Jailbreaking your iOS device allows you to modify your lock screen, home screen and even the appearance of your apps and how they are arranged. WinterBoard is a popular tool that allows you to alter the look of your device by downloading themes to your iPhone from Cydia. There are themes to change everything, including your lock screen slider, your iPhone keypad and even your Wi-Fi icon. WinterBoard offers so many more possibilities than just downloading drab wallpapers.
CustomSiriBackground lets you spice up Siri's boring look by giving her the background of your choice. There are also several WinterBoard themes which can change Siri's icon into something more fun. My favorite is Siri9000, which transforms Siri into HAL 9000 from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. You can even change the Siri start up sound into a few Hal quotes with a little advanced jailbreaking know-how.
My personal favorite jailbreak tweak of 2012 was SwipeSelection, and it's compatible with the evasi0n iOS 6 jailbreak. SwipeSelection is one of those tweaks you have to use to truly appreciate. It's a simple tweak that makes texting, taking notes and writing emails on your iPhone or iPad a lot much easier.
SwipeSelection allows users to drag one or two fingers across the keyboard of an iOS device to move the typing cursor. This makes editing text much easier by eliminating the need to tap the display of your device to delete or change letters. You can use one finger for a more precise cursor drag, or two fingers to move faster across the screen. You can also easily delete or copy entire sentences by holding the shift key and dragging your finger over the text you want to highlight. This is all demonstrated in the original concept video from Daniel Hooper posted below.
Looking for some great tweaks to get the most out of your iOS 6 jailbreak? Well if IntelliScreenX is Notification Center as it should be, then Auxo does the same for the app switcher. Auxo makes great improvements in the multitasking dock and takes advantage of the larger iPhone 5 display size.
The first thing you'll notice after installing Auxo is that each app in the switcher is displayed with a preview of its screen. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, these icons can be manipulated easily. Swipe one of the previews down and it's removed from the multitasking bar. Hold down on one and you will be prompted to remove all apps from the bar at once.
Now that you've jailbroken your iPhone 5 or another iOS device running iOS 6.0-6.1 it's time to install tweaks and customizations to get the most out of your jailbreak. IntelliScreenX 6 has the motto "the way iOS's lock screen should be" for a reason. The tweak has been in development for years and now brings a wealth of new features to the notification center.
First and foremost, IntelliScreenX makes it possible to quickly swipe down from the status bar when the device is locked and get access to current information. Of course, if you're worried about security you can disable this feature in Settings -> IntelliScreenX and still enjoy all of the enhancements to the Notification Center from the home screen.
Cydia administrator Jay Freeman told Forbes nearly 7 million iOS devices were jailbroken using the evasi0n tool since it was released on Monday morning. That makes evasi0n the most downloaded jailbreak of all time. Freeman said Cydia has received visits from 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches running the evasi0n hack.
Forbes points to the increased number of iPhones on the market as the cause of evasi0n's popularity, but Freeman believes people just want to experience the freedom of jailbreaking.
"Smart phones have become more and more popular, but they've maintained a closed experience that makes it difficult for people to get what they want,” said Freeman. “Therefore people have needed to turn to jailbreaking to fill the gap.”
There is now a simple fix for the Weather app bug being caused by the new jailbreak tool evasi0n. Jailbreakers can grab the official patch under the “Changes” section of Cydia. If you do not see the UIKit Tools package under Changes, just try refreshing the page, and it should appear.
While evasi0n was a success with over 100,000 downloads in the first 10 minutes of its release on February 4th, it also crashed Apple’s stock Weather app on the iPhone. Thankfully the evad3rs, who released the jailbreak, quickly identified the problem and fixed it.
Have you ever wanted to take a picture with your iPhone without someone knowing, but was too afraid to do so? Well now you can, thanks to the MirrorCase for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The case utilizes a mirror so you can shoot images while holding your phone horizontally, making it less obvious that you're invading someone's privacy. The MirrorCase isn't just a stealthy way to snap photos, it also protects your iPhone with its plastic shell and rubber bumpers.
The MirrorCase sounds like a great idea for those rare People of Walmart opportunities, but adding its awkward bulk to your iPhone doesn't seem worth it to me. I guess there could be some practical uses for the MirrorCase, but I'm not sure what. The MirrorCase just sounds like a creep's dream come true, and an easier way for people to snap up skirt pictures.
The sequel to the popular puzzle game Geared is now free to download for a limited time. The physics based gear game features 500 levels, with 440 of them being user submitted puzzles. The sequel also brings several new gears such as the "Ghost Gear," and features the same fun and addictive game play as the original. In Geared 2, users must move various gears into the proper position, to power the blue gears in an attempt to free a hamster. The game play is simple and doesn't feature a restrictive snap-grip found in other puzzle type games, thus giving players more freedom to find solutions.
Ironhide studios has announced the long awaited follow up to the popular tower defense game Kingdom Rush. The untitled "bigger, meaner and better" sequel is set to be released this spring. The message on the official blog reads:
Cities tremble in fear... armies gather for battle... reinforcements cry for freedom... a new adventure is coming!!! It´s a new world... a new threat... a new journey into the unknown!!!
Bigger, meaner and better; a new Kingdom Rush game is coming...
The announcement is followed by a link for die hard KR fans to download the HD wallpaper pictured above.
The official iOS 6 jailbreak entitled "evasi0n" is now available for all iOS devices including the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The jailbreak works with any Apple device capable of running iOS 6 or iOS 6.1, except the third-gen Apple TV. You can now download the Mac OS X, Linux or Windows versions for free from the official evasi0n website. This new jailbreak comes courtesy of an all-star jailbreaking team known as the evad3rs.
Here are three simple rules you should follow before jailbreaking your device:
- Backup your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud before using evasi0n. This way you are sure to never lose any data if something wrong happens.
- Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
- Be patient while the jailbreaking process is running, don’t start iTunes or Xcode in the meanwhile. The best is to not touch the computer until the end of the jailbreaking process.