Software

Apple no longer signing iOS 14.6 following the launch of iOS 14.7 (& iOS 14.7.1)

Following a lengthy beta testing period involving developers and volunteer participants, Apple officially released iOS & iPadOS 14.7 to the public last week with a long list of new features and improvements for iPhones and iPads alike. But no software update from Apple comes without the bitter aftertaste.

Just as Apple always does after releasing a major software update, the company closed the signing window for iOS & iPadOS 14.6, which makes it substantially more difficult for iPhone and iPad users to downgrade to the older firmware version if they’ve already updated the device(s) to iOS or iPadOS 14.7, or perhaps the newer yet iOS or iPadOS 14.7.1.

Adam Demasi takes over as the lead maintainer of the Zebra package manager

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).

Unc0ver jailbreak updated to v6.2.0 with major stability & reliability improvements for iOS 14

Team unc0ver is back at it once again following a long pause in updates after launching an updated version of the unc0ver jailbreak tool for all iOS & iPadOS versions spanning 11.0-14.3. Today’s update brings the unc0ver jailbreak tool up to version 6.2.0.

Hacker and unc0ver lead developer Pwn20wnd announced the updated version of the jailbreak via Twitter this Saturday afternoon.

Blackb0x Apple TV jailbreak released for various firmware on second & third-generation units

Apple TV owners who wish to jailbreak their Apple-branded set top boxes are in for a bout of good news this Wednesday afternoon, as an all-new Apple TV-centric jailbreak tool dubbed Blackb0x appears to have been released to the public.

Citing the project’s official GitHub page, the Blackb0x jailbreak fills an important niche by setting its sights on older Apple TV models such as second and third-generation units running various versions of tvOS. The support is a little complicated, which is why we’ll be outlining that in more detail below.

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.

15 features iOS 15 ‘borrowed’ from the jailbreak community

Apple on Monday announced a multitude of upcoming software updates for its many device offerings, as the company always does during its annual WWDC keynote address.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of the excitement encompasses the newly announced iOS & iPadOS 15 software updates, which bring a truckload of new features to Apple’s mobile handsets are expected to launch publicly this Fall.

Apple stops signing iOS 14.5.1, thwarting downgrades from the newer iOS 14.6

Apple released iOS & iPadOS 14.6 to the public in May with some improvements for the company’s mobile operating systems, and as we know with most of Apple’s mobile software updates, they typically come closely trailed by the un-signing of the previous version.

That’s the case this evening, as it appears that Apple has officially stopped signing iOS & iPadOS 14.5.1. With this move, iPhone and iPad owners will no longer be able to easily downgrade from the newer iOS & iPadOS 14.6 using traditional methods.