LS Lyra 5, a clean and minimal theme for your Lock screen

Welcome to our third post about the wonderful world of iPhone Lock screen mods! In this series we lay out instructions on how to turn that boring stock Lock screen into a beautifully crafted setup. The Lock screen is literally the first thing you see every time you turn on your iPhone so why not make it look as pretty as possible. Let's just get started...

How to enable 3D maps on older devices

One of the biggest new features of iOS 6 is the new reinvigorated Maps app, which no longer relies on data from Google. The new Maps app also features turn-by-turn directions, and 3D capabilities.

Sadly, for owners of older devices like the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3GS, you'll get the new Maps app sans 3D capabilities or turn-by-turn directions. As usual, the jailbreak community has come through with a solution to at least one of the omissions — 3D maps.

Check inside as we walk you through adding 3D maps to your officially unsupported older device...

How to restore your SAM unlock activation ticket to unlock your iPhone

Since it appears that Apple has fixed the issue with their activation servers, latecomers to the SAM iPhone unlock party are left in the lurch. Fortunately, not all users have lost the potential to unlock their iPhones.

Those who were proactive enough to unlock their iPhone using SAM, and backed up their activation tickets can still easily restore those tickets and unlock their iPhones if they have to restore their device for whatever reason.

If you're currently unlocked on an unofficial SIM by means of the SAM unlock, backup your activation ticket now before you lose it. We can't stress this enough.

Keep in mind that you will still need a jailbroken iPhone to accomplish this, and you will need your backed up Lockdown folder that you saved-off after successfully unlocking your device the first go-round...

If you meet the criteria, step right inside and take a look at our easy to follow guide for restoring your iPhone unlock...

How to backup your unlocked iPhone’s activation ticket

Earlier this morning iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd recommended that all who unlock their iPhone using the SAM method backup their activation ticket for future use.

To do so, he suggested that we backup everything contained in this folder: /var/root/Library/Lockdown/ for each SIM card that we use. If you have iFile installed on your jailbroken iPhone, then you can securely backup your activation ticket in less than 5 minutes.

Check out our video how to inside...

‘SendAny’ and ‘ReceiveAny’ lets you send and receive any file using iMessage

Remember that little feature we showed you with the OS X Messages beta that let you send files to your iDevice straight from the desktop?

Imagine that, but imagine it about 50 times better. That's what you get with the upcoming jailbreak tweaks entitled SendAny and ReceiveAny — they allow you to send and receive any type of file using iMessage.

Check inside for our full hands-on preview of both tweaks in action...

Siri gets a HAL 9000 theme

"Good evening, Dave."

Yes, the inevitable has finally happened, we're just curious why it took so long.

Indeed, Siri has finally been laced with a classic HAL 9000 theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It's all possible thanks to a WinterBoard theme, and a handful of UISounds that replace the stock Siri sounds. Check out our how-to video inside...

How to send any file format to iOS devices using Messages for Mac

Yes, you can send files to iOS devices from the beta Messages app that Apple recently released. That much is obvious, as it only makes sense to be able to send photos, sound files, text files, and the like.

What's a bit stranger is the fact that you can send virtually any type of file from your Mac to an iOS device via Messages.

But don't get your hopes up too high. There is still a limit as to what you can do with said files in iOS' Messages app once you receive them...

Why Every Jailbreak Power User Needs iFile

iFile — you've most likely heard of it, but do you use it? If you've ever used a Mac, then you're familiar with Finder, and if you're familiar with Finder, than you're familiar with iFile.

iFile is essentially the iOS version of Finder, or Explorer for Windows. But for jailbreakers, there's a lot more here than meets the eye. Check inside for a video walkthrough accompanied by a good list of reasons as to why you should be using iFile.

How to Install Mobile Terminal on iOS 5

Mobile Terminal is an extremely handy tool to have if you're used to using a command line interface.

Unfortunately, the version that's still in Cydia has gone without an update for quite some time now, rendering it unusable on recent iOS firmware.

With this handy video tutorial, I'll show you how to get back in the game with Mobile Terminal on iOS 5...

How to Fix iBooks on a Jailbroken iOS 5 Device

Yesterday, a book about Steve Jobs was released; perhaps you've heard of it?

Sadly, if you're an iBooks reader with a jailbroken iOS 5 device, you won't be doing too much catching up on the late Apple CEO's affairs, or otherwise.

That's because iBooks crashes on iOS 5 devices that are jailbroken, rendering it quite useless. Fortunately, there is a workaround. Check out the video tutorial inside, for an in-depth walkthrough on the fix...

MyGreatFest — A Roundup of Everything You Missed

MyGreatFest, the world's first jailbreak convention, was held earlier today in London. The event featured presentations from prominent figures in the jailbreak community, including saurik and members of the Chronic Dev Team.

The convention featured 6 main keynotes with an array of speakers. We've collected some of the highlights from MyGreatFest for those that weren't able to tune into the livestream...

Picks of the Week: Photo Stats, PhoneDrive, Match Panic

Every week, iDownloadBlog shows you a selection of app picks that we think are interesting. While we tend to choose apps from the App Store, we occasionally throw in a web or jailbreak app as well. This week, we've got three awesome App Store apps for you to check out. We hope you enjoy this week's picks!