PwnTunes for iOS 9: manually manage music via Windows on a jailbroken device

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

PwnTunes is a jailbreak tweak that’s been around since the every early days of jailbreaking. If memory serves me correctly, I think it’s been available since the iOS 3 days, which seems like an eternity now that we’re only 7 months or so away from iOS 10.

The basic premise behind PwnTunes is that it affords Windows users drag and drop access to import and export music without iTunes. The tweak is able to accomplish this feat by turning an iPhone into a mass storage device that’s accessible via Windows Explorer. Read More


Pangu releases version 1.1.0 of its iOS 9 jailbreak tool

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2015

Pangu has released an update to its Windows jailbreak tool for iOS 9. Pangu 1.1.0 features fixes to improve the success rate when attempting to jailbreak 64-bit devices, optimizations for the backup process, overall jailbreak speed, and more. If you’ve been experiencing issues getting Pangu for iOS 9 to work successfully on your device, then you should definitely try Pangu 1.1.0. Read More


How to jailbreak iOS 9 with Pangu on Mac using a virtual machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2015

If you’re running a Mac, you’ll need a virtual machine running Windows in order to jailbreak using OS X. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a Windows virtual machine and how to jailbreak iOS 9 on your Mac. It’s super easy, and takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Instead of waiting for a Mac tool, why not use a virtual machine and enjoy an iOS 9 jailbreak today?

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How to jailbreak iOS 9 with Pangu

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

As we told you, the Pangu Jailbreak tool for iOS 9 was just released a few minutes ago. We’ve taken the liberty to test it out, and can vouch for its legitimacy as far as jailbreaking the iPhone goes. We tested it out with our iPhone 6s and were able to jailbreak and load Cydia successfully. In this post, we’ll show you how to do the same. Read More


iOS 9 jailbreak released by Pangu

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

Surprise! The iOS 9 jailbreak that we just talked about appears to be legit, and there is now a download link available. The tool is only available for Windows users at this time. The Pangu tool for iOS 9 works with iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, and iOS 9.0.2. There’s no word on whether it works with the beta releases at this time. Read More


El Capitan’s Boot Camp has USB drive-less Windows setup, but not all Macs are supported

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

Boot Camp, the Mac’s built-in software for dual-booting between OS X and Windows has been given some love in the new El Capitan software update and now features a slicker Windows setup that no longer requires a USB thumb drive, as discovered by Twocanoes.

Previously, Boot Camp required that the Windows installer be provided in the form of a USB drive or CD/DVD installation media. Now you can just point to an .ISO file, which significantly shortens the entire procedure for those who have purchased Windows as a digital download. Read More


Parallels Desktop 11 with support for El Capitan and Windows 10 now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

In addition to running newly-released Windows 10 natively on your Mac in dual-boot mode through Boot Camp 6, you can now enjoy Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system alongside OS X using the popular virtualization solution, Parallels Desktop.

In its latest incarnation that was released earlier today, Parallels Desktop 11 brings full support for Windows 10 features like Cortana and experimental support for Macs running OS X El Capitan. Read More


Apple releases iTunes 12.2 with Beats 1 and Apple Music fixes and enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2015

In addition to releasing the iOS 8.4.1 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with Apple Music fixes and enhancements, and the OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 software update with a crucial patch for the dangerous DYLD exploit and more, Apple today also posted a new version of iTunes with a bunch of fixes and improvements.

Among other things, iTunes 12.2 for Mac and Windows contains improvements for Beats 1, Apple Music and Connect features while fixing a few issues with the software. Read More


Apple releasing Boot Camp 6 with full Windows 10 compatibility and updated drivers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2015

Apple’s Boot Camp utility, which allows Mac customers to boot directly into Windows, is getting an important update later today bringing full compatibility for Windows 10 to 64-bit Intel-based Mac notebooks and desktops.

The update allows a wide range of Mac systems dating back to 2012 models to run Windows 10 natively, as opposed to running Microsoft’s operating system and OS X side by side using virtualization software like Parallel’s Desktop for Mac. Read More


Apple posts an update improving FaceTime camera compatibility on Windows for Boot Camp users

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

If you use Apple’s Boot Camp software to run Windows and OS X in a dual-boot configuration, you’re advised to install the company’s new driver update for the FaceTime camera on 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The FaceTime Camera Driver Update, a manual download from Apple’s website, improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows. This update is recommended for all Boot Camp users. Read More


How to jailbreak the iPod touch 6th generation

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2015

One of the very first things that I tried when I got the iPod touch 6th generation (full review) was to jailbreak. To my surprise, both the PP jailbreak for Mac and the Windows-only TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.4 worked out of the box. This surprised me because in times past, the tools used to perform the jailbreak needed to be updated to support new devices.

With the iPod touch 6th generation, this is not so; you can jailbreak immediately. In this post, I’ll show you how easy it is to jailbreak your iPod touch 6 using the latest version of TaiG. Read More


TaiG 2.4.3 beta released to jailbreak iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 16, 2015

The folks at TaiG have released yet another beta for the iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool on Windows. Labeled version 2.4.3 beta, this update is there to optimize the jailbreak process.

As TaiG has been doing for some time now, they are suggesting that jailbreakers stick to the public versions of the TaiG tool, and leave the beta versions to testers. In this post, you’ll find the download links for both the publicly available version of TaiG and the beta version. Read More


Apple pushes iTunes 12.2.1 update fixing iTunes Match and Beats 1 issues

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2015

Apple on Monday issued a bug-fix update to iTunes for Mac and Windows. iTunes 12.2.1, available through the Software Update mechanism or standalone via, fixes a pair of issues with iTunes Match, Apple’s $25 per year song identification service. In addition, it contains minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1, Apple’s free of charge 24/7 global Internet radio broadcasting in more than a hundred countries. Read More


Poll: Does a Mac version of TaiG even matter at this point?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2015

The TaiG jailbreak for either iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4 has been out for over two and a half weeks. Many users have jailbroken their iPhone, iPads, and iPod touches as a result.

Even though the TaiG tool has been Windows-only this entire time, plenty of Mac-only jailbreakers have been able to use it by means of a Bootcamp partition, or a virtual machine—which is far and away the most popular way to jailbreak on a Mac.

So the question stands to be asked: do you even care about a Mac version of TaiG at this point? Rumors are swirling that a Mac tool is indeed in the works, but it’s been so long, I imagine most who were starving for a jailbreak either used a friend’s Windows computer, or took advantage of one of the above options.

Vote in our poll and let us know… Read More


How to prepare for a possible iOS 8.3 downgrade

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 29, 2015

When Apple closes the firmware signing window for iOS 8.3, users wishing to downgrade (or upgrade) to iOS 8.3 won’t be allowed to do so. Instead, you’ll have to settle for whatever firmware Apple is signing, which is usually the latest and greatest out there.

When that happens, it’s quite probable that it could spell the end of jailbreaking for a while—remember we just got out of a significant lull.

With this in mind, the ability to downgrade back to iOS 8.3 is very desirous for would-be jailbreakers. While there is no confirmed downgrade ability just yet, there are some things that you can do to ensure that you have the best chance to downgrade should that ability arrive.

This is accomplished by saving your iOS 8.3 SHSH blobs.

To save your SHSH blobs and prepare for a possible iOS 8.3 downgrade, you’ll need to use TinyUmbrella to do so. I’ll show you how in this post and video. Read More


Stuck on 20% in TaiG? How to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2015

As we mentioned earlier, TaiG has released version 2.1.3 of its jailbreak tool, and it’s a significant update as far as fixes go. First and foremost, it works with virtual machines, so you no longer need to modify your virtual machine to use the tool. Secondly, it fixes the 20% hangup. With these things in mind, we thought we’d show you how to jailbreak using this latest TaiG update.

This post is primarily aimed at those who have yet to jailbreak, and are looking for guidance with the latest tool. In the video that follows, we’ll show you the proper way to go about jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, and we’ll show you how well the tool runs on a virtual machine. Read More


How to fix the dreaded virtual machine error when attempting to run the TaiG jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

In a previous post, I lamented about the fact that I received a dreaded virtual machine error when trying to run the TaiG jailbreak tool on VMware Fusion 7. The error went something like this: Sorry, this application cannot run under a Virtual Machine.

Not only is that totally ambiguous, but it really didn’t make much sense when you consider that the prior TaiG tool ran with no problems. After trying a few solutions I found via Google, I resigned myself to the fact that I would probably just have to settle and use the old tool instead..

Fortunately, however, one of our awesome readers has come though with a fix. Mohamed Elkady shared this interesting little trick to help bypass a frustrating error. In this post and video, I’ll walk you through the entire process step-by-step. Read More


TaiG 2.1 released to fix Cydia Substrate

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2015

It looks like several reddit users have unearthed the next version of the TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.3. Several users have posted screenshots of the tool, which is said to fix the Cydia Substrate issues, iTunes issues, etc.

I’ve tested the untether myself, and I can confirm that it works. Cydia Substrate now works, and jailbreak tweaks that are compatible with iOS 8.3 now work. Read More


Apple Music available on June 30 for $9.99/month with 3-month free trial

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Apple rounded up its WWDC 2015 keynote with a ‘one more thing’ announcement for Apple Music. The service will incorporate streaming music, 24/7 radio stations, and a new ‘Connect’ feature that will allow musicians to connect with their fans.

For those excited to try out the service, Apple says that it will be available on June 30th. As run-up reports predicted, it’ll come with a 3-month free trial and cost $9.99 per month after that. There will also be a family plan for multiple users, for $14.99 per month. Read More


How to watch WWDC keynote live on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Windows, Linux and Android

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 7, 2015

As you know, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off tomorrow with a State of the Union-like keynote address. WWDC is the most important event for the Apple community as it gives a sneak peak at how the firm plans to woo app developers in the year.

The 26th summer event runs from June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, where CEO Tim Cook will share the stage Monday morning along with other company executives to deliver latest advances concerning iOS, OS X and Watch OS platforms.

iDownloadBlog, the biggest name in jailbreaking, doesn’t get invited to Apple events. Not to worry: we’ll be providing a remote live coverage of the two-hour long presentation and following up with related tidbits throughout the day so you don’t miss a thing.

Apple will be providing a live stream through the Apple Events webpage on its website, using the new familiar weblog-like layout.

Although the official live stream is limited to Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV devices, you can enjoy it on other platforms, too. Without further ado, here’s a quick tutorial on what you’ll need to watch the keynote live on both Apple devices and non-Apple platforms like Windows, Linux and Android. Read More

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