My 6 Favorite Lock Screen Tweaks

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The iOS lock screen is the first thing you see when you turn on an iOS Device, but it’s very basic and hasn’t evolved over the years. It’s a blank canvas waiting to be painted, and Apple refuses to make any major changes. Luckily, there are a plethora of jailbreak tweaks that will transform and recreate the lock screen.

Guest Mode

The concept of a guest account has been heavily desired since the release of the iPad. GuestMode adds a very customizable guest account to iOS. It can be accessed in many ways from the lock screen such as a button on the keypad, swiping past the keypad, or an activator gesture. The guest account can be customized by which apps to allow, Control and Notification Center access, and more. It’s a very versatile tweak and can be used in a ton of ways. It is available for $0.99 in Cydia.

JellyLock7

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Jelly Lock gets its concept from Android, but it is a great tweak that rethinks unlocking the phone. The circular grabber when pushed down can be moved to the right to unlock, and left to access the camera. You can set 5 apps to quick launch by moving the grabber along the arch. I really like being able to quick launch the apps, and the tweak looks very elegant as well. The grabber can be customized in size and color as well. It should be on every iOS device, especially because it’s free in Cydia.

Forecast

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The iOS 7 weather app is beautiful and Forecast brings all the beauty to the lock screen. It displays the current weather information, and then you can swipe right to left to access a 12 hour and 5 day forecast. This alone would be a pretty decent tweak, but Forecast goes above and beyond. It will adjust your wallpaper to the weather and if its cloudy you will see the clouds move across your lock screen. While it looks great, it is a killer on battery but the animations can be disabled. It is a good-looking tweak, but it can drain the battery. It’s available for $0.99 in Cydia.

Cleverpin

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By default iOS doesn’t have a lot of customization when it comes to the passcode. Cleverpin adds the customization that should be included by default. It can disable the passcode if you’re on a specific WiFi network like at home or at the office. It can also disable the passcode if you’re listening to music, or if it is charging. It isn’t a major tweak but it has improved my efficiency without compromising security. You can grab it for $1.99 in Cydia.

Springtomize 3

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While Springtomize 3 isn’t technically a lock screen tweak, it offers a lot of customization for the lock screen, as well as the rest of iOS. You can change the text of anything, and slide to unlock can become the time. You can also change the size of the text as well. You can find this customization in some free tweaks, but Springtomize is the ultimate all in one package. It’s $2.99 in Cydia.

Convergence

Convergence is a major overhaul of the lock screen that rethinks everything from the ground up.  It offers widgets like weather, calendar, and will be open to third parties. It offers a customizable toggles screen that can hold as few or as many as you can possibly want. All the animations are smoother, and better looking. It is a beautiful tweak that adds a boatload of functionality to the lock screen. It is still in beta, but you can be a beta tester for $2.00.

Bonus Tweak: Time Passcode

This tweak doesn’t do a lot, but it allows you to make your password the current time. If it’s 9:30, your passcode becomes 0930. It’s free in Cydia.

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iOS 7.1 beta 4 not jailbreak-able using Evasi0n7

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Just before Christmas last year, Evad3rs surprised everyone by launching Evasi0n7, the first untethered jailbreak tool that worked with any device running iOS 7+. The release even surprised jailbreak devs, including Saurik, who hadn’t even got Cydia ready for the iOS 7 at that point. Perhaps the one pleasant surprise was that the jailbreak also worked with iOS 7.1 beta. In fact, it’s worked with every beta version of iOS 7. Up until now.

iH8sn0w tweeted yesterday evening that the exploit used to jailbreak iOS 7 has been patched up in the latest beta version of iOS 7.1.

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The developer also went on to stated that Evad3rs won’t be working on a version to work on future beta versions of iOS 7.1. However, that’s not to say we won’t see one that works with the official public release.

Personally, I wouldn’t get your hopes up too much for iOS 7.1 tools. Look at last year, we didn’t get an official jailbreak tool for iOS 6.1 until after iOS 7 was here, and even then, it was for pre-A7 chip devices. So, if I was a gambling man, I’d bet against a new version of Evasi0n 7 for iOS 7.1.

BioUnlock Lets You Use Touch ID To Unlock Your Mac.

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While Touch ID saves you the pain of writing in a passcode to unlock your iPhone, until now Mac users haven’t been afforded the same ease of use.

A new jailbreak feature is looking to change that, however, since it gives users the opportunity of using their iPhone 5s’ Touch ID feature to unlock their Mac computer.

 Because BioUnlock — by developer Eric Castro — allows users to assign a specific fingerprint to their Mac computer, it is possible, for example, to use a thumb to unlock the iPhone 5s, but an index finger to unlock a MacBook. This way, users won’t accidentally unlock their Mac when attempting to unlock their iPhone, or vice versa. A video by Castro shows how it works:

Discussing BioUnlock in a Reddit post, Castro explained that he’s still working on the jailbreak code, but that he hopes to have a completed tweak available for download in the Cydia Store by the end of January.

The tweak works by using WiFi to communicate between your Mac and your iPhone. Bluetooth support is on his list of things to do, as well as Windows support.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Cydia updated for iOS 7 and nothing dodgy found inside evasi0n7.

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This year – relative to last – the gap between iOS 7 launch and its jailbreak tool being released was incredibly small. Along with news of its release came reports stating that a Chinese company had funded, and with that came rumors of sketchy code being used and the software being infected. Those reports weren’t helped by the fact that Saurik (Jay Freeman) hadn’t had time to get an official, tested version of Cydia for iOS 7.

Thankfully, that has changed. Today, Cydia was updated for iOS 7. Its look is drastically changed to move it in to iOS 7′s design territory. It’s colorful, flat and a touch more attractive. It’s still clearly Cydia, but it has a fresher white look with clean lines and flatter icons.

As well as this update, we also have confirmation that the evasion7 is completely free of invasive software. Geohot has tested it, reversed engineered it and discovered no foul play. But he did reveal some competition between evad3rs and himself:

Note that this writeup doesn’t help Apple, I got this by reversing the public evasi0n binary, which they can, and do do. Also note, I found nothing sketchy in my reversing, your phones most likely aren’t being backdoored by Chinese. If I ever touch jailbreaking again, which is unlikely(until ARM128 comes out, I only touched the game again for the love of ARM64), no more secrets. Full disclosure time, I was working on a public, free of charge, china not involved, old school jailbreak with a few others. evad3rs released first. That jailbreak overlapped this one 80%, partly due to leaks, but mainly due to the exploits and methodology being the obvious choice(great minds, well you know), meaning the exploits won’t be usable next time. No more jailbreaks ever?”

With this seeming divide in the jailbreak world, and the need for financing from other sources to get anything done, I’d suggest the jailbreak scene’s future is far from certain.

Is iOS 7.0.4 Safe For Jailbreaking?

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Every time Apple releases a new version of iOS, there’s a good chance they have broken existing jailbreak techniques with it. If a public jailbreak has already been released, it means your jailbreak has gone away; if a public jailbreak hasn’t yet been released, an update can kill an exploit that will delay a public jailbreak by months.

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 7.0.4, but did they break the possibility of an iOS 7 jailbreak? Are you safe to update?

According to jailbreak guru MuscleNerd, iOS 7.0.4 should be a safe update:

Those at 7.x waiting for JB, maybe treat 7.0.4 as exercise in restraint. Won’t affect JB if you slip up, but test your ability to avoid it!

Even though iOS 7.0.4 is safe, what MuscleNerd is trying to warn users about is updating immediately and unthinkingly every time Apple drops a new version of iOS, without waiting to see if it’s safe. Good advice, but feel free to update to iOS 7.0.4 anyway.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Fix for evasi0n Weather app bug on the way.

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Earlier today, we started receiving reports that folks were having issues with their Weather app after jailbreaking. It’s been the one glitch in an otherwise flawless execution of the evasi0n tool.

The issue appears to be limited to iPhones—the iPad actually gains Weather app functionality—and is only affecting some users. But nevertheless, the brilliant evad3rssay they’re on it…

Both pod2g and MuscleNerd of the evad3rs hacking team commented on the bug this afternoon, saying that they have—or more specifically planetbeing has— already begun working on a fix for it.

We assume we’ll see a patch pop up in Cydia sometime in the next couple of days that will fix the Weather bug. Until then you can either stay inside, as MuscleNerd suggests, or try restoring and re-jailbreaking.

Obviously, we’ll let you know as soon as this matter gets resolved.

Evasi0n iOS 6.1 jailbreak tool for Mac and PC completed – still on target for Sunday release.

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Yesterday we read the news that the iOS 6.1 jailbreak tool for iPhone 5 and other iOS 6.1 powered devices was almost ready for launch. Evad3rs – the team behind the new jailbreak – announced publicly on its website that it was just adding some finishing touches to the GUI yesterday. Today, there’s some more progress (as reported by iDB): the Mac and Windows tools for jailbreaking have been completed and the release date is still set for Sunday.

The last stage is some private beta testing to iron out any potential bugs before the big launch. It’s fair to say we’ve waited a long time for this new jailbreak to be released, possibly the longest time from a new iPhone launch to a jailbreak we’ve ever had. But with tweaks like Auxo and InstaSnapwaiting to be tried and tested by countless users, I’m guessing this year’s jailbreak is going to be the most popular yet.

Not long to go now. We’ll keep you up to date with any more developments as the next few days pass. If you want to keep up to date with the update, hit Evasi0n’s site for a live progress report.

Source: TodaysiPhone.