With iOS 8, Apple has finally given third party developers access to some iOS features, including Photos, the keyboard and Safari among others. The new feature, called Extensions, allows third party apps to access and share data with iOS apps. For Safari this means that you can add "Action Extensions" for applicable apps and then use their tools without ever leaving Safari. For example, if you have a password manager like LastPass, for instance, you can add that extension and then use LastPass from within Safari. Here's how you set up extensions in Safari:
1. Open Safari and tap the Share button (bottom middle).
2. This brings up a variety of options. Scroll to the right on the bottom level until you see the "More" icon. Tap on it.
With iOS 8, Apple has finally given third party developers access to some iOS core features like the keyboard, camera and Safari among others. This has been done through a feature called "Extensions," which allows iOS apps to interact with third party apps. This means that you can download a photo editing app from the App Store and access it directly from Photos, rather than leaving photos, opening up the app and then opening the photo you want to edit, which makes things a whole lot simpler.
Here's how you add extensions to your Photos app:
1. Open your Photos app and choose a photo to edit. Tap edit in the top right corner.
2. If you have any relevant apps on your iPhone/iPad, you will see a "More" icon in the top left corner that looks like three dots. Tap on that.
For some iOS users, making the most of the home screen can mean eliminating the dock. With the dock removed, another row of standard app icons can be utilized on each home screen page. Abeo is a jailbreak tweak designed to customize the iOS 8 home screen in this way.
With Abeo installed and enabled under Settings, the dock disappears, which spreads the rest of the app icons out to fill space. In order to maximize the number of icons on the home screen, the number of rows and columns can be customized under Settings -> Abeo.
Adding a three dimensional effect to the iOS home screen has been a hobby of jailbreak developers for some time. With the release of iOS 7, Apple got in on the act and created a parallax effect on the home screen background. While this 3D feature can be disabled, the jailbreak tweak ShadowBoard takes things in the opposite direction.
ShadowBoard adds drop shadows to all of the app icons on the home screen, including the dock. Thanks to the accelerometer, when the iOS device is tilted the shadow moves, simulating depth. This 3D effect adds another layer of dimensionality to the iOS 8 home screen.
Quick Reply is a great addition to iOS 8. Messages can be read and responded to right in the banner notification. Wouldn't it be even better if third-party messaging apps could use the same trick? Enter the jailbreak tweak IMN for iOS 8.
With IMN installed, the same convenient Quick Reply functions that work with the stock Messages app are applied to other apps. Currently Facebook Messenger, Kik, and LINE are fully supported by the tweak.
WhatsApp users are normally notified when a sent message is read by the recipient. Much like iMessage shows the time that an outgoing message was read, two blue check marks appear after a WhatsApp message is read. While Messages can be configured to keep read status private, disabling read receipts in WhatsApp is a more complicated proposition.
Those with stock iOS 8 devices can use a trick to prevent WhatsApp from reporting read receipts. Once a new message notification arrives, switch the device into Airplane Mode. Read the message in WhatsApp, then quit the app. Finally, turn Airplane Mode off.
Individual apps can be protected with the jailbreak tweak Asos, recently updated for iOS 8. Asos prevents an app from running without authentication, making it possible to add a passcode to apps or use Touch ID for access. Asos also protects its own settings page, and can do this with Touch ID.
Once installed, settings can be configured to determine when an app prompts for authentication. Apps can request a passcode or Touch ID every time they run, once after reboot, or at timed intervals. Each app installed on iOS 8 can be secured or left unprotected by Asos, based on user preferences.
Advertisements are generally unobtrusive in iOS, however one place where this can be an exception is in the web browser. Many apps use built-in Safari functionality, and ads served via web pages can crop up anywhere. The jailbreak tweak AdBlocker has been updated for iOS 8, and is now available in Cydia as AdBlocker 2.
AdBlocker operates like similar desktop-based ad blocking software, by optimizing the spaces where ads normally appear in the web browser. Once installed, settings include options to enable banner ad blocking in Safari and apps that use the default iOS 8 web browser view (UIWebViews).
In iOS 8 you can share Reminders lists with other iCloud users, which can be a useful tool for collaborative efforts. Say you and a group of friends are getting ready to go on a camping trip and you have a list of items that still need to be gathered. You can share this list with the group and everyone can edit it and mark items as completed. Here's how to do it:
1. The first thing you need to do in order to share a reminder list is turn on Reminders in your iCloud settings. Go to Settings -> iCloud and make sure the toggle next to Reminders is on.
2. Go to Reminders and create your list. You can set alerts by location or by time. So you could set "Pick up fuel for the stove" to alert whenever someone is is near an REI store, etc.
Good news for anyone who enjoys spoofing their iPhone location to trick friends and apps alike. The jailbreak tweak LocationFaker has been updated to work with iOS 8. For those who purchased the previous version of LocationFaker, the update is free of charge.
LocationFaker8 replaces GPS-sourced location data with a fake location chosen by the user. Once installed, the LocationFaker app will appear on the iOS 8 home screen. Locations can be searched, and a list of favorite spoofed locations can even be kept for later use.