Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Saurik Releases an iOS 8-compatible WinterBoard in Cydia

Saurik Releases an iOS 8-compatible WinterBoard in Cydia

On Wednesday, WinterBoard, the popular theming platform for jailbroken iOS devices, has officially been updated to support the iOS 8 jailbreak. As of version 0.9.3916, iOS 8 users can now install and use WinterBoard for their theming desires. Saurik took to Twitter this morning to announce the exciting news:

In addition to support for iOS 8, version 0.9.3916 of WinterBoard also adds support for theming the contents of files in the iOS 8 device. Also, the update brings some additional features to iOS 7 users as well.

Many theme creators have been preparing themes for iOS 8, and it won't be long now until they are released to the public in Cydia.

Saurik credits @Surenix, @coolstar, @Matchstic, and @JunesiPhone for their help in making this WinterBoard update possible.

If you want to grab WinterBoard for iOS 8, it's available for free right now in Cydia!

Apple to Stop iPhone 5c Production in 2015

Apple to Stop iPhone 5c Production in 2015. 

A new report from Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times says that Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c next year, notes MacRumors.

Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device.

Notably, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that Apple will eventually discontinue the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S models to streamline its product offerings. Apple is also expected to unveil new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices next year moving the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to mid-tier offerings and the iPhone 5s to the bottom of its lineup. Along with iPad updates, that would give Apple an all Touch ID-equipped lineup, helping its Apple Pay initiative.

Will you be sorry to see the colorful iPhone 5c go? Should Apple introduce a new device with more color options? Let us know what you think in the comments!

[via MacRumors]

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

'Pyx' Gives You Cool New App Switcher Card Animations in iOS 8

If you're looking to outfit your boring iOS 8 App Switcher with some cool new application card transition animations, then you need a new jailbreak tweak called Pyx by iOS developer Bradley Friedman (S1ReX).

This tweak allows you to apply one of various different animation styles to the application preview cards in the iOS 8 App Switcher. The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can pick and choose your favorite animation and use it on a regular basis:

From here, you can choose between:

  • No Animation
  • Fade
  • Slide From Top
  • Slide From Bottom
  • Flip Vertically
  • Flip Horizontally
  • Spin Clockwise
  • Spin Counter Clockwise
  • Slide From Bottom With Bounce
  • Slide From Top With Bounce

Upon changing the animation, you will want to close out of the Settings application and then wait a few seconds for your changes to take effect. There is a kick-in period while your settings are changed, although no respring is necessary to save your changes. Once you're done waiting, you should be able to open the App Switcher and see your animations at work.

You'll notice the animations as soon as you open the App Switcher, and as you're panning through the application preview cards.

'Watchboard' is Another Apple Watch Home Screen Jailbreak Tweak for iOS 8 Devices

Just earlier this month we showed you a jailbreak tweak called Aeternum that brought the Apple Watch UI to jailbroken iOS 8 devices. On Tuesday, another popular jailbreak developer that goes by the name of Aaron Ash (the creator of Barrel) has just released his version of the Apple Watch UI to jailbroken iOS 8 devices by way of the Cydia Store. 

Dubbed Watchboard, this new Apple Watch UI brings the Home Screen experience of an Apple Watch to your smartphone or tablet. Watchboard is energy efficient, works in both portrait and landscape mode, allows you to pan through the Home Screen icons, pinch to zoom in and out, and configure the Home Screen with various options.

The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure Watchboard's preferences:

From here, you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, choose between having circular Apple Watch-style or regular iOS Home Screen application icons, hide or show the application icon labels, and even configure the application icon spacing to your liking. Some examples of the options below:

Compared to Aeternum, Watchboard feels a lot more lightweight, although Aeternum has a lot more focus on animations, such as when they're tapped to launch them. Watchboard noticeably has its own application launching animation, but it's so fast that you can hardly see it, while Aeternum has a slower and more drawn-out animation style. 

Watchboard is also $1 more than Aeternum, and seems to come with fewer user-configurable features. Aeternum allows you to have the iOS dock along with the Apple Watch UI, while Watchboard does not; Aeternum also has a reset icon layout option and places SpotLight at the center of the Home Screen and even works on iOS 7. 

If you're looking for a speedier experience, you may prefer Watchboard. Those looking for more features and options may opt for Aeternum. In the end, both are amazing third-party re-makes of the Apple Watch UI and should both be considered before making your choice!

Watchboard is available in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now for $3.99. iOS 8 is required for the installation

Apple today launched two new ads

Apple today launched two new ads featuring the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are once again voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and highlight features like the iPhone 6's gaming capabilities and its ability to relay phone calls to Macs and iPads. 

In the first humorous ad, entitled "Gamers," the focus is on the A8 chip in the iPhone 6, with the ad showing off the recently released multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory. "The A8 chip is so powerful it brings gaming to the next level. I mean if you're into that kind of thing," says Fallon, before bantering with Timberlake about the gameplay. 

The second ad, entitled "Reservations," highlights Continuity and the ability for the iPhone to relay calls to Macs and iPads. "Did you know you can use an iPhone 6 to make a call from almost any Apple device?" asks Fallon before the two go on to make silly calls from a variety of devices, including a Mac and an iPad. 

The new ads launched today are the fifth and sixth iPhone 6 ads that Apple has released starring Fallon and Timberlake. The first two ads, "Duo" and "Health" were shown off during the iPhone 6's September debut, and two additional ads, "Huge" and "Cameras," were released later in September.