Some of the iOS 8 features Apple introduced this week aren’t completely new smartphone or tablet features the company has come up with. Similar software abilities have existed on other platforms including Android, but also on iOS, thanks to apps that were not allowed in the App Store and found a second life on jailbroken devices, before Apple found a way to implement them according to its own standards. More →
Jailbreaks have been hard to come by during the latest round of iOS updates, but it appears that hackers are on to something with iOS 7.1.1. On Monday, we got our first glimpse of an untethered iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak running on both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5c. Now, thanks to Twitter user @blue9057, we have video proof another private jailbreak running on Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s as well. More →
When it released iOS 7.1, Apple thanked the hackers that had jailbroken iOS 7.0, therefore allowing it to patch several security exploits. Since then, no iOS 7.1 version has been successfully jailbroken – at least on 2013 devices. However, it looks like an untethered iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak is possible, with two independent sources confirming it. More →
Even though Apple thinks unifying the iOS and OS X universes — in a similar manner to Microsoft’s “no-compromise” Windows approach — would be a waste of energy, the two operating systems have various things in common, allowing users to somewhat merge their iPhone/iPad and Mac universes. However, some developers have actually worked on making the two operating systems more similar, iTwe4kz revealed on YouTube. More →
Apple thanking the jailbreak community for finding vulnerabilities in iOS 7, which the company was then able to patch, was a clear sign that an iOS 7.1 jailbreak will take its time to arrive. However, a hacker managed to already jailbreak Apple’s newest iOS version, RedmondPie reports, although, it’s not necessarily great news for jailbreakers. More →
One of the most underutilized features of the iOS platform is the ability to update app icons in real time. The clock icon slowly ticks away the hours, the calendar icon flips through the days, but almost everything else remains stagnant on the screens of our iPhones and iPads. If you’d like a more lively home screen, it will take a little bit of work, but it might be worth the effort. AppAdvice noticed on Thursday that Hamza Sood has put together a small tweak called LiveWeatherIcon for jailbroken iOS 7 devices that will bring the icon of the official Weather app to life, updating in real time with the temperature and current weather conditions. How did Apple not beat Sood to such an obvious modification? The world may never know. LiveWeatherIcon is now available on the Cydia Store for $1.00.
It has been a long and difficult wait for gadget enthusiasts eager to jailbreak the latest version of Apple’s mobile platform but once an iOS 7 jailbreak was finally released, drama instantly ensued. A team of iOS hackers knows as evad3rs released their iOS 7 jailbreak tool Evasi0n7 just before Christmas and people were elated. It wasn’t long before a discovery was made, though: the tool installed a seemingly shady app store called “Taig” on devices belonging to Chinese users. There were many unknowns surrounding this unofficial app store and users were cautioned not to jailbreak until questions were answered. Things seemed to simmer down when well-known hacker Geohot gave Evasi0n7 his stamp of approval, but worries that private user data was being transmitted by Taig continued. When Taig released its own version of the Evasi0n7 jailbreak software, however, that was apparently the last straw for the evad3rs — the group announced in a public letter on Christmas Day that it has ended its relationship with Taig and removed the store from its jailbreak software. The group also responded to rumors that it was paid $1 million to include the Taig app store in its initial iOS 7 jailbreak, noting that it has “refused all monies from Taig.”
After the drama that ensured following the “official” iOS 7 untethered jailbreak release, well-known gadget hacker Geohot has cleared the waters surrounding the new Evasi0n 7 tool by reversing in, looking through the code and posting a lengthy write-up on it. The iPhone and PlayStation jailbreaker did not find any security issues with the iOS 7 jailbreak. More →
The Evasi0n7 iOS 7 unethered jailbreak that was released on Sunday did not come without a pinch of drama, MacRumors reports, as the evad3rs team of hackers that developed it is said to have been paid $1 million dollars by a Chinese company to preload a Chinese unofficial app store on the jailbroken devices in case that is automatically installed when the jailbreak is performed on a computer that has Chinese set as the main language. Thus, the unofficial “Taig” store is installed on jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPod touches instead of the regular Cydia store users would expect. More →
The Evasi0n team has a Christmas present for those iOS device owners that want to customize their smartphones and tablets beyond what Apple officially lets them do: the first official iOS 7 untethered jailbreak – called Evasi0n7 – which works with all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models that run an iOS 7 version, from iOS 7.0 to iOS 7.0.4. That means the jailbreak is compatible even with Apple’s 2013 family of iOS devices, including the new iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. More →
Good news for everyone who downloaded the iOS 6.1 jailbreak — it seems that Apple (AAPL) hasn’t yet figured out how to patch the holes opened up by the Evad3rs Jailbreak Team just yet. 9to5Mac points us to an update from iOS security researcher pod2g noting that the just-released iOS 6.1.1 beta “does not fix” the iOS 6.1 jailbreak, which will probably be patched “in a future revision.” Pod2g does caution, however, that the iOS 6.1 jailbreak isn’t designed to work on the 6.1.1 beta, so anyone who wants to jailbreak their phone shouldn’t download the newest beta. Even though the Evad3rs had a working untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1 weeks ago, the group didn’t launch it until the final version of iOS 6.1 went public so that Apple wouldn’t have time to fix the jailbreak immediately after its release.