All items tagged with "jailbreak"

So long, iOS 8 jailbreak: Apple stops signing iOS 8.1.2

So long, iOS 8 jailbreak. Photo: Redmond Pie

So long, iOS 8 jailbreak. Photo: Redmond Pie

Bad news, jailbreakers. Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.1.2, the last jailbreakable version of the iOS 8 operating system. That means that unless you already have iOS 8.1.2 installed, you won’t be able to jailbreak using existing methods until another exploit comes down the pipeline.

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Cool jailbreak tweak puts OS X’s dock on your iPhone

Cool jailbreak tweak puts OS X’s dock on your iPhone

Apple may eventually merge OS X and iOS, but I can’t see it happening any time soon. In an interview last year, Phil Schiller dismissed the idea of combining both (exactly what Microsoft recently announced plans to do with Windows 10) as an enormous “waste of energy.”

If you’d like to see what an iOS/OS X mashup could look like, however — and you have a jailbroken iOS device, to boot — you can check out the latest tweak from jailbreak developer Evan Swick.

Called Harbor, the tweak is described by Swick as “the ultimate dock tweak” and brings the OS X Yosemite dock to any device running iOS 8 — offering you a whole new way of launching apps on your iPhone or iPad.

And you know what? It’s actually pretty great.

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Apple stays classy about jailbreakers with iOS 8.1.3 patch notes

Photo: Redmond Pie

Photo: Redmond Pie

When Apple releases a major update like yesterday’s iOS 8.1.3, it’s usual for the company’s coders to fix (or, in other words, break) all known jailbreak exploits.

Not so surprisingly, the latest update is no different. It fixes several exploits that are necessary to run the iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak. But in a classy move, at least Apple gave a hat tip to the jailbreak team for calling their attention to the exploits.

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Auxo, the superpowered app switcher, is coming to iOS 8

Auxo, the superpowered app switcher, is coming to iOS 8

Back in the skeuomorphic days of iOS 6, we were big fans of Auxo, an innovative iPhone app switcher that supercharged the iOS multitasking bar with live app previews, gestures, settings toggles, and more.

When iOS 7 was released, Auxo was updated to support Apple’s newer, flatter operating system, but it’s only now that Auxo creator Sentry_NC is getting around to update it to iOS 8.

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How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2

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If you felt like you just had to install iOS 8.1.2 because of its devastating “missing ringtone” bug, good news: just 24 hours later, it’s already possible to jailbreak your device.

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How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1

There's a new jailbreak in town. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

There’s a new jailbreak in town. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Here’s how the game of iOS cat-and-mouse jailbreak works. A team releases a working jailbreak for the most recent version of iOS to the public. Apple moves to eliminate the exploit that made the last jailbreak possible, releases a new version of iOS, and stops ‘signing’ previous jailbreakable versions of iOS, meaning they can no longer be installed on devices. Rinse and repeat.

The last version of iOS, iOS 8.1.1, closed the hole that made the Pangu jailbreak possible. But now a new jailbreak has been released, that will jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 on any device. Here’s how to install it.

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Apple credits Pangu jailbreakers for helping make iOS 8.1.1 even more secure

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The only time Apple publicly acknowledges the jailbreak community is when, semi-tauntingly, it lists the people responsible for finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in iOS that have now been patched.

In the aftermath of its just-released iOS 8.1.1 update, Apple adds a mention to its security logs of the China-based PanguTeam, who discovered three vulnerabilities fixed in the latest update of Apple’s mobile OS.

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iOS 8.1.1 may arrive as early as today

iOS 8.1.1 is imminent. Photo: Cult of Mac

iOS 8.1.1 is imminent. Photo: Cult of Mac

Thanks to Pangu, we have all been able to jailbreak our iPhone 6’s far earlier than most of us thought possible. Unfortunately, though, Apple has been moving to close the loophole that makes the iOS 8 jailbreak possible with the iOS 8.1.1 beta, which is currently snaking through developer channels. When it arrives, poof, no more jailbreak.

Unfortunately, it seems like the iOS 8.1.1 update could arrive soon, perhaps as early as today. Better jailbreak now, people

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Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak now available for Mac

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The iOS 8 Pangu jailbreak tool was made available on the Mac today after being on Windows only for the past few weeks.

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iOS 8 jailbreak finally ‘stable enough’ to use

An iOS 8 jailbreak tweak that replicates the Apple Watch UI on the iPhone. Kinda cool, but not much more than a parlor trick. Photo: Jeff Benjamin

An iOS 8 jailbreak tweak that replicates the Apple Watch UI on the iPhone.. Photo: Jeff Benjamin

iOS 8 has been technically jailbroken since October 22, but it’s taken weeks to get it polished enough for Cydia, the jailbreak alternative to the App Store.

Now that things are “stable enough,” Cydia creator Jay Freeman has flipped the switch to start allowing the sale of iOS 8 tweaks and themes.

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