iOS 6 is not yet available to the general public for a reason: it’s not ready for everyday use as of now. However, despite all the broken things within the OS, there would still be those out there who’d venture to try out the new version as soon as it became available – whether through legitimate means or otherwise. Perhaps you’re a developer who installed iOS 6 beta on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to ensure the compatibility of your apps with the 6th major iteration of iDevice operating system, or you may be a tech enthusiast like me who just had to install the operating system to see how it felt. If you belong to the latter, chances are high that you’d be looking for means to go back to the 5.1.1 firmware version, for many reasons. The good news is, it’s very much possible, and fairly easy. Interested? Continue reading.
It has been a week since Apple announced iOS 6, and by now, everyone who is even remotely interested in iPhone (or any other iDevice, for that matter) knows a thing or two about iOS’s sixth major update. The knowledge of Siri enhancements, Facebook integration and all the other sweet features expected to be released with iOS 6 has only served to whet the appetite of all Apple fans. So, if you are one of those people who just can’t wait till fall to get their hands on iOS 6, there’s at least one feature you can try on your jailbroken iPhone right now! The new Cydia tweak named iOS 6 Photo Menu
will replace the boring old photo sharing menu in iOS 5 with the new and glossy one from iOS 6. The sharing menu in the stock Photos app has been enhanced in iOS 6 both cosmetically and in terms of functionality. The tweak adds a few changes of its own to this menu (like the omission of the Photo Stream button and the addition of Google+ sharing option), but basically, it emulates iOS 6’s menu pretty thoroughly.
iOS was bumped to 5.1 a few weeks ago, and brought a few minor, yet useful, changes to the iPhone operating system. One such change is the new lockscreen camera shortcut, which has been altered in two respects. For one thing, you don’t have to double tap the home button to bring up the shortcut, and secondly, to avoid accidental launch, the camera icon has to be dragged upwards now and merely tapping it won’t launch the stock Camera app. If you are a fan of the Cydia store, however, you are mostly likely stuck on iOS 5 or iOS 5.0.1 for now, waiting for the jailbreak dev teams to give the green signal. If you really want to try the new lockscreen camera without having to update to iOS 5.1, there’s now a tweak for that. Enter Camera Grabber
, a simple Cydia tweak which will let you enjoy the new camera shortcut on a pre-iOS 5.1 iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
There aren’t many of us who use our iPhone to create lengthy documents, and most of the times all that is needed is an app which will let you jot down something when you are in a hurry. Although the stock Notes app in iOS is pretty good, mostly you don’t need to create a whole new note if you have to note down a person’s name or some other such data, and it isn’t an intuitive way to create a whole new note to write just a single line. That’s why Windows 7 has sticky notes, and many similar apps exist for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well, but the fact of the matter remains; they are all apps, and it takes a few moments to launch them and make a new note. This is the problem MemoCenter
addresses. The new Cydia tweak adds a widget to the Notification Center in iOS 5, and you can start writing within that widget just by sliding down NC.
If you have a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you're probably aware of Activator, the popular Cydia tweak that lets users perform a plethora of tasks via gesture control. Everyone is bound to find it easier to swipe across the screen as compared to looking for an app’s icon on the Springboard. Combining the concept of Activator with the convenience of the iOS 5 Notification Center is NCSwipe,
a widget for the Notification Center that lets you perform a vast number of tasks using simple swipe and tap gestures. The tweak supports three gestures for now, but the number of tasks that can be defined using these really does make the widget a useful one.
As popular as the Notification Center in iOS 5 is among iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, there are a few areas where it can certainly use a few improvements. One such Notification Center feature is the dismiss button for notification groups. While it might not present any problem to iPad users due to the large screen area of the iOS tablet, for people with iPhones, it might be a little to tricky to accurately tap the little ‘X’ button. Many users have complained of the fact that the button is too small for their liking, and that’s what the new Cydia tweak FastClear
is for. This tweak makes sure that the the Clear
button is always visible instead of the ‘X’.
Twitter clients are nothing new to iOS, and the iTunes App Store is full to the brim with them, if not overflown already. The deep Twitter integration that iOS 5 users enjoy has made the microblogging network an integral part of many iPhone users’ lives. Then, coming back to Twitter clients, you get a lot of good options to choose from, including the official Twitter app, which is elegantly laid out, neat and super functional. Taking all this in account, one is hard pressed to find a Twitter client that outshines the competition, and Twittelator Neue
does just that. It is, hands down, the most beautiful Twitter client ever released (yet) on any platform, mobile and desktop alike. Details past the break.
Users of iPhone’s newer models might outnumber people having iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G, but still a considerable contingent of users remain who have not yet upgraded their phones. This means that there are a lot of iPhones out there which are not running the newer versions of iOS. iOS 5 was released a few months back, and it has got just about all the features Apple fans have wanted for a long time. So, if you own an older iPhone or iPod touch, there is no longer a need to be jealous of iOS 5. You can get most of the features iOS 5 offers via the latest version of Whited00r. Read on to know how to use this tool with your iDevice.
The infamous jailbreak tool, redsn0w, has just been updated to version 0.9.10b4 (beta 4), incorporating the much awaited fix for iBooks for untethered jailbroken A4 devices. At the same time, Chronic Dev Team’s Corona Cydia package has also been updated to version 1.0-5, bringing the same fix for devices jailbroken using the said package. The updates are compatible with all devices that were supported originally, which includes all A4 devices (iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3rd and 4th gen, and iPad) running iOS 5.0.1. Details after the break. Read More
If you are one of those iOS users who like to use their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch jailbroken, then redsn0w is a name you must be familiar with. The jailbreaking tool has been around for quite a while, and the Dev Team is always quick to add support for newer versions of iOS. As iOS 5.0.1 got bumped to its final build a few weeks back, the Dev Team has done it again, and now it is possible to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using the latest version of redsn0w. Redsn0w 0.9.9b9 not only jailbreaks the latest iOS 5 update, but also comes with a bunch of new features and bug fixes.
The integration for Twitter in iOS 5 is truly amazing. Most of the stock iOS apps now have options to allow users to tweet from right within the app. Also, you can use gestures to start composing tweets on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, but it is always possible to make things a little bit more easy. That’s what Twicon
is all about. While all the apps now boast of having Twitter integration, you still have to launch the Twitter app if you want to tweet something. This simplistic Cydia tweak does nothing except adding a standalone icon to your iDevice Springboard, which will launch the native iOS 5 tweet composition screen.
iOS 5.0 untethered jailbreak demo video has spread like wildfire on the Internet! iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are all gripped in excitement since renowned hacker and developer pod2G
released a video of what seems to be the iPod 3G running iOS 5.0 jailbroken, but unthered. Now what is even more awesome, is the recent tweet by pod2G, that the very jailbreak demonstrated in the video, will actually work for iOS 5.0.1 as well. This has to be a huge relief for people who had updated to iOS 5.0.1, only to hear news that they might not be able to jailbreak their devices because the untethered jailbreak we all have been looking forward to, will work only on the iOS 5.0. Phew! Glad that scare is over.
It is quite amazing to see that with the potential that the new Notification Center in iOS 5 has, Apple left it all dull and simple aesthetically. Earlier we covered a post on enabling transparency in the Notification Center
with the help of a Cydia tweak and today, we are bringing you a theme for it, but this time the aim is to change the color of the Notification Center while retaining the fabric like texture on it as well. Enter ColorNotificationCenter
, the theme that brings you a set of 5 colors to choose from for your iOS 5 Notification Center. Read on for screenshots of all the colors available, download link and installation instructions.
If you followed the news around the time the first iPhone was about to be launched, and the hype that surrounded it owing to some truly revolutionizing features, you would have most definitely awed at the sight of the beautiful cover flow feature in the Music app that apple provided for it’s first iOS version. Cover flow, was and still is, one eye candy feature that, to be honest, is not really that practical. However, that’s just one man’s opinion. So we’re into the iPhone 4S and looking at iOS 5, but for some odd reason, where the OS and hardware have been upgraded to an awesome level, the Cover Flow is still as choppy as it used to be. Well, if your iDevice is running iOS 5 and jailbroken, you can now remove that choppiness with the help of SmoothCoverFlow, a subtle yet effective Cydia tweak.
We all love the new Notification Center in iOS 5, but it surely feels like Apple could have done a a lot more with this feature than it actually had. It is no surprise, that Cydia is becoming populated with all kind of tweaks for the Notification Center on jailbroken iOS 5 devices. One such recent tweak to hit Cydia, is BlurriedNCBackground. Judging by the name initially we thought it might actually allow the users to use a custom wallpaper on the Notifcation Center, but when we installed the tweak it came out something entirely different but yet very awesome. This tweak will give your Notification Center a hint of transparency and whatever screen you’re on, would be shown as the background but blurred to keep the Notification Center well focused. Read More
Fanboyism aside, let’s face it, iOS 4 and above brought the sweetest multi tasking App Switcher that can be found on smartphones today. It’s quick, convenient, and fluid. There’s a new Cydia tweak available for iOS 5 that now lets you access the App Switcher straight from the lock screen, and whether it serves a purposeful function or not, boils down to how you use it. Some can see it as a fast way of launching their favorite apps that are left running in the background. The tweak named LockScreen Multitasking integrates with the lock screen without any major hurdles. More on it after the jump! Read More
If you’re a music-holic and would love to tell the world about your taste in music, what better way to do that than having your iOS 5 device tweet your current song playing, in no time at all using the built in Twitter integration. No need to type in, press a certain key, see what you’re about to send and voila! How? TweetSong is a new Cydia tweak that will easily let you do all this, in a matter of a few seconds. The tweak will pull in the information for the current playing song straight from your Music app, using it as the body of your tweet.
A few weeks back, Apple released the iOS 5.0.1 to the developers on account of the few bugs and issues that the consumers were reporting back, including the shabby battery life on the new iOS 5. While the response was a mixed one, Apple has now made the iOS 5.0.1 available for the public as well. You can easily update via iTunes easily, and the jailbreak while being available for all iOS 5 devices excluding the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, is still untethered. We’ll show you hot to do that, but before you decide to update to 5.0.1, you need to understand the risks involved.
- iPhone hacker and a member of the Chronic Dev Team has warned people who plan on jailbreaking their device to stay away from the update, as the exploit found for an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 due to arrive soon, has most likely been patched up in iOS 5.0.1. The tweet says:
“Note about 5.0.1 : don’t update if you plan on jbking : the bug Charlie MILLER found can simplify exploits dramatically and will be closed.”
A while back, we brought to you a roundup of 12 lesser known iOS 5 features
, highlighting some niceties in Apple’s latest iteration of the operating system that were either not well-advertised, or skipped the users’ notice due to being well hidden within the system. Turns out, the era of hidden features continues, with the latest addition being the possibility of having an Android-like autocorrect bar over the keyboard. Unlike most hidden features, turning on the autocorrect bar is not a simple matter of navigating the Settings
app to hit a toggle switch; it requires careful modification of the keyboard Plist file and a little courage to get the trick done. To top it all off, it works on non-jailbroken devices as well! So, if you’re a fan of Android’s way of suggesting alternate words, or would just like to enable the feature because you can do so (like we did), get your tweaking hats on and hit the jump to find out how.
Sick and bored of the conventional Winterboard themes? Not too excited about having to edit files in your iOS device to add some oomph to your otherwise boring themes? We’ve been there and we are right there with you when you say that it can give you a headache. Dreamboard
, Winterboard’s counterpart is here to take the possibilities of theming your iOS device to a whole new level. No more manual file editing and downloading multiple Cydia tweaks to form one theme. Less clutter, less headache; this app has it all. The downside you ask? Well, not many themes are available in Cydia at the moment and almost 90% of those are paid, and rightly so; forming these themes can take up a lot of effort. Imagine not being able to pull it off with a step-by-step guide and ready-made tweaks. iNav HD users would know what we’re talking about.
More so, those who have moved onto iOS 5 and have their devices jailbroken will find that majority of the themes are no longer supported in iOS 5. This is why we here at Addictivetips, gathered up 5 of what we believe to be some of the finest free Dreamboard apps that are compatible with iOS 5 as well.