Cydia Developers Scramble To Update Their Jailbreak Apps And Tweaks For iOS 6.x


With the launch of the untethered jailbreak for nearly all iOS 6.1 compatible devices imminent, which could be released as early as this Sunday, the Cydia developers are scrambling to get their jailbreak tweaks and apps ready for the big day.

A number of prominent Cydia developers have announced that their jailbreak apps and tweaks now support iOS 6 or later or will support shortly.

Yesterday, Filippo Bigarella released new versions of his jailbreak tweaks PasswordPilot Pro, CleverPin and UnlockFX support iOS 6.x. He also released a beta version of Sprintomize 2 – one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks on Cydia for beta testing and expects it to be released shortly.

Intelliborn – developers of IntelliScreenX and MyWi have also announced that they will be releasing new versions of their jailbreak apps shortly with few new features.

While most jailbreak tweaks do not need support for iPhone 5’s taller display, it remains to be seen if Cydia developers will be adding support for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G. Jay Freeman aka saurik – founder of Cydia has pointed out on reddit that it may not need a lot of effort to update tweaks for iPhone 5’s display.

Usually new firmware causes more serious problems than new hardware; in the case of a slightly-taller-but-still-largely-the-same-thing screen, most packages in Cydia don’t really have normal “app” UIs: they are extensions that modify functionality of other things, and so aren’t affected. The main things that come to mind are things like biteSMS, WinterBoard, iFile, and Cydia itself, all of which are trivial modifications to take up the new vertical height (in fact, for at least WinterBoard, iFile, and Cydia, I believe it is just “throw a new Default.png in the folder and you’re good to go”, as they all do programmatic layout).

Instead, it is more “not much stuff works on iOS 6” that is the key problem, but that is always the case when a new jailbreak comes out. If anything, that will be less the case this time than in previous cases, as many developers that work on the “harder stuff” have been working on upgrading their software anyway for iOS 6, as there are already jailbreaks for it on other devices.

Optimo – the guy who runs BigBoss repo points out that home screen, lock screen, switcher tweaks and some themes may need to be updated for iPhone 5’s taller screen.

Nevertheless, things seem to be falling in place for the big day. Let us know which jailbreak tweaks you plan to install when the untethered jailbreak is released in the comments below.


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