Recently there has been much excitement and drama in the iOS jailbreak community. Last week's release of TaiG 2 for iOS 8.3 sent developers scrambling to update their packages for the latest firmware. The moment Cydia and countless tweaks were 8.3 ready, Apple Music launched on July 30 as part of the iOS 8.4 update. It was only hours until the first iOS 8.4 jailbreak entered the scene, however issues with the PP jailbreak tool have since come to light. TaiG immediately updated to version 2.2.0 for jailbreaking iOS 8.4, which is now recommended for all users over PPGhost.
The iOS 8.4 jailbreak has arrived. Just hours after the launch of Apple Music the PP jailbreak tool has been updated to version 2.3.0. The latest PP jailbreaks devices running iOS 8.1.3-8.4. This news comes hot on the heels of last week's iOS 8.3 jailbreak from TaiG team. While the PP tool is currently Windows-only, previous releases from PP have supported OS X. Those with jailbroken devices can now update to iOS 8.4 without losing their tweaks and customizations.
As promised, Apple launched its new music streaming service on June 30, 2015. The service offers both a free and paid option for all iPhone and iPad users who upgraded to iOS 8.4, but using the free tier can be a bit confusing. Users must sign up for the free 3 month trial period to access any of the Apple Music features. This means you must disable the free trial option if you do not want to pay $9.99 a month once it expires. Here's how:
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) made news this week on several fronts, including a change to the royalty structure in its upcoming Apple Music service. Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue stated that Apple would pay artists 0.2 cents per song during the 3-month free trial. While AAPL peaked mid-week at $129.70 after news of the change, the stock closed at $126.79 on Friday. This means AAPL longs were down 70 cents per share from Monday's open.
Sending animated pictures directly from the iOS keyboard is magical. Just ask anyone with RuPaul's Drag Race Keyboard installed on their iPhone. The Walt Disney Company has now jumped into the game, offering the free app Disney Gif to anyone running iOS 8.0 or later. Once installed, Disney Gif provides access to hundreds of categorized gifs from a custom keyboard. Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and ABC themed animated gifs can be pasted into Messages, Mail, or any other app.
Blocked makes it possible to enforce more robust security and privacy on iOS devices. Once installed, Activator actions can be configured to enter two different secure modes: Sleep mode and Guest mode. Both modes function in a similar manner, by blocking access to certain apps or settings when enabled. This means you can be sure exactly what's happening on your iOS device when lending it to someone, or when it's time to sleep.
Looking to switch up the iOS home screen with one free jailbreak tweak? RippleBoard has a variety of functions that can be installed in one easy swoop. First of all, there's an option to make all icons and folders round on the home screen. This alone is an interesting enough feature. Dig deeper, and there are more options.
Columba is a messaging tweak that brings many enhancements to jailbroken iOS 8.x devices. In addition to quick compose and quick reply functions accessible from anywhere, Columba adds messaging templates and scheduling to the mix. Once installed, the tweak can be configured under Settings. The first choice is whether to enable a windowed interface or stick to the full native Messages style.
Good news for anyone holding off on jailbreaking iOS 8.3. The TaiG jailbreak tool has officially been updated to version 2.1.2. The new release brings several bug fixes and support for Cydia Substrate, which has been updated for iOS 8.3. Most issues facing early adopters of the initial release have been resolved, including problems related to newer versions of iTunes. Users who have already jailbroken their devices do not have to re-jailbreak, but there are updates that must be installed to prevent future issues.
For some iPhone owners hitting the snooze button is a morning ritual. The iPhone doesn't make this easy, like some of the old digital alarm clocks with massive snooze buttons on top. Instead, getting a few extra minutes of time in bed requires tapping a narrow band of text on the lock screen that says "Tap to snooze". It can be easy to miss. This situation can now be fixed thanks to the jailbreak tweak SnoozeHelper.