[OPINION] Why I May Leave The Jailbreak Scene Behind

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If your jailbroken as I am you’ll know the many pitfalls that can come with it. Sure its GREAT to have a device freed from Apple’s proverbial prison. As awesome as it can be to have a themed device or special tweak installed that takes Apple’s software further, often times fixing a problem they thought they solved, it can also introduce bugs or lag; of which can be infuriating. The subject of this piece, as to why I would want to leave such a customized world far behind, begs for serious contemplation. While I love the software and hardware Apple designed at it’s core I don’t like the fact that other than changing the wallpaper and adding a case my device will look exactly like other stock iPhones around it. Some tweaks, like Controlers4All, I almost feel as if I can’t live without. Yes Apple has built in MFi controller support but that means I have to go out and spend another $100+. Why do that when I have a Wii U Pro controller already that I can use with the help of Controlers4All? Also why spend so much money when not a lot of games support MFi Controllers?

With all the wonderful things jailbreaking brings it also brings bugs. For the last few days as of this post I can look down at my device and see it in safe mode with crashreporter stating “there are no suspects”. Yes I could disable each tweak one by one using iCleaner or uninstall one by one but look at the hassle that comes along with that. Five tweaks removed just to find out it was the sixth one on the list just to have to reinstall those tweaks. Another thing is paid tweaks. The price of the average tweak isn’t really that bad but why pay for a tweak just for another iOS update to be released and if that version is jailbreakable said tweak may not get updated to add support. As any jailbreaker knows there have been many paid tweaks released never to be updated past version 1. Many, many themes don’t get updated for months after a new iOS release if at all, many of which are also paid themes. I understand that jailbreak devs develop tweaks in their spare time and charge to supplement their income for things like college expenses but why as a consumer would I want to pay for a tweak that may not make it to the newest, jailbreakable version iOS. That’s like going to a restaurant paying for the food just to take it home and immediately throw it away without eating a bite.

With iOS 9 right around the corner it is said that it may not be jailbreakable, or “rootless” leaving many to decide to stay on an older iOS just for the customization or upgrade for the latest features and security fixes. With every update Apple tries to give valid reason to not jailbreak, and block it, but there’s always room for improvement. Yes device customization in the way of themes is great and all but is it enough to stay on an older iOS? I myself am tired of the crashes with no explicable reason. What’s your thoughts?

 

Will Sunday be Funday? iOS 7.1.1 Jailbreak Achieved!

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iPhone 5C running Jailbroken iOS 7.1.1

Pictured above is an iPhone 5c running a jailbroken version of iOS 7.1.1 tweeted by @i0n1c. He also recently posted a youtube video demonstrating a jailbroken iPhone 4 with iOS 7.1.1. Will Sunday truly be funday? Possibly not as @i0nic is well known for doing such things purely for attention or profit. But only time will tell. Stay tuned to this blog for further updates. Below is the demonstration video.

iOS 7 Jailbreak Is Here!!!

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In a surprise to many jailbreak enthusiasts the Evasi0n team released a jailbreak for iOS 7.x.x as a surprise early Christmas present. The tool comes with only one caveat…. mobilesubstrate which is required to run many tweaks such as winterboard isn’t fully compatible with iOS 7… yet. An update for mobilesubstrate is expected very soon to fix the issue. So head on over to the source link to get your iOS 7 jailbreak on. But remember, as always in the early days of any jailbreak many tweaks and apps wont be compatible!

Source:Evasi0n Jailbreak

Absinthe 2 Is Here! How To Jailbreak.

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Since Absinthe’s public release Friday at the Hack In The Box conference it has since been updated twice now sitting at version 2.0.2. Remember this tool only works for any device running iOS 5.1.1 excluding AppleTV 2 & 3. Since some of you are new to jailbreaking here’s my tutorial to add to the millions already out there.

1. Download Absinthe for your corresponding OS and unzip:

Mac

Windows XP/Vista/7

2. Open iTunes and sync your device allowing it to back up.

3. If running an older iOS, like 5.0.1, either click update or restore. If you’re jailbroken on 5.0.1 or lower you will have to restore in DFU mode.

4. Open the Absinthe folder you previously unzipped and click on “absinthe-win-2.0.2.exe” (for windows users). This will open a black command prompt box. Let it run and it will close on its own.

5. Open the newly created “Absinthe-win-2.0.2” folder and next click on “absinthe.exe”

6. If you want the process to be short and sweat on you iDevice got to settings-general-reset-erase all content and settings. This will cause a restore and your device will restart to the setup screen. If your on an iPhone wait for it to say your device is activated.

*IF YOU DECIDE TO NOT ERASE ALL CONTENT AND SETTINGS IT COULD TAKE 15-30 MINUTES FOR JAILBREAKING!

7. Whether or not you decided to erase all content and settings hit “jailbreak” and let the application run.

8. Once jailbroken return to iTunes and restore your backup from earlier. Right click on your device name under the ‘Devices’ menu in the left panel of iTunes and click ‘Restore from Back Up…’ then select the latest backup you created before. (restoring this backup will return all the content previously on your device ie, apps, photos, etc.)

9. Now just open Cydia and let it run its course. It will auto close just reopen and you’ll be asked to choose user, hacker, or developer. the layman should choose “user”.

10. Once cydia is done updating the built in sources go to the manage tab and select “sources” and add your custom sources here. you can find these by using Google

Here are some sources I use:

http://cydia.hackulo.us (cracked apps)

http://repo.insanelyi.com

http://sinfuliphonerepo.com

http://cydia.xsellize.com

You may encounter errors with cydia when updating sources as it is being bogged down by people jailbreaking their devices which is to be expected when a new jailbreak tool is initially released to the public.

Enable Screensavers On Your iOS Device!

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Have you ever seen a demo iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch unit in your favorite electronics store and wish your device could play a screensaver like they do? Well now you can! Ok this is starting to sound like the opening of an infomercial! To get this feature track down “Screensaver” from Cydia. The app comes with 5 video designed for iPhone and iPod touch screens but does work for iPad! Simply find a video of your liking and, if your down for some editing, set the frame for 768×1024. Then, depending on your prefered choice of orientation, rotate the video accordingly and zoom the video in to fill the frame. Next render the video in 768×1024 at 23.976 fps in mp4 format. Then if you have iFile simply transfer the video to “/var/mobile/library/screensaver” and change the extension to .mov (no conversion needed here, the app only recognizes .mov videos but will still play the renamed file). Open the “Screensaver” app then select the video and after you close the app you can either respring or wait for auto lock to see your creation!