There's an ever-expanding list of ways to customize the iPhone unlock for jailbreakers. Users with iOS devices that are not equipped with Touch ID can find some of these mods incredibly useful. The latest addition to the list is a tweak called BlowToUnlock.
This unique method of unlocking the iPhone is similar to Balloonimals but not as fun. Instead of the descriptive term "useful," the word "novelty" is more appropriate for this tweak. The best part about BlowToUnlock is that the developer has released the package free of charge.
Multiple taps are the norm when opening an iOS folder to find and run specific apps. With QuickFolders, those with jailbroken devices can streamline this process, and add new folder gestures to boot. Once installed, QuickFolders provides one touch access to folders and their contents.
Tapping once and holding will open a folder, and releasing over the desired app icon will open the app. All in one, smooth gesture without lifting a finger for multiple taps. Not only this, but for jailbreakers using nested iOS folders, multiple levels can be accessed with the same motion, never lifting your fingertip off the display.
Smart Search brings iOS 8 inspired enahncements to Spotlight search on jailbroken iOS 7 devices. A range of different sources can be searched, with results leading directly to any relevant, installed apps. This greatly improves the speed and versatility of the stock iOS Spotlight.
Once installed, a list of Plugins will be enabled under Settings -> Smart Search. These will correspond to available buttons within the Spotlight itself. Swipe down on the home screen to see these buttons, which will direct Smart Search to send the search term to the right place.
Most iOS 7 users are probably satisfied with accessing music controls in the Control Center. For those looking for more features, Musiex can be installed on jailbroken devices. The tweak works in conjunction with Activator to provide track info and controls from anywhere.
Once installed, an Activator action can be assigned to Musiex, which will bring up a panel at the top of any screen. The panel appears in the same place as incoming notifications, and provides current track information including album art.
Apple has reportedly scheduled a press event for September 9, 2014, according to John Paczkowski of re/code. The focus of the event is expected to be Apple's next-generation iPhone, although it is still unclear if Tim Cook and company will be announcing two new models or one. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple plans to launch 4.7- and 5.5-inch models of its new handset this fall, but nothing has been officially confirmed.
A September 9 event coincides with an earlier 9to5Mac report which claimed Apple was “tentatively planning a keynote address in mid-September". Tuesday is also typically the day of the week Apple prefers to unveil new hardware.
Looking for extra security in the stock Messages app? The jailbreak tweak ConvoProtect can be used to lock and hide conversation threads. The package adds this functionality to iOS and even works with third party apps WhatsApp and Kik.
Once installed, texts and iMessages can be secured by selecting the contacts or groups involved in the threads to be locked. Entering a passcode will lock the conversation. After a conversation is locked, accessing its contents will require entering the passcode.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares finished last week at $96.13 after reaching a 52-week high of $99.44 on Tuesday. Apple wasn't the only company to feel the end of the week dip however, as the Nasdaq fell over 2% amidst Wall St. anxiety about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates early next year. A slightly weaker than expected jobs report could ease those fears.
One of the notable pieces of news (or rumor) last week was the report that the iPhone 6 will launch on October 14th. This came via a source with firsthand knowledge of a Store Leader at an Apple Store meeting referring to that day as being "immense," and saying that October as a whole would be extremely busy. Most analysts had been pointing to mid to late September as the launch time, maybe that is when they will make the official announcement.
Many jailbreak tweaks are designed to make iOS even more convenient than the stock version. BrightPlayer is one such tweak, which adds brightness and rotation lock controls right where you need them, in the video player.
Finding that rotation lock is engaged when playing a video could mean stopping playback, navigating to the right toggle, and turning rotation lock off. Brightness can be even more inconvenient, since a dark display means playback won't be visible.
It was a slow week for App Store releases but a few big announcements were made in the wake of Comic Con. As promised, Flappy Bird made its return, but on Amazon Fire TV not for iOS or Android devices. The new game is called Flappy Birds Family and it features a new ghost obstacle plus a head-to-head mode where players can race on a split-screen.
Rubicon Development announced development has begun on Ultimate War Game. You can see the first teaser image in the "Trailers / Preview" section below. Forsaken released the first trailer for Phantom Rift, and Luderia Games ' Spooklands is slated to hit the App Store on August 21st.
Mythic Entertainment's Ultima Forever is being shut down on August 21st. The struggling game studio was closed by EA in May after the failure of Dungeon Keeper.
Several weeks ago, Ming-Chi Kuo, a respected analyst at KGI Securities, reported that mass production of the iWatch would likely be pushed back from September to mid to late November due to engineering issues with both the hardware and software. Last week, rumors out of China claimed that mass production of the iPad Air 2 and next generation iPad mini would be delayed as well. This week appears to be the iPhone 6's turn, as a new rumor claims that the highly anticipated handset may not launch until mid October.
According to MacRumors, a source with firsthand knowledge of an internal Apple retail store meeting said that a senior Store Leader spoke of October 14 being an "immense" day, and that October as a whole would be extremely busy. This is one