The jailbreak tweak CallShortcut brings quick access to contacts directly to the home screen. With just one tap on a home screen icon iOS will start dialing the associated contact. Calling icons will be generated using the photos set in Contacts.
Setting up home screen shortcuts for contacts is straightforward. Once installed, CallShortcut adds a new option to the Contacts app. While viewing any contact, scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Add to Home Screen, right under Add to Favorites.
UPDATE: Saurik has added the iOS 8 version of Cydia as a downloadable .deb file to his website. You can download the new version of Cydia here or wait until the Pangu Team bundles it with a new version of their iOS 8 jailbreak.
Team Pangu, the Chinese team of hackers behind the iOS 7.1 jailbreak, has released a limited jailbreak for iOS 8.x devices to their website. The jailbreak is "limited" because it does not install Cydia to your device, making the jailbreak basically pointless for casual users. The main reason the new jailbreak doesn't come with Cydia is that the application hasn't been updated for iOS 8. However, Cydia creator Saurik is working on an update and you can follow his progress via Reddit.
According to the Pangu website the new jailbreak supports all devices running iOS 8 – iOS 8.1. This includes the fifth-generation iPod touch, iPhone 4s and later, iPad mini 1 - 3, and iPad 2 and later. While this is exciting news for the jailbreaking community, casual users should treat this as a developer version only. Not only is a jailbreak without Cydia pointless to casual users, this version is also only compatible with Windows computers and there is currently no English translation available.
There are many different ways to change the appearance of the stock Messages app on a jailbroken iOS device. The tweak Messages Customizer Pro adds a wide variety of options in one place to modify the look of message threads.
Besides pre-set themes to choose from, new themes can be created and completely customized using Messages Customizer Pro. Different themes can even be assigned to individual contacts or conversation threads. Bubbles for iMessage or SMS messages can also be independently customized.
Sending messages with Whatsapp can be convenient, except there is no option to schedule a pre-set message for delivery. The appropriately named jailbreak tweak Message Scheduler for Whatsapp changes this by adding scheduling functionality directly to the app.
Once installed, Message Scheduler for Whatsapp has no settings to configure. The tweak works by adding a button titled "Schedule a message" to the message menu. Simply tap this option and choose the date and time when message delivery is desired.
Apple's official Apple Store app has been updated to version 3.1 with Apple Pay support. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 owners can now make "easy one-touch" purchases within the app by using their device's Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Your device needs to be running iOS 8.1 and have Apple Pay setup to use the Apple Pay option when checking out. iPhone and iPad owners can setup Apple Pay in the Passbook & Apple Pay section of the Settings App. Just select "Add Credit or Debit Card” and use your device's camera to scan your credit card information or manually type it in. iPhone 6 users can also add a credit card to their Apple Pay account via the Passbook app by swiping down and tapping the plus sign, or you can use the card connected to your iTunes account by entering that card's security code.
Looking for an interesting way to control music playback on a jailbroken device? Clex for iOS 7 provides two different sidebar interfaces that can be accessed with a swipe from the side of the screen. Swipe from the left and view a list of all songs in the Music app.
Swipe from the right side of the display and playback controls appear, along with artist information and a list of songs from the same artist. In fact, both sidebar controls can be displayed at the same time, by swiping to show them both.
Two of the most useful controls in iOS 7 can be combined into one place on jaibroken devices. The App Switcher makes it easy to run recently accessed apps, and this functionality can now be added directly to the Control Center with the tweak CSwitcher.
Once installed, CSwitcher replaces the bottom row of quick launch apps with a smaller version of the app switcher. A double press of the home button will reveal the Control Center instead of the App Switcher, and the recently accessed app icons are located at the bottom of the Control Center.
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock slipped a bit last week, despite Thursday's introduction of the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 5K Retina iMac. After closing the previous week at $100.73, share prices steadily declined, hitting a low close of $96.26 on Thursday. They rallied a bit and finished the week at $97.67.
The uptick should continue this week, following Apple's Q4 FY 2014 earnings report, which will be released later today, 5:00 PM EDT, 2 PM PDT.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster summed up Wall St.'s expectations in a note to investors. He believes Apple will announce earnings of around $40 billion, which would be at the high end of the company's Q4 guidance. Looking to the holiday quarter, he expects Apple to generate revenue in the $65 - $68 billion range, with margins of 38 to 38.5 percent.
As promised Apple (NYSE: AAPL) has launched its first major update to iOS 8.0. iOS 8.1 is now available as an over the air update on the iPhone 4s and later and iPad 2 and later. Users can download the new software by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. The update requires 1.6GB of free storage to install.
iOS 8.1 includes Apple's new mobile payment system called Apple Pay. The new feature is only supported by the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and the Apple Watch. Only the iPhone 6 models with NFC and Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone are capable of making in-store payments at Apple Pay terminals. iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users can use Apple Pay and Touch ID to make online or in-app purchases on their tablets.
It's 1984 all over again in the App Store, Rovio Entertainment has released its Angry Birds Transformers crossover and Halfbrick Studios has updated Fruit Ninja with a Ghostbusters theme in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary. Both Tiny Tower Vegas and the MMORPG Order & Chaos Online have also been update with bonus Halloween content for those who are getting into the Halloween mood. Also don't forget to check out our best Halloween apps, including Skullduggery, one of our favorite games of the year.
Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released to the App Store and Cydia for 10/12/14 to 10/18/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Tower Madness 2. The tower defense game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/23/14. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/16/14.