iOS 7 gets its first complete jailbreak, with a big catch

Evasi0n7 iOS 7 jailbreak

You've mostly been out of luck if you've wanted to jailbreak iOS 7 so far; what options have existed have been incomplete at best. Cracking the code just got a lot easier, though, as evasi0n 7 has just arrived. The untethered jailbreak lets Mac and Windows users freely modify iOS 7 on any device that can run the software in the first place, including newer gadgets like the iPad Air and iPhone 5s. Just be prepared for a rough experience, at least with early versions. In addition to the usual risks associated with unofficial OS tweaks, Saurik (Jay Freeman) warns that he hasn't had a real chance to test Cydia's app distribution platform with the new evasi0n release; you're using it at your own risk. Still, those who just have to venture beyond Apple's prescribed boundaries can start downloading the jailbreak at the source link.

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FBPrivacy Gives You More Control Over Facebook for iOS

FBPrivacy Gives You More Control Over Facebook for iOS

iOS (Jailbroken): It's pretty easy to customize your Facebook experience on your desktop, but that doesn't extend to the mobile experience. FBPrivacy is a new jailbreak tweak that gives you a bunch of options for taking control of what happens in the iPhone's Facebook app.

We've shown you all kinds of ways to customize the settings in Facebook from your computer, but unfortunately those extensions and tweaks don't carry over to the mobile experience. FBPrivacy gives you some of that control over both Facebook and Facebook Messenger. With it, you can disable the "seen" messages sent after you view a message, turn off the "typing" indicator, enable the dictation key, turn on timestamps, and even enable VOIP. Additionally, you can make it so you can send more than one photo in a message, and turn off Messenger reminders.

If you're particularly curious about what Facebook's doing under the hood, you can also enable Internal Settings in the Facebook app to get access to all kinds of settings you wouldn't normally see. As it stands, FBPrivacy is a solid tweak that gives you a bit more control over the Facebook experience on the iPhone, but the developer has also mentioned that settings for chat heads and customization of the news feed are in the works as well.

FBPrivacy ($1) | Modmyi via Addictive Tips

iOS 6.1.3 Fixes Lock Screen Passcode Vulnerability, Available Now

Today Apple-released a long-expected (but not necessarily desired) update to iOS to fix a lock screen passcode vulnerability that provided anyone capable of completing a complicated process to access your device.

While this security flaw likely affected few people (or no one at all), the latest update changes one important thing: it cannot be jailbroken. At least, currently, that's the case. Whether or not we'll see a jailbreak update for iOS 6.1.3 remains to be seen, but for now you should stick with iOS 6.1.2 unless you want to take another (potentially permanent) visit back to Apple's walled garden.

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 to fix lockscreen passcode vulnerability | The Verge

How to Customize Your iPhone’s Home Screen and Break Away from the Pack

The iPhone has a pretty beautiful home screen, but it looks the same as every other iPhone out there. If you want a phone that's truly yours, here's how to customize the look of your home screen from top to bottom.

Every week, we share our favorite custom home screens from readers, and all the tweaks they use to make them more practical, productive, or just plain pretty. Unfortunately, most of our featured home screens are Android-based, and that just ain't right! So, we've compiled this guide to customizing every inch of your iPhone or iPad's home screen. Try out some of the tweaks and share your creations with us!

Note that for all the tweaks below, you'll need to be jailbroken. There's no real way around it. While you can customize a few small things without jailbreaking, true customization can only happen with jailbroken apps, so jailbreak your phone if you haven't already (dont worry, it's easy), then continue with the instructions below.

Theme the Lock Screen and Icons with Winterboard

Winterboard manages themes for your lock screen, home screen icons, and all sorts of other small tweaks, making it a great starting point. Before you get started, we recommend poking around sites like MyColorScreen, ModMyi, MacThemes, and DeviantART to see what others have done with their home screens. If you see a lock screen or icon theme you like, find out which one it is, and install it with Winterboard using the following instructions:

  1. Open up Cydia and install Winterboard. Restart your phone when prompted.
  2. Download your theme of choice. If it's in Cydia, you may have to add a new repository to download it. If the author gives it to you in a .theme folder, install an iPhone Explorer like iFunBox and copy the .theme folder from your computer to /Library/Themes on your device.
  3. Open up the Winterboard app. Tap on "Select Themes" and check off the theme you just installed. Some may include multiple selections in Winterboard, and you can mix and match whichever ones you want (e.g. you can turn on the lock screen part of a theme, but leave off the icon theme that goes with it). Tap the Respring button, and when it's done you should see the lock screen theme in place.

Note that many lock screen themes may require you to install other tweaks, like Lockscreen Clock Hide, in order for them to work properly. If that's the case, you'll see it in the description of the theme, and you can install those other tweaks as needed. Home screen by rshroff2 on MyColorScreen.

The great thing about Winterboard themes is that they're pretty easy to customize, even if you don't have any coding experience. Everything you need is in that .theme folder (and if you got the theme on Cydia, you can find the .theme folder by installing an iPhone Explorer like iFunBox and navigating to /Library/Themes on your device).

For example, if you don't like the wallpaper that came with your theme, open up the .theme folder, find the wallpaper, and replace it with your own. You can even replace the images for the lock screen slider, replace specific icons, or edit the LockBackground.html (if you're comfortable editing code). You can change fonts, change the size of text, and even move certain elements around. When you're done, drag that .theme folder back onto your device, re-select it in Winterboard, and check out your changes. The world is your oyster.

Lastly, if you want a more intense overhaul of your lock screen and home screen, check out Dreamboard. It works similarly to Winterboard, but it's designed to completely change the look of your home screen in ways Winterboard cannot, and it isn't as open to customization and mixing and matching different themes. It's worth checking out, but if you want to build a new, custom home screen from the ground up, Dreamboard probably isn't the way to go. Lock screen by falcon212 on MacThemes.

Tweak the Home Screen Layout with Springtomize and More

So you've got yourself a fancy looking home screen and some custom icons, but now it's time to really dig into the small stuff. Maybe you want to fix a few annoyances, remove certain interface elements, or spice up your device with some new animations. For that, you need Springtomize ($3). Install it in Cydia, then open it up for options like the following:

  • Choose from different home screen and lock screen animations
  • Add more icons to the dock, give it a cover flow effect, and more
  • Change the lock screen wallpaper when charging, hide the slider, change the slider's label, and more
  • Hide icon labels, clear icon badges with two taps, resize icons, or hide apps that you don't like
  • Add a close button to folders, disable the folder animation, put a dock in your folders, and more
  • Remove pagination from the app switcher, make the app switcher work in landscape mode, enable a brightness slider in the app switcher, and more
  • Change your carrier label in the status bar, add other information like RAM or IP address, and hide other status bar icons
  • Change your device's font, font size, and font color
  • Change the look of your device's dock and battery icon
  • Lots, lots more

If you're customizing your home screen, Springtomize is an absolute must-have. Home screen by eyeisdatsteve (MyColorScreen).

You might also check out GridLock ($5), which frees your icons from Apple's constraints so you can place them anywhere you want on the grid. If you want four icons in the middle of the screen and nothing else, you can do that. You can have four along the left side, one in each corner, or any other layout you can think of, as long as it follows the regular home screen grid.

If you want something a bit fancier than that, check out Iconoclasm ($3), which will let you arrange icons in whatever kind of grid (or lack thereof) you want. After you install Iconoclasm, head to your Settings app and tap on Iconoclasm to see the layouts available to you. Tap on one to try it out. You can also download other layouts from Cydia or make your own with the free Iconoclasm Layout Maker. With this app, you can put together any layout your heart desires. If you want to fit 30 icons on your home screen in the shape of a smiley face, you could (but we wouldn't recommend it). Home screen by kieranc88 on MyColorScreen.

Change Your Font with BytaFont

If you're tired of iOS' regular ol' font, you can change it with Springtomize. However, a free app in Cydia called Bytafont will give you more choices. Just download and install it, then open up the Bytafont app. You can browse new fonts directly from Bytafont, or open up Cydia and search through the hundreds of fonts available there.

After installing a font, it should show up in Bytafont's settings. Just tap the one you want, and your device will respring with your new font in place across the entire system. You can also go to Bytafont's Advanced section if you just want to change the font in certain parts of the interface (like the lock screen clock or the keyboard). Home screen by Jan Amundsenat MyColorScreen.

Add Widgets to Your Home Screen with Dashboard X

If you want more than just a grid of icons on your home screen, Dashboard X ($1.99) is a great little tool that puts Notification Center widgets on your home screen. That means you can put things like the weather widget, NCSettings, a music widget, and more right under your icons for quick access. You can rearrange widgets, resize them, and more. Just download Dashboard X from Cydia along with the widgets you want, then head back to your home screen. Long-press on the screen to enter "jiggle mode," then long-press again to get a list of widgets available to you. Tap the one you want to add it.

To remove widgets, just head to Settings > Dashboard X. Tap "Enabled Widgets" and you'll get a list of widgets available to you. You can tap the "Edit" button to remove them, as well as edit a few other advanced settings in this area. Home screen by 666 at MyColorScreen.

Check Out Cydia for Other, Single-Purpose Tweaks

These are the big, general apps that aim to customize your iPhone home screen, but you can find a lot of smaller, one-feature tweaks in Cydia too. For example, you can:

The best way to find these tweaks is to keep an eye out on sites like MyColorScreen, our Featured Home Screen series, and just checking out all our posts about jailbreaking.

The Cost of Customization

So by now you're probably asking yourself: What is this going to do to my phone's smoothness and battery life? The answer is: it depends. Many of these tweaks very well may slow your phone down or decrease its battery life, but the cost is going to be different for everyone. Obviously, if you have newer hardware, you'll be able to perform more tweaks without as much loss. If you have older hardware, you may only be able to install a few tweaks without sacrifice. I myself had no problems on an iPhone 4 running a custom lock screen with Winterboard and a few other minor tweaks, but had I installed everything we talk about in this post, it probably would have had lots of problems. Conversely, the mere act of installing Winterboard on my first-gen iPad made it pretty much useless.

So, you'll have to do some experimenting for yourself. Don't install everything at once, go one tweak at a time and see how much your phone is affected. It'll take you a bit longer, but then when your phone does get a lot slower, you'll know which tweak to blame, and you can uninstall it. In the end, it's all about how much battery life and speed you're comfortable with, and how much you want to customize your phone. Good luck! Photo by Nicemonkey (Shutterstock).

How to Use a Gamepad for Any iOS Game (Not Just Emulators)

The iPhone and iPad are fantastic gaming devices, but unfortunately a lot of games still try to emulate gamepads with onscreen buttons on the touch screen and it just doesn't work that well. Thankfully, a jailbreak app called Blutrol lets you turn a handful of different gamepads into controllers for any game with touchscreen buttons. Here's how to set it up.

We've talked about turning your Android or iOS device into a portable retro game arcade before, and while you can still use those tricks, this method makes it so you can use a bunch of different controllers for any game on iOS, not just emulators and the handful of games that support controllers (for Android users check out our guide to turning your Android device into an awesome portable game center). While it might sound a little fishy, it works incredibly well and isn't that hard to set up.

What You'll Need

You don't need much to make this work, just a single app, some games, and little patience:

  • A jailbroken iPad, iPhone, or iPad Touch.
  • Blutrol ($6.99) from the BigBoss Repository on Cydia.
  • A PS3 Dualshock controller (note: you also need the SixPair tool for Mac or the SixaxisPairTool for Windows to pair the PS3 controller with your iOS device), Bluetooth Keyboard, Wiimote, Phonejoy, iCade, iControlPad, or iMpulse controller.

That's it. Now we just need to get your controller paired up with your device and working with your games.

Pair You Gamepad with Your iOS Device

First things first, we need to get the gamepad paired with your iOS device. We'll be using a PS3 controller, which takes an extra step. So, if you're using a different gamepad, skip this part.

How to Setup a PS3 Controller

The PS3 controller takes one additional step to get it working with your iOS device, but it's not complicated, and you only have to do it once. When you're done, your controller is paired with your iOS device every time.

On Windows

  1. Download and run SixaxisPairTool.
  2. Connect your iOS device to your computer with the lightning cable or 30-pin cable.
  3. Connect your PS3 controller to your computer with a USB cable and wait for the Bluetooth address to come up.
  4. Once it's paired with your computer, get your iOS device's Bluetooth address by heading into Settings > About > Bluetooth. Enter that address into SixaxisPairTool and click update. Now your iOS device should be linked to your PS3 controller.

On Mac

  1. Download SixPair Tool and run the app.
  2. Connect your iOS device to your computer with the lightning cable or 30-pin cable.
  3. Connect your PS3 controller to your Mac with a USB cable.
  4. Click the "Pair Controller to iPad" button.
  5. When it's successful, open Blutrol on your iOS device, tap the controller tab, select the PS3 controller, and tap "Connect." When it's connected, you can disconnect the PS3 controller from your Mac.

Now you can select your PS3 controller inside Blutrol as a Bluetooth device (if it doesn't appear right away, head into Settings > BTStack and select "BTStack" as the active Bluetooth system).

Pair Other Controller to Your iOS Device

Thankfully, other controllers don't take the extra step that a PS3 controller does. For the rest of the supported devices, just follow the directions for pairing that are included with the device (or just head into Settings > General > Bluetooth and make sure they're already recognized). Then open the Blutrol app, tap "Controller" and select your gamepad.

Set Up Blutrol for Any Game

Now that your iOS and gamepad are paired up together it's time to start playing games. Thankfully, this part's easy too, and you only have to do this once for each game.

  1. Open up the game you want to use the controller for (obviously it makes the most sense to pick a game with onscreen buttons. We'll be using Sonic CD).
  2. Take a screenshot of the game when the controls are displayed (tap the home button and power button at the same time).
  3. Exit the game and open up Blutrol.
  4. Tap the "Games" tab, and then the "+" sign.
  5. Select the game you just took a screenshot of.
  6. Tap either portrait or landscape (depending on how you took the screenshot), and select the screenshot you just took.
  7. Tap "Add," select the controller of your choice, and then tap either landscape or portrait.
  8. You'll now see your screenshot with your gamepad's buttons laid over it. Here, you're essentially assigning a button combination, so when you push a button on the controller, it "taps" the screen for you. Move the gamepad buttons to cover up the on-screen controls however you like (you can also resize the analog stick or d-pad with pinch and zoom). When you're happy with the setup, tap "done."
  9. Now open up the game again, and start playing the game with the controller (if it has trouble, just force-quit the game and start over).

That's it! From now on you'll be able to easily pair your controller with your iOS device and start playing games. Just don't tell any of your friends on the leaderboards why you're doing so well. It also works with any app you want (not just games), so you might be able to come up with some other creative uses.

How to Use a Gamepad for Any iOS Game (Not Just Emulators)

The iPhone and iPad are fantastic gaming devices, but unfortunately a lot of games still try to emulate gamepads with onscreen buttons on the touch screen and it just doesn't work that well. Thankfully, a jailbreak app called Blutrol lets you turn a handful of different gamepads into controllers for any game with touchscreen buttons. Here's how to set it up. More »

Evasi0n used to jailbreak 7 million devices in less than a week

Forbes talked to Jay Freeman, aka Saurik, who confirmed that the recent Evasi0n jailbreak is the most popular jailbreak in iOS history. According to Saurik, the utility was used to jailbreak more than 7 million devices in the four days since it was released earlier this week.

Freeman claims his Cydia jailbreak marketplace has been visited by an insane amount of traffic that includes 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads and 400,000 iPod touches. iOS owners who used the Evasi0n tool can attest to this incredible amount of traffic as many could not connect to Cydia in the hours following the release of the jailbreak.

You can read more about the iOS 6 jailbreak and its rapid adoption rate in the original article on Forbes.

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Following Jailbreak, Files Uncovered In iPad Filesystem Hint At New Streaming Radio Functionality


New files possibly pointing to a forthcoming, Apple streaming radio service – or at least new functionality – have been discovered in the iPad’s file system. The files include a button icon with a picture that resembles a radio tower, similar to one which used to be found in iTunes. This doesn’t definitively prove that a streaming music service is in the works, of course, but it has led to more speculation on the matter.

The files were uncovered by the folks at 9to5Mac, who went digging for information in the iOS filesystem after yesterday’s release of a viable jailbreak for iOS 6.0+ devices. The report notes that the iPad music app doesn’t currently offer a radio-like functionality, which initially led them to believe that the iPad would soon be getting an iTunes-like streaming radio service. That would be a nice improvement, but hardly groundbreaking.

For those who may have forgotten, iTunes on the desktop currently offers radio functionality, though it has become less prominent in later releases. No longer showcased on the iTunes sidebar, a “radio” option with dozens of stations is now found under the “music” section of iTunes desktop software on the far right.

The radio interface is a very basic service which hasn’t evolved much over the years. It’s nothing like the long-rumored streaming service which Bloomberg last fall pegged for an early 2013 launch. That re-imagined service is excepted to run as an app for desktop and iOS devices.

What makes the newly uncovered files in the iOS software so interesting is that they’re not just a button hinting at some sort of radio functionality – the name of the button includes “buy” in the filename (e.g. “…radio-buy-button..”)*, which could imply that the streaming radio music wouldn’t just be playable, it would be purchasable. That matches up with other, earlier reports from The WSJ¬†that Apple’s new radio service would be more of a rival to Pandora, than it would be to an on-demand option like Spotify. Streaming radio where you could purchase songs for on-demand listening – that sounds like something the labels would like.

Of course, as 9to5Mac points out, iPod nano users have in the past been able to tag FM radio tracks for later purchase in iTunes. However, those buttons look different – they look like “tags.”

All that being said, the new files, while intriguing, aren’t enough to go on to make any definitive statements on the matter. But they certainly are interesting teases.

* Yes, “radio button” is also a type of graphic user interface element, but that’s the circle you click on to fill in the hole with a dot, like in multiple choice questions. The new buttons, pictured above, are not what you would call “radio buttons” or “option buttons.”¬†

Image credit: 9to5Mac