Today morning, Electra jailbreak developer Coolstar tweeted on his twitter. His tweet contained a link to Electra’s latest jailbreak beta. This beta is numbered 9. Although, Coolstar himself had stated in his tweets before that Beta 9 was gonna be a game-changer for iOS 11 jailbreakers all around the world.
Well, he wasn’t wrong. Before moving on further, I would like to add one more to this list. Beta 8 was launched two days before the beta 9. It introduced sandbox access to the filesystem. This meant that a lot more tweaks now could be deemed compatible with the jailbreak.
This is the changelog as posted on Electra jailbreak’s official website:
- Sandbox mitigations are now in place so /Library, /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences, and /bootstrap are now accessible to all processes
- Workaround sandbox mitigations not taking place on apps’ first launch
- Known Bug: Apps will take longer to launch the first time they’re launched after re-jailbreaking due to a workaround for another bug with un-sandboxing not working on the first launch
But then, people started reporting weird bugs with their apps. Those included completely breaking Safari until all the history and data was cleared from the settings. Although to fix that, Coolstar released another sub-beta of beta 8, namely beta 8,2.
Here’s the changelog for Beta 8,2:
- Fixes issues with WebKit (Safari/Chrome), receiving calls and downloading App Store apps by not working on the sandbox issue in those processes.
- Known Bug: Apps will take longer to launch the first time they’re launched after re-jailbreaking due to a workaround for another bug with un-sandboxing not working on the first launch.
Jumping back to where we were before, Beta 9 bought a lot of improvements. People reported faster app load times, and some even stated that their phone felt as if it was just unboxed. So, I would definitely recommend you guys to hop on to Beta 9 as it is fairly stable and additionally, has sandbox access.
- Take a look at this: Why do you feel the desire to update to a stable version after spending some time with your jailbreak?
Here is the changelog for beta 9:
- Sandbox is now working on the first launch of apps and daemons (thanks, stek29)
- Remove 0.5-second delay when launching apps or daemons that was present since beta 1 (coolstar)
- Check if a new beta is available when Electra is launched
- Double-launch workaround has been removed since it’s no longer needed, fixing all bugs introduced on beta 8
- Remove AnemoneFonts.dylib as it was causing problems
- Important Note: If you are upgrading from beta 8-2 or lower to any beta 9 or higher, you will need to reinstall all tweaks and themes
It also states that it deletes all your tweaks and themes after jailbreaking for the first time with Beta 9. So, better backup.
How to backup?
- Copy the files, namely PreferenceBundles, PreferenceLoader, and Themes from the directory ‘Bootstrap/Library/’ on your PC using an SSH tool like WinSCP or Putty.
- Copy the SBInject folder from ‘usr/lib/’ on your PC using an SSH tool like WinSCP or Putty.
Although, today, we are back to impress your minds with some utterly beautiful tweaks that’ll improve your device’s beauty, or, just make it look cool.
Let’s Dive Into It!
This tweak as its name suggests is related to the 3D touch feature available on iPhone starting from the iPhone 6S. What it does is it removes all the lines from a particular 3D touch menu. For example, if you 3D touch on the settings icon, you will notice that there is no longer a thin line dividing the components. It looks like this:
Aerial is a beautiful tweak whose main motive is to fill your life with colors. Just kidding. Instead, it allows you to colorize all the stuff present in the status bar. It hosts an array of colors that you can choose for different components. It is truly a beautiful tweak and I totally recommend checking it out!
This one, although, is partially useful and partially elegant. It removes the grey overlay Apple adds to the wallpapers. Now your white wallpapers will look white rather than having a grey tint on it. This tweak could also be included in my ‘Top Electra tweaks aimed at boosting usability’ post.
Vettr is a mind-blowing tweak which will definitely make you look cooler in front of Android Fanboys. While charging your phone, the display will show a black background with a ‘dimmed’ aesthetically pleasing status of the battery and the current time. It looks so good that an immense feeling of pride appears immediately in the heart making you think, “I am never ever gonna be Switching to Android ever again!” Although, you can customize from the settings app how bright or dim you want the display to be while charging.
At the same time take a note that setting this tweak at the ultimate brightness may cause damage to your battery.
Twig adds a cool weather update widget on your lock screen besides the normal clock. It looks simple and sweet, yet highly functional. Although, it needs location services to be turned on all the time, which could be a severe drain on the battery. And I don’t wanna carry a charger every time with me.
6. Springtomize 4(iOS 10)
For those who have been in the jailbreak field for a long time, know what this tweak is. For those who don’t, bear with me. It is an all-in-one customizer for your iPhone. It can speed up animations, change the home screen behavior and many more interesting things.
Installing Springtomize on iOS 11 wasn’t possible before beta 8 of the Electra jailbreak. But with the inclusion of sandbox access, it is now possible. Although, I may warn you that Springtomize 4 only works partially.
Also, there are specific instructions to take into consideration while installing Springtomize 4. This is a link to a Reddit post explaining the process.
But, since we don’t have Cydia yet, we can’t install purchasable packages. And, Springtomize 4 is likely a paid tweak. Although, the only way to get Springtomize is to buy it on an older device with a jailbreak having Cydia support. Then copy the required files onto the iDevice with Electra jailbreak and install this tweak as you would install any other tweak.
A successor to the original Mitusha tweak which enables a beautiful waveform in the music playing interface, which dances to the rhythm of the song. This tweak is a must if you are a music lover.
This is a tweak highly inspired by the iPhone 8. It adds rounded corners to your entire screen rather making it look like a beautiful iPhone 8. Although, if you ask me, it looks like a Pixel 2 screen. Nevermind, you can adjust the amount of curvature that you want to make to look completely round to slightly round.
Ever hated the huge black software-bezels in the camera app? Yeah, me too! Well, we have a solution. LucidCamBars removes all the black bars from the camera app making it look like an app from the future. It should be also noted that this tweak doesn’t have any additional configuration options. Once you install it, you’re good to go.
As this name suggests, you can easily colorize your iMessage as well as normal SMS bubbles to any hex value you want. It feels awesome and looks even better with DarkMessages enabled.
NougatFolder seems like a direct port of the Android Nougat folders into iOS. Although, the folders look like the ones on Android’s Nougat only until they’re opened. Once they are opened, they look like normal iOS folders. But, it’s damn sure that they look dank on the home screen.
It is clear that it makes the Safari URL bar look cleaner. It makes it look minimalistic enough to love the browser again.
As soon as you 3D touch on any icon on the springboard aka the home screen, the screen gets slightly tinted to the color of the app you’re 3D touching on. It looks very pleasing to the eyes.
It feels as if someone just dropped drops of ice-cream on your phone’s app badges. Yeah, that’s how I would like to describe it. This tweak adds a blur to the badges and automatically changes the color of the badge to match the color of the app’s icon. There are several configurable options in the settings which include the management of borders around the badges and much more.
I haven’t known a person with an iPhone in my life who doesn’t know about this tweak. Cask adds beautiful scroll animations to all the apps which feature scrolling. Although, card-based apps like Google Plus along with Twitter and Facebook feel a little weird under its presence.
Well, this is it for today. Fire up the comments section if you have any doubts regarding the stuff posted here.
Disclaimer: I don’t take any responsibility if you accidentally fuck up your device because of some filthy mistake. Anyways, have fun.
Also, don’t forget to check out my last post which includes some of the best tweaks for Electra completely aimed at boosting utility.
Have a nice day!
Apple is planning an overhauled strategy for a better stance in India
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?
iOS 12 Beta reveals larger iPhone X Plus in a leak attributed to the software.
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.
I'm having dejavu. Payment glyphs for "iPhone X Plus", iPhone X (for comparison) and 2018 iPad Pro (which is square and weird). Found in PassKitUIFoundation. pic.twitter.com/H13448oYr8
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 3, 2018
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.
Photoshop is supposedly coming to the iPad in 2019, says Adobe
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.