Category Archives: iPad Hacks & Tricks & Tips
Considering that the Cydia store is packed to the rafters with tweaks and packages that span across multiple aspects of Apple’s mobile operating system, it is always a nice treat to see an offering land in the repositories that offers something slightly different and exists solely to enhance a part of the operating system that has often been overlooked in the past. The CallTap tweak, may not be feature packed but it does offer some useful functions.
In a standard installation of iOS, the Contacts app has largely remained untouched since inception and although it is a functional stock application, it doesn’t really offer the features or abilities which many feel it should.
The app allows contacts to be viewed and edited, added or deleted, and also acts as an interface that allows users to invoke phone calls by tapping the relevant number. The CallTap package recognizes that some users may require a bit more functionality and hooks into the Contacts app to change the way certain things are accessed.
As well as filling the many shortcomings of Apple’s iOS, Cydia, and the jailbreak community, offer quite a few useful tweaks which, despite not necessarily being needed, wind up being great little additions nonetheless.
Today’s tweak certainly falls under this category, and although when I first installed it, I had very little optimism, it’s one I’ve very quickly become accustomed to.
Named InfoPage, it allows you to add a little bit of extra information on your home screen, just below the status bar. As well as a custom note, such as “My iPhone,” you can show free RAM, IP address, page number, or the date. Rather than overlapping your icons, it pushes them all down, thus making it look more like a native feature – as with all good tweaks.
Even though, when iOS betas are released by Apple, jailbreaking isn’t necessarily number one on users’ agendas, many of us like to have the option of installing some of the many great tweaks offered by the community.
Thanks to the continual endeavors of the iPhone Dev Team, those having just updated to iOS 6 beta 3 can jailbreak their device using the just released version of Redsn0w.
The jailbreak for the third beta follows the same sequence as those of the first two betas in that it is tethered boot only and is limited to A4 based devices namely the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4G. As a registered developer, I trust most of you know what this entails, but for the sake of clarification, it basically means whenever your iOS 6 device is switched off or rebooted, you’ll need to reconnect to your PC or Mac in order to get it up and running once again. Failure to do so will basically render your device useless, so is not advised on your “daily runner.”
The second beta version of iOS 6 – currently only available to registered developers – has just landed, and thanks to Dev Team’s Redsn0w, it can be jailbroken already on A4 devices like the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPhone 3GS.
Of course, the jailbreak is tethered, which means you will need to connect your device to a computer with Redsn0w installed each time your device is turned off or rebooted, but you knew that already.
We have tested and can confirm that the current Redsn0w 0.9.13dev2 works with iOS 6 beta 2. You will need to “point” Redsn0w in the direction of your older iOS 6 beta 1 firmware in order to spoof the jailbreaking tool into freeing up your device, but keep in mind that you have to use Redsn0w 0.9.13dev2 for the process, links at the end of this post. The process is none too difficult, and we expect you already know what you’re doing, however for those who haven’t followed the process through in the past, please check out the link to our previous tutorial, by simply heading over to the link at the end of this post.
After including major missing features in iOS 3, 4 and 5, iOS 6 has turned out to be more of an incremental update than anything else.
Other than Maps, there are no downright mind-blowing features. Everything iOS 6-related announced by Forstall at WWDC 2012, we’ve seen in one form or another whether as a Cydia tweak or a minor feature on other platforms.
Yes, I am tad disappointed at how things turned out at the event. I went through the iOS 6 keynote, wrote down every new feature mentioned in it and found that most of these features are available in iOS 5. They are definitely more scattered and less polished, but the functionality is there and that’s what we will be discussing in this post: how to get iOS 6’s best features on iOS 5 right now.