Velox is a Jailbreak app that seems to being reinvented the wheel pretty well. This over rated jailbreak tweak became available in Cydia some days ago and seems to be one of the most original and well done jailbreak tweaks.
Velox makes your homescreen the way you’ve always wished it to be. Its icons can be opened by simple and quick gestures that allow you to interact with the applications without being needed to completely open them. Swiping on an app icon displays a drop-down menu that’s alike to the stock folder animation. From that menu, all notifications can be managed. This works on any iOS application that is able to interact with Notification Center. This operation has never really been implemented in a jailbreak app before.
The advantages of Velox lie in the availability of Apple’s native apps options:
- Messages icon lets you compose a new message and reply to unread messages without entering the Messages app itself.
- Notes icon lets you create a quick note.
- Mail icon shows all of your unread emails on the homescreen. Swipe left on each email to dismiss it, or swipe right to write a reply.
- Camera app works really nice on Velox. Swiping on the Camera icon lets you quickly take a photo, which can be quickly posted on Twitter, Facebook, or added to email or messages.
- Calendar icon displays all events and alerts.
- Weather icon displays a shrunken view of the weather app.
- Safari icon lets you browse the web inside the drop-down menu.
- Music app’s icon gives you access to a mini-player.
- Settings icon gives you instant access to main system toggles, such as WiFi and Bluetooth.
The beginning of 2013 brought a lot of new tweaks on the jailbreak market (Cydia), most of which are likely to compete against Google Play apps and support the Apple – Android war. Let’s see the most popular ones:
JellyLock is a tweak that adds a bit of Android style to your Apple device (iPhone or iPod). Troll your friends by pretending you have an Android device instead of an Apple one!
The Facebook app’s biggest new feature is the Chat Heads. While Android OS allows for the Chat Heads to appear anywhere, the iOS version supports Chat Heads only within the Facebook app. That’s why jailbreak developers managed to create a new tweak to allow Chat Heads to appear throughout the iOS.
This new jailbreak app adds more features to your camera grabber. Grabby adds four icons and a slider to open any application. Now the user is able to select any application he wants to open using the grabber icons. Very stylish and useful app!
This app easily sets passwords to protect your photos from anybody. Protect Photos also allows the user to set a password for using camera or any other app on the iDevice. This security app is available for free on Cydia.
Velox is a new jailbreak app allowing interacting with apps directly on your homescreen without actually leaving it. It saves a lot of time and there’s no hassle to always switching between apps.
This new tweak allows launching the lock screen. Once installed, this new jailbreak app adds a few app shortcuts to the lock screen. By using the Settings app, the user has the ability to fill each shortcut position with his favorite apps. Atom has a simple layout and a lot of smooth animations.
The jailbreak community released several free or almost free apps allowing to improve the GPS navigation experience using your iPhone. Here are some of the most famous ones.
This new Cydia navigation app, AssistantLove, integrates Siri with several famous GPS and music streaming apps, such as Spotify. The best functionality of AssistantLove is the GPS integration. Siri usually brings up to the user the stock Maps app that only provides a list of directions without navigation. AssistantLove allows you to pick from many popular GPS applications that provide navigation. The user can use voice command, such as “navigate to New Plaza,” and Siri will open TomTom, Navigon, Waze or MotionX-GPS with the needed directions. Android devices have integrated voice control with Google Navigation, but iOS still miss this feature. Even if AssistantLove costs $2 in Cydia, many Spotify lovers and navigation geeks will find this app to be priceless.
Navigate From Maps
The use of third party turn-by-turn GPS applications (such as Waze) on iPhone, doesn’t allow the user just to click on location addresses and open them up. Navigate from Maps is a jailbreak tweak that provides turn-by-turn navigation one tap away. Some applications (such as Yellow Pages) will let the user to open addresses in any application. But most of the apps only open location addresses in the default Maps application. Navigate from Maps adds a small button into the built-in Maps app, which allows the user to open an address in any navigation app installed on iPhone.
Jailbreak gives you the possibility to completely modify the iPhone interface. Since Gridlock is not compatible with iOS 6 so far, here are some alternatives that will help the Jailbreak user to arrange icons as he wants.
iBlank – the best Gridlock alternative for iOS 6, is an easy to use app that allows to create blank icons on your iPhone’s SpringBoard. With this great app, you can make blank icons and line up your icons exactly as you want. Use it also to customize the look of the springboard. iBlank creates “blank icons” on the SpringBoard, these icons are invisible and have no functionality. All that you need to do if you want to create a blank icon is to open the app and select the Create a Blank Icon button at the bottom of the page.
iEmpty – another Gridlock alternative for iOS, which is actually not a genuine jailbreak app. With iEmpty, the apps can be arranged in any order on your iPhone. The app creates gaps between individual app icons. So you are able to set free fields between the icons of the apps. This effect can be created by small but ingenious detours on devices without jailbreaking.
AlwaysArrange – a free Gridlock Alternative Tweak from Cydia. If you want to handle the lengthy procedure of the Home screen appearance, “AlwaysArrange” is a good way to do that. To rearrange icons on the SpringBoard, you would normally have to long-press the icon till it starts to wiggle and then place it wherever you want. The configuration option is in the Settings app. You can download AlwaysArrange from the ModMyi repo.
EasyRearrange – a new Cydia tweak that allows you to easily rearrange all your SpringBoard icons. In order to move icons on the home screen press and hold the icons and place them where you want. You can download this tweak from Cydia store via the BigBoss repository for free.
One of the coolest advantages of the jailbreak is to provide a lot of fun to the users, especially through the games that become available after jailbreaking:
Grand Theft Auto – yep, Vice City is back… on iPhones: visually stunning updated graphics, character and vehicle models, HD quality resolution, custom controls for iPhone device and many other enhancements will bring you back in the world of GTA.
iPhysics - is a popular game based on geometric shapes. You play different levels of puzzles. The main game logic is to use different tactics to move the blue circle to meet the red square using the gravity and objects that you draw. iPhysics uses the motion sensors in the device and works on iPhone and iPod touch.
Super Mario – Mario games need no introduction, the same simple yet interactive and interesting play, which makes them ideal for iPhone adaptation. The game splits the screen in half with the playing section at the top and the controls at the bottom.
Tap Tap Revolution - if you are a fan of Dance Revolution fix, this would be the game for you to play. Tap Tap Revolution is a native iPhone or iPod touch game. You play by keeping your taps in synch with the playing music. Tap to the beat when the lights hit the bottom line. The game has a new feature which lets the user to download songs of random artists over the iPhone’s Wi-Fi connection. The user can download and install the game using Installer.app.
Nes4iPhone - is more a gadget that relives the glory days of the original Nintendo with this polished NES emulator for iPhone. This jailbreak game play is easy and fast just as a regular NES console. With nes4iphone the user can choose the orientation of the game on a jailbroken device if portrait or landscape, if with sound or not, and other options.
ParkingLot - is a puzzle game where you try to move out the yellow car from the parking lot. There are multiple parking lot packs available to keep the fun coming. This jailbreak game is nice considering there’s a lot of beautiful graphics and levels.
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As expected, Apple released iOS 6.1 on January 28th, and based on the users’ stats, nearly 50% of iOS users upgraded to iOS 6.1 in the last week.
However the users claimed a lot of bugs to be present in this new iOS, hence suggesting that Apple could have spent more time for the release of iOS 6.1. Among the worst features they were claiming bad iOS 6.1 battery life, cell signal problems and an auto-brightness feature that doesn’t work as well as on the previous OS.
A jailbreak solution for the new iOS 6.1 version has been released yesterday, on 04/02/2013, for iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. It is an iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak (meaning that users can install it on their iPhone and they don’t have to worry about a dead battery or restart requiring them to connect to a computer and jailbreak the device again) that is compatible with Windows (XP, 7 and Vista), OS X (10.5 and higher), as well as Linux (x86 / x86_64). Most of Apple’s latest devices can run iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, and the new 6.1. Unlike previous jailbreak software, this one works on all of them once they have been updated to the new iOS. A backup is necessary first to ensure you won’t lose any data in case something goes wrong, the lock passcode must be disabled too. The iOS 6.1 jailbreak porcess should only take about five minutes, but you don’t open up iTunes or Xcode while it is running.
Find out more at http://www.unlock-jailbreak-iphone.com
By default you don’t get access to all Cydia applications once your iPhone is jailbroken. Also not all the apps from Cydia are free. But if you want to download to your iDevice a lot of apps, but don’t have either money or access to them, there still are some ways to get what you want.
Use the FreeMyApps service. FreeMyApps allows you to download some of the most popular jailbreak apps for free. FreeMyApps provides access to the gift apps section. You will have credits to spend so you can get paid apps for free. The service works because the jailbreak developers pay to have their applications featured in the “sponsored” section, which enables the site to give you those apps for free.
Use Twitter to look for promo actions from the jailbreak community. For those who use Twitter to follow updates from the jailbreak developers, it’s common to see regular tweets giving away tweaks and licenses for jailbreak users. For example, some time ago several jailbreak developers have created a group called iOSPromo, with the intention of giving away free copies of some of the most popular jailbreak apps available. To be eligible to win one of the tweaks, users must have been following the respective app developers on Twitter for a while and tweeting a specific message to be considered for the tweak license. Among the free apps given out were SBRotator, CallBar, Lockinfo, Springtomize 2 and Mail Enhancer. So don’t ever hesitate to follow the jailbreak devs and tweet their updates if you aim to get paid jailbreak apps for free.
Install the best rated Cydia repos. The very first thing we all do after jailbreaking the iDevice is to look for some top Cydia apps released by the jailbreak developers. However you can search Cydia for apps only through installed repositories, which are domains where developers submit their new apps. Usually the packages of apps in Cydia are actually hosted by different decentralized repos. Several packages are added by default when you first time enter Cydia, however there is a way to manually add as many repositories in Cydia as you like.
Some weeks ago, two well-known members of the online jailbreak development community, the former Jailbreak Dev Team member @pod2g and the iPhone Dev team member @planetbeing, announced the progress on an iOS 6.0.2 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5, 4S and other devices which don’t have a jailbreak yet. It’s already clear it’s live since @planetbeing claims that he has a working untethered jailbreak running on his iPhone 5. The release date and the exact time aren’t yet revealed.
The reasons it’s not released are (according to @planetbeing statement on Twitter):
“1.) Releasing it would burn an exploit we want to save for ourselves so we can always get in to look at new firmware and help JB in the future.
2.) iOS 6.1 is coming very soon and will likely break a small part of it anyway, there’s no point in sacrificing the many bugs it won’t break. Anyway, where there are 4+ bugs (that it took to get this to work), there’s gotta be one or two more so while jailbreaking is getting harder, reports of its death are highly exaggerated.”
Apple allows a lot of intelligent features and apps that make the difference for its devices on the market. The most famous is the clever personal assistant that helps get things done just by asking him: you can use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings and many more. His name is Siri. Sara is the alternative of Siri provided by the jailbreak community. GoogleVoice is the alternative provided by Android, which is also compatible with Apple devices due to jailbreak tweaks. Let’s discuss those 3 “competitors” below.
Sara. When Siri was released for iPhone 4S, the iPhone users were wondering if Apple would release Siri for older generation iPhones as well. Since it became obvious that Apple would not be releasing Siri for older generation iOS devices, the Jailbreaking community has been forced to develop a new alternative. Sara was supposed to be the most innovative Siri jailbreak clone. It is an accurate app, which extends Siri’s default functionality. You can get Sara on your: iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod 4G, iPod 3G, iPod 2G, iPad 2G and iPad 1G. You can install the Sara tweak manually too, in case you have troubles downloading the tweak from Cydia. The jailbreak app must be launched from your SpringBoard. It is based on Spire and uses a 3rd party server for its requests.
If you would like to use Siri on your old iDevice running iOS 6, then the first thing you need to do is to jailbreak it and install Cydia. Next you can add the necessary Cydia repo in order to install the package needed to configure Siri.
SiriPort allows you to get Siri functioning without using a proxy server. So you can use Siri on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G and iPad 1G without iPhone 4S activation keys. SiriPort is one of the best options to get Siri on older generation Apple devices.
Spire is a port of Siri for older models of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The Spire tweak is an extremely easy way to install Siri on iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod 4G, iPod 3G and first generation iPad. Spire downloads the necessary Siri files directly from Apple’s servers and allows the user to specify his own proxy server. AssistantConnect and AssistantConnect4S are Cydia tweaks that work via Spire and allow to easily share the iPhone 4S Siri connection with older generation Apple devices. In order to use these apps, the user has to jailbreak his device and also an iPhone 4S.
Apple Maps was bashed for its many problems and bugs right out of its introduction on the marketplace. The numerous issues back with the launch of iOS 6 have rendered it very difficult to use towards a user’s overall advantage.
Meanwhile Google finally released an iPhone-compatible client for its Google Maps service. Google Maps is a very powerful alternative for the user’s mapping requirements especially with Apple Maps’ bugs in mind. Google Maps provides a lot of improved features, such as: built-in Google local search service, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and many others. The main problem was that it couldn’t be set as the default maps app of your choice. Unless you’re jailbroken.