12 Best Jailbreak Tweaks for your iPhone

Since its release in 2007, the iPhone has created a whole new ecosystem of its own which has, as some like to call it “changed the game” in the field of smartphones. Each generation of iOS has produced more stable devices adding many rich features and needed enhancements.

That being said, many still believe that iOS hasn’t made as much progress as it should have by now. Apple made some major changes in iOS 5, added many wanted features but many still feel that it’s not enough. In my personal opinion and the opinion of others, the iPhone and iOS can perfectly stand on its own feet, although there are some things that could be better.

That’s where jailbreaking comes in, a lot of people jailbreak so that they can pirate apps and games and steal people’s hard work but unfortunately for them, this is no longer possible on a large scale as Installous, the primary source of piracy on iOS was shut down a few months ago, leaving that aside-some people jailbreak simply to improve their iPhone experience. I’m one of them.

Considering that I have been jailreaking for many years now, I think I can say I know most of the stuff that’s out there. Keeping that in mind I’ve made a list of jailbreak tweaks that can improve your day-to-day iPhone experience. I know that in time some of these tweaks may cease to exist or may be replaced by ones that are better but for now these 12 jailbreak tweaks do a pretty good job at improving the iPhone experience. These are some of the best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 6.

AdBlocker

If you are one of those guys who don’t like to spend much on Apps and Games and therefore download mostly free apps then you might’ve noticed that some of them contain ads. Although they usually just stay at the bottom of the app, they do a pretty good job at distracting you. With AdBlocker you can block ad networks like iAds, AdMob and many more. It also blocks most ads in Safari. Browsing and playing games without ads makes the user experience a whole lot better and that’s just what AdBlocker does.

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Auxo

The stock iOS app switcher is pretty good but it doesn’t give you the slightest idea of what’s currently going on in an app, while Auxo provides you with a snapshot of the current state of apps in your app switcher and along with that there are swipe gestures for removing apps from the switcher, there are also redesigned music controls and quick access to toggles for popular items like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Auxo lets you control the contents of the app switcher using only swipe gestures and it certainly makes the iPhone feel more complete.

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f.lux

Have you ever seen someone using a mobile phone in a dark environment and noticed the bright blue glow coming from the screen? Most of us surely have, f.lux fixes this. It simply warms up your screen to match your lighting at night. Sleep researchers say that even a little extra blue light at night can keep you awake and negatively affect the quality of your sleep; f.lux prevents this and makes it easier to wind down and go to sleep at night. It also reduces eyestrain.

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FullForce for Phone

This is Ryan Petrich’s latest tweak which is just for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th generation users. It extends apps and games that have not been updated for these devices to fit the whole screen, this way no space is left empty on the display and the apps can take complete advantage of the new 4’ devices. It has a variety of modes but the author recommends the Expanded mode for apps and Stretched mode for games. You can also keep them cropped and shift them either to the top or the bottom of your display.

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iFile

To the ones who have been jailbreaking for some time now, iFile needs no introduction, it is a must have tweak for jailbroken devices. It’s like the Finder in OS X, it allows you to zip and unzip files, access all of the files residing on your iPhone, share files via Bluetooth or via Wi-Fi, copy and paste files, create folders, view file properties, and much more. It is the best file manager for iOS, hands down.

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PasswordPilot

It basically stores your App Store password in an encrypted manner so that you don’t have to enter your password again and again while making purchases on the App Store. It’s not recommended for people who have their kids play around with their iPhones but for everyone else, it’s a timesaver.

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ProTube Extension for YouTube

After so many years, Google has now released a proper YouTube app for us iOS users, the app fares well in overall usage but lacks some features. ProTube Extension for YouTube is a tweak by Jonas Gessner that adds a whole lot of features to the app, you can select the playback quality, download the videos, manage saved videos and even download just the audio file of a video in M4A format. Most importantly, all ads are blocked and you also get AirPlay support for downloaded vidoes.
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Safari Download Manager

Just like the name says, Safari Download Manager allows you to download files from within the Safari Browser. You can download just about anything and then manage the file from within iFile. Safari Download Manager is a must-have tweak for all those of you who are into downloading stuff on your iPhones.

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SafariSwipez

Don’t you just hate it when you have to extend your finger all the way up to the ‘x’ on the top left of a tab when you want to close it in Safari while using your iPhone singlehandedly? Well those days are gone now; SafariSwipez is a newly released jailbreak tweak that allows you to close tabs using swipe gestures. To close a tab, just swipe the tab up or down and you’re done.

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SMS Timestamps

You might have noticed that your iPhone shows timestamps for only specific messages in your inbox and the same goes for iMessage, because that’s how Apple decided to make it but don’t worry, there’s a fix for this. SMS Timestamps is a tweak that allows you to timestamp every message and also has the option to set time constraints so as to how often you want timestamps to show on your messages.

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SwipeSelection

Sometimes it can be very annoying and difficult to get the text cursor in the exact position that you’d like it to be, guys if there’s just one tweak you’d install from this list, then run over to Cydia and install SwipeSelection. It drastically improves the ability to edit text entries while using the iPhone’s keyboard and makes text editing and highlighting perfect on the iPhone.

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Zephyr

Zephyr has become one of the primary reasons for people to jailbreak their iPhones to begin with. It allows you to control your iPhone using swipe gestures; you can bring up the app switcher and switch between apps using simple multi-touch gestures. It might not sound impressive at first but once you start to use it, you’ll come to appreciate that controlling your iPhone with Zephyr feels so much more comfortable than using the physical home button.

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Time to wrap things up guys, I’ve spent many hours making this list of jailbreak apps and tweaks, so I’m confident that you’ll find most of them to your liking. These 12 jailbreak tweaks alone bring your iPhone to a whole new level and improve the overall experience of iOS. Although many of them are paid tweaks, I believe they’re worth your money as they really help perfect your iPhone. Be sure to let me know what you guys think in the comments section below, Do you think all best tweaks are included in the list? Did I forget to include your favorite one? Let me know below.

 

 

What to expect from Apple today?

Today is 12th September and its time for the Apple event. After a lot of waiting, rumors, leaks finally its time for the Apple event in about 1 hour’s time. Lets look at what we expect from Apple today.

1.iPhone 5

The iPhone is the smartphone that the whole world has been waiting for eagerly and it is sure that it will be previewed today at the Apple event.

You can get full details on the expected iPhone 5 features here and here

image via gizmodo.com

 

2. New iPod

Last year also the iPod’s were not refreshed and this time around it is most likely that the iPod’s will be refreshed and new iPods are going to launch today.

As far as rumors go there will be a new iPod Nano and new iPod touch.

The iPod Nano would again be a long iPod( similar to the one before the current iPod nano) and the iPod Touch would be completed redesigned and be some what like the design of the iPhone 4.

Also there is a small possibility that the iPod Touch might come in various colors.

3. New iTunes

With a brand new OS, new iPods and a new iPhone there is a high probability that we might see iTunes 11 today.

4. New Headphones

Apple has been just amazing when it comes to simplicity and designing the headphones but maybe Apple thought it was time for a little change.

As per few rumors Apple might release brand new headphones with a new design today.

image via 9to5mac.com

 

 

iPod Nano Touch: The smartest iPod nano ever (concept)

When we talk about Apple, we can’t really reach to any sort of conclusion, no matter we discuss about the company’s success and future plans or any of its products. Talking about its products, one of the company’s best and most loved innovations, a cute little music player called iPod, has got a rare concept visualized in its honor by a designer called Enrico Penello. The concept, called iPod Nano Touch, includes Wi-Fi, a front facing camera capable of handling FaceTime calls, weather status, Nike+ implementation, as well as classic iPod touch apps such as Clock, Music, and Images. Enrico explains:

This concept shows a bigger clip on the back side, a lower black part containing the WiFi antenna, central home button, side volume buttons and on/off top button, making this device really close to our everyday iPhone.

The concept does sport a smart look, holding true on “the smartest iPod nano ever” tag given to it by its designer, but it still appears too narrow for anyone’s liking, especially when used for FaceTime. Nevertheless, this halved version of the iPhone 4S makes for a good poster boy.

Camera-sans next-gen iPod Nano [spyshots]

If the image below is to be believed, then Apple sure has (or at least did have previously) some major plans for the iPod Nano, spotted with a camera hole below:

The leak comes from Japanese blog Apple.pro which shows a next-generation iPod nano with an alleged 1.3-megapixel camera on its back, while still keeping the current model’s size and display.

Also in the news is that iPad 3 is now less than 5 months away from becoming a reality! [rumor]

iPad designer and Apple’s Senior VP-Design, Jonathan Ive awarded knighthood — Now ‘Sir’ Jonathon Ive

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, the guy who was the mastermind behind the designing of world-changing Apple products like the iPod, iMac, iPhone, and most recently the iPad, Jonathon Ive has been honored with knighthood in his native United Kingdom, ending 2011 with the news he will now be called Sir Jonathon Ive. BBC reports that Ive was granted knighthood in UK in the New Year Honours List, his official title being a Knight Commander of the British Empire.

Ive, who was born and raised in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States to pursue design work, said that the honor is “absolutely thrilling”, crediting his home country for some of his incredible design work: “I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the U.K. of designing and making.”

 

Via BBC

iPod Nano discontinued in India

After Apple reduced the price of iPod Nano to $129 in the US a few days ago, we all were expecting the iPod Nano to become cheaper in India but unfortunately Apple has stopped selling iPod Nano in India. The reasons for the same only Apple knows.

This means that the built in accelerometer iPod Nano will not come to India.

Bad news for iPod fans in India.

Apple registered 50 domain names on WWDC day(June 6)

Apple registered 50 domain names on WWDC day(June 6).

List of domain names is below

– airplaymirroring.com
– appleairplaymirroring.com
– appledocumentsinthecloud.com
– applegestures.com
– appleicloudphotos.com
– appleicloudphotostream.com
– appleimessage.com
– appleimessaging.com
– appleiosv.com
– appleitunesinthecloud.com
– appleitunesmatch.com
– applelaunchpad.com
– applemailconversationview.com
– applepcfree.com
– applephotostream.com
– appleversions.com
– conversationview.com
– icloudstorageapi.com
– icloudstorageapi.com
– icloudstorageapis.com
– icloudstorageapis.com
– ios5newsstand.com
– ios5pcfree.com
– ipaddocumentsinthecloud.com
– ipadimessage.com
– ipadpcfree.com
– iphonedocumentsinthecloud.com
– iphoneimessage.com
– iphonepcfree.com
– itunesinthecloud.com
– itunesmatching.com
– macairdrop.com
– macgestures.com
– macmailconversationview.com
– macosxlionairdrop.com
– macosxlionlaunchpad.com
– macosxlionmissioncontrol.com
– macosxlionresume.com
– macosxlionversions.com
– macosxversions.com
– mailconversationview.com
– osxlionairdrop.com
– osxlionconversationview.com
– osxliongestures.com
– osxlionlaunchpad.com
– osxlionresume.com
– osxlionversions.com
– osxresume.com
– pcfreeipad.com
– pcfreeiphone.com

Via- Techcrunch

Apple updates iTunes to version 10.2

Apple has updated its iTunes application to version 10.2. So what’s new in iTunes 10.2?

  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.
  • Improved Home Sharing. Browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Download iTunes 10.2 now!

Now even your iPhone can sport a hoodie

We all like to sport hoodies – with t-shirts and sweatshirts –  but this is the first time your iPhone can wear one too. Incoming from Splashing Koi are some fantastic little iPhone hoodies that are sure to attract the attention of many, making your iPhone stand out from the crowd. These cute little hoodies are available in many funky designs, and perfectly fit the iPhone 4, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, all models of BlackBerrys, most of the SonyEricsson phones, the iPod Touch, iPod, and a host of other mp3 players and cameras. If you think innovative, you can even use these hoodies as wallets or coin pouches. Each case measures 3 inches by 4.5 inches and is made out of a soft fabric that will protect your device. They’re available in a bunch of different patterns and colors, and will set you back by only $17.

Skype for iPhone gets video chat. Finally.

We had informed you earlier that Skype confirmed video chat on iPhone is coming soon. Now, it has arrived. The application works over WiFi as well as 3G networks, with iPhone 4 & 3GS and iPod Touch 4 also supporting 2-way video communication. Surprisingly, the iPad and the iPod Touch 3 support only 1-way video calls. The app also supports video conference in both portrait and landscape orientations, mirroring Apple’s FaceTime application.