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Top 10 Electra jailbreak tweaks aimed at boosting usability: Part 2

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Electra Jailbreak Tweaks

Making your iDevice free of all the restrictions imposed on it by Apple is a holy task. Everyone has the right and wants to have a device on which they can go off limits without switching to a rival platform. Jailbreaking is such a deed where you can make your device free.

Suppressions such as not being able to control your WiFi settings through the Control center and not being able to remove the ugly colossal volume HUD are awful. Well, that is what’s jailbreaking for! You can do almost anything with a jailbreak. You can have your wallpapers changed automatically by itself every single day or you could just set a GIF as a lock screen wallpaper.

But, all that is only possible on iOS 11 if you have the Electra jailbreak. For those who don’t know what that is, bear with me.

Electra jailbreak is a jailbreak released by Coolstar which functions on its own substrate alternative. But, there is a downside. Unlike Cydia supported jailbreaks, you have to manually install each and every tweak by yourself by copying and pasting the files from the extracted ‘.deb’ file into their respective directories either by using SSH or FilzaEscaped. It is a nightmare for jailbreakers who wanna be just fluid with their devices. Copying and pasting numerous files extracts the fun out of jailbreaking and makes it more or less like a difficult chore to perform.

Above all, if you ever fuck up your internal filesystem, you’ll have to face eternal circumstances by losing your jailbreak, as well as your data.

But, fret no more! I have used this tool named Electralyzed which automatically installs tweaks onto your iPhone. All you have to do is enter the IP address to which the iPhone is connected and enter the password. With that, you’ll be SSH’ed into the device. Now, provided that you have the ‘.deb’ file of the tweak beforehand, you can easily, just with the tap of a single button, install your desired tweak.

Also, as I’ve mentioned in first part of this post, it is quite difficult to find some interesting tweaks. There is a huge array of tweaks out there that’ll help you change the physical appearance of your device’s software. But there are very few that can amp-up the usability of your iPhone and make it easier for you.

So, here are the best tweaks compatible with the Electra jailbreak that aim at increasing the usability of your iPhone/iPad. Also, catch up on part-1 of the top 10 Electra jailbreak tweaks aimed at boosting usability.

1. CircuitBreaker

This could be considered as an all-in-one package. Circuit Breaker contains a ‘.deb’ package installer, and an overall Electra jailbreak management utility tool. You can do all of this stuff using this tool:

From the Reddit announcement of its developer- You can

  • Enable/disable tweaks via toggle switch
  • Enable/disable tweak settings via toggle switch (preference bundles)
  • Rebuild uicache
  • Respring
  •  Backup tweaks/tweak settings & themes (need help testing)
  • Doesn’t require running additional exploits (besides Electra)
  • No random reboots from running multiple exploits in the same session (like Filza Escaped, etc)
  • More to come (maybe…)

CircuitBreaker can also be considered as an alternative to iCleaner as it provides an option to rebuild the uicache, which is what iCleaner does to clean up the filesystem. Uicache flushes all the cached files into the dump. This empties some space into the device as well as helps to remove harmful cache files.

How to install CircuitBreaker?

Well, you’ll need a PC.

  1. Create a new folder and place it on the desktop of your PC/Mac.
  2. Download the file from the link given below and extract it into the folder that you had created before.
  3. Open WinSCP or any other SSH client of your choice on your PC/Mac.
  4. Create a new folder in the root directory of your iDevice’s filesystem.
  5. Copy the files from the folder that you created on your desktop into the folder that you created in the root directory of the filesystem.
  6. Now, just press CTRL+T on your keyboard and a terminal will appear. Type this code into the terminal: bash ./install.sh
  7. CircuitBreaker must be successfully installed on your device.

CircuitBreaker

This tweak is extremely useful as you can enable and disable tweaks along with enabling and disabling their settings. I don’t think there is any tweak out there more useful than this one. So, it tops the list!

Download: CircuitBreaker.zip

2. ActualBattery

This tweak lets you see your iPhone’s actual battery percentage and not the one that is shown by the memory. Ever wondered why sometimes your iPhone automatically switches off even when there is around 3-4% of battery left in it. Well, it is because your iPhone doesn’t show you the actual battery percentage.

Download: ActualBattery.deb

3. LetMeKnow

Have you ever had an awkward situation where you dialed a number and waited for it to connect only to know that it had been connected a while ago and you weren’t aware of it? Well, I’ve been in many. But no more. Cause this tweak sends a vibration through the phone to make the user aware that the call has been connected/disconnected. Isn’t it extremely useful?

Download: LetMeKnow.deb

4. LetVideosRotate

It is super annoying when the screen doesn’t rotate while watching a video. So, you have to toggle the rotation lock on. But after you’ve done watching the video, the screen rotation still bugs you as you forget that you turned it on. There’s a solution to this. Install ‘LetVideosRotate’ and you will be carefree. This tweak enables rotation only when watching a video and turns it off automatically as soon as the video gets over.

Download: LetVideosRotate.deb

5. AppPercent

This tweak notifies you the progress of your ongoing app download replicating Android’s similar feature. It sends you a notification if an app starts/finishes downloading. It also shows the percentage of the app download in the app drawer. This makes downloading apps from the App Store a lot more convenient.

AppPercent

Download: AppPercent.deb

6. CanYouLikeNot

This tweak, having a pretty long name is indeed very useful. It removes the passcode validation screen after you respring your device. As for jailbreakers, respringing is a task that has to be performed most often. Although, having to enter your pin each time you respring is kind of annoying. Use this tweak to remove that validation and respring without annoyance.

Download: CanYouLikeNot.deb

7. DetailedCellularUsage

As clear as its name suggests, this tweak shows more data in the cellular usage page in settings. For example, you can tap on to system services to see exactly which services are eating up your data, with added data of hidden services. You can also tap on the uninstalled apps tab which is usually untappable. But this tweak shows extra info on that as well.

DetailedCellularUsage

Courtesy: iDownloadBlog

Download: DetailedCellularUsage.deb

8. FingerTouch

This tweak lets you just tap (not press) the TouchID sensor to perform regular actions such as going to the home screen, opening the multitasking panel etc. Although, it is sad that iPhone X users don’t have it. Well, it’s certain. So dumb of me!

Download: FingerTouch.deb

9. Keyboard Accio

This tweak enables the keyboard to switch to the only two predefined keyboards rather than cycling through all the keyboards set. Upon tapping the globe key on the keyboard, the keyboard switches itself to the next keyboard that’s in the line. And if you have to return to the previous keyboard, you have to tap the globe key numerous times to bring the keyboard back, which is kind of annoying as well as time-consuming.

So, Keyboard Accio lets you predefine any two keyboards and by tapping the globe key, you’ll be able to only switch between those two keyboards rather than going through all the keyboards in the list.

Download: Keyboard Accio.deb

10. Portrait Lighting Enabler

Apple introduced a feature for its new iPhones launched last September called as portrait lighting. It allows you to simulate studio lighting using the advance front and back cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.

Portrait Lighting

Similar Feature can be enabled on the iPhone 7 Plus using this tweak.

Although, this tweak allows portrait lighting to be enabled on the iPhone 7 Plus which also sports a dual camera. No one had ever thought that a tweak like this could ever be made.

Download:  Portrait Lighting Enabler

This was our list for today. Although, I would appreciate some suggestions. Fire up in the comments below if you have some issues or if something ever gets haywire! I will try to help you at maximum potential.

Have a nice jailbreakable day!

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Apple is planning an overhauled strategy for a better stance in India

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After its deteriorating potentiality in what is known as the world’s “fastest growing smartphone market, ” Apple plans to regain its hold over the Indian consumer base with its new strategies. 

In agreement with a new report from Bloomberg, the Cupertino-based based company plans to introduce better retail deals, inaugurate a couple official Apple retail stores across the country, and improve the conditions of its apps and services in the country. 

The Indian economy in terms of smartphone sales is tilted towards low-cost devices. Average Indian wills to spend around $150 for a smartphone. Albeit, Apple’s iPhone SE, which is the cheapest selling iPhone in the country, costs almost double the average price. 

Besides, the iPhone SE, being a two-year-old phone doesn’t quite catch up with today’s smartphone norms. In the meanwhile, Chinese companies like Xiaomi, that vastly dominate the Indian smartphone market, offer phones with the latest features at a considerably affordable rate. And that ultimately veers the attention from Apple. Speaking numbers, Apple sold around 1 Million iPhones while Xiaomi sold a staggering 19 Million units in the first quarter of 2018. 

Although, Apple’s plans to introduce new, improved retail deals could attract customers considering the economic behavior in the country. These retail deals are focused at reeling higher sales targets right into the bucket. 

The company’s plans to inaugurate retail stores across several cities in the country could also achieve interest from millions of wannabe iPhone owners, specifically owing to the fact that Apple stores usually parade more of an artistic approach than a typical retail store experience. As of now, the company is planning to pop up its retail stores in Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Mumbai- three of the four metropolitan cities of India- in 2019.

Apple wasn’t able to get clearance into opening its retail stores until now because of India’s regulations fencing foreign companies from setting up shops/establishments in the country. According to the law, foreign corporations are required to manufacture at least 30 percent of the goods in the country itself. However, the country loosened its strings later in accordance with this law by allowing foreign companies to source Indian goods for their products. And since Apple now produces its iPhone SE and the iPhone 6S in the country, it has a clean chit for opening up retail joints. 

Another issue with Apple in the country is its inability to provide value through its apps. The Apple Maps app, for instance, is of no use in the country as it does not offer navigation, transit information etc. A user, a resident of India quoted the maps app “a joke” in the country. Similarly, Siri, Apple’s artificial intelligence assistant doesn’t understand Indian word origins, making it difficult for people to interact with the service; and often annoying. 

While Apple may be taking hits in India, the company collectively is now worth above 1 Trillion dollars. But the point is, will it manage to stay above that milestone forever? 

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iOS 12 Beta reveals larger iPhone X Plus in a leak attributed to the software.

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iPhone X Plus Leak

Seems like it’s a week of leaks, cause the upcoming iPhone X Plus’ form factor has been leaked in an iOS 12 Beta software instance. 

The leak was discovered by renowned reverse software engineer Guilherme Rambo. 

Images discovered by him show the new iPhone X Plus with a slightly larger screen size and minimally thinner breadth. Surprisingly, a cut down square-shaped icon for iPad is also displayed. But it doesn’t give out much about the iPad since the icon is designed to fit the screen. 

Also, Guilherme Rambo advises not to consider this leak a sure shot as the icons are early and unfinished. 

This isn’t the first time, however, for Apple to accidentally give out crucial details about its iPhones in iOS Betas. A flurry of similar leaks emerged last year just a few days before the iPhone X announcement.

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Photoshop is supposedly coming to the iPad in 2019, says Adobe

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Is the iPad really a computer? Well, it seems like its soon going to be called one. And that is because Adobe is porting the infamous Photoshop to the iPad, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

Adobe, the developer behind Photoshop– the best-in-class photo editing tool for desktop- is planning to release a new version of its software for the iPad in 2019. The reason for the software company’s dedication towards releasing Photoshop on the iPad is to foster subscription sales by launching it on more platforms. And Adobe has been on this mission since it pushed all its apps on the cloud. It will announce the app for the iPad at its annual MAX conference in October at LA, California.

Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer of Creative Cloud, has confirmed a cross-platform venture for Photoshop but has denied providing a date for the launches. As much as the people in the community want a full-fledged Photoshop app for compact devices, Scott, too, hopes for these huge software ventures to launch in the market as soon as possible. Although, “There’s a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era,” he says.

This port is a great deal for Adobe as it has a long history with Apple. For instance, Steve jobs hated the flash player cause it made phones sloppier and lose battery faster than enough. However, recent events justify the gripping connection between Apple and Adobe. “Adobe historically — particularly for Photoshop — had a very close connection to Apple. From Adobe’s perspective, this is something that will help the needs of their high-volume business and it would make a lot of sense for them to invest in building this,” an analyst at Griffin Securities- Jay Vleeschhouwer said.

The Photoshop app on the iPad will endorse the iPad as well, bringing in more sales.

A roadblock that Adobe has been facing all this time while considering launching Photoshop to tablets and mobile devices is processing power. Mobiles and tablets, until now, weren’t capable of handling intensive processing required for Photoshop to function. However, Adobe says that the iPad has advanced to a point that it can handle tasks thrown by Photoshop. The iPad has an A10X chip that works blazingly fast and has even managed to accumulate higher benchmark scores than the MacBook Pro. Besides, the newest iPads have a Pro-motion display which basically means that the screen refreshes at a rate of 124 Hz- better than almost any tablet out there. Photo editing with Photoshop could really benefit from the fast-refreshing display.

On top of everything, Apple itself will benefit a lot from this arrangement, as Photoshop coming to the iPad will endorse iPad massively. And it will also give a reason for Apple to boast about its products. The news is that, along with the iPad, the iPhone will also be getting Photoshop, but it’s likely to be a companion to continue editing from iPad, rather than being a complete version of the software. With Adobe expanding the reach of Photoshop to platforms other than Windows, you could expect drops in subscription rates as well, judging by the fact that Adobe will see a spike in their subscriptions.

There’ll be a companion app for iPhone as well.

There is this question in minds of millions who use Apple products: Is iPad a computer? Being a tablet, being called a computer doesn’t do justice to the form and is just excessive marketing done by Apple. However, the dream of doing away with your desktop or laptop and switching to a more portable iPad is slowly coming through. And the inclusion of Photoshop in the scene is yet another reason to question our senses so as to think of an iPad as a computer rather than a tablet.

However, with this move, the already prevailing photo editing apps could take a major hit. And it’ll be fun to see how others recuperate to the situation.

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