Stride 2: Updated Gesture-Based Passcode Tweak

The popular gesture-based passcode tweak Stride has been updated for iOS 7 devices. While the experience is similar to the iOS 5/6 version, Stride 2 has also received a clean, native-like makeover for iOS 7.

This tweak allows users to set an alternative lock screen passcode, using a custom gesture to unlock their iOS device. After installing the tweak, you can set the gesture passcode in Stride 2′s preferences in the Settings app. Stride 2 also requires that you set a standard passcode as a backup option. It’s also fully compatible with Touch ID.

 

iTouchSecure Touch ID Tweak Update

The developer of the popular Touch ID-enhancing jailbreak tweak iTouchSecure has added support for a selection of third-party iOS Web browsers, including Google Chrome.

You can download the updated iTouchSecure on the Cydia Store for $4.99, or if you already have the tweak you can get the update for free. The tweak is optimized for the iPhone 5s handset.

The tweak auto-stores passwords that are entered into your applications, within an encrypted keychain. After passwords have been entered once, the user can subsequently re-enter passwords and passcodes using the Touch ID Home button. iTouchSecure is compatible with the Appe Store app and AgileBits 1Password.

 

A Nintendo DS Emulator That Doesn’t Require a JB

If you’re nostalgic for your DS days but no longer have your old handheld, NDS4iOS is the next best thing. And even though it’s an emulator, it doesn’t actually require a jailbreak.

The App Store has a pretty staunch no-emulator policy, so to get around that, you can download NDS7iOS from the official website. You’ll have to do some adjustments with the date to get around Apple’s revocation of the dev cert.

Once you’re in, you can adjust various settings like controller overlay opacity, frame skips, and performance enhancements. To play, you search for game ROMs via built-in site links. Loading is fast, and the emulator provides the ability to save your state.

The app features full touchscreen support, even for the “bottom screen” of DS games for a high-fidelity DS experience.

Reviews indicate that some games work great, while others can be laggy.

 

Tweak Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some jb tweaks that have been getting buzz recently:

 

CamText

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, April 2014

CamText ($1.49) lets you walk and text at the same time. Basically, uses your camera to see what’s ahead of you, and overlays your texts over that image, so you can text without walking into a wall.

Badger 7

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, April 2014

Badger 7 ($1.49) is a faster, better, and better-looking way to use notifications. It lets you pull up notifications right from the badge on the icon, reply to messages, and get rid of them quickly.

GuestMode

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, April 2014

Guestmode(99¢) is exactly what it sounds like: you set up a separate login so you can hand your phone over to a kid / parent / spouse / friend and only give them access to certain apps and functions. You can lock down your phone in just about anyway you want.

Message Box

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, April 2014

Message Box (free) will give you Facebook-like chat heads all over iOS, so you can talk to all your Facebook friend from anywhere.

ProWidgets

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, April 2014

ProWidgets ($2.99) lets you add small widgets to your home screen, so you could, say, quickly create a calendar event, make a note, or start an email. ProWidgets shines in its customization options: you can customize how they work, what they look like, and where they appear.

Rendarya

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, April 2014

Rendarya ($1.99) adds actually useful photo editing features to the default photo app, like filters, adjustments, and blurs.

Spin

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, April 2014

Spin (99¢) is a lock screen music player. Instead of those boring old buttons, Spin give syou a circular navigator for scrubbing through a track.

UIColors

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, April 2014

UIColors ($1.49) is an easy way to dramatically change the look of iOS. It allows you to change the default interface color, so you can change the color of app screens, keyboard colors, primary colors, text colors — really just about anything.

Tweaks to Make Your JailBroken Phone More Like iOS 7.1

Gregorian will give you the 7.1 Calendar. You can find it by searching for Gregorian in Cydia in Ryan Petrich’s repository. You’ll need to add that repository manually. Just head into Cydia, tap Manage > Sources, then Edit and add: http://rpetri.ch/repo/

Speed Intensifier is a free tweak that allows you to set the speed of animations to your liking.

 F.lux lets you play around with different settings to change the color temperature.

HiddenSettings7 in combination with Parallax enaBlur will give you the option to disable parallax on your home screen or your lock screen, just like in iOS 7.1.

This Winterboard theme gives you the very-subtly-different icons for Phone, FaceTime, and Messages.

 Yellow Flash 7 adds a similar function to the new flash indicator, which is a little icon that goes yellow when your flash is about to go off.

Auxo 2: A Tweak Worth Jailbreaking For

The follow up to 2012’s popular jailbreak tweak Auxo is now available on Cydia. The update includes a number of features: unified view for the Control Center and app switcher, a Quick Switcher for moving between apps using gestures, and a hot corners feature that allows access to apps by touching the corners of an iOS device.

Unlike stock iOS 7, Auxo 2 allows users to access the app switcher, multitasking controls, and Control Center toggles entirely with the use of gestures. It combines all three elements into one interface and offers a variety of settings for customization.

The Auxo 2′s Quick Switcher allows users to switch between apps by swiping from the bottom left of a device and releasing a finger on an open app. The Quick Switcher is limited to six apps by default, but unlimited apps can be enabled in settings. The animation for Quick Switcher is fluid.

The Multi-Center feature provides a single interface for toggles, App Switcher, and media controls. It switches a few elements around: AirPlay and control toggles at the top, followed by media controls at the bottom. Again, the animations and the customization options are impressive.

Finally, the Hot Corners feature allows users to return to the home screen by swiping up from the bottom right corner of the screen. It also allows users to access the app switcher from swiping up from the bottom left of the display. This enables users to access both UI elements with only gestures as opposed to using the home button.

Auxo 2 also allows users to scroll through iTunes Radio tracks with its media controls, which isn’t possible with the stock Music app. Other features to note: accessing the last open app, inverting the Hot Corners feature, and disabling the tweak in selected apps.

Auxo 2 is available on the Cydia Store for $3.99, but it is available at a discounted price of $1.99 for users who bought the original Auxo tweak.

Public 7.1 Jailbreak Looks Unlikely

The jailbreak developer iH8sn0w has confirmed that his iPhone 4s running 7.1 is currently jailbroken, but he doesn’t “have any intentions of working on a 7.1/8 jb atm.”

News of the private jailbreaks from win0cm and iH8sn0w had generated some speculation that there might be a public 7.1 jb, but iH8sn0w’s recent comments make this very unlikely. This also comes on the heels of pod2g’s open remarks that the evad3rs are not actively working on a 7.1 jailbreak, but will likely focus their efforts on iOS 8.

Private jailbreaks are not uncommon, especially when the jailbreak involves either copyrighted code or NDAs, or if the jailbreak doesn’t meet the standards that would be required for a public release. A lot of work goes into creating a jb tool that works consistently across all devices and is simple enough for public use.

 

With 500 Million iPhones Sold and a Brutal Ongoing Patent War, Engineer Waxes Nostalgic About Birth of the Iconic Device

In 2004, Scott Forstall walked into Greg Christie’s office, quietly closed the door, and asked if he wanted to work on a top-secret project codenamed “purple.”

The concept was visionary: integrate a phone with a music player, and make it all operate with a touch screen. It would become one of Apple’s most revolutionary products, and it would have an immense, enduring impact not only on the mobile device market, but on the way we live.

Greg Christie is a senior software engineer who joined Apple in 1996 to work on the ill-fated Newton. He was working on the Macintosh when he joined the “purple” project.

Under Jobs’ direct supervision, Christie’s team was instructed to completely rethink every interaction, every feature, every experience associated with the phone. They devised concepts for swiping to unlock the device, placing calls from an address book, threading text messages, and operating a music player from a touch screen.

The project was entirely clandestine. Meetings were held in secret rooms where even the cleaning people weren’t allowed. Employees working from home were ordered to work in secluded rooms and to encrypt any digital images of the device.

After several months of bi-monthly presentations to Jobs, Christie finally gave one that impressed him, and the next day they were asked to repeat the presentation for Bill Campbell, and a few days later, for Jony Ive. Then came a “two and half year marathon” to obsess over every detail. Then, in June 2007, the first iPhone went on sale — and now, seven years later, the 500 millionth has just been sold.

Geeksn0w: A 7.1 Jailbreak, With Caveats

The new Geeksn0w jailbreak tool finally offers a jailbreak option for iOS 7.1. However, there are a couple of major caveats. First, this is only a tethered jailbreak, meaning the device has to be connected to your computer every time you reboot. Second, the jailbreak only works for A4 devices, like the iPhone 4.

Geeksn0w was released by Black Geek Tutorial (blackgeektuto).

Winocm Demos Untethered Jailbreak for 7.1, Likely Only for A4 Devices

Winocm has posted a video demonstrating an untethered jailbreak for iOS 7.1, running on what appears to be an iPhone 4 or 4s.

It’s not clear yet if the jailbreak will work for newer devices, or when/if the jailbreak will be made available. As many commenters have pointed out, the demo also does not show Cydia installed on the device.

Older devices like the iPhone 4 are easier to jailbreak, so exploits that work on the iPhone 4 may not work on the newer devices.

No matter what device you have, at this point, you should definitely still avoid updating to 7.1 if you want to keep your jailbreak.

 

It Most Definitely Is Not the End of an Era

Because that “era” of jailbreaking you’re referring to has been over for quite a while.

A bunch of articles / tweets lately have been talking about how we’ve reached “the end of an era” with jailbreaking. I blame Antony Leather’s article in Forbes for starting it. Cf also Zach Epstein’s “The End of the Jailbreak Era.”

This is pure bullshit. The days when you could expect a quick turnaround on a jailbreak were over well before even iOS 6 was released. Maybe you’ve forgotten how long it took to get evasi0n7? This is the new pace of jailbreaking, and we’re par for the course — better get used to it. Even Leather’s article — despite it’s presumably-ratings-driven hyperbolic title — seems to recognize that this long and now-familiar cycle between Apple release and jailbreak release will continue.

Of course, this end of days cry is far from new. Last year, Joshua Logan claimed iOS 7 would end jailbreaking. Jailbreak Nation thought the end was nigh when comex went to Apple.

Jailbreaking has been tough for a while now. It’s certainly not getting any easier, but it didn’t just start to get tough all of a sudden. The last few jailbreaks have relied on a string of multiple exploits, and they’ve required such an intimate knowledge of the code that only a handful of people could have possibly put them together.

Jailbreaking isn’t dead yet — the evad3rs just announced they’re going to be working on iOS8. We’ll continue to see jailbreaks, but they’ll continue to be slow-coming.

Now, when planetbeing finally calls it quits — then we can start talking end times.