Jailbreak news of the week: TrollStore v1.5.0, AltStore v1.6, Genesis 3, & more…

You’ve made it to iDB’s weekly roundup of the latest iPhone and iPad hacking news, where we show you what’s new in the jailbreak community, bug and exploitation developments, and anything else that may interest you if you enjoy these kinds of stories from this past week.

Weekly jailbreak news roundup.

If you lead a busy life and can’t keep up with the stories when they happen, then this is a great way to get up to date with anything that may affect you. So without further ado, this piece will discuss all the latest pwnage-centric news piece spanning the week of Monday, January 30th to Sunday, February 5th.

Important tidbits from this week

TrollStore v1.5.0 released

TrollStore logo. TrollStore received a major update to version 1.5.0 that includes a handful of bug fixes and improvements.

With TrollStore, you can perma-sign apps on iOS & iPadOS 14.0-15.4.1 devices. Some iOS 15.5 and 15.6 betas are also supported, but iOS & iPadOS 15.5 and 15.6 release candidate and their public releases are not supported.

You can find out more about TrollStore v1.5.0 in our full news post.

AltStore & AltServer v1.6 released

AltStore version 1.6 now available.

Both AltStore for iPhone and iPad and AltServer for macOS and Windows have been updated to version 1.6 this week with a truckload of changes to make sideloading apps easier for end users.

Not only are the apps getting improved support for new features in iOS 16, but improvements to the error log to make it more user friendly and a bevy of bug fixes and improvements are also in the mix.

You can learn more about what’s new in our full news post.

Genesis 3 – Do-it-all tweak for iOS 15

Genesis 3

If you have a palera1n-compatible iOS 15.0-15.7.2 device and you’d like to have a do-it-all jailbreak tweak that prevents you from installing a ton of smaller tweaks to accomplish the same result, then look no further than the new Genesis 3 tweak.

With Genesis 3, you can customize your Home Screen, Lock Screen, Status Bar, system animations, and more. The developer plans to add support for more features in upcoming updates, so it’s worth paying attention to.

You can learn more about the different things you can do with Genesis 3 in our full review post.

iOS 16.2 unsigned

iOS 16 firmware downgrade

Apple on Tuesday stopped signing iOS & iPadOS 16.2, just eight days after releasing iOS & iPadOS 16.3 to the general public.

This move prevents ordinary firmware downgrades via iTunes and keeps users on pre-iOS or iPadOS 16.2 firmware from upgrading to iOS or iPadOS 16.2 without jumping through hoops.

You can learn more about this change in our full news post.


ResSet16 for MacDirtyCow.

ResSet16 is a new app for MacDirtyCow-susceptible devices that allows the end user to change their handset’s resolution to be something other than the native one Apple intended.

The app works by allowing the user to select a resolution from another device and apply it to their current one or entering a custom resolution of their own. Some resolutions look okay, while others just look crazy. It’s fun to toy around with.

You can learn more about ResSet16 and how it works in our full review post.


Icon for the VanishBar MacDirtyCow app.

VanishBar is a simple add-on for MacDirtyCow-compatible iPhones running iOS 15.5-16.1.2 that allows the Status Bar to be hidden with a tap.

Because of recent changes to the MacDirtyCow exploit, this modification persists after a reboot.

You can find out more about VanishBar and how it works in our full news post.


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With the new HTMLWidget jailbreak tweak for iPhones running iOS 14, users are able to use the Home Screen’s native widget menu to add and customize HTML or JavaScript-based widgets of their choosing.

While there are other jailbreak tweaks that support HTML-based widgets already, the HTMLWidget jailbreak tweak allegedly offers more capabilities and supports a built-in code editor that supports more than 50 types of syntax.

You can learn more about HTMLWidget in our full review post.

Vivacity theme

Vivacity theme for iPhone.

The new and free Vivacity theme brings vibrant colors to your iPhone or iPad’s Home Screen, offering pleasant aesthetics that can be enjoyed on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken handsets.

You can find out more about Vivacity and where you can get it from in our full review post.

How to jailbreak with palera1n

Palera1n loader app.

While it’s not news that you can jailbreak A9-A11 chip-equipped iOS & iPadOS 15.x-16.x devices with palera1n, we did want to bring attention to the fact that our step-by-step tutorial has been reformatted with the latest steps and improved graphics to make understanding the process even easier.

Be sure to check out our full palera1n tutorial to learn more about using it.

Other stuff from this week

libNebbs: A collection of classes used for a certain developer’s jailbreak tweaks (free via Havoc repository)

RGProud: Changes the Lock Screen’s Face ID padlock glyph between green and red depending on your biometric authentication status (free via EasyUpload – review)

While that concludes this week’s jailbreak and iPhone hacking roundup, we’ll be right back next Sunday with a piece just like this one, albeit with updated content to reflect the times we’re about to face.

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