Add More Keys to the iOS 8 Keyboard with iKeywi

There's no shortage of options when it comes to customizing the iOS keyboard. Especially now that iOS 8 allows third-party keyboards, which can be downloaded in the App Store. iKeywi has been around for some time as a jailbreak tweak, and is now updated to iKeywi 3 for iOS 8 compatibility. The developer also launched an Apple-approved version of iKeywi on the App Store.

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Both options, iKeywi (App Store, $0.99) and iKeywi 3 (Cydia, $1.99) provide similar features. The main difference is that jailbreakers don't have to fumble around with installing and using a third-party keyboard. iKeywi 3 simply becomes integrated into the stock keyboard when the tweak is enabled.

New Jailbreak Tweaks and iOS Apps of the Week: Happy New Year!

It was a slow week for App Store releases since Apple's iTunes Connect was shutdown from December 22-29, but there were a few noteworthy jailbreak tweaks released to Cydia over the holidays. Here's a quick look at some of the tweaks and the few apps released to Cydia and the App Store from 12/29/14 to 01/04/15. The App Store should start filling up again with new apps and games now that it has been open for one full week.

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Apple's Free App of the Week is Icycle: On Thin Ice. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 01/09/14. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you never miss a new App Store or Cydia release.

Improve the iOS 8 Camera with CameraTweak 3

Good news for iPhone photography buffs who have jailbroken devices. The popular mod CameraTweak has been updated for iOS 8. Now in its third version, CameraTweak 3 continues to deliver, bringing useful enhancements directly to the stock iOS Camera app. While iOS 8 now includes many features that were once the province of jailbreak mods, CameraTweak still adds more.

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Once installed, CameraTweak will immediately be visible when the Camera app is opened. The settings for CameraTweak 3 include a complete user manual, for those who would like more thorough documentation. Toggles make it possible to switch various features off, or add advanced operations to the Camera app. Information such as ISO setting and shutter speed is also displayed.

Auxo 3 Updates the Look and Feel of iOS 8

Since its release two years ago, Auxo has been a must-have tweak for jailbreakers. Now in its third iteration, Auxo 3 launches with full iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Plus support. For those not familiar with Auxo, this jailbreak tweak radically changes the app switcher and reduces the need to press the physical home button.

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Three main components make up Auxo 3, and these are reflected in the settings. The Multi-Center, Quick Switcher, and Hot Corners make up the bulk of Auxo. In addition, there are advanced options to customize the experience. Once installed, Auxo provides a refined look and feel that blends in perfectly with stock iOS 8 functionality and appearance.

Take iPhone Photos Faster with QuickShoot Pro

Getting the perfect shot on an iPhone can sometimes require patience. Even with burst mode, the Camera app takes time to load up and display a preview before images can be captured. The jailbreak tweak QuickShoot Pro for iOS 8 changes all this, by making image and video capture nearly instant directly from the home screen.

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With QuickShoot installed, the Camera app icon acts as a capture button itself, without ever loading the normal camera user interface. Double tap to snap a photo immediately, or triple tap to begin recording video. The Camera app icon will change to illustrate what function is currently taking place. QuickShoot Pro for iOS 8 has ample settings to play with as well.

Preview CarPlay Directly on the iPhone

Jailbreak developers are working hard to bring CarPlay functionality to devices running iOS 8. One such project, named CarPlay iOS, is available on Cydia as a preview of what's to come. While the tweak is not sophisticated, CarPlay iOS provides basic Music functionality with the CarPlay interface right on an iPhone or iPad.

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Once installed, a CarPlay iOS app icon will appear on the home screen. Opening this app reveals the main CarPlay screen, in this version limited to Music and Now Playing. Listening to a track reveals oversized, high-contrast play controls. This is the essence of what makes CarPlay useful, providing the operating system for in-dash displays and CarPlay-enabled radios.

How to Tap Hidden iOS 8 Settings

There are tons of settings and adjustments hidden within iOS 8. The jailbreak tweak AdvancedSettings8 makes it possible to explore these settings and customize every nook and cranny of the system. The word advanced in the title is an understatement. Once installed, users can start playing with values and sliders, viewing the results immediately without a respring.

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Settings -> AdvancedSettings8 only contains a toggle to enable or disable the tweak in its entirety. The real magic happens with a long press on the Settings app icon on the home screen. This will bring up a list of around 20 items that contain submenus capable of changing things like gravity, elasticity, mass, and stiffness - just the tip of the iceberg.

iOS 8.1.2 Does Not Patch TaiG Jailbreak

It has been confirmed that iOS 8.1.2 does not patch the kernel exploit used in the TaiG jailbreak and it is safe for iOS users with jailbroken devices to upgrade. However, most jailbreakers will probably want to stay at iOS 8.1 or 8.1.1 since there are really no reasons to upgrade unless you purchase ringtones.

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iOS 8.1.1 was released mainly to increase stability and performance on older Apple hardware, such as the iPhone 4s and iPad 2, and iOS 8.1.2 fixes a bug that was affecting ringtone purchases. You will only want to upgrade if you're experiencing performance problems since installing iOS 8, you purchase ringtones or if you just like being up to date.

Can I update my jailbroken iPhone to iOS 8.1.1?

Any iOS device compatible with iOS 8.1.1 can be updated. If your device is already jailbroken, beware: updating to iOS 8.1.1 will wipe the jailbreak. This means all tweaks and customizations will be erased and stock iOS 8.1.1 installed.

The good news is that iOS 8.1.1 can be jailbroken. So updating just means the device must be re-jailbroken after the update is complete.

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Can I jailbreak my iOS 8 device with TaiG?

UPDATE: Click here for instructions on how to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with version 2 of the TaiG Jailbreak Tool.

Now that TaiG has made it possible to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1, those looking to jailbreak must have compatible devices. The good news is that TaiG works without limitation. Any device capable of running iOS 8.0 through iOS 8.1.1 can be jailbroken with this tool.


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