Facebook is one of the most used applications on iOS. We like to stay connected to our friends on Facebook by either interacting on their posts or publishing content on the move using the mobile app of Facebook. While the facebook app has come a long way both, in terms of design and functionalities in the past few years, there are still a few things that are annoying about it. For example, while it is possible on Android phones to access the Facebook app in fullscreen mode thanks to the immersive mode for KitKat 4.4.
For iOS, nothing like that exists, so as a result, you are forced to use the app in the screenspace, whatever is left over after the top menu bar has taken space. However, thanks to the jailbreaking community, we have a good alternate to this. You can now access the Facebook application in full screen mode thanks to a tweak called Facebook Fullscreen. This tweak works only on the official Facebook application, so you must have that downloaded for the tweak to function. Make sure you have the device jailbroken too.
Once you have done that, head over to the BigBoss Repo where the tweak is available for absolutely free. You will have to install the tweak and restart the springboard for the tweak to take effect. There are no settings or configurations for you to play along here, just fire the application up and you will see it in full screen mode. Just uninstall the tweak to go back to the original view.
One of the first questions anybody asks after a major iOS release is about the availability of the next jailbreak. So far, there was no news of the jailbreak for devices that running iOS 7.1.1, the latest public version of iOS. However, a Chinese group of developers called Pangu have made the files necessary for you to install cydia to your device available, enabling you to jailbreak your device and have fun with the cydia tweaks while enjoying the goodness of the latest OS from Apple.
To do this, all you need to do is head over to the webpage of Pangu here. The website is in Chinese, so you will need to run a Google translator to find your way around. The exe file is available for Windows, so you will have to download that to your PC and install the tool. The Mac version of the tool will be made available in the coming days, so for now, you will need a Windows run PC to do this operation. Once you have installed the tool, go ahead and connect your iPhone and unlock the device if you have a passcode set. You will need to make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes running on your computer.
Take a backup of your device, in case something goes wrong. Go ahead and run the tool now and follow the on screen instructions and your device will be jailbroken in a giffy. The only word of caution for our readers is that, the file size here is almost 70 MB which is pretty huge for a file like this, as so far most of them have been around 30 MB. We urge you to wait, if you are not in a hurry, for some of the better know jailbreaking teams to make use of the vulnerability in iOS 7.1 to make a more stable and reliable jailbreak tool available.
Multi tasking has always been a bit of achilles heel of iOS since its advent. Apple did make some drastic changes about it in iOS 7 adding a card like UI and a more robust software tweak which ensures a better true multi tasking, however, you still wonder if things could have been better. Thanks to the availability of jailbreak on iOS 7, the developers have got their hands well and truly dirty with tweaks bringing features to iOS 7 which makes you wonder why could Apple not come up with something like this too?
Anyway, the tweak we are talking about is Auxo 2. The tweak is available from Cydia Store for $3.99. The tweak basically integrated the Control Center to the multi tasking window of iOS 7. However, everything is designed from the ground up here, as the Control Center is not present in its default state. It is neatly stripped down to only contain its bare minimal features such as the quick shortcuts and playback controls. The rest of the sharing icons and toggles are on the top with multi tasking windows in between.
You can check out the video of the tweak here to get a better idea of what the tweak can do exactly. Just a note for those who are coming from the original Auxo tweak and have that installed, can upgrade to Auxo 2 for only $1.99.
We all love a bit of sneak peek into the future. Jailbreaking a device pretty much allows us to do exactly this, load up features on our mobile devices that otherwise may not be available. While it may be argued that the jailbreaking community is on it’s way down and out, but till the time it is here we should totally enjoy it. Vertex is yet another tweak from the community that does the sort of stuff you would perhaps have wanted Apple to do right out of the box.
The tweak is available for $1.49 to download from BigBoss repo. It is one of the expensive tweaks, but dare we say, also one of the finest ones we have seen. On the utility of the tweak, it does a bare minimum. The tweak simply combines your Control Center with the Multitasking windows seamlessly.
As a result, whenever you swipe the Control Center up from the bottom, you also get a peek at your Multitasking window. You can easily swipe away apps from here to close it or simply select one to run it. Neither the actions of Control Center or the Multitasking Window are affected by this tweak. In fact, you will be hard pressed to differentiate if they ever existed independently. The tweak looks even better on iPad where thanks to more screen space, it gives a better effect.
Apple has always held great pride in controlling the entire user experience right from the software to hardware of its devices. Although this has resulted in great vertical integration and seamless experience it has been a bit of a menace when it comes to allowing the customizations that a user might want to do with his devices. To a very large extent, this problem has been sorted thanks to the jailbreaking community which has been extremely active.
However, what if you want to create a tweak yourself without having to fall upon the community. Flex 2 is the perfect Cydia tweak for you if you do not know how to code but would still like to create a new patch for your device. The tweak has literally unlimited applications and can virtually help you make a patch for any application you may want. From changing the size of default Siri window to changing the number of images you can send in an E-Mail Flex 2 allows you to do all that and much.
Not just this, the tweak has a very strong community behind it too, meaning there is a possibility that a patch has already been made for you before you even try the stweak out. Flex 2 is slightly expensive and available for $3.99 from Big Boss repo but definitely worth it.
Recently there was a very interesting discussion going on Twitter. The discussion was around if users preferred their apps to have dark theme or light theme. It was widely agreed that apps with dark theme are always preferred given that they can be used rather inconspicuously when in dark and also do not cause unnecessary strain on the eye. However, the entire of iOS 7 is based on light backgrounds and if you would like to darken that there is an option to invert colors in Accessibility. However, that would render a lot of pictures on your device waste, as a result a tweak called Eclipse is really useful.
Since the Tweak is available from Cydia store, you obviously must be running an iOS device that has been jailbroken and on iOS 7. Eclipse is a very simple jailbreak tweak that allow for an across the board dark theme being enabled for your iOS device. Not just the OS elements but the tweak also enables dark theme in all the third party applications. So, in case you use the official Twitter application, it would no more hurt your eyes with all the white in the background.
The results though are mixed and only the components that use commonprogrammatic UI elements are affected. Some of the places such as the dialer or the messaging app are not darkened since they happen to use png images instead of programmatic UI. The tweak obviously hence require a lot of work from the developer including the option of only selectively darkening hand picked apps. Despite that, the tweak is rather useful and for only $.99 from Big Boss Repo is actually is a very useful add on to your device.
Whatsapp has been one of the most used applications, no matter what platform you are on. Willing to bet here but 9 out of 10 users download Whatsapp within the first ten applications they download after picking a new smartphone. With no ads, a very affordable pricing per year and with cross platform integration, Whatsapp is an absolute ruler when it comes to the way we communicate.
However, not just for text messaging, Whatsapp has become a great medium to share images across with your friends quickly. When Apple added several options of sharing things in iOS 7, the optimist in us expected Apple would add the option to share via Whatsapp too at some stage. However, that did not happen and as a result we are back to relying on a good old Cydia Tweak to get the job done.
The tweak you need to download to have Whatsapp present in the iOS 7 Control Centre is called Activity Pro. The tweak is available for free if you have a jailbroken iPhone with Cydia installed. The tweak simply adds the option of sharing via Whatsapp or even Line to your Control Centre when you open the same in the apps such as Whatsapp and Line. You can simply pick a picture in the gallery, and open Control Centre to share it with your Whatsapp contact. Not just images, the integration also works wonderfully well with text or notes files, so in case you have written a long kickass essay, you can share the same on whatspp. A very interesting as well as a useful tweak.
One of the very first application you must install to your iPhone from Cydia once you have jailbroken your device is biteSMS. Although, the default messaging application on the iPhone is pretty good, biteSMS brings a lot of new neat features. Things like quick compose and delivery reports are two of the features we really like about biteSMS. But the team behind the application is not sitting back and have released an update that makes things even better.
Image via: Addictive Tips
If you have not yet, get going an update your biteSMS or install it on your jailbroken iPhone. There is a neat new widget with the application that add a shortcut to your favorite contacts so that you can compose the message quickly to a particular person right from the notification widget. The beta version 7.6 also comes with a Read or Delivered based on status of your iMessage which is also a very useful add on.
If you do not know how to get biteSMS for your device you can read this post we had covered about it. You might want to update your repos to get the latest version though, but it totally is worth it since these add ons make the application a lot more handy and pretty close to a perfect messaging application. For now though, the latest version is 7.5 in Xsellize repo, but you can add this repo to get the 7.6 latest version and all the goodness “http://cydia.bitesms.com”
Apple have in the past few days released plenty of updates to their Operating systems for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. In fact it has become a bit difficult to keep a track. First, we had the iOS version 6.1 on which jailbreak was achieved, but it was found that it had plenty of bugs and issues regarding battery drain and security by pass. However, Apple has set all of it right by iterating the iOS to version iOS 6.1.2 which fixes the calender sync issues. If you are on iOS 6.1, go ahead and check for updates on your device and you would be prompted to a 12 MB update to iOS 6.1.2. So, let’s assume you are done updating your device, the next important thing obviously is to jailbreak the device to enjoy all the goodness of Cydia and having all the customization on your device to suit your needs. So here is a step by step process for your jaibreak your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS 6.1.2.
Step 1) Before you do anything, go ahead and turn off the pass code you might have setup on your device by going into settings.
Step 2) Head over to Evasi0n site here and download the version for your OS, be it Windows, Linux or Mac.
Step 3) Connect your device, make sure you close iTunes in case it opened, and go ahead and click on “Jailbreak” option to enjoy all the customization.
Step 4) After the first set of procedures, a new icon of jailbreak would flash on your device, so go ahead click that and allow your phone to reboot a few times which it would before finally booting up the iOS 6.1.2.
Once done you can run Cydia and other goodness on your iOS 6.1.2. We do advice you to take a backup of the device before you carry out any of the procedures written above. Do let us know in the section below in case you have any questions or tweet in to us at @Blogtechnika or @Techverarp.
Jailbreaking has most definitely made the apple products really customizable. A lot is made of the lack of ability to personalise your iPhone, in fact it is a closed world where you don’t really have much options to sit and edit things your way. Cydia tweaks are the only way that we have on hand to sit and change the way our phone is. So, here is another interesting tweak called iconrenamer.
A typical iPhone or iPad for that matter has icons decorated over the springboard and there is the application name which is present underneath the application. However what if you wish to change the names of these icons, for example i want to call the messaging application as texts cause that is what i call it and its then easier as i would register immediately that this is the texting application. However in the native IOS world there is no way to do this unless you are jail broken, so yes to use this tweak you need to have cydia working on your iPhone or iPad.
It’s very easy to get this tweak. All you have to do is follow these steps:
1) Go to Cydia and in the search bar type in iconrenamer.
2) Download the tweak and let your springboard respring.
3) No new icon is added to your springboard so do not look for it.
4) Tap on the application whose name you wish to change and keep it pressed till you enter the jiggle mode, pressing the application once again will pop up a window and you would be able to enter the name you wish to give the application.
This is a fun tweak yet extremely useful as you would be adding a new personalised touch to your device.
You can watch this tweak in action here:
Note: Blogtechnika is not responsible for anything going wrong with your device.