To update Cydia you have to open Cydia and wait for it to load. You must have your iPhone or iPad connected to the internet. A popup message will appear when the newest update is available and click on Upgrade Essential. Check iCydiaBlog.com for the newest version of Cydia and how to jailbreak.
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Even though iOS 8.4 has some interesting features most iDevice users are starting to feel limited using their devices. Just like its predecessors iOS 8 has the same downsides. So, as a solution, they will jailbreak their iPhone or any other iDevice. For those who would like to know, jailbreak is the procedure in which you get root access those removing all the restrictions imposed by the manufacturer.
There is a new rumor saying that iOs Electra Jailbreak will release a new version that will replace Cydia. The version will be called Sileo. But, before we go any further about the possibility that Sileo will replace Cydia, we’d better step back and discuss what Sileo is.
What is Cydia?
Cydia is a software that will enable an iOS user to jailbreak his OS. The advantage of the jailbreaking iOS is that the device will open itself for non-authorized apps most which mostly are available for free.
Cydia is advanced by a man named Jay Freeman, SaurikIT. The term “Cydia” itself was taken after a moth genus with the same name, especially the codling moth whose scientific name is Cydia Pomonella. It literally means “worm in the apple”.
Cydia itself provides the graphical user interface (GUI) to the jailbroken users. That GUI is called Advanced Packaging Tools (APT). That interface is the one that takes responsibility for enabling jailbroken users to download many apps that are not available on App Store.
Originally, Sileo is well-known in the medical field. However, that name was taken by CoolStar, a group of developer that gives the jailbreaking system birth. Sileo, which literally means “restart” itself is a version of a long-developed jailbreaking system called Electra.
Speaking about Electra, this software system has been used for jailbreaking since January 13th, 2018. The first beta version of Electra was released on that date. It was intended to be used for iOS 11.0 – 11.1.2. After that, CoolStar plant the seed to release candidate version for the developer to work with Cydia support. Not long after, Electra 11.1.2 was officially released on February 6th, 2018.
However, Electra has been working with Cydia from the very moment it was well-developed. Unfortunately, CoolStar and Saurik fail to reach the agreement upon the compatibility between Electra & Cydia. Therefore, both are now dedicating themselves to develop their own jailbreaking software system. That’s how Sileo was first initially made. But the question is, can Sileo really replace Cydia?
Just everything else, Sileo has its pros and cons. Here they are.
•Cydia will work with Sileo without a need of additional configurations •Users can literally add tweaks very easily using Cydia-like interfaces •Tweaks that are not supported will be filtered out, in that way users don’t need to worry about any tweak they are installing. •Tweak developers have a platform for developing their products for iOS 11 need. •The safe mode has user-friendly UI and more options •Sileo needs a shorter time than Cydia to load •Any Cydia purchases can continue using Sileo
•Sileo only support iOS 11 and also the later versions •Sileo only supports a 64-bit device •Tweak filtering, apart from its benefit for users, can also be an issue for tweak developers and testers.
Now, get back to the question, can Sileo really replace Cydia?
Cydia has been known for a very long time for iOS jailbreaking. It also has been a synonym for the jailbreaking itself. However, the first installer for jailbreak tweaks was the Installer.app. It was installed by the first jailbreak tool named JailbreakMe 1.0 (which is also called AppSnapp).
Many people believe that Cydia has been out of date and needs for an update, which it lack of. The maintenance from Jay Freeman or Saurik has been an issue. On the other hand, Coolstar has been doing an incredible work to patch it in order to make it work with iOS 11.1.2 – iOS 11 jailbreak and more recently with iOS 11.4 – iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak.
Stepping up in order to take the position of Cydia or replacing it in the jailbreaking system is something quite big. Anyway, CoolStar seems to be doing it really well. They have already announced that they are recently working on a Cydia replacement (which is Sileo itself).
Nevertheless, any conclusion can come too soon these days. By looking at the pros and cons of Sileo itself, Electra might still need to focus a little bit more on the development. In that way, users can be assured which jailbreaking system they are going to use in the future.
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Apple has been stepping up its game when it comes to security. That’s why there are certain things iPhones cannot do such as using a microSD card, connecting to Android phones, opening multiple apps, etc. Yes, iPhones do not have the capability to connect to any android phone via Bluetooth without using a third party Bluetooth app. The main reason why Apple implements this strict rule is for the users’ security. Because of the limitations, many users have resorted to jailbreaking their iPhones.
What is Jailbreaking?
The process of gaining root access to the iOS platform is called jailbreaking. It effectively breaks out the restrictions that Apple has put in place. It allows users to install apps that aren’t available for non-jailbroken devices. It also gives them the capability to tinker with the operating system itself. Unlike Android OS, iOS apps are not allowed to interact with the core level of iOS. iPhone users are not allowed to add or remove, tweak or modify aspects of its operating system. Because of this, jailbreaking becomes a necessity.
There are no legal implications if an iOS user jailbreaks his phone. When that happens, he gets to access Cydia. To jailbreak an iPhone, a user will only need a desktop computer to start the hack.
What is Cydia?
Cydia is a package manager mobile app for iOS devices. It enables a user to look for software packages on jailbroken iPhones and install them. In short, it’s a jailbroken version of the App Store. Since the release of iPhones in 2007, hackers have been cracking new iOS versions.
In 2008, jailbreaking piqued many people’s interest especially when Cydia and the iPhone dev team shipped their jailbreak for the iPhone 3G on iOS 2.0. “Saurik”, a name for the popular Jay Freeman is the father of jailbreaking. Not only did he create the first jailbreak, but he also created Cydia, which has been a gateway for people to install apps for iPhones and tweak them.
Cydia became an alternative for apps because it didn’t only specialize in apps. It gave users the ability to install apps and get a new feature (that is not available to apps in non-jailbroken iPhones). As a matter of fact, the extension called “TwitkaFly” has been available to jailbroken phones prior to it being added in the iOS 5 update.
However, in November last year, two of Cydia’s three repositories have been shut down, leaving BigBoss as the only repository left. Many people speculate that jailbreaking is dead, as it is no longer a necessity. So is Cydia dead?
Is Cydia Dead?
Jay Freeman said “What do you get in the end? It used to be that you got killer features that almost were the reason you owned the phone. And now you get a small minor modification.” when he was asked during an interview with Motherboard last June 2017.
People claim that Cydia and jailbreaking is dead because fewer people are jailbreaking their devices. When ModMy and ZodTTD (the two big Cydia repositories) were shut down, it gave them the confirmation that there is no longer need for jailbreaking.
To add to that, jailbreaking iPhones is now more difficult than ever, because of Apple’s improved security. Hackers are now struggling to find loopholes or vulnerability to successfully jailbreak. As a matter of fact, while many people hoped that there will already be a jailbreak for iOS 11, he said that “this era of jailbreak is just as functional as a real computer so it requires a tooling of high quality – the same stuff used on Linux hardware” is not true anymore.
He said it’s depressing because it used to motivate him to jailbreak his own Apple devices and create Cydia. It took until February 2018 to release the first ever jailbreak release with Cydia, which led to more speculations that Cydia is dying and Saurik is going to stop.
The big surprise was dropped when Saurik released the updated Cydia impactor with fixes last month. This made jailbreakers happy, after thinking that Saurik already left them.
Cydia is not dead…yet. Yes, you read that right. Cydia is still alive, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s dying. Apple has been stepping its game up to improve its OS’ security. Saurik’s work to jailbreak the latest iOS devices is slowed down. At this point, it’s safe to say that Cydia is still alive. BigBoss is still alive and Saurik is still busy working on fixes. Until BigBooss gets shut down and until Saurik stops, then one can finally say that Cydia is dead.
The Electra jailbreak has gained popularity among iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. Jailbreaking is a method of using unauthorized software hacks to access Ios at the root. This method allows downloading and installation of themes, extensions and apps not available on Apple App store.
Apple is very serious about the security of data and person devices. They have a tight security system that runs apps to see if they pose possible security threats. This is the problem that Apple device users face. It is not possible to access pretty looking themes or apps not in the Apple App store.
Hence the Electra jailbreak was born. This software has enabled many Apple users to jailbreak their devices easily. Electra jailbreak is available in different versions depending on device type. The versions have been updated to coincide with updates to Apple iOS.
There have been wrangles between Apple and Electra jailbreak over how it interferes with the security of personal data on the devices. Apple insists it is unsafe to jailbreak your phone. This is a huge debate because their claims are both true and unfounded. There are many users who have successful jailbroken their devices and seen no issues.
There are some that have had the system crash and device becoming useless. It’s one of those counterintuitive topics.
In this article, we are going to dive into the different versions available of Electra jailbreak. Discuss some of the versions and give a take away about this software. We are going to make it easy for you to make a decision on whether to run this software on your device or not.
Electra jailbreak breakdown
The Electra jailbreak is a semi-untethered jailbreak developed by Cool Star. Its primary role was to provide other developers with the platform to test their jailbreak apps and themes. This jailbreak has seen improvements over the last couple of years and it’s keeping up with Apple iOS updates. Electra jailbreak does not support piracy tools or tweaks, websites or even apps.
Electra jailbreak features
This jailbreak has been massively improved to version 1.0.4. 1.0.1 did not include Cydia, however, the subsequent versions have included Cydia. The Electra version 1131 1.0.2 update supports iOS 11.2 TO 11.3.1.This jailbreak uses different bundle identifier of mtcp version and increment bundle properly. It fixes bugs occurring with previous updates. It has increased success rate regression with Dev account version of Electra with multipath 1.0.1.
iPhone x, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s,12.9 inch iPad pro, 9.7 inch iPad pro, iPad mini 3, iPod touch 6G.
The Electra jailbreak saw an improvement with version 1.0.2 where Cydia was included and can be installed officially. Substitute which is an open-source drop-in replacement for the SaurikIT’s Cydia substrate is available.
Version 1.0.3 jailbreaks Ios 11.4, Beta 3 on iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 plus, iPhone 7 and 7 plus devices. The Cydia Impactor has used to side-load the Electra jailbreak file onto these devices. Apple is signing in iOS 11.4 Beta 1, 2, 3 for the devices listed above. It is now possible to downgrade your device to beta firmware in order to use Electra jailbreak.
There are a few things to keep in mind before using a jailbreak. It is sometimes risky if not done correctly. Luckily there exists a huge amount of education on this subject that has made it possible for none technology geeks to use. Let’s look at the cautions to take before using jailbreak.
When a device has been jailbroken it is possible for you to install apps that haven’t been screened by Apple. Some of these apps may be created for malicious acts and may have access to restricted parts of the operating system.
Cydia apps aren’t screened as thoroughly as those on Apple store. Use well-known tweaks and apps that have been tested for years. Avoid any application that has an unknown source with no reviews.
It is uncommon for something to go wrong during a jailbreaking. However, it does not mean it’s not possible. The most common side effect is the device being stuck on the loading screen or locking itself. A jailbreak gone wrong is rare because the Electra jailbreak developer tool is only compatible with the limited number of iOS versions and devices.
Stability issues are a thing after jailbreaking. Luckily they are noted early on and fixed. Jailbreak tweaks can make your device unstable. Make sure you do not install 20 apps or tweaks at once as you’ll not know which is problematic to your device.
Back up your device in the case, things go wrong during a jailbreak and you lose all data. Before trying to jailbreak you can back up on iTunes. This ensures that if you do not like the jailbreak you can restore the device to factory setting.
Get the right jailbreak tool so that you don’t permanently disable your device. There are many jailbreaks now and Electra is one of them. Just be careful with whichever you choose to use.
Jailbreaking your phone removes the device’s warranty and Apple will not help you if your phone has problems. Consider this before jailbreaking so you do not regret it.
Installing Electra jailbreak
Back up your device on iTunes or iCloud. Plug in the device to a PC, launch iTunes and click back up.
Enable airplane mode. Disable Siri, WIFI, and passcode to increase the success of jailbreaking your device.
Download Electra iOS relevant jailbreak IPA file on your computer.
Connect your iOS device to the computer.
Launch Cydia and drag IPA file to it. You’ll have to enter your Apple ID and password. Cydia will side-load the Electra IPA file on your iOS device.
Launch the Electra app on the home screen. You’ll see a button named jailbreak in the screen center. Make sure the tweaks toggle is on and tap the jailbreak button. Electra will reboot the device automatically.
Unlock your device and launch Electra once more. Tap the jailbreak button again. If the process is successful you get a notification that your device has been jailbroken. The Cydia icon will be seen on home screen.
When acquiring a new iPhone, many new and regular Apple customers immediately face a difficult issue: how are you supposed to make this iPhone truly yours? iOS is notorious for its walled garden approach: you are entitled to great support, enhanced system security and curated services, as well as software integration across many devices. However, customization options are limited and your choices to make your phone suit your tastes, preferences and needs are often restricted.
There is a way to opt out of the closed ecosystem, allowing all customization you want in exchange for your warranty and customer support. That would be jailbreaking, a practice known to, and sometimes feared by, many iPhone users. The possibility of installing unauthorized software exposes you to many risks and prevents you from soliciting Apple’s official support in case your phone presents any problems. The risks can outweigh the benefits even for tech savvy users, especially in the case of newer models and if the objective is customization for convenience.
If your needs for customization are based on a desire to make your phone more stylish, accessible or quick to use, you don’t need to look any further and you absolutely don’t need to take drastic measures. The App Store does offer some great options for customization apps. We have selected the best iPhone customization apps and organized them by categories you may want to customize. Moreover, there is one free and one paid app in each category, taking into account both users who want and users who don’t want to spend money in this process.
Mobile keyboard most distinctive feature is their autocorrect function, which, for better or worse, has changed the way we type. For all good the algorithms do, they also tend to make a few common mistakes. For example, the default iOS keyboard famously replaces four-letter words and tends to mistake one of the most common words in English for an acronym. You can, of course, disable autocorrect, but that would remove its benefits too. So, you need a keyboard that lets you customize the autocorrect – or, even better, a keyboard that adapts itself to you behavior and vocabulary.
This is what SwiftKey was made for: its algorithms track the words you use the most and is capable of remembering entire phrases you commonly use, word by word. With multiple languages and analysis of your typing (or swiping!) behavior, it’s quite possibly one of the best iPhone customization apps overall, not only in the keyboard category. And, the best of all, it’s free.
Summary: A smart keyboard that adapts its features to how you normally type.
Pros: Working autocorrect, multiple languages, remembers words you use the most.
Cons: At 116.3MB, its size can get quite big for a keyboard.
Another issue users may face when using the iOS default keyboard is the lack of swipe support. Instead of typing letter by letter, it may be a lot more convenient to slide your fingers – or, even more conveniently, finger – across the keyboard, stopping and turning at the keys you want to type. It requires some training, but an app that provides this function and facilitates its continuous use should make messaging and searching a lot less painful, literally and figuratively.
Thumbly was designed with ergonomics in mind: it was made specifically to allow comfortable typing with one thumb. This is wonderful both as an accessibility and as a quickness feature, since it makes typing so much faster once you get used to it, especially if you master the art of swiping.
Summary: A keyboard designed to allow typing with one thumb.
Pros: Ergonomic, can switch between right-handed and left-handed styles.
Cons: Itmay take a little while until you get used to it.
Nothing speaks personality in an iPhone like pressing the Home button and immediately recognizing the picture that pops up. It’s a matter of identity: two phones can have identical cases, but they will never have the same lock screen – which is actually useful in the case of lost phones. So adding your personal touch to your phone’s display goes a long way in making it feel like it truly belongs to you. You naturally want a tool that allows you to customize everything from wallpaper to icons to fonts, if only because it’ll help you organize the layout of your phone.
Magic Screen provides these functions with the intent to make it “magic”. By offering a wide range of effects for photos, icons and even your calendar, it allows you to edit, apply filter and make themes for your phone’s home and lock screen. It’s free, too, so you can try it out easily before deciding it’ll really be your main customization tool.
Summary: A gallery of filters, effects and editing tools you can use in every aspect of your display.
Pros: Creative, gives everything you need to customize your screens, calendar and icons.
Cons: Has ads. You may remove the video ads and the in-app purchases allow you to disable any add.
When customizing the visual aspect of your screens, you may want to either design your own theme or pick from a premade one. When it comes to phone animations, however, you’ll hardly ever have the chance to customize your own patterns. Therefore, an app that can “access” these features is always valuable. If it has integration with the standard Apple features and programs, expanding their use, that’s even better – it draws the best from customization and manufacturer’s support. Consequently, it’s hard to deny that the best customization apps are those that can provide both user freedom and support.
Pimp Your Screen has been highly rated for years, consistently being featured in articles about customization apps. Its unique Apple Watch features allow you to not only customize your phone but also make it match with another gadget, creating an interesting aesthetic experience that is as much about iOS as it about you.
Summary: A full-on display customization app that lets you design themes and backgrounds.
Pros: Very powerful, has tons of content – seasonal content included – for you to choose.
Cons: For an app with so much content, not having a thumbnail feature makes it hard to browse premade wallpapers.
In the past, it was even more difficult to make your iPhone look, sound and work the way you wanted it to. You normally want to employ a method as straightforward as possible to access your apps, no matter how many of them you have. However and years ago, the first app that allowed you to launch apps and specific commands from your Notifications Center instead of swiping through your Home Screen for ages was removed, sparking a controversy. It has been back for quite a few years now, though, and is better than ever.
The main advantage of launching apps and functionalities from the Notification Center instead of having them docked in your Home Screen is that the former is always a simple swipe away, even if you’re running something else. This way, you can not only quickly launch a browser – you can launch a specific website.
Summary: An app-launching widget that allows you to access apps and specific functions easily.
Pros: The original and still the best iPhone navigation facilitator.
The greatest complaint from iPhone users – perhaps from users of mobile phones of all manufacturers – is how rapidly battery health decreases and how much less of an idea about what’s going on we have the worse the battery health becomes. Battery levels start to fluctuate wildly, phones start to turn off for no apparent reason, chargers no longer seem to work as fast or as efficiently, as we’re always none the wiser about when or why these cursed phenomenons will start happening. Thus, having an app that monitors the quality of your battery is always a good idea to prepare yourself before the lights go out – and, if possible, detect and shut down what’s causing the problem.
This is why Battery Health – Your Doctor has been proven to be a valuable ally in the customization of your phone’s performance. The app makes it easier to identify over-consumption of energy from processes or other apps, allowing you to shut them down.
Summary: A monitor for your battery health that can detect worn out batteries and test hardware functions.
Pros: Great accuracy (up to 10% if your battery is worn-out), has a nice interface and provides precise runtime statistics.
Cons: Due to Apple constantly blocking access to certain data, as of iOS 11 it can no longer display charger data.
It’s true the age of polyphonic ringtones is long gone, but we as people still like to customize our ringtones, setting them to our favorite song or to a particular funny message made to play whenever you receive a message, or perhaps only messages from a special someone. It may be very hard to find what you want in a sea of custom ringtones, and getting them to work isn’t the most straightforward routine in iOS and iTunes. There are still some apps, however, that allow you to customize ringtones and produce them from longer audio files, or have categorized sound clip vaults to help you choose.
Ringtone Maker is a good choice of free app to do that, as it’s focused on trimming audio files to make new ringtones and on providing a huge selection from which you can pick tones, filtering by category, length and much more.
Summary: A ringtone maker with its own pool of premade popular ringtones to download and use.
Pros: Has no ads even though it’s free, efficient trimmer
Cons: Somewhat confusing interface despite having no ads due to weird category and filter naming
When it comes to audio slicing, for the production of ringtones or otherwise, it’s comfortable to be able to record, play and edit the audio in only one app. A mini digital workstation is the ideal choice for the customization of your sound preferences, especially if it’s integrated to your iTunes library and other Apple devices. After all, the iPod Touch is still extremely popular and you might want to store your favorite songs there instead of in your phone. Thus, taking ringtone creation to a slightly more organized level is a good idea.
This is where Ringtone Designer Pro 2.0 comes in handy: when it comes to audio, it is one of the best iPhone customization apps out there. It’s an all-in-one audio program for all your needs, concentrating functions that would require a lot of apps and devices otherwise.
Summary: A comprehensive, yet still simple, audio recording and editing app with which you can make unlimited ringtones.
Pros: Works on iPod Touch, clean interface, precise trimmer for what you may need it for (0.2s tolerance)
Cons: Has to sync to iTunes, which may be a little of a chore
Settings that Allow Further Customization
Customization doesn’t have to end with apps. There are a lot of settings with which you can mess around in order to improve your experience with your iPhone and make it more personal. You can sort files, customize the ways you can interact with Siri – Apple’s virtual assistant – or turn notification previews forever to make notifications more bearable. Speaking of notifications, you can configure which apps can send them to you and which ones can’t.
Privacy settings are also a huge and understandable concern for most users, since you’d like to control which information about you Apple, or anyone else, is able to get. You may not want to share your location information all the time, for example. In order to allow protecting your privacy, there’s a setting that lets you disable location tracking by an app when you’re not using it. For the same reason, you can disable web trackers or set up a password to your notes. This is extremely important to make your iPhone and everything in it truly yours, but only yours.
Jailbreaking is a term used to describe the removal of some hardware restrictions, mostly run through iOS operating system such as iPhone, iPod, iPad touch or Apple TV.
Unlocking, on the other hand, is a term used to describe the removal of SIM card or network restrictions already installed in devices that have GSM system to allow other networks to be used in the same gadgets. There is a big difference between jailbreaking and unlocking as follows:
Big Risk In Jailbreaking Unlike In Unlocking
Jailbreaking your iPhone simply means that you are removing the already installed safety measures to allow dangerous third party applications and programs to be run on your phone.
Your phone is then exposed to some security risks such as malware, compromising your phone warranty. When you unlock your phone, you are just getting rid of network restrictions which is not a risky thing to do and it is a safe regular process. This will allow you to be more flexible with the available networks, some which could perform better than the initial networks.
Jailbreaking requires a special program application used to remove all the restrictions. Recently, a program known as C3 update is being used by most phone users to jailbreak their iPhones.
Unlocking, on the contrary, uses a set of applications or instructions to unlock the same gadget. An application called Blacksnow has been used recently to unlock phones.
If you are looking to jailbreak and unlock your phone at the same time, you have to use a different approach. In most cases, you will have to jailbreak you phone first before unlocking it because it is impossible to do the vice versa.
Sometimes when you jailbreak your phone, it can automatically trigger unlocking because this process may have an unlocking mechanism in it.
Installation Vs. Elimination
Jailbreaking allows installation of unauthorized programs, softwares and applications from third parties, giving you total control of your phone and the freedom to access other tools that were not there before.
Unlocking, on the other hand, eliminates any network restrictions set up in your phone, giving you freedom to explore and test other networks or SIM cards for better functionality of your phone.
Most programs used to jailbreak hardware are normally free. You will just have to check the compatibility of your phone model to the desired jailbreak program. Jailbreak options are also offered on a wide variety online such that the choice is yours.
Unlocking your phone is an expensive affair because you have to go through the network companies for installation, you will also be subjected to networks terms and conditions and other relevant procedures.
Differences In Warranties
Once you jailbreak your phone, you are not guaranteed of the phone’s usefulness in years to come. Something may go wrong along the way and the phone manufacturers may not be too willing to help you, after all you have violated their standards of quality and safety. This means you will be spending more money to acquire new gadgets which may deem expensive as well.
Unlocking your phone just subjects you to new terms of agreement with the network of your choice and therefore no real harm is done and you get to use your phone or tablet for a life time.
Contrasting Phone Upgrades
As the iPhone manufacturers re-tweak their programs and systems amid new jailbreak programs, a phone user is not able to upgrade their phones as often as they would wish. In this day and age, it has become a competition between the manufacturer and the jailbreakers in creating new programs that outdo each other in this field, therefore making it hard for the phone user to make the necessary upgrade.
You may have to wait for months, weeks or days before a new version of a jailbreak program is available. Phone unlocking only changes the type of networks you are using and therefore, the phone upgrade is a viable option for these phone users as the unlocking does not alter other installed programs in the phone.
Altering the restricted phone network to incorporate other networks works to a great advantage to people who travel a lot because different locations use different networks, therefore you can travel with your unlocked phone everywhere without having to purchase another model to befit the network requirements.
Jailbroken phones, on the other hand, are a big hassle when you travel because of you may have installed applications that are only applicable in your home location, making it hard for you to operate in new locations.
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