Many of our readers might be familiar with Cowabunga, an all-inclusive system customization app for both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices that works by way of TrollStore or the MacDirtyCow exploit.
Unfortunately for users on iOS & iPadOS versions newer than 16.1.2, the MacDirtyCow exploit has been patched, which is why iOS developers LeminLimez and Avangelista have been hard at work on a new product called Cowabunga Lite that’s now officially available starting this week.
What is Cowabunga Lite? We’re glad you asked. It’s an app for macOS that lets you customize your iPhone or iPad without a jailbreak, even on the latest firmware. Citing comments from the developer in the /r/jailbreak release post, it works by taking advantage of Apple’s restoring feature, and it can’t be patched by Apple.
Using Cowabunga Lite requires the end user to disable Find My on the device that they’re trying to customize until they’re finished applying customizations. Once the customizations are applied, Find My can be re-enabled.
Backing up your device prior to making modifications is strongly recommended.
As for what Cowabunga Lite can do, the list is limited compared to the full-blown Cowabunga app for TrollStore and MacDirtyCow devices, hence the “lite” in the name. The feature list includes:
– Easy WebClip (shortcut) icon theming with no banner or redirects
– All Status Bar changer features from Cowabunga (such as Custom Carrier)
– Killing OTA Updates
– Mute module in CC
– Lock Screen footnote
– Supervising devices
-Custom animation speeds
– Various springboard toggles
– And more!
If you’re interested in trying Cowabunga Lite for yourself, make sure that your Mac is running macOS 11.0 or newer first, and then visit the product’s GitHub page to learn more and find the download links.
Since a jailbreak isn’t required to make these system customizations, even the latest devices running the latest firmware are able to take advantage of them. Just remember that modifications made via this method are done at your own risk.
Are you planning to take advantage of system customizations with Cowabunga Lite? Let us know why or why not in the comments section down below.