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TaiG (Taiji) iOS 8.1.1 untethered jailbreak released

Saurik, the creator of Cydia, recently voiced his opinion on the newly released TaiG iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak. If you’re worried whether TaiG is safe to use, then you shouldn’t worry much as MuscleNerd has already stated that it is pretty safe. However, if you’re not satisfied and want to know more, then Saurik is here to help. In a reply to a comment on Reddit, Saurik talks about whether he trusts the TaiG jailbreak and it is an interesting read.

TaiG (Taiji) iOS 8.1.1 untethered jailbreak released

According to Saurik, the TaiG jailbreak is probably safe to use. He isn’t sure about the safety because he is not someone who knows a lot about breaking apart a jailbreak tool and examining its working. He says that you should probably listen to MuscleNerd when it comes to these things.

He prefers the Pangu jailbreak over TaiG as the former uses an official Cydia Installation bootstrap and asked for Sauriks help in making the tool bug free. TaiG, on the other hand, isn’t very open about the person behind the jailbreak tool and their recent public announcement doesn’t reveal much either.

Of course, in all likelihood, everything is fine. Even though the identities behind TaiG are unclear, it is itself still an entity trying to build a brand, and has hopefully learned something from their previous miscalculations (which is likely why Cydia is included by default in this jailbreak: to help build back some community trust). MuscleNerd also hopefully knows what he is doing. I used the tool myself a few times this weekend, and other than “bootstrap is modified” (the extent to which I have yet to check) and “doesn’t include a package identifier for the untether” (meaning upgrading it will be confusing), I only got one failure that required me to restore (which at this stage in the firmware life cycle, and for a 1.0.1, is not to be unexpected). There are enough people using it to hopefully catch “phoning home” issues. So, the app is probably safe.

But, if you are really wanting to know “saurik’s opinion”, here it is: I am not the person who can answer the question of whether to trust this tool or not, and you might be better off asking people like MuscleNerd, who has apparently decided to sign off on it not doing anything malicious. That said, my squishier trust analysis leaves me a little wary: I’d love for TaiG to be more upfront about who did this work, to use official Cydia bootstraps, and to coordinate more with respect to bug reports. This reasoning is not, I realize, entirely “practical”, and I am known to sometimes make software judgements on painful moral grounds (such as the few years post-Cycorder where I refused to use ffmpeg, and seriously carried a DVD player around to peoples’ houses to avoid using software those developers had written; I also am somewhat “crippled” as I do not allow myself to use IDA, etc.). As I said: the app is probably safe.

Still, you shouldn’t face any safety issues when you jailbreak using the TaiG tool. If you want to jailbreak your iOS device and you’re on iOS 8.1.1, then you should jailbreak using the TaiG tool anyway.

winterboard 0.9.3917 for iOS 8 released

A new version of WinterBoard is now available in Cydia, which now supports iOS 8 and gets some new features. WinterBoard is the best tweak to completely change the look of your iOS device using themes and other elements.


WinterBoard was known to work with iOS 8 prior to this update, but it had bugs that caused it to crash often. That bug has been fixed in this update and it now officially supports iOS 8 and later. The WinterBoard tweak will no longer be shown on the Homescreen, instead you will have to access it directly from the Settings app.

These are the new changes and bug fixes in WinterBoard 0.9.3917:

  • Fix Crash when changing themes
  • Folders/UIKit.framework for Assests
  • iPad: Wrong IconMask
  • 64 bit UI Sound Themes
  • Manual Respring Button
  • 8.x: Support @3x Image Hunting
  • 7.x: Theme .car File PNGs (coolstar)
  • 7.x: Preferences Icons (JunesiPhone)
  • 6.x: Better SharedArtwork Hook
  • Better Resource Pathing (Surenix)
  • New @3x WinterBoard Icon (Surenix)
  • Fix Crash in Bundle Theme Cache
  • Remove Standalone Application
  • Image Recorder Now Uses Bundles

You can download WinterBoard from the BigBoss repo in Cydia for free.

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Cydia Substrate 0.9.5101 Released For iOS

Saurik, aka Jay Freeman, has issued a new update for Cydia Substrate, bringing the version to 0.9.5101. This update is meant for the tweak developers as it incorporates some improvements and bug fixes to the substrate.

Cydia Substrate 0.9.5101

Another update, Cydia Substrate 0.9.5100 was pushed prior to 0.9.5101, but it had a bug that needed fixing. If you happen to be a jailbreak tweak developer, it is a must that you upgrade to the latest version. Regular users should also update nevertheless. Here’s the changelog;

Cydia Substrate 0.9.5101

Fixes an incompatibility introduced in 0.9.5100 with some combinations of extensions (the most common conflict was having both CC Settings and GroovyLock).

Cydia Substrate 0.9.5100

Includes features requested by developers, so their extensions may require this update: it can inject into more iOS 8 daemons, find more private symbols, move more arm64 instructions, and hook even shorter armv7 functions.

To upgrade Cydia Substrate, simply launch Cydia and Refresh sources. You should see the update in the Changes tab.

For guides on how to jailbreak and install Cydia:

Don’t forget to check out our Cydia Tweak List page to explore more tweaks for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Pangu iOS 8 / 8.1 jailbreak now stable to use

Since the release of the Pangu iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak, it has been plagued with various issues. Both the Pangu team and Saurik have been working very hard to get rid of all the bugs by constantly releasing updates. After the recent update, Cydia 1.1.16, Saurik says that the jailbreak is now finally ‘stable enough’ for daily use.

iOS 8.1.1 Beta 1 Patches Jailbreak Exploits In Pangu8

Jay Freeman, the creator of Cydia, said in a tweet that both Cydia and the jailbreak are now ready for daily use without any bugs. And it is kind of true, as since the latest update, the crashes, bootloop and other issues have disappeared.

Pangu iOS 8 / 8.1 jailbreak now stable to use

The only thing that remains to be seen is that the tweaks being updated to support iOS 8. Other than that, everything seems to be fine with the Pangu iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak and Cydia. If you’ve been waiting for all the bugs to iron out to jailbreak, then this is your chance. Don’t wait till Apple releases iOS 8.1.1, because the jailbreak has been patched in that version.

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Cydia Installer 1.1.16 Released

A new version of Cydia Installer was released yesterday and fixes several bugs encountered in the previous versions. Saurik is working very hard to bring stability to the iOS 8 jailbreak and it looks like he’s finally done it. Cydia 1.1.16 is very stable and fixes all known bugs so far.

Cydia 1.1.16

Cydia 1.1.16 is now available as an essential upgrade from Cydia. It brings the following bug fixes:

iOS 8 “Restore from Backup” Fixed

This update fixes an important bug in Cydia 1.1.14 and 1.1.15 on iOS 8: if you used “restore from backup” in iTunes after your first use of Cydia, you needed to reinstall this package to make sure your device could safely reboot with a passcode enabled.

It should now be OK to use the iTunes “restore from backup” feature without needing to then reinstall Cydia Installer afterward to avoid reboot problems.

Increase iOS 8 Multitask Timeout

Cydia automatically refreshes the package catalog if it was suspended too long. This timeout is now set to 15 minutes. It had previously been only 15 seconds, because that’s what I was using to test this feature, and I forgot to change it back. (Doh.)

Improved App Store Redirect Block

The initial version of this feature turned out to only be partially effective: we have done wider testing and have improved our iTunes URL detection.

Login Dialog on iPad Works Now

Apparently, logging in to an account on an iPad would not reload the login dialog, making it seem like you needed to log in again?! This is now fixed.

If you’re on a jailbroken iOS 8 device, you need to launch Cydia and install this update. It is highly recommended that you install this update. Once you’re done installing, you will be asked to reboot your device.

Have you jailbroken your device yet? If not, you can follow our how to Jailbreak iOS 8 – 8.1 guide.

cydia installer 1.1.14 released

After a long wait, Saurik has released an updated version of Cydia, which fixes many of the bugs that users have been facing with the older version. As you all know, the Pangu Team released an iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak last week that didn’t come with Cydia. You had to install Cydia manually and make the jailbreak worthwhile, but Cydia Substrate caused a lot of problems. Despite pushing out incremental updates for Cydia Substrate, the iOS 8 jailbreak was quite buggy. There were bootloops when setting a Passcode, random resprings, app crashes and what not.

The new version of Cydia Installer 1.1.14 will take care of all the problems. If you’re jailbroken, Cydia will notify you of the update, install and you’re good to go. You can now set a Passcode and not worry about your phone rebooting and going into bootloop.

Cydia 1.1.14

Saurik has also added some other features to the new version. There’s multitasking support on iOS 8, popup blocker, iPhone 6 support, landscape mode on Cydia and a few others. Below is the full changelog for Cydia 1.1.14:

iOS 8 Passcode Compatibility

Cydia no longer causes your device to lock up while booting on iOS 8 when you use a passcode. We recommend you use a passcode for security.

(Under Settings, go to “Touch ID & Passcode”, and “Turn Passcode On”.)

If you have installed unsupported stashing modifications, you may want to restore and jailbreak again, instead of directly installing this update (those modifications are unsupported).

Multitasking Support on iOS 8

Cydia now backgrounds almost like a regular application (but only on iOS 8). This has been a major architectural change: please alert us to any issues.

This allows you to switch back/forth between Cydia and other applications (such as Safari, or the Google two-factor authentication app) without losing your package selection state.

New Window and Hijack Blocking

One of the biggest complaints about Cydia in the last year has been a new kind of ad seen on some repositories: a sudden redirect to the App Store.

Cydia now blocks “popups” and asks the user before opening the App Store.

Partial iPhone 6 Plus Support

Cydia supports rotation on the iPhone 6 Plus and has a new @3x icon and tabbar. Cydia renders at the native resolution on both the 6 and 6 Plus.

Videos Work Again (on iOS 7.1-8.1)

Cydia on iOS 7.1 had an issue where playing video would cause the device to “lock up”. This bug has finally been fixed! The new iOS 8 video issue (a YouTube error message) is also fixed.

Localization Works Now on iOS 8

Users of Cydia 1.1.13 (only available via a manual installation process) may have noticed Cydia only displayed in English :(. This has been fixed! Yay!

Queue Status is “Less Incorrect”

Sometimes Cydia would not have packages queued but claim it did, or would have packages queued and claim it did not; this happens less ;P.

The Pangu jailbreak still hasn’t been updated though, which means you’ll still have to install Cydia manually. You can follow our tutorial here to do that, then upgrade to the latest version 1.1.14.

Update #1: Cydia Installer has been updated yet again, now at version 1.1.15 and includes:

Cydia 1.1.15 is a bug fix release

  • Fix incompatibility with cache wipers (such as iCleaner) that cause Cydia to crash when you try to run it after.
  • Correct rotation to only on tablets to match Apple’s UI style guidelines.
  • Make Installed tab icon consistent.
Apple File Conduit 2 (AFC2) available in Cydia

AFC or Apple File Conduit is the means by which Apple gives iTunes and iPhoto read and write ability for media on your iOS device. However, you don’t get access to all the files with the regular AFC. Hence, Saurik has released AFC2, which gives the user complete access to all the files on their iOS device. Of course, you’ll have to be jailbroken to install AFC2 on your device.


Those who have already jailbroken their iOS device on iOS 8 or later and want complete access to their files from their PC or Mac, should install AFC2. You can use third-party software such as iExplorer and iFunbox to transfer files to and from your iOS device using a USB connection. This can be highly useful, but can also cause security issues for some as you get full root access via USB.

Nevertheless, if you want to install AFC2 on your jailbroken iOS device, search for Apple File Conduit 2 on Cydia. Once it’s installed, you can use tools like iFunbox to move, edit and browse all files on your iOS device. AFC2 is compatible will all versions of iOS, including the latest 8.1 release. If you’re concerned about the security issues, then you probably shouldn’t install it. Since AFC2 is a complicated package, some users may face installation issues.

Have you installed AFC2 on your iOS device? Is it useful for you?