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Apple’s products and platforms are typically closed source and hence cant be extended. However, the jailbreak community has managed to find a way to extend the iOS and hence have developed immensely valuable apps that can be installed on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The backbone of the jailbreak effort for the iOS devices is the Cydia platform. In this guide book we have compiled numerous tips, tricks and how to tutorials for Cydia that both novice and experienced users can use. You may want to bookmark this page for later reference. Additionally, we would highly appreciate if you can share this guide book with your friends and family.
There is a good news for all the iOS users who are expecting rich text functionality for Notes in iOS 5.1 some time soon. Developer Ryan Petrich has update Rich Text For Mail — a Jailbreak tweak dedicated to adding rich text support to Email — to support Notes as well. This means that the users don’ have to rely on Apple to get this feature in iOS 5.1.
Have a look at the following video from iDB exploring the tweak.
However, the bad news is that the tweak isn’t free and you have to cough up $4.99. It wouldn’t be worth it if you’re not going to use it a whole lot. If the rich text functionality is a necessity, then it’s a reasonable expense.
iDB also did a through walk-through of Rich Text for Mail tweak (video embedded below) some time ago . Now, with the update of this tweak all of the functionality for the Mail app works for the Notes app as well.
Are you excited for not having to wait for iOS 5.1 to get this functionality? Let us know in the comment section below.
Apple has made the decision not to release Siri for their devices older than the iPhone 4S. As a result the Jailbreak community has come out with SARA, yet another alternative to Siri. SARA is a Siri clone touted to be a best alternatives to Siri with extended functionality. SARA is operable on the following iOS devices:
iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone 2, iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 2G, iPad 2 and iPad.
How To Install SARA Through Cydia
Step 2. The next step is to launch Cydia, navigate to the Manage Tab, then the Sources Section, click the Edit button and then the Add button. In the dialog box, type in the following address: http://isoftjsc.com
Step 3. Once the source is added to your repository list, click it and three packages will appear. Choose the package that matches your iOS device and it will try to install SARA as well.
Important: The Console package is only for submitting error reports to the developer of SARA.
Step 4. When you have SARA installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you will see a SARA icon on your SpringBoard (homescreen).
Manually Install SARA Siri Clone
Condition: The afc2add Cydia package must be installed on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad before going through the manual steps to install the SARA Cydia tweak.
Step 1. Again, the first step is to Jailbreak your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running the iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1 firmware.
Step 2. Download a file-system editor software for your Mac OS X or Windows computer. iExplorer (download) is the preferred program for this particular task. Lastly, you must download a copy of the SARA.deb 0.3 file.
Step 3. Once you have downloaded all the needed files, launch the file-system editor and navigate to the directory shown below:
Note: It is possible that the Cydia folder won’t be visible when you reach the Media folder. If this happens, just create a new folder named Cydia and another folder inside Cydia named AutoInstall.
Step 4. Once you are in the directory shown above, copy the downloaded SARA.deb file here.
Step 5. Now restart your iOS device two times and you should see the SARA icon on your SpringBoard (homescreen).
Congratulations, now you have Siri on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Leave your thoughts, feedback in the comment section below.
In October 2011, many features were added to Apple iDevices with the release of iOS 5. These new additions include many new enhancements like Notification Center but the most exciting addtion was of Siri that was released with the iPhone 4S. The problem with Siri is that it is operatable by only iPhone 4S hardware and no other iOS device can work with Siri.
After the release of Siri, many developers tried to create and test tweaks that can work with Siri but faced difficulties. Things changed after the release of absinthe tool by greenpois0n as it allows untethered Jailbreak of all iOS 5 devices. This makes things easier for developers and Siri tweaks to work with other iDevices other than iPhone 4S.
Recently, AssistantExtension was released by ‘K3A’ that is available in Cydia for free. The tweak is very useful for Siri users and developers as it includes additional Siri functions for users and allows developers to develop plugins that can work with Extension tweak. One of the examples of such plugins for AssistantExtension is a latest release known as “TweetLine”. This tweak allows twitter users to integrate Twitter registered account in the Settings app.
The app is simple to work with. You can easily activate Siri on your device through normal method and can give spoken command ‘timeline’ to your device. The tweak will force Siri to show the 5 most latest tweets on the Twitter Timeline.
Even thoguh, the tweak is useful if you want to read the tweets quickly as it allows you to scroll the tweet sheet inside the Siri interface but the commands are limited. For now, you can only read the 5 latest tweets that also include the usernames with the tweets in response of “timeline” command. The displayed response only contains usernames and the tweets without any links.
This is a great tweak for those who wants to keep themselves updated during their busy schedules and are regular tweeters. If you want to download and install TweetLine on your device, you can get one from ModMyi repo. You only need a registered Twitter account and a Siri enabled device to install and use TweetLine. The tweak is free to use.
Let us know about your experience with TweetLine or any other AssistantExtension plugin and your feedback about the tutorial in the comments below!!
Jailbreak apps needs to be updated just like any other apps. The notification regarding update is displayed in a little red badge on the Cydia icon. In this article we will explain how to update your jailbreak apps easily through Cydia.
How to Update Your Jailbreak Apps Easily Through Cydia
- Launch Cydia
- Now, Tap on “Changes” tab.
- Within this tab, search for Available Upgrades to find the newly available app updates.
- You can update/upgrade your jailbreak apps by just tapping on the “Upgrade” button at the top right corner of the screen.
- Once done, just respring your device.
That’s all you need to do in order to update/upgrade your jailbreak apps to the latest versions.
You can additionally view the video tutorial embedded below to see a visual demonstration of the process detailed above.
It is being said that Cydia’s recent update has brought about an integrated user experience in Jailbroken app store along with several functional improvements. The new feature includes the opening of Cydia from the last place where you closed the application. So, now you will not have to manually go to the place you left every time you close the app.
Although these improvements are not considered a major advancement in multitasking functionality, they still are being dubbed as multitasking improvements. FSM has introduced an easy hack to enable true multitasking in Cydia. In this article we will explain how to enable multitasking for Cydia on iOS 4.
How To Manually Enable Multitasking for Cydia on iOS 4
People have to open Cydia again and again just for the sake of installing couple of apps or changing different functions in Cydia. They find it more difficult to open Cydia again just because it requires to redownload the data each time it is opened. But what if you have a solution to it which can actually do real time multitasking? Here’s how to do this: (you will need iFile to perform the following steps)
Step 1. Open iFile and go to /Applications. Try to find the folder labeled Cydia.app.
Step 2. Open the folder and locate the file named Info.plist
Step 3. Click on the file after locating and open it with a Text Viewer option and scroll down to the bottom of the file.
Step 4. Try to find the text “<key> UIApplicationExistsOnSuspend </key> <true/>, and modify the <true/> tag to <false/> tag using the edit function.
This will enable multitasking for Cydia. You will need to restart the device before enjoying the multitasking Cydia interface.
The faster switching from Cydia to Home screen, other apps and then back to Cydia right where you left it is an awesome feature. During the session you may experience some flicker in display and some unstable instances.
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Many users think that the most important feature for a good application is its ability to multi-task. Cydia was not conforming to all the multitasking functionalities a user requires. In this article we will explain how to enable multitasking in Cydia.
As far as this method to enable multitasking in Cydia is concerned, it is not authorized by anyone so far. But one can expect that this method can generate problems. You may do this at your own risk. Do take precautionary measures like creating a backup of your important content.
By the way, we personally did not experience any problems using this method and it worked in a normal way for us. But we also made a backup of our important content just to be on the safe side. Let us know about your experience with this method by posting a comment below.
For those who prefer using the command line interface on their iOS devices, the Mobile Terminal which is a console based terminal is essentially handy and useful. Mobile Terminal is now available for installation on iOS 5. If you want to know how to install Mobile Terminal on your iOS 5 device, just follow through with this article.
The issue with Mobile Terminal that is made available on Cydia is that it is out dated and has not been updated for quite some time. This makes it impossible to use it on recent iOS 5 versions and as a result you would need some additional steps to install Mobile Terminal on iOS 5.
How to Install Mobile Terminal on iOS 5
First Step: Before installing Mobile Terminal on your iOS 5 device, make sure to verify that CoreUtilities is installed. If this is not the case, you will receive a dependency error once you try to install Mobile Terminal. For CoreUtilities’ verification, just open Cydia > Manage Tab. Tap the Settings button that you’ll see at the upper left-hand corner. The next thing you would have to is to select the Hacker Mode and tap done. Right there, tap the search tab, and enter this keyword “coreutils.” After entering the keyword, you should see the “Core Utilities” and “Core Utilities (/bin).” It is important that Core Utilities is installed on your iOS 5 device.
Second Step: Open your Mobile Safari browser and download the “Mobile Terminal.deb” file. This is from the Google Code repository. After that, select “open with iFile”, which you’ll see on the upper-right-corner. As we have mentioned earlier, this will be easier if you have iFile installed on your device.
Third Step: On your screen, a pop-up menu will appear once the iFile loads. After that, select “Installer” from the menu. Mobile Terminal will be installed afterwards.
Fourth Step: After the installation of Mobile Terminal, it is best to reboot or re-spring your device. This works for iOS 4 and iOS 5 software versions.
Check out this tutorial video and you’ll be provided with steps on how to install Mobile Terminal on your iOS 5.
Mobile is a handy tool, and you can do a lot of things once you download and install it on your device. If you wish to re-spring your device directly from a terminal, what you need to do is simply type “killall SpringBoard.” That’s just a sample of the many things you can possibly do with Mobile Terminal. Tell us what you think about it and feel free to leave your comments below.
OmniStat a new jailbreak tweak allows the iPhone users to check up various important stats for their devices like the name, storage capacity and battery times to name a few. The application is known to work as a widget and can be used for various information checks. It even allows the users to turn the device off and even enable or disable Wi-Fi or the airplane mode. The application provides stock and weather updates along with the other various information. More tweaking leads to the checking of the processes that are involved in the working of iPhone.
How To Add Various Statistics in iOS 5 Notification Center:
Watch the video embedded below to know how OmniStat adds various stats to iOS 5’S notification center.
The application can be started up by selecting the widget option in the settings tab of the application. Another requirement is that the device needs to be Jailbroken on iOS5. It is available at the Big Boss repository on Cydia. The device is a must have for stat freaks who wish to be in the know about their device’s performance. The device interface boasts a beautiful background and adds to the ambiance of the device.
Developers these days have been developing various widgets to enhance the iOS 5 operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Manuel Gebele, a renowned developer who is known to create great applications and widgets has now come up with a new tweak. The newly created jailbreak tweak by Manuel Gebele is called WeeFacebook. WeeFacebook allows users to access Facebook through their notification center.
WeeFacebook allows users to view status updates and a few other important features of Facebook. The only downside is that users cannot download this application from Cydia.
How to View Facebook Status Updates In iOS 5 Notification Center With WeeFacebook:
A brief tutorial for the application download is as follows:
- The file can be downloaded from the safari browser in the form of a .deb file.
- Use iFile to open the file and select the option named installer.
- Login to facebook using the safari web browser.
- Respring the device and enjoy Weefacebook.