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.
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.
Check out the video of the tweak below:
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 common programmatic 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.
It is a debatable topic whether there is any place for jailbreak when Apple has attempted to cover all the deficiencies with iOS 7. With the addition of Control Center and plenty of other new features, several Cydia tweaks that users craved for, jailbreaking your device is no more the absolute necessity it once was.
However, if you still would like to play around with your device, or add things to the springboard such as themes, then it is possible to jailbreak your device if you are on iOS version 7 or iOS 7.0.4. This is possible via the latest Evasi0n tool. Here is a step by step guide on how you can go ahead and do the same:
1) Download Evasi0n from here. You may select the Mac or Windows version based on your preference.
2) Make sure you have your device unlocked and you have iTune closed when you connect your iPhone to the system.
3) Remember to take the backup of your device, just in case something goes wrong.
4) Unzip the file you have downloaded and simply click on the Jailbreak button from the application.
5) Once you have done that, wait for a while while the action happens. The iPhone will restart in the process.
6) Once done, you will have an evasi0n 7 tool on your desktop. Click on that to install Cydia, and you are set to enjoy the vast world of Tweaks.
iOS 7 is very much in beta with the latest being Beta 2 and surprisingly, despite not being a full release there has been loads of coverage of iOS 7. People have loved it and plenty have loathed it, but the design is here to stay. Although, iOS 7 has bought various features that users liked from the Cydia store such as a dedicated Control Center that would take place of SB Settings, but still there is so much more you can do with jailbreaking your device. But with every release of iOS Jailbreaking becomes more and more challenging as Apple tries to cover all the possible loopholes. And then begins the search of new ones and new ways to jailbreak.
Despite not being a full release yet, iOS 7 has already been jailbroken. This news comes as a surprise as not many people thought anybody would even attempt to jailbreak an OS that is in Beta. But that has already happened, as shown by Ryan Petrich, who posted a screenshot of his iPod Touch which is running iOS on his Twitter account.
This is a good news for all those who are thinking of updating their devices as jailbreak should not be too far away after the final release of iOS 7. Although, no more information was spilled about the jailbreak, but the presence of Activator certainly proves the device is already jailbroken giving winds to the fire that the jailbreak community is all set to support iOS 7.
For those who have updated their iPhones, iPod Touches or iPads to iOS 6.1.3 and were hoping to someday read that a jailbreak for the said OS version is available, then you are out of luck. It seems like dev teams that are responsible for the development of jailbreak have already given up the current iOS version saying that all the hard work is not worth it and they will wait for the next major update before getting their hands dirty.
Although, the next update is expected to be a vastly improved and changed iOS 7, we are not exactly sure if Apple would leave too many loop holes for the dev teams to ake advantage of. There has already been quite a uproar about how Apple has not taken the security of their consumers seriously and it could well be that iOS 7 is when Apple makes some radical much needed changes.
To confirm that no work is currently going on on a jailbreak pod2g tweeted this from their official Twitter account when asked if they are working on a new jailbreak:
@xld2s59 we are not working on a 6.1.3 jailbreak, that would be too much efforts for a minimal update. We’re waiting for a major release.
Having updated all our Apple devices to iOS 6.1.3 we are disappointed that the dev community has decided to not support the latest version but you can definitely see the reasoning. Oh well, here is hoping we do get the jailbreak when the next major update does come out.
We recently showed you how easy it was with a few combinations of Home button on an iPhone to bypass the lockscreen despite it being passcode protected here. However, no more. Apple has released it’s latest OTA update which would iterate your iOS version to version 6.1.3 and take care of this bypass. The update is about 18 MB in size and should take no more than 15 minutes to install on a decent internet connection. The update is available both OTA and via iTunes. The official listing on the update is:
“Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app” and “Improvements to Maps in Japan”
It is pretty surprising though that Apple has taken over a month to fix the issue and that despite rolling out the update to 6.1.2 this issue was not resolved. Updating to the latest update could also mean that you are not going to be able to jailbreak your device any longer, because Apple has also patched up a security loophole that allowed the popular jailbreaking tool Evasi0n to take advantage of. So if you want to keep your jailbreak secure, then do not update your device.
Do let us know if you updated your iOS version and if you found any other new changes in the section below, or tweet in to us at @Blogtechnika or @Techverarp.
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.
We have all been eagerly awaiting for this moment, in fact a lot of us had put updating our iDevices away before updating them to iOS 6. But rejoice the Apple faithful as iOS 6 has been successfully jailbroken. Yes, the jailbreak to iOS 6 is now available and by all accounts it is working well. We just jailbroke our iPhone 4 and it works like a charm. And above all, it is an extremely easy process, so without taking too much of your time, let us quickly delve into how to go about it and what you need to do.
We do advice you to take a back up of your device before you proceed with the procedure, also make sure you disable any lock code that you may have on your device before you move along. This is a request from the devs and you should be able to keep your device safe for about 5 minutes, which is all you would require to jailbreak your device running iOS 6. So just follow these steps once you have taken a back up of your device and installed iOS 6 on your iDevice.
Step 1) Head over to evasi0n here and download the tool to jailbreak your device based on the OS of your laptop.
Step 2) Connect your device to your desktop and make sure you quit iTunes away.
Step 3) Open the evasi0n app you just downloaded and press the button that says jailbreak. Make sure your device is unlocked.
Step 4) After a while, you will see the icon of evad3rs on screen, tap that and let the process resume.
Step 5) That is it, you will see the exit icon on your desktop, press that and you are done.
Step 6) Open Cydia on your phone or iPad or iPod touch and let the magic begin. If by any chance there is no cydia icon on your device, just repeat the procedure.
Hope you enjoy the jailbreak on your device. Do let us know in the section below or tweet in to us at @Blogtechnika and @Techverarp