Jay Freeman, aka “Saurik,” is renowned for a name that is on every jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch: Cydia, the alternative to Apple’s App Store. First released in February 2008 by Freeman, Cydia quickly became the guiding light for the jailbreak community.
Since the launch of the iPhone 5 an iOS 6 jailbreak has been in the works, and as David Wang, a member of the jailbreaking community also known as “Planetbeing” reveals, they covered a lot of ground before the end of the tunnel came into view.
Over the weekend, we exposed what we felt was a suspect claim that the iPhone 5–and iOS 6.0.1–had been jailbroken and that an app that would make it possible for all was there for the purchasing. It turns out that we may have been correct to be skeptical.
We all know the iPhone 5 is feature-packed and effective, but many users enjoy jailbreaking their device, a process which “unlocks” the phone. Jailbreaking an iPhone can, among other things, enable the user to install apps that aren’t, for whatever reason, available in the App Store.
Jailbreak developers are always seeking out news ways to tweak iOS in small chunks to make certain aspects more appealing and convenient. Even when you think all the possibly-modifiable areas of iOS have been covered, a new jailbreak tweak comes around that does something totally unimaginable and interesting. If you're looking to add further functionality to the iPhone and iPod Touch volume indication HUD (heads-up display), a new jailbreak tweak, dubbed HUD Pro, has all of the flexibility and options you could possibly hope for - in fact, some are a bit too far-fetched.
The numerous issues with Apple's official Maps app since its introduction back with the launch of iOS 6 have rendered it almost impossible to use towards a user's overall benefit, for many. Thankfully, however, Google finally released an iPhone-compatible client for its Google Maps service. Dubbed just that, Google Maps is a very noteworthy alternative for your mapping requirements especially with Apple Maps' bugs in mind. The only problem? It can't be set as the default maps app of your choice. Unless you're jailbroken, that is...
iOS users with jailbroken devices can now make the Google Search app a backup to Siri thanks to a new jailbreak tweak called NowNow. Of course Google Search can’t launch apps, or access your contacts like Siri can, but it’s a great tool for looking up information or getting directions.
Apple has yet to allow applications that directly modify iOS into the App Store, so those people who are in search of ways to personalize their devices resort to Cydia - the number one marketplace for the numerous amount of tweaks and handy additions that innovative developers are constantly churning out. This means, however, that users must jailbreak their devices which effectively voids the 1-year, standard warranty included with the purchase of an Apple device. Due to the inconvenience involved with the jailbreaking process as a whole, tweak developers are always searching for ways to bypass the Apple guidelines and get their modifications onto the App Store to appeal to a wider demographic of people.
Jukebox is a new jailbreak tweak designed to allow for easier music management while rocking out to your most favorite tunes. With optimal functionality, the tweak adds a minimal, yet useful, widget to both your homescreen as well as Notification Center.
There are some minute qualms with iOS for which we greatly thank the existence of the jailbreak community. One of those is the fact that iOS requires you to enter your iTunes password repeatedly whilst downloading new apps or app updates - this quickly becomes a tedious task.