For iOS users, there are more advantages of having a jailbreak than there are drawbacks. Still, there are a few scenarios that really make you wish you had never heard of Cydia. Of course, jailbreaking takes away a touch of stability from your iPhone, and in addition to that, there are certain apps on the iTunes App Store that refuse to run if they find your device is jailbroken. This might be done by developers intentionally, or there might be some genuine issue regarding the app’s compatibility with the jailbreak. Whatever the case might be, the iOS dev community almost always rises to the challenge and comes up with an app to counter this issue. There might be other solutions already available for the prevention of jailbreak detection in iOS, but the newly released xCon is a free Cydia tweak that bypasses the aforementioned jailbreak check, allowing you to run all such App Store apps that normally wouldn’t run on a jailbroken device. The tweak does so in a really uncomplicated manner, and does not force its users to do anything other installing xCon on their device.
Now that we have praised xCon so much, don’t get too excited just yet. Although the tweak is pretty useful, it is by no means universal. As of now, the tweak only supports a few apps, all of which are listed on the xCon description page.
The current list of supported apps is as follows:
- Bloomberg Anywhere
- Cisco M-Learning
- DircTV for iPad
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales
- Time Warner Cable
- Verizon On Demand
The present list covers most of the widely used anti-jailbreak apps on the App Store, but nevertheless, seems a bit limited. The developer of xCon has requested users to contact him if they want more apps added to the supported list, and so we might see the list grow soon.
We tested the tweak for Cisco M-learning, and sure enough, the tweak worked (as you can see in the screenshots above). As mentioned earlier, the tweak is free, and if you want to use any of the above mentioned apps, just head to the Cydia store and get xCon from the ModMyi repo.
Update: The xCon tweak has become almost universal, as all apps that oppose jailbreak are added to its support list as soon as they are released. The latest to be added to the xCon list is the newly released Amazon video app.