifth app icon to the iOS dock on both iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The tweak, which is available free of charge on a non-default Cydia repo, even plays nice with the iPhone 6 Plus’ Home screen rotation abilities.

Want to see how betterFiveIconDock works in action? Check out our video walkthrough inside.

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Netflix++ is a jailbreak tweak that adds trailers to the Netflix App

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 1, 2014

Netflix is a wonderful entertainment resource. It’s always good for an obscure move that you’ve never heard of. I highly recommend Funky Monkey.

But one of the most baffling things about Netflix is the lack of trailers and previews. Instead, you have to exit the Netflix app, fire up YouTube, watch your trailer, and then head back to the Netflix app with decision in hand. Yeah, that makes no sense.

Fortunately, jailbreakers no longer have to deal with that nonsense. Netflix++ is a new jailbreak tweak that integrates YouTube trailers directly into the Netflix app. That means that people like our very own Cody can watch a snippet of Justin Bieber’s movie before sitting down to enjoy it. Have a look inside for the video details… Read More

 

‘ForceGoodFit’ is reason enough alone to jailbreak the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 31, 2014

It’s been well over a month since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially touched down in retail stores, and even longer since iOS 8 became available. Still, as seems to be the case with each new major iPhone and iOS release, there are developers who take a while when it comes to updating their apps.

Sometimes the delays are legitimate—updates aren’t easy—and sometimes it seems like the delays are extended with little reason. Whatever the case may be, it makes for a less-than-desirable experience on the user end. With a device like the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, such delays are especially glaring, because the apps that haven’t be updated stand out like a sore thumb.

With that in mind, wouldn’t it be nice if you could force an app that hasn’t been updated to run as if it had? That’s the underlying premise behind ForceGoodFit. It forces apps that haven’t been updated to fit the screen resolution of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It basically makes apps that haven’t been update look much better than they did before.

Have you been looking for a good reason to jailbreak your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Then look no further. Read More

 

UntetheredHeySiri: Use Hey Siri without needing a power connection

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

And the good times keep rolling. A new jailbreak tweak has popped up on the Cydia Store from well-known developer Hamza Sood. The tweak, entitled UntetheredHeySiri, lets you use Siri hands-free without needing to be connected to power.

It’s an obvious want for those of us who jailbreak, and Sood quickly addressed the issue. In fact, it’s the way that he implemented the tweak that impresses me most. Head inside and watch our hands-on video to see what I mean. Read More

 

How to use a passcode with the iOS 8.x jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2014

At this point in time, running Cydia on a jailbroken iPhone can still be a bit confusing for users who aren’t always knee-deep in this stuff. One of the biggest issues encountered when running Cydia on a jailbroken iOS 8 device at the moment involves using the passcode and Touch ID.

After installing Cydia on a jailbroken iOS 8 device, many are reporting that establishing a passcode sends them into a bootloop. I verified that I encountered the same issue.

Let me just preface this by saying that the problems encountered here are no fault of the Pangu team or of Saurik. This jailbreak is a work in progress, and we’ve been advised that the jailbreak is only for developers at the moment. That said, many of you are adventurous and want to take the plunge as soon as possible; as do I.

In this video, I share an unsanctioned workaround to the boot loop issue. I show you how to establish a passcode on a device with Cydia and Cydia Substrate installed. I’ve tested this out, and have recorded the entire Cydia installation process for your convenience. Have a look inside for the full tutorial. Read More

 

ReachAll brings Reachability-inspired functionality to the iPhone 5s and older devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

ReachAll is a recently released jailbreak tweak that brings one of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ flagship features—Reachability—to older devices. Reachability, as you’re likely aware of, allows you to shift down the contents of the iPhone’s interface via a double-tap on the iPhone’s Touch ID sensor. For large devices like the iPhone 6, this feature was added with one-handed usage in mind.

Obviously, a smaller device like the iPhone 5s lacks the need for such a feature out of the box, but don’t tell that to jailbreak developers. ReachAll not only brings Reachability to the most likely candidate, (the iPhone 5s is the only Touch ID enabled iPhone without Reachability) but it also works, thanks to a special “Tap Box” option, on older devices like the iPhone 5.

Want to see how ReachAll functions in action? Step inside and watch the full video walkthrough. Read More

 

ConvoPics brings the iPhone 6 Plus Messages app avatars to all devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

It’s only a matter of time before the deluge of iOS 8-only jailbreak tweaks begin surfacing on Cydia. Until then, I just thought I’d bring it to your attention that another one of the first such tweaks has appeared on Cydia.

The release is called ConvoPics, and it’s an iOS 8-only tweak that enables the iPhone 6 Plus’ conversation list pictures found in its stock Messages app on all devices. Have a look at our video demonstrating the before and after comparison inside. Read More

 

Here’s how to install the Apple Watch UI concept on your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

Yesterday, we posted an article showcasing a developer’s concept of the Apple Watch UI running on the iPhone. The response was mixed, but it leaned more towards the positive end of the spectrum than I anticipated.

Seeing someone demo a concept on video is one thing, but trying it for yourself is something altogether different. Thanks to developer Lucas Menge, who made the project open source, the code has been compiled and posted as a Cydia package. This means that everyone can now try out the Apple Watch UI concept on their iPhone.

After the break, watch me demonstrate and comment on the Apple Watch UI running on my iPhone 6 Plus. I also showcase how you can get the Apple Watch concept on your iPhone to try out yourself. Read More

 

ForceReach: extend the capabilities of Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 27, 2014

ForceReach is a new jailbreak tweak for Reachability enable devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It serves as a way to extend the capabilities of Reachability, allowing you to invoke the mode while in landscape orientation, and eliminate the timeout that occurs after a few seconds of it being active.

Want to see how ForceReach works in action? Check out our video walkthrough inside for the in-depth details. Read More