Last week, I penned a post that questioned why I continue to carry an Android phone with me despite the fact that my main phone is an iPhone. In the past, I carried both because Android included so much functionality that wasn’t available on iOS. As time has progressed, however, iPhones have grown more and more capable. Now, there are precious few truly useful Android features that the iPhone cannot match.
When I first started getting into cell phones a few centuries ago, hacking and customizing your phone was an intricate and time-consuming process that involved things like “seem editing” and flashing software to a phone that you basically had to build yourself. Count yourself lucky that you have no idea what “seem editing” is.
Today, if you have an iPhone and you want to hack it or customize it, you connect your phone to your computer and run some software that will jailbreak it in a matter of minutes — it’s that simple. And while Apple’s iOS platform is now more capable than ever so I no longer personally feel the need to jailbreak, there are some pretty awesome jailbreak tweaks out there that are definitely making me consider it again. More →
Apple just released iOS 8.4 on Tuesday morning and now, a few short hours later, there is already a jailbreak that’s publicly available. Taig, a team of iPhone hackers based in China, confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the exploit utilized by its iOS 8.3 jailbreak had not been addressed by Apple in iOS 8.4. As a result, the team was able to repackage the same hack it used for iOS 8.3 to jailbreak iOS 8.4.
Now, the team has released an updated version of its jailbreak software to the public. More →
In case you happen to be a fan of the torrent streaming service called Popcorn Time, often referred to as “Netflix for pirates,” you should know there’s also an iOS app for it, and it can be installed on any device running iOS 8.x including the iPhone 6, without a jailbreak. Now, there’s a quick guide detailing exactly how to install the app. More →
Have you ever wanted to try Android without actually ditching your iPhone in favor of a brand new Android device? There might be a way to do that, as long as you still have access to an iOS version that can be jailbroken, as the app that’ll get you an Android experience on your iPhone 6 can’t be found in the App Store.
As posted on Reddit and imgur, Andrios is “an Android experience for iOS,” which aims to bring some familiar Android Lollipop UI elements to the iPhone, offering users a fake but gorgeous Android environment. More →
Apple on Tuesday released iOS 8.1.3, a minor software release that brings several fixes to known problems and vulnerabilities, including one for the annoying storage problem that may prevent some users from upgrading. However, as MacRumors points out, the iOS 8.1.3 update also patches the security issues used by the iOS 8 TaiG jailbreak, meaning that users who want to keep their iPhones and iPads jailbroken should stay away from iOS 8.1.3 for the time being. More →
Apple on Tuesday released a new iOS 8 update, version iOS 8.1.2, that brought various fixes and improvements to iOS devices including a fix to an iTunes Store ringtone-related issue. However, it looks like the company has not yet patched the security exploits let users jailbreak their iPhones, iPads and iPod touch players. Thus, the TaiG tool can still be used to jailbreak devices that have been upgraded to iOS 8.1.2, as PocketNow reports. More →
If you’ve been waiting for an untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 8 that works on OS X, the wait is finally over. Pangu released the latest version of its jailbreak tool this weekend, giving Mac users the ability to jailbreak their mobile devices without having to find a Windows PC or load up a virtual machine. The jailbreak is compatible with all iOS 8 devices, including the iPhone 4S/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus, the iPad/Air/Air 2/mini/mini 2/mini 3 and the iPod touch. More →
Many smartphone and tablet users, whether on the iPhone or Android, prefer to jailbreak or root their devices in order to better customize them. But not all device makers agree with these practices, and jailbreaking and rooting have been frowned upon. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a blog post on Thursday that it wants to keep these procedures legal, as “jailbreaking is not a crime.” More →
Apple doesn’t like it when you jailbreak your iPhones… but the number of awesome tweaks available on Cydia just makes it so, so tempting. YouTube user iTwe4kz has put together a terrific video of the 20 best iOS 8 tweaks that you can get for free and they’ll definitely make you think about downloading and installing the latest jailbreak for your iPhone. More →
Last week we told you about a promising iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 jailbreak release that wasn’t quite ready for primetime because it didn’t yet have support for the Cydia app store, which is usually the main attraction for people who jailbreak their phones and want to install unauthorized iOS apps. 9to5Mac brings us word, however, that the team from Pangu have now brought Cydia onboard, which means that their jailbreak should now be good to download and install onto your device. More →