Much of the jailbreak community’s resources, including jailbreak tweaks and themes, have migrated to smaller third-party and developer-owned repositories over the past several years. This seemed to be a direct response to the shutdown and archival of the ModMyi and MacCiti & ZodTTD repositories, and was further exacerbated by the shutdown of the Cydia Store back in 2018.
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Not only are there several different jailbreak tools that the jailbreak community gets to pick from, but there is also a respectable variety of unique package managers that users can choose to use on their jailbreaks.
Jailbreakers using iOS or iPadOS 14.0-14.3 have long had the option of choosing between Taurine by the Odyssey Team or unc0ver by Pwn20wnd. But earlier in the year, a third option dubbed Manticore was being relentlessly teased.
Today’s jailbreak tools tend to install one of two different package manager apps: Cydia or Sileo. But those are far from the only package manager apps in existence today. Popular alternatives to Cydia and Sileo that can be installed by the end user include both Installer and Zebra.
We’re no stranger to either of the aforementioned package manager apps here at iDownloadBlog, but it’s worth noting that Zebra is now under new management as iOS developer Adam Demasi (@hkirb) has officially taken over this month as the project’s lead maintainer. Those shoes were previously filled by Wilson Styres (@willywurr).
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When you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad with checkra1n or unc0ver, the tool automatically installs the tried-and-true Cydia package manager by default. What you decide to do or install from that point on is up to you, whether you choose to install Zebra, Installer, or even Sileo. That’s right… we said it.
Sileo has long been thought of as a proprietary package manager for CoolStar’s jailbreaks such as Chimera and Odyssey. But now that Sileo is officially open source, it’s likely that we’ll see a lot more happening with Sileo in the foreseeable future. One such example would be Sam Bingner's Sileo fork, which makes installing the Sileo package manager on unsupported jailbreaks incredibly easy.
If you’ve been following news in the jailbreak community recently, then you’ve probably caught wind about Taurine, the upcoming iOS & iPadOS 14.0-14.3-supported jailbreak tool for all devices. More specifically, the project has entered internal beta testing and will be released to the general public in the near future.
Taurine, much like Odyssey for iOS & iPadOS 13 and Chimera for iOS 12 before it, will utilize the Sileo package manager out of the box as opposed to Cydia, and given that Taurine is nearing a public release, it may not come as much of a surprise that the Sileo Team has launched a fresh update for its package manager.
Excellent news for those who’ve been wanting to take advantage of futurerestore to downgrade or upgrade to an unsigned version of iOS or iPadOS – you’re no longer limited to using command line interfaces (CLI) to do so.
On Monday, the community was pleasantly surprised by the release of a new user-friendly and Java-based futurerestore application for macOS dubbed FutureRestore GUI (GUI of course stands for graphical user interface).
Apple is currently testing iOS & iPadOS 14.5 with its developer base, and should be releasing it to the general public sometime within the next several weeks assuming all the beta testing stages go smoothly.
The upcoming software update will introduce a bevy of novel features, including more than 217 new Emojis that will help users express themselves in text.
If you’re using iOS or iPadOS 14 right now, then your only means of jailbreaking would be with the checkra1n jailbreak on older A7-A11-equipped handsets up to and including the iPhone X.
Fortunately, the tides may change in the relatively near future as a newly released kernel level local privilege escalation (LPE) dubbed cicuta_virosa looks particularly promising for all handsets capable of running iOS or iPadOS 12.0-14.3.
About a month ago, Guardian Firewall VPN founder and CEO Will Strafach, a former member of the Chronic Dev Team, shared a particularly exciting announcement in that nitoTV (now going by @freenitoTV on Twitter) had gotten VPN connections working on the Apple TV platform for the very first time; albeit with a jailbreak.
The aforementioned jaw-dropping feat demanded tons of complicated hackery, but after lots of research, development, testing, and refinement, the project, officially dubbed “vpnd,” is now available for jailbreakers who might want to try their hand at configuring a VPN connection on their own Apple TV.