Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The first thing every jailbreaker does after jailbreaking their iDevice is install a Cydia app that enables them to download paid apps for free of cost, i.e. do app piracy, but the app that was the most famous and orchestrated with the purpose, Installous, has been shut down because of the closing of its hosting repository. When you open Cydia now and it tries to update, it gives this error which, if read clearly, gives the proof of the problem.

So, Installous is gone and now, many users are thinking that their is no way to get the paid apps for free now, but that is a misconception. There are many Installous alternatives but they never got to be famous because of Installous, the app that started it all.

One of such alternatives is AppCake+ which is the next best option to download the apps and it is the most famous app after Installous. It also has got extensive collection of apps for you to download and its website, iphonecake.com, can also be directly used for app downloading and app crackers can use it for app submissions. Its installation is fairly easy but requires a bit of know how.

So, lets have a look at the procedure to download the app that can give us hope, AppCake+.

Step 1: As you might have already guessed, you need a jailbroken iDevice to be able to download paid apps for free. So, you need a jailbroken idevice to be able to install AppCake+. If you don't have one, have a look at this guide(for iOS 5 and below users) or this guide(for iOS 6 users).

Update [05.02.2013] = An untethered jailbreak, evasi0n, has now been released for iOS 6.x iDevices.

Update [24.12.2013] = An untethered jailbreak, evasi0n 7, has now been released for iOS 7.0.x iDevices and AppCake has been tested to be working fine for these devices.

Step 2: Now open Cydia and let it download and load its resources and updates.

Step 3: Now go to the Manage tab from the bottom and then click on Sources.

Step 4: In the Sources section, click on Edit in the top right corner and then on Add, which now appears in the top left corner.

Step 5: When you click on Add, a dialogue box appears. Type cydia.iphonecake.com in it and click on Verify. After showing verifying URL for a moment, it asks if you want to add the source or not, click on Add Anyway. Then let it download the resources of the repository you have just added and load them. When it displays Return to Cydia, click on it and you will be back to the sources section.

Step 6: The hard part is over. Now, when you get back to the sources section, click on the source we just added, i.e. cydia.iphonecake.com . Here you will find the list of the apps it hosts. Click on AppCake+(iPhone or iPod owners) or AppCake+ HD(iPad owners).

Step 7: Now click on Install and then on Confirm that appears at the very exact place. After you hit Confirm, it will start downloading the small app and then it will load it. When it shows Return to Cydia, click on it.

Note: The users who had Installous installed in their devices will only need to download AppCake+ but those who are doing all this for the first time will also see an additional download named AppSync. This app is a must for AppCake+ or apps like that to work properly.

Update [24.12.2013] = iOS 7 jailbreakers need to manually install patch for AppSync so that AppCake runs without any hiccups on iOS 7. To do that, go to the sources section and then click on the source you just added to the list, i.e. cydia.iphonecake.com, like you did in Step 6. Then scroll down and click on AppSync Patch iOS 7.x. Click on Install and then Confirm that appears in the same place. After you hit Confirm, it will start downloading the 250 KB patch and install it. When it shows Return to Cydia, click on it.

Step 8: Now, the AppCake+ icon appears on your SpringBoard but there is a problem. It appears to be a white colored icon with no design and when you open the app, it crashes immediately.

That is because the installation process hasn't completed just yet. Its like installing a major program on your windows PC. To complete the process, you need to reboot your iDevice.

And now the app appears in its true colors and works just fine.

The app in itself is great and won't let you miss Installous much. It has a very clean and good looking interface and there is a very good chance that you will have fun with it.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Evad3s release iOS 7.0.x untethered jailbreak

After more than 3 months of iOS 7 going public, its untethered jailbreak has finally been released - courtesy of evad3rs, the group responsible for iOS 6.x untethered jailbreak as well. Although the jailbreak is under some scrutiny, the "Taig" app store has now been removed from the package. Also, Evad3rs have released a lengthy explanation on their website to everything they are being questioned regarding Evasi0n 7 Tool.

Although the process is pretty simple, there are still some catches. So lets have a look at how to do the deed.

Step 1: Update your iDevice to the latest iOS it supports (which is iOS 7.0.4 in this case). You can either get this done through iTunes or click here to get the suitable IPSW for the update.

Note: As Apple tries to make it very hard to downgrade to your previous iOS version, in case you don't like the new one or get fed up with its maps, you should backup and save your SHSH blogs just in case. You can find out about how to go through with the easy process by clicking here.

Step 2: Plug in your updated iDevice into your computer and use iTunes to back it up.

Step 3: Go to evasi0n.com and get the appropriate version of evasi0n tool for your operating system.

Step 4: After downloading and unzipping the downloaded file, click on evasi0n icon from the folder.

Step 5: Click on the evasi0n7.exe file (evasi0n 7 icon in case of mac users) and you will the tool open up which reminds us of absinthe jailbreak that came out for iOS 5.x and looks exactly like evasi0n 6 tool for iOS 6.x.

Step 6: Now plug in your iDevice and when the tool says that your device is supported, like it says below, click on Jailbreak.

Note: Users who have done the update to iOS 7.0.4 using over-the-air (OTA) update system need to restore their device with the iOS 7.0.4 IPSW using their computer. You can find the respective IPSW files for your iDevice here.

Note: If you have protected your iDevice with a passcode, remove it before going through with this process.

Step 7: Now when the evasion 7 tool has finished injecting Evasi0n 7 app on your iDevice, it will appear on the springboard (home screen) of your iDevice.

And now the tool requires you to click on this evasi0n 7 icon to complete the jailbreak process.

Step 8: Now, after some time, the tool will ask you to unlock your rebooted device. Do that to move along with the process.

Step 9: Now the work of evasion 7 tool is done and you can click on exit button when it becomes active.

Your device will now reboot (maybe more then once) and when it boots up, it will have been jailbroken untethered. Voila, you have a jailbroken iOS 7 device!

And now, you will see the very known face of Cydia appstore on your springboard.

Now, you can click on Cydia. It will load its filesystems for the first time and exit upon completion in order to successfully load the files it needs to work properly and efficiently.

We have made a video tutorial as well for the sake of ease for our readers. Here you go with that.

And now when you again fire up Cydia, it will be working normally. Now, you can enjoy the true power of your iDevice and can mess with its looks with the help of tweaks. With a jailbroken iPhone you can change operator icon, lockscreen themes, even skin the whole iOS interface and get paid apps for free with the help of AppCake. And this is just the beginning you can turn your iDevice into a whole new thing with the help of Cydia tweaks and now that every iDevice can be jailbroken easily, things and tweaks are going to get really interesting.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Whatsapp gets updated UI for iOS 7

Whatsapp is one of the most popular and commonly found apps on smartphones these days because of its concept of replacing traditional messaging services with a fun of additional sharing and grouping features. Whatsapp Inc. has also been known for not changing their UI according to the changes of an OS UI or graphics. But it looks like they have made an exception for the first time for Apple iOS 7.

As expected, the new UI draws inspiration from the minimalist interface of iOS 7 along with the heavy use of white as background, flatter icons and bubbles as chat icon instead of a square.
The update brings some features and tweaks along with the new UI.
  • It has now larger thumbnails.
  • The location share has been improved to include 3D Maps view, hide places and search places.
  • All your broadcasts are now arranged under Broadcast Lists whose icon is present right under Edit button (as can be seen below).
  • Users can now crop the photos before sending them.
  • The user interface for managing blocked contacts has been improved.
  • Whatsapp will now use the text size you configure in device settings (Settings -> General -> Text Size).
  • New notification alerts and sounds

As anyone can notice, the changes in the update are far from groundbreaking and instead developers at Whatsapp Inc. are just trying to follow the new application developement guidelines laid down by Apple for iOS 7 developers.

WhatsApp Messenger iTunes Download Link
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Apple starts seeding iOS 7.1 Beta to developers

Apple released iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 6.1.5 only a couple of days back to rectify the FaceTime issue that has been bugging a lot of people and now they have come out with the major update to iOS 7, iOS 7.1 and like the tradition, they have started seeding a pre-release beta version to the developer.

Apple has again tweaked and optimized the new iOS version for speed of animations. The overall experience now feel snappier. Apart from that Apple has brought and removed some features as well. lets have a look at the changelog.

Apple has started the use of new Yahoo! logo across the whole operating system.

The Camera app of iPhone 5S (only) has now an "Auto HDR" mode.

There is a brand new accessibility option to reduce transparency and darken colors. The option can be found in Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Increase Contrast.

It allows the user to turn the dock and folders background to dark grey and thus improves readability as it has been shown below.

Instead of a blank screen, now a "No Notifications" or "No Missed Notifications" (depending on the screen you are on), if you don't have any pending notifications, appears when swipe down to notification center.

Also, now there is an option in accessibility menu (only for iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S) that lets you darken the theme of the keyboard.

For owners of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5S only, there is a new option to upload burst photos on to their iCloud photo stream.

Apart from these more visible changes, now you can enable or disable bold text without restarting the device and 'Large Dynamic Toggle' has been renamed to 'Larger Accessibility Sizes' in Accessibility settings.

The new iOS 7.1 beta is only available for the developers yet but should be soon available to the general masses. If you think we have missed a change in the list above, then please do tell us in the comments.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Apple seeded iOS 7.0.3 last month to fix a lot of bugs that were hassling the iOS 7 user base but one still managed to escape. Apple has now started seeding iOS 7.0.4 to fix the FaceTime bug as well.

FaceTime bug was being faced by many users across the world and thus to solve the issue Apple has released iOS 7.0.4 for the iOS 7 users and iOS 6.1.5 for the devices that are not compatible with iOS 7 (thus only for iPod Touch 4th Generation). Apple has also updated the iBooks and iTunes U apps with a completely redesigned UI to complement the iOS 7 interface seamlessly.

Note:- Evad3rs team has verified that updating to iOS 7.0.4 will not kill the possibility of having a jailbreak when it comes out in the future. So you can go ahead and update without worrying.

You can download iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 6.1.5 (along with other versions) IPSW files by clicking here.
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

India gets its first truly subsidized iPhone deal

Apple's latest and greatest are awaited around the world, in each country, but not all come in the priority list of Apple. India, due to its low average spending capability, has always been considered a not-so-exploitable market by the iPhone makers but, as it turns out, now they are starting to look the other way round and thus, to bring about some substantial growth of latest iPhone duos, they have struck a deal with Reliance Communications (RCom) network operator in India to bring nation's first ever truly and fully subsidized iPhone deal.

The deal is fairly simple. The customer needs to pay INR 2,599 (for iPhone 5C) and INR 2,999 (for iPhone 5S) per month for the contract period of 24 months in return of which they get the handset (16 GB model), unlimited local / std locals, free incoming and outgoing roaming, unlimited (upto 3,000 / month) text and unlimited 3G data on a Reliance GSM sim.

As confirmed itself by RCom representatives and customer care team, the "unlimited" part of the scheme has no catch whatsoever except in case of text messages, which has been implemented by TRAI (Telephone Regulation Authority of India) and not Reliance itself. RCom has also tied up with leading credit card partners (Standard Chartered, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and CitiBank) to offer this deal and make sure their revenue stream doesn't go away in case customer decides to bail.

You can know more about the offer and opt for the program by visiting RCom's website or by clicking here.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Apple starts seeding iOS 7.0.3 with lots of bugfixes

After announcing iOS 7, the fans and haters of Apple, both, were left with no choice but to turn their heads towards the unveiling. After a long time and process of releasing Beta versions of iOS 7, when it finally hit the general masses, it had some anomalies which Apple has been trying to fix since then. And they just took the biggest step forward.

Apple started seeding iOS 7.0.3 today in hope to be able to answer most, if not all, the problems of its huge and loyal customer base. It fixes some of the major issues, such as iMessage activation problems, accelerometer issue and lockscreen bypass vulnerability, along with many minor issues which nagged the users in daily usage.

Although Apple has taken a step in right direction but there are still some things that can be done to improve the usability of Apple's latest smartphone operating system, something it already is a pioneer in.

IPSW (iPhone SoftWare) files for iOS 7.0.3 as well as previous generations can be downloaded from here.
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Apple unveils the new iPad lineup

Apple is the one that started it all for the tablet market and it has been at the top ever since. Android OEMs have been trying to figure out a way to get ahead but everytime they try to do that, Apple comes with the next generations of their tablets and swup ahead of the competition. After all the leaks, all the rumors, that's what has happened again. Apple has release two new tablets - iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air (the successor to iPad 4).

iPad Air

Apple has now renamed the lineup and iPad Air is the new successor to iPad 4. It is powered by the latest Apple A7 processor chipset and comes along with the M7 motion co-processor. It has still got the same 9.7" 1536 X 2048, retina display, screen. It also comes with 4G LTE support in the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

The major change Apple has introduced is in the design department of the iPad Air. It is now 20% thinner than the previous one at just 7.5 mm, has much narrower bezel at 43% less than the previous one and has lost quite an amount of fat from 653g to 469g.

Unlike iPhone 5S, iPad Air does not a feature a Touch ID sensor. iPad Air comes in two color options - Silver and White, and Space Gray. And the storage options extend all the way upto 128 GB. It is supposed to hit the market on November starting from a price tag of 499$.

iPad Mini 2

The second unveiling of the day was the second iteration of Apple iPad Mini - Apple iPad Mini 2. It is powered by an Apple A7 processor as well and the M7 motion co-processor is present too. Although the screen is still a 7.9" IPS panel but the resolution has now been quadrupled to 1536 x 2048 cranking the pixel density to a crisp 324 ppi.

Again, TouchID Sensor is absent from this package as well but there is a bigger disappointment then that - the increment in thickness (of 0.3mm) as well as weight (331g). This may have been done to reinforce the internals so that the brand new shiny retina display remains a bit more secure but its a disappointment nevertheless.

It also has the two new color finishes, the Silver and White one, and the new Space Grey finish. It also comes in storage space option of upto 128 GB starting from 399$ and going all the way upto 829$.

Apple is already quite ahead of the competition in the Tablet universe but,now, with a practical 8" segment tablet and an amazingly light and powerful 10" segment tablet in its stores, its going to make everyone crave for its all-new babies.
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