Apple today released iOS 8.4.1 to fix several bugs affecting Apple Music, but the update also breaks the TaiG iOS 8.4 jailbreak, according to the security notes. As you can see from the security update, Apple has patched several exploits used by the TaiG Jailbreak Team to release their iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users who want their devices to remain jailbroken should not upgrade to iOS 8.4.1.
Everyone was happy when Apple added the ability to use third-party keyboards in iOS 8, but in typical Apple fashion they made switching between keyboards a pain in the neck. To open a third-party keyboard users must first download an app, then enable the keyboard in their Settings. Once installed, users must tap the world icon on the stock keyboard, then tap the ABC icon to open the third-party keyboard. This annoying procedure all but ensures that most iOS users just stick with Apple's stock keyboard because it is just simpler to use, but now thanks to KeySwipe switching between keyboards is as easy as swiping up or down.
Gotta Be Mobile recently published a list of the "best" iPad jailbreak tweaks, and they managed to find one we have never seen before. In case you have missed the memo, both the TaiG and PP jailbreak teams have released an iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool. This means every current Apple device, including the sixth-generation iPod touch, can be jailbroken.
A new malware targeting jailbroken devices has been discovered by Reddit users. While very little is known about the malware itself, Cydia creator saurik has released instructions on how to find out if your jailbroken device has been affected.
According to Reddit user minilover11, the purpose of "Unflod" is to steal Apple IDs and passwords. German security consulting firm SektionEins also took a look at the problem and this is what they found:
"This malware appears to have Chinese origin and comes as a library called Unflod.dylib that hooks into all running processes of jailbroken iDevices and listens to outgoing SSL connections. From these connections it tries to steal the device’s Apple-ID and corresponding password and sends them in plaintext to servers with IP addresses in control of US hosting companies for apparently Chinese customers."
Apple's MFi game controller support in iOS 7 allows third party developers to create external gamepads that support the iPad and iPhone. This should have opened many doors for mobile gaming on Apple devices, but unfortunately, most of the MFi game controllers on the market are too expensive. Not to mention, there are only a few that support both the iPad and iPhone, and most require a Lightning connection for them to work. This is why the jailbreak tweak Controllers for All was such a welcome addition to Cydia.
Controllers for All allows iOS gamers to use console controllers, such as the DualShock 4, to play games on their jailbroken devices. The tweak originally only supported Sony PlayStation controllers, but as promised, it has now been updated with Wii U and iPEGA 9025 support. The tweak works with all iOS 7 devices and is only a $1.99. That is a lot cheaper than shelling out $60 to $100 for a MFi-enabled gamepad from a third party developer.
In case you missed the memo, iOS 7.1 does patch the evasi0n7 jailbreak. This means you should avoid iOS 7.1 if do not want to lose your current jailbreak and keep all your Cydia tweaks and apps.
iOS 7.1 was released on Monday, March 10, 2014. The update brings a variety of UI improvements, new features, faster animations and bug fixes. Some of the new features include:
- Car Play support
- The capability to manually control Siri by holding down the Home button so and releasing it when you're done to indicate you're finished with your inquiry
- The ability to purchase songs from the Now Playing screen on iTunes Radio
- The option to display events in month view on the Calendar app
- Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries in the Calendar app
- Bold font for keyboard and calculator
- Reduce Motion option now includes Weather and Messages
As expected, Apple's latest iOS 7.1 beta, which was seeded to developers earlier today, patches more exploits used by evasi0n7. The creator of the iOS 6.1.3 p0sixspwn jailbreak, iH8sn0w, tweeted that Apple has fixed the ‘chown’ vulnerability used by the evad3rs to jailbreak iOS 7. If he is correct, jailbreakers will want to avoid iOS 7.1 when it is publicly released.
The team behind evasi0n7 hasn't confirmed that iOS 7.1 kills their jailbreak, but they rarely comment on Apple betas. Jailbreakers may still want to take precaution and make sure they're updated to the latest version of iOS 7.0. This is also the time to jailbreak, if you haven't already done so.
Auxo brings the same polished app switcher improvements to the iPad as iPhone jailbreakers have enjoyed for the past several months. Not only does Auxo look and feel like a stock iOS feature, it functions smoothly to make using the iPad more efficient. There are three main features of Auxo once installed, in addition to thorough documentation and customizable settings.
The first is an improved multitasking dock, which actually shows previews of each app screen right in the switcher. No need to press the home button, just swipe up from the bottom of the home screen to reveal the dock. Swiping down will close an app; no more touching a small, red X to achieve the same thing. Holding on an app icon in the switcher will prompt to remove all apps from the multitasking tray. Tapping yes clears all of the apps without having to individually close each one.
SwipeSelection, based on Daniel Hooper's concept video, is one of the best jailbreak tweaks released this year. The tweak makes editing text on the iPad and iPhone much easier by allowing users to swipe instead of tapping for a more precise cursor drag.
Studio Tentpole has attempted to recreate Kyle Howells’ jailbreak tweak with a new iPad app called SlideWriter. The $0.99 app allows users to swipe above the keyboard, instead of on the keyboard, to edit text. However, Christian Zibreg of iDownloadblog says the app isn't as good as Howells' version.
iPad notification banners are useful, but sometimes the text gets cut off since Apple limits their size. If you've ever wished you could extend the width of the notifications that pop up at the top of the iPad screen, then your tweak has arrived. NCPad stretches the banner to the entire width of the iPad display.
This simple tweak makes the banners wide enough so that more text is displayed, conveying additional information. You can find NCPad in Cydia under Sections -> Tweaks or use the Search function to find the package. NCPad has no settings to configure and can be installed free of charge.