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Springtomize 3 updated for iOS 9 customization

Springtomize 3

The latest version of the classic tweak Springtomize brings full iOS 9 customization to the jailbroken masses. Springtomize 3 is now fully compatible with iOS 7, 8, and 9. For anyone not familiar with the tweak, it brings an incredibly detailed list of custom options to every facet of the iOS SpringBoard. The behavior of the iOS system and its appearance can be deeply altered to a specific level of detail, making Springtomize one of the most versatile packages on Cydia.

Activator gets 3D Touch and more in iOS 9 update

Activator iOS 9

One of the quintessential jailbreak tweaks of all time has been updated for iOS 9. Activator from Ryan Petrich is a must-have tweak that allows users to manage gestures, buttons and shortcuts to control many aspects of their devices. Not only is Activator useful on its own, but many other jailbreak tweaks can be invoked using Activator actions. Petrich has added many new features to the iOS 9 update, including several 3D Touch compatible options.

iPhone 7 comes into focus as reports fly

iPhone 7 concept

As usual several reports from the supply chain and analyst sources are looking towards Apple's next generation of iPhones. First in line is new information about a metal iPhone 6c to be released early next year. The launch of this 4-inch iPhone upgrade marks a departure from Apple's annual refresh cycle. Speaking of which, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 is expected to drop in September 2016 with a bevy of enhancements and an even thinner design. The concept above from Mesut G. Designs is loosely based on recent reports, featuring a 3D Touch home button embedded under the display itself.

Rumored iPhone 6c to feature metal casing

iPhone 5c

Apple may break tradition again and release an entry-level iPhone 6c to replace the discontinued iPhone 5c in February, according to the Chinese website TechWeb. Citing unnamed sources from Foxconn TechWeb claims Apple will announce the iPhone 6c in January then release the new device in February. The website also notes that Apple will ditch the “unapologetically plastic” casing of the iPhone 5c in favor of a metal body.

Report: Apple to ditch 3.5mm headphone port for Lightning connected headphones

3.5mm headphone jack

Citing reliable sources over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Japanese blog Macotakara claims Apple plans to abolish the 3.5mm headphone port to reduce the thickness of the iPhone 7. If true, this will make the iPhone 7 Apple's thinnest phone ever released, but it also means users will need to use Lightning connected headphones instead of the industry standard 3.5mm equipped models.

iOS App of the Week: Army Antz

Army Antz

Army Antz is a new action strategy game inspired by the 90's classic General Chaos by Electronic Arts. For those too young to remember, General Chaos is a strategy game where players battle with different teams to capture their enemy's capital city. The game was originally released for SEGA Genesis in 1994. Army Antz follows the same game mechanics with teams of ants battling each other to dominate the park battlefield.

Ironhide announces Iron Marines for mid-2016

Iron Marine

The creators of the Kingdom Rush franchise, Ironhide Game Studio announced its next title called Iron Marines. The real-time strategy game is slated for a "mid-2016" release on iOS and Android with Windows, Linux and Mac releases planned for a later date. Ironhide describes the game as a Sci-Fi RTS with lots of action and "tons of dumb jokes," but that is all the details they have revealed about the new game.

Amazon Video app updated with 3D Touch Quick Actions, X-Ray and iOS 9 multitasking

Amazon Video Quick Actions

Amazon has updated its Amazon Video app with several new iOS 9 and iPhone 6s features. The app now supports Quick Actions, which allows users to quickly access their Amazon Video library, downloads, Watchlist and search from their iPhone 6s or 6s Plus Home screen. Users can firmly press down on the Amazon Video app icon on their display to access the quick menu option.

Pebble introduces text reply feature for some iOS users

Pebble iOS Text Reply

Pebble today announced that some Pebble smartwatches owners can "test drive" their new iOS text reply feature. The new feature only works with Pebble's more current devices such as the Pebble Time, Time Steel and Time Round, and it requires a "post-paid AT&T account." Pebble smartwatch owners whose devices meet all the requirements will be able to send a "voice reply or pre-defined text to incoming items from the iOS Messages app," according to the release notes. However, the reply sent from your Pebble watch will not appear in your Messages thread on your iPhone.

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Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple Watch 2, 4-inch iPhones and more

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock.

Although Apple has not yet officially announced an Apple Watch 2, a report last week from Quanta Computer (Taiwanese manufacturer of the current Apple Watch) confirms that the next generation Apple Watch is in development and slated for an initial release in June 2016. The new Apple Watch will likely have a face-time camera, an improved battery and more capabilities when it isn't tethered to an iPhone.

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