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Why not to upgrade your jailbroken iPhone to IOS7

As we know from the iOS6 update Apple make it harder and harder for the hackers to Jailbreak.

Each update that comes from Apple tends to block and tighten the exploits used by jailbreaks and we expect iOS7 to be no different.

The stock iOS is getting much better with iOS7 giving you some of the tweaks you may have had for a while on jailbroken devices but it isn’t quite there yet.

With no imminent sign of a jailbreak for iOS7, tech lovers with a jailbroken iDevice could well be torn right now and looking at the pros vs cons of moving away from the jailbroken tweaks in favour of the fancy new iOS7 design.

I did the same but decided that my iOS6 plus jailbreak is too good to lose.

Here’s some of the reasons I came to that decision.

The control centre introduced in this release is nice but it’s lack of settings means it would be a step back from Cydia tweaks like Auxo. Control centre doesn’t allow you to even toggle 3G and with Auxo there are many extra toggles including a quick way to turn on torch.




Swiping to close apps isn’t new either and Auxo also gives you this. In a slightly different view (still in the switcher) you see previews of the apps and swiping down closes with the adding benefit of pressing and holding closes all background apps.

Other apps like PDA Net that allow tethering on contracts that don’t allow tethering mean upgrading just isn’t going to happen for me until the Dev team crack the latest iOS7 with a jailbreak.

If you’re still thinking of upgrading why not first take a look in Cydia at some of the iOS7 themes. You could simply make your iPhone look iOS7 without losing all the benefits of your Jailbreak



If after all this you are still going to do it well at least you’ll be able to get Sky Go back on your device. That is one downside to the jailbreak for me that you just can’t get it to work on a jailbroken device.

Hope this helps you in your decision making 🙂

Sky Go Working on Jailbroken iPhone

**UPDATE AS OF 16/03/2013 – Sky seem to have changed something that has stopped this working. Check back soon. I will update as soon as I have found a new method**

Love your jailbroken iPhones? Gutted Sky mess us about by restricting use of sky go on jailbroken devices? SNAP!

Thanks to Ben @ben_gerard we can get it working!

There is an earlier version that has been hacked to bypass the jailbreak detection. Here is how to get it on.

** Please uninstall App sync first if you have it installed **

In Cydia tap Manage then Sources

Now tap Edit and then Add

Add the source

Now tap that source and scroll down and you’ll see Old Sky Go (Patched). Install it and you’re away 🙂


If you do experience any issues or errors, remove Sky Go and reapply the patch.

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My Top 10 Cydia Tweaks

If you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone yet click HERE to see how.

When you have here are my top 10 favourite tweaks to improve your stock iPhone.

1. SBSettings
SB standing for SpringBoard settings. Great little tweak that brings options to your fingertips by just swiping left or right on the status bar.


Some of the standard toggles allow you to switch Aeroplane mode on/off, Bluetooth & Wi-fi on/off etc but many more 3rd party toggles are available to download from Cydia.

2. Springtomize2
A great tweak with loads of settings to change the look and feel of your iPhone.


I have an iPhone 4S but you can see from the screen shot above I’ve created 5 rows of icons, shrunk them down to fit, modified the carrier text and enabled a 5 icon doc.

Loads of cool settings with this one


3. FolderEnhancer
It can be frustrating to have a limit to the number of apps you put in a folder. So folder enhancer removes the limits! You can even have pages within your folders.


4. Auxo
This tweak shows you what the open app would look like in the switcher and you simply swipe down on the app in the switcher to close. You can also press and hold any app in the switcher to close all.

Lastly if you swipe left in the switcher there are a series of toggles similar to those in SBSettings



5. Zephyr
A great little tweak to bring some of the iPad style gestures to your iPhone.

Again it’s fully configurable in the settings


Swipe up from the bottom to reveal the switcher – no more double tapping the home button.

Recreate the iPads 3 finger swipe left and right to switch between open apps but configure it how you want. Even to 1 finger swiping. Recently updated to allow you to also configure which part of the screen the swipe works in. Useful as it can get annoying when you are trying to toggle something in settings and its switching apps! My recommendation is set it to bottom 1/4 of screen 🙂

6. Barrel
No screen shot for this one as its hard to capture but this tweak changes the animation as you swipe between the pages of apps on your iPhone.

Give it whirl you like the animations!

7. AutoProtect
Auto protect removes the need for a pass code when you are at home. Just type in the name of your Wi-fi id in the settings and whenever you are connected to that network the pass code will be disabled. Save up to 5 different Wi-fi id’s in the settings to have the pass code on your iPhone disabled while at home or around at friends.

8. Activator
Activator is automatically installed with some other tweaks like SBSettings but if you don’t have them it’s well worth installing separately.

You can go crazy with short cuts! Fully configurable to allow you to launch anything with different gestures.

A few examples I have set are:-

Pinch the screen to launch the eBay app

Swipe in from the top right of the screen to launch the calculator

Spread fingers (opposite gesture to pinch) to launch Facebook app.

You can set double tapping status bar to something else

Press and hold volume up to do something else

It’s great you’ll love it!

9. OpenNotifier

Get icons to display on the status bar for notifications for any app you choose to configure.

An envelope to show when you have new mail

A “f” to show you have a Facebook message or alert

Your options are endless.

10. BatteryPeek
If your like me you’ll like the battery % showing in the statusbar as well as the icon but if you have OpenNotifier installed then the status bar can get quite crowed with your other notifications.

BatteryPeek is a little tweak that flashes up your battery %. You can set any gesture in activator to show it but I have it set to “Tap status bar right” makes sense 🙂

Hope you enjoy some of my favourite Cydia tweaks and feel free to share yours in the comments below

How to Jailbreak iPhone on IOS 6





The long awaited Jailbreak for IOS 6 is finally here!

For those waiting patiently for it below are the instructions to carry out the jailbreak: –

Firstly backup your iPhone, you hopefully won’t have any issues but we don’t want anything to be lost.

Update your phone to the latest version of Apple software through iTunes – Currently at the time of writing 6.1.2.

If your phone has been previously jailbroken iTunes may report an error.  This happened to me but it’s fine and iTunes simply prompts to do a restore and update.

** It is advisable to disable the passcode lock before jailbreaking, the developers have mentioned some people that didn’t do this experienced problems **

Once updated it’s time to jailbreak, I would advise jailbreaking before restoring your backup.

Head over to to download the jailbreak tool for your OS, both Mac and Windows versions are now available

I use a Mac and the tool looks like below (I have already jailbroken my iPhone 4S hence the message below.)

Jailbreak IOS 6

Click Jailbreak and relax while the software does it’s magic.

Towards the end of the jailbreak it will ask you to tap the Jailbreak icon that has been newly added to your iPhone.  ONLY PRESS THIS ONCE! – it won’t do much other than flash quickly but this allows the jailbreak to complete.

All Done, now you can restore your backup and then start putting your favourite tweaks back on your phone through Cydia.