Anthony Bouchard

I'm an avid tech specialist with a passion for software and hardware alike. I particularly like the Apple ecosystem, but enjoy tinkering with others as well. Twitter: @BouchardAnthony

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: Amēlija, Speedy, Substia, & more…

With Apple having just recently announced iOS & iPadOS 15, we can finally see what to expect from Apple’s upcoming iterations of its mobile operating systems.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the jailbreak community is taking note. We’ve already shown you 15 things that iOS & iPadOS 15 ‘borrowed’ from the jailbreak scene, and it’s likely we’ll soon best witness to jailbreak tweaks that retroactively port features from the upcoming update to older jailbroken versions of iOS and iPadOS.

Quad Lock securely attaches your iPhone to bicycles, e-scooters, motorcycles, & more

Many of us prefer to keep our iPhones close to our person whenever possible, and that includes when we’re riding around outside on our favorite toys – bikes, motorcycles, scooters – whatever it is, you name it.

After getting involved in the world of electric scooters, it quickly became my personal mission to find the best and most secure mounting solution for my iPhone. A few gasp-worthy mistakes later, and my perilous search led me to Quad Lock, a versatile mounting solution that works with almost anything.

Add neat blur effects to your jailbroken iPhone’s wallpaper with Amēlija

Wallpapers are a highly personal choice for customizing the look of your Home Screen, but in many cases, images used as wallpapers can make the Home Screen look too busy with all the app icons overlapping everything.

One way to deal with this concern is to apply a blur to said wallpaper image — either as subtle or as powerful as you’d like. You can do this with photo manipulation software before setting an image as your wallpaper on a stock device, or if you’re jailbroken, you can do it directly on the device on the fly. As for how, that’s what we’re about to show you.

Some of the best jailbreak tweaks for the iOS 14 Home Screen

We’ve been on a mission to showcase some the best jailbreak tweaks for different areas of the iOS & iPadOS 14 mobile operating systems for the past several weeks, and we’ve already discussed our favorites for things like Control Center, the Messages app, and the Now Playing interface.

But there’s still a lot more to cover, and that’s why this time we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the best jailbreak tweaks for the Home Screen on iOS & iPadOS 14.

Substia upgrades iOS’ text replacement feature, making it more accessible

Shortcuts that help you do things with less effort can be a godsend, especially when it comes to being productive on a small and often cramped device like an iPhone.

That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy taking full advantage of iOS’ Text Replacement feature whenever I can. The only problem with it is that you’ll find yourself inconveniently navigating to Settings → General → Keyboard → Text Replacement to manage (add or remove) your text shortcuts.

This tweak adds the Magnifier app to any jailbroken iPhone’s Home Screen like iOS 15

All iPhones incorporate a magnifier interface that can enlarge things for the hard at seeing. It tends to be useful for getting a closer look at fine text on a sheet of paper such as a book or shopping receipt.

In iOS 14 and earlier, the Magnifier interface can be summoned via accessibility using Control Center or a manually planted Home Screen icon. However starting with iOS 15, the Magnifier interface debuts as a standalone app on the Home Screen right out of the box.

New AltStore beta available with preliminary support for side-loading apps on iOS 15

Last week’s WWDC 2021 Keynote address was chock-full of goodies for iPhone and iPad users, including iOS & iPadOS 15 and the new features they promise for these types of devices.

Developers and beta testers alike rushed to be among the first to download and install the iOS & iPadOS 15 betas after the Keynote ended. Shortly after, we learned that the popular AltStore side-loading platform didn’t work on iOS & iPadOS 15 and that it would necessitate an update to work with Apple’s upcoming operating systems.

Batch uninstall apps from your jailbroken iPhone or iPad with Speedy

There comes a time when almost every iPhone or iPad owner comes to realize that they want to do partake in Spring cleaning on their handset’s Home Screen.

Whether you’re in the mood to delete apps because you need more storage space or because you feel like you have too many unused apps, the fact remains that it can be a tedious and time consuming process to sort through your apps and delete the ones you don’t want anymore.

Invoke a fake notification to get out of a pinch with Breezy

Most people can relate to being involved in one of those awkward social situations where they just can’t wait to get up and leave, but they don’t have a good reason to and don’t want to come off as rude.

Having said that, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called Breezy by titand3v can offer assistance in this department, as it lets you create fake, yet convincing notifications that can make it look like you’re needed somewhere else.