While jailbreak tweaks are commonly used to configure the behavior of your iPhone or iPad’s native operating system, did you know that there are several jailbreak tweaks out there that can also enhance the very package manager app(s) you use to install them in the first place?
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If you’ve jailbroken an iPhone or iPad in the past five years, then you should be at least vaguely familiar with the Packix repository. It served as one of the biggest places for jailbreak tweak and theme developers to host their content, including paid packages in a post-Cydia Store community.
While there are several package managers for jailbreakers to choose from today, one of the most widely trusted is Cydia, a tried and true workhorse that has been with us jailbreak after jailbreak for more than a decade. However, all that age is beginning to show as Cydia hasn’t received any real aesthetic upgrades over the years; this continues even as competing package managers such as Installer, Sileo, and Zebra both outperform and look much slicker than Cydia.
Just this week, a U.S. district judge dismissed an eyebrow-raising lawsuit that was filed against Apple at the end of last year by none other than Cydia creator Jay Freeman (A.K.A. Saurik), a name that many jailbreakers and iDownloadBlog readers alike will recognize as ‘The Father of Jailbreaking.’
After jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, you’ll get most of your jailbreak tweaks and add-ons from dedicated repositories (or sources) that you access from a package manager app, such as Cydia. But then the inevitable happens; you find yourself plagued by unexpected error messages when trying to refresh your repository sources. Bummer, isn’t it?
Jailbreak tweak and theme developers typically use repositories such as BigBoss, Chariz, or Packix to host their work. But with more developers opting to host packages on their own private repositories, your package manager app’s repository list has likely grown much longer today than it would have been 10 years ago.
In a rather unfortunate turn of events, it would appear that the popular Dynastic Repo repository, which has been commonly used for hosting jailbreak tweaks and other third-party add-ons, will be shutting down in the near future.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the checkra1n team updated the checkra1n jailbreak tool to version 0.12.3 with official support for iOS & iPadOS 14.5 along with a bevy of other miscellaneous improvements.
The fabled Sileo package manager, which was once endemic to jailbreaks such as Chimera, Odyssey, and Taurine, is now officially available for all modern jailbreak solutions, including the likes of checkra1n and unc0ver, without the requirement of installing the Odysseyra1n script or the Procursus bootstrap.
Given just how frequently we’re asked how to get the Sileo package manager alongside Cydia on checkra1n or unc0ver without unwanted hacks or substantial jailbreak-changing commitments, we decided to take this unique opportunity to show you how to use the new Sileo installer for the checkra1n and unc0ver jailbreaks.
The Sileo package manager has long carried the stigma of being exclusive to specific jailbreaks – namely those created by CoolStar-led development teams such as Chimera for iOS 12, Odyssey for iOS & iPadOS 13, and Taurine for iOS & iPadOS 14.
Third-party ports to permit Cydia and Sileo on the same device have always existed, such as the now legacy Diatrus installer and the more recent Bingner installer. The Oydssey Team even went as far as to create an Odysseyra1n script that could turn a checkra1n’d handset into a quasi-Odyssey device with the procursus bootstrap and the Sileo package manager; the latter was especially popular given the length of time it took for an inclusive iOS & iPadOS 14 jailbreak to surface.
In a day and age where the iPhone is becoming more gesture-based, it peeves me that the Cydia app on jailbroken handsets hasn’t adopted more gesture-driven controls.
Perhaps one of the most obvious gesture controls that Cydia could benefit from is Pull to Refresh in the Changes tab – this would replace having to manually tap on the Refresh button at the top-left of the app just to see if there are any new jailbreak tweaks or extensions worth installing.
The unc0ver jailbreak has received a number of updates since initially picking up support for iOS & iPadOS 14.0-14.3 at the end of last month, with each update squashing more and more bugs to make the jailbreak more stable and performant.
As it would seem, today is no different. The unc0ver jailbreak was updated to version 6.1.0 this Thursday evening with further improvements targeting newfangled users running iOS & iPadOS 14.