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The best Cyber Monday deals still available

Here is our roundup of the best Cyber Monday deals that are still available around the web. There are still significant discounts on everything from Apple devices to accessories, video games and more. But you better hurry, we don’t expect these prices to be around much longer.

Apple device deals

  • iPad Air (latest model) 32GB – Buy for $570 $600
  • New Mac mini with M1 chip and 16GB RAM – Buy for $849 $900
  • New Mac mini with M1 chip and 8GB RAM – Buy for $670 $700
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (latest model) 44mm – Buy for $380 $429

Accessory deals

  • Anker PowerCore 10000mAh 18W portable battery pack – Buy for $23 $35
  • Anker 6ft Powerline II MFi certified USB-C cable – Buy for $10 w/ promo code ANKER863
  • Save up to 50% on select Belkin charging/wireless pads – Shop the sale
  • Twelve South Curve stand for MacBooks – Buy for $42 $60

Smart device deals

  • Nixplay 2k Smart Digital Picture Frame – Buy for $180 $280
  • 30% off Ring smart video doorbells – Shop the sale
  • Save up to 43% on iRobot robotic vacuums – Shop the sale
  • All-new Echo Dot (latest gen) smart speaker – Buy for $29 $50

Deals for gamers

  • 1-year membership Sony PS Plus (digital code) – Buy for $33 $60
  • Save up to $20 on select Nintendo Switch games – Shop the sale
  • Save 15% on PC gaming laptops, desktops and monitors – Shop the sale
  • Save big on HyperX PC and gaming accessories – Shop the sale

Other deals

  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones – Buy for $200 $300
  • Sonos One SL non-microphone smart speaker – Buy for $129 $180
  • Philips Sonicare HX 4100 electric toothbrush – Buy for $30 $45
  • Save up to 30% on a wide range of Nerf guns – Shop the sale

Nomad is taking 30% off everything site-wide

Shop the sale

Aukey taking up to 40% off USB-C chargers, cables and more

Shop the sale

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Josh Elman, former venture capitalist, joins Apple in new App Store discovery role

Apple has made a big hire just before the end of 2020, with a focus on improving the App Store experience for customers and developers alike.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has hired Josh Elman, a former “prominent” venture capitalist at Greylock Partners, to focus on app discovery for the App Store. Elman himself posted on Twitter today regarding the new role at Apple, saying he’s “excited to get to build ways” to help customers and developers connect.

During his time at Greylock Partners, Elman had a hand in a lot of different efforts. That includes early stages of TikTok, and he led early investments in Discord, the messaging platform, as well. What’s more, Elman also had a role in the stock-trading app/service Robinhood, serving as Vice President of product. Elman left that particular role late last year.

Elman spent nine years at Greylock Partners, and started with Apple in November of this year.

It will be interesting to see how Elman actually implements the ideas he has moving forward, especially towards app discovery and bridging customers and developers moving forward.

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Chimera jailbreak for iOS 12 picks up Procursus & libhooker support in latest beta

While much of the modern jailbreak community is currently focusing on current firmware versions like iOS & iPadOS 13 and 14, that hasn’t stopped the Chimera Team from launching a new beta version of its iOS 12-centric Chimera jailbreak tool.

Chimera Team lead developer CoolStar took to the Announcements section of the official Discord channel bright and early Monday morning to share links to Chimera v1.5.0 beta 1 — the latest public beta of the jailbreak tool for iOS 12 devices:

Perhaps the biggest change in this new Chimera beta build is the addition of of the Procursus bootstrap for new Chimera users, which means full libhooker support for tweak injection and other beneficial performance gains. Unfortunately for those already using Chimera, this initial beta doesn’t yet provide migrations; this means that anyone already jailbroken via Chimera only gets the Chimera bootstrap with a libhooker hybrid if they run the latest beta (for now).

Obviously, CoolStar and the rest of the Chimera Team intend to include migrations to the Procursus bootstrap with full fledged libhooker tweak injection in a future update. It would likely come by way of a second public beta, but should almost certainly ship with the next official public release.

In addition to the upgraded bootstrap, Chimera v1.5.0 beta 1 purportedly incorporates a plethora of fixes and improvements that have been carefully backported from the newer iOS & iPadOS 13-centric Odyssey jailbreak. This means that Chimera v1.5.0, when officially released to the public after the beta period, should be substantially more stable than the current public release at the time of this writing.

The Chimera jailbreak supports iOS 12.0-12.4 on all A7-A11-equipped devices and iOS 12.0-12.1.2 on all A12-equipped devices. From what we can gather, iOS 12.1.3 and later are not supported on A12 devices by Chimera and iOS 12.4.1 is not currently supported on any device by Chimera. CoolStar also noted in the announcement that Chimera will never support iOS 12.1.3-12.4.1 on A12 devices, but the statement doesn’t seem to exclude the possibility of iOS 12.4.1 support on older devices.

Given that this is a public beta and not an official public release, we’d advise caution to all users to might be thinking about downloading and installing the latest version of Chimera on their iOS 12 device. Unless you’re an advanced jailbreaker or developer and know what you’re doing in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, the best thing to do would be to wait for the official public release.

Those interested in trying the latest public beta despite all warnings may find the download links in the official Discord channel.

Are you excited that the Procursus bootstrap with full libhooker tweak injection support is coming to jailbroken iOS 12 devices by way of the Chimera jailbreak? Share in the comments section down below.

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Apple Fitness+ instructors are hyping their workouts ahead of launch before the end of 2020

Apple unveiled Fitness+ earlier this year, and said it would launch before the end of 2020. That date is rapidly approaching, and now the instructors are hyping things up.

As noted by 9to5Mac over the weekend, many instructors that will be offering their workouts and exercises on Fitness+ are using Instagram to hype up the upcoming service’s launch. The instructors and fitness enthusiasts have been publishing their teases throughout the course of the last week. As expected, they are excited about getting their workouts out there for the public to take advantage of, and many of them are using hashtags like #AppleFitnessPlus and/or #CloseYourRings.

Fitness+ is probably going to launch pretty soon. Unfortunately, none of the hype posts from the instructors include a release date. Still, there’s no reason to think it shouldn’t be soon, especially if Apple plans on keeping its initial release window. Still, it’s always possible things get delayed, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

As it stands right now, Apple’s most recent betas for watchOS 7.2 and iOS 14.3 included references to Fitness+, suggesting when those updates release the new service will launch, too.

Instructors like Bakari Williams, latin dance teacher Jhon Gonzalez, strength trainer Betina Gozo, and trainer Emily Fayette have all been hyping the impending launch.

When Fitness+ does arrive, it will feature new workouts every week. There will be a variety of exercises to choose from, including rowing, cycling, dance, yoga, treadmill walk and/or run, HIIT, mindful cooldown, strength, and many others. It will work in the home or at the gym (on supported equipment), and it will rely mostly on the Apple Watch to track the crucial details of your exercise, including heart rate, exercise minutes, calories burned, and more.

Apple is offering a month free for current Apple Watch owners, and will give out three months free to anyone who buys a new Apple Watch after the service launches. Once the free trial(s) end, Fitness+ will cost $9.99 per month or $79.99 for a year’s worth of service. Fitness+ can be shared with Family Share as well, so up to five additional family members can use the service when it arrives.

It is also offered in the Premier package of Apple One, the company’s bundle option. It retails for $29.95 per month and it includes Fitness+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple TV+, 2TB of iCloud storage, and Apple News+.

Resource: How to get an Apple One subscription

Are you looking forward to the launch of Fitness+ whenever it happens?

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Apple reportedly moving ahead with plans for ‘folded’ periscope cameras that will improve iPhone’s optical zoom

The iPhone 12 lineup has a ridiculously good camera system, but things can always get better. So it shouldn’t be a surprise Apple is reportedly looking for new ways to make that happen.

According to a report from ETNews (via MacRumors), Apple is moving forward with plans to adopt “folded” periscope cameras in future iPhone models. If implemented, the optical zoom in future Apple-branded smartphones could be significantly improved. According to the initial report, Apple has already ramped up conversations with potential suppliers. However, there have been complications up to this point.

As noted today by MR, Apple’s own plans to develop a first-party periscope camera system have run into roadblocks due to owned patents. Much of the technology involved with this sort of camera feature is well-guarded by other companies and their patent portfolios. That may lead Apple being forced to fork over some money to continue down this path if it feels like it’s a worthwhile move.

In a separate report today from DigiTimes (via The Next Web), this potential future appears to be corroborated. What’s more, that report indicates that Apple may need to work with Samsung to make it happen. Samsung picked up a lot of patents related to periscope cameras and multi-camera setups back in 2019, and the company has already introduced a periscope camera in handsets like the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

This means that Apple will need to rely on what Samsung has developed already, rather than develop its own in-house periscope camera system. That’s probably not the most exciting path for Apple, as it won’t be able to really branch out and make improvements where it feels some are necessary. Still, a much improved optical zoom would be a good thing for iPhone owners in the future.

However, it is worth noting that the report from ETNews cites analysts’ predictions that Samsung won’t be willing to work with Apple in this regard (despite working with Apple in other key areas). Samsung has a differentiating feature in its Galaxy lineup of smartphones, and that periscope feature is one of the reasons. Samsung may not be so quick to lose that perceived advantage anytime soon.

As such, Apple may find another way to reach its goals regarding optical zoom in future iPhones. That may mean working with other companies, as noted by some analysts. If that is indeed the case, we may just need to wait a bit longer before the feature sees the light of day.

Not a new rumor

We’ve heard this line of thinking before. In March of this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the iPhone lineup would adopt a new and improved sensor stabilization option in 2020 (which turned out to be true with the iPhone 12 Pro Max), and also said it would adopt periscope camera technology in 2022. And then in July Kuo reiterated the same sentiment regarding periscope camera technology, which may be introduced in iPhones in 2022.

No matter how Apple releases the technology, it will be a great feature for future iPhone owners.

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Ekip brings tighter integration between your jailbroken iPhone and your Mac

AirDrop, iCloud, and a bevy of other services provided by Apple have helped to create a nearly seamless user experience for those owning both an iOS device and a Mac. But if you’ve ever wanted a tighter integration than what already exists, then you’d be S.O.L., at least… without the help of a jailbroken handset.

Fortunately for those who do have jailbroken handset(s) at their disposal, a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed Ekip by iOS developer maximehp can upgrade the level of integration that users might come to expect while using their iPhone or iPad and their Mac in the same general vicinity.

With Ekip, jailbreakers need only install the tweak on their pwned iPhone or iPad and the dedicated Ekip app on their Mac to unlock deeper integration. Upon doing so, users will then be able to view their handset’s notifications on the Mac and remote control their handset’s Control Center toggles from the Mac, among other things.

In the screenshot example above, you’ll see that Ekip adds a new item to the Mac’s Menu Bar. After clicking on it, the user is presented with the same controls that they’d see on their iPhone or iPad via Control Center. Users may interact with those controls on their Mac and the settings will transfer to their iPhone or iPad in real time via an OpenSSH connection (OpenSSH must be installed on the jailbroken device for this to work).

For those interested, the following demonstration video was graciously provided by the developer:

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As noted by the developer in the Ekip tweak depiction, the tweak is capable of interfacing with the following Control Center controls:

  • Airplane Mode
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Cellular Data
  • Low Power Mode
  • Rotation Lock
  • Respring
  • Ringer/Silent
  • Music Controls
  • Dark Mode
  • Location Services
  • And more…

Once installed, Ekip adds the following preference pane to the Settings app where the user can configure options to their liking:

Here, you can:

  • Toggle Ekip on or off on demand
  • Select the apps that won’t transmit missed notifications to the Mac with Ekip installed on it
  • Respring your device to save changes

To install the Mac app, tap on the dedicated button in the Settings app and then AirDrop the link to your Mac.

Those interested in going hands-on with Ekip can purchase the tweak for $1.49 from the Packix repository via their favorite package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 13 and 14 devices and is a great way to enhance the interoperability between your Mac and your iPhone or iPad.

Do you think you’ll have any real-world use for the new Ekip tweak and Mac app combo? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below.

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Upgrade your jailbroken iPhone’s Do Not Disturb indicator with Lune

Apple’s iPhone and iPad come standard with a notification-hampering feature known as Do Not Disturb, which can keep your handset silent when you don’t feel like being bothered by rings, dings, and other noises. More recently, Do Not Disturb began showing an unsightly banner on the Lock Screen when enabled, and not all users have taken kindly to it.

Lune is a free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Litten that was just recently rewritten from scratch to provide a new way of discerning when Do Not Disturb is turned on via the Lock Screen. It does so by displaying a configurable Moon icon wherever the user may choose to put it, just as depicted in the screenshot example above.

Once installed, users can visit the Lune preference pane in the Settings app to configure a host of different options:

Here, you can:

  • Toggle Lune on or off on demand
  • Adjust the Lune icon’s X position on the display via a slider
  • Adjust the Lune icon’s Y position on the display via a slider
  • Adjust the Lune icon’s size via a slider
  • Choose your preferred Lune icon type
  • Enable and configure a custom color for the Lune icon
  • Colorize the Lune icon based on the dominant album artwork color
  • Enable a background glow for the Lune icon
  • Enable and configure a custom glow color for the Lune icon
  • Adjust the Lune icon’s glow radius level via a slider
  • Adjust the Lune icon’s glow alpha level via a slider
  • Darken the Lock Screen background when the Lune icon appears
  • Adjust the background darkening effect via a slider
  • Hide the native Do Not Disturb banner when Lune is active
  • Reset all options to their defaults
  • Respring to save any changes you make

One of the things we like most about Lune is that the user can choose where the icon appears on the Lock Screen and adjust how the surroundings respond to it. This is good because there are other jailbreak tweaks that some users may want to use in tandem with Lune, and if they would normally block the Lune icon, these settings allow the user to move the Lune icon somewhere else to prevent such a conflict from transpiring.

Perhaps more importantly, users have the option of preventing redundancy by disabling the Do Not Disturb banner when Lune is active.

Those interested in giving Lune a try may download the tweak for free from Litten’s repository via their favorite package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 13 devices and is open source on the developer’s GitHub page for those interested in learning more about how it works under the hood.

Those who aren’t already using Litten’s repository can add it to their favorite package manager by using the following URL:

https://repo.litten.love/

Do you plan to upgrade your iPhone or iPad’s Do Not Disturb experience with Lune? Let us know down in the comments section below.

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Team unc0ver announces plan to launch Substitute v2.0 with speed & performance gains

The unc0ver Team has been extraordinarily silent  despite FreeTheSandbox and ZecOps releasing a new tfp0 exploit with support for iOS & iPadOS versions 13.5.1-13.7recently , but that silence was broken this Sunday evening following a rather intriguing announcement.

The announcement, shared in a Tweet by the unc0ver Team and retweeted by unc0ver lead developer Pwn20wnd reveals exactly what the team has been working on all this time — a reworked version of Substitute:

The upcoming release of Substitute, dubbed version 2.0, will purportedly be compatible with both the checkra1n and unc0ver jailbreaks on iOS and iPadOS versions 11 through 14. The unc0ver Team reveals that it will bring unprecedented app loading speed improvements along with a novel tweak injection system that should be substantially less demanding on system resources.

Apparently, this is one update that performance nuts won’t want to miss.

The unc0ver Team still hasn’t confirmed whether or not it will be adding support for FreeTheSandbox’s latest tfp0 exploit, which is a question that many are undoubtedly wondering. At this time, the competing Odyssey jailbreak is the only tool that supports it.

If you’re using either the checkra1n or unc0ver jailbreak, are you looking forward to the potential performance gains offered by the upcoming Substitute v2.0? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Snow wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

As November concludes, we look into December anticipating colder months throughout winter. Snow wallpapers bring frosted images with pops of color and picturesque scenery. This frozen snow wallpaper pack is sized for the iPad 12.9″ device and is sizable on any smaller iPad or iPhone devices.

Snow wallpapers

The following wallpaper pack includes images found on the photography repository, unsplash. Images on the site are posted by individual users and a free resource for others. Large, high quality photographs are easy to find using a quick search feature and if you love making your own wallpapers, give it a look!

I used five different photographers’ images when cropping for the set. Each images is 2732 x 2732, which is large enough for any iOS or iPadOS device.

Below, you will see a link to each of the individual photographers, which navigates to the original image. From there you can explore additional images from that photographer or see other similar images.

My favorite image is the frosted snow-covered red leaf that is surviving the cold. With the depth of field, a blurry background brings the red leaf into focus for the wallpaper. It will make a great Lock or Home Screen wallpaper because it is not an overly complicated image.

Snow covered mountain on a mirror lake wallpaper by Fynn

Snow covered frosted red leaf wallpaper by Austris Augusts

Evergreen covered in snow wallpaper by Ian Schneider

Frozen frosted window depth of field wallpaper by Kelly Sikkema

Drone  photo of a snow covered forest road by Riccardo Lapi

If you enjoyed today’s collection, make sure to visit the iDownloadBlog Wallpapers of the Week gallery. I curate the images via @jim_gresham, where I also interact with readers of the site and take wallpaper submissions or tips. Make sure to follow along for previews of upcoming posts.

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Jailbreak tweaks of the week: Boardy, iPadSwitcher, JBStatusNotifier, & more…

The jailbreak community has been filled with all kinds of interesting news recently, with the release of a new iOS 13.5.1-13.7-facing exploit and further updates to popular jailbreak tools like Odyssey to support it. But perhaps the most exciting thing about all of this is the jailbreak tweak side of things — the meat and potatoes that makes jailbreaking worth it.

In this roundup, we’ll talk about all the latest jailbreak tweak releases in one convenient place so that you won’t have to bother searching for all of it yourself. This roundup will encompass all the latest jailbreak tweak releases between Monday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 29th. So without further ado, let’s get started!

Our favorite releases this week

Boardy – $1.99

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Boardy is a must-have jailbreak tweak that synergizes the clipboard between your iPhone or iPad and your personal computer.

With it, you can copy or cut something on your iPhone or iPad and then paste it on your Mac or PC, or vice-versa. It currently incorporates full support for text and partial support for images, but it could be updated with full support for everything in the near future.

You can learn more about Boardy and how it works in our full review.

iPadSwitcher – FREE

iPadSwitcher is a new and free jailbreak tweak that, as the name implies, ports the iPad’s superior App Switcher user interface to jailbroken iPhones.

The tweak comes with several options to configure for realizing the ideal spacing settings for your particular device.

You can learn more about iPadSwitcher and how it can make multitasking more productive on an iPhone in our full review.

JBStatusNotifier – FREE

Anyone who depends on the Jailbreaks.app signing service to keep their favorite side-loadable jailbreak tool installed will want to install a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called JBStatusNotifier.

This tweak sends the user custom push notifications whenever the Jailbreaks.app certificate becomes revoked or signed. With this, jailbreakers can have a better idea of whether they can get re-jailbroken after a reboot without a computer or not.

You can learn more about JBStatusNotifier and how it works in our full review.

Yobun Evolution – $2.00

It’s always nice to have quick and easy access to advanced iPhone or iPad controls, especially when they’re the types of controls that Apple doesn’t normally provide access to on a stock device.

A newly released jailbreak tweak called Yobun Evolution can do this for you. Upon setting an Activator action, you can summon an interface with a series of useful buttons for invoking various actions, whether that’s forcefully quitting all backgrounded apps, clearing your handset’s cache, or something else.

You can learn more about Yobun Evolution and what you can do with it in our full review.

Other releases this week

BatteryFlow Reborn: Display alert or banner-style notifications at user-defined battery percentage increments (free via Packix repository – review)

CrashReporter (SparkDev): An app for discerning the details behind an app or tweak crash (free via SparkDev repository)

fkytupload: Disables the centralized upload button in the YouTube app’s tab bar (free via Twickd repository)

FleetsNess: Disables Fleets in the Twitter app (free via Twickd repository)

FullPlay: Brings iOS 14’s full-screen Music app media player to jailbroken iOS 12 and 13 devices (free via Twickd repository – review)

HideFleets: Hides the annoying Fleets feature from the Twitter app (free via xpl0itu repository)

superZOOM: Unlocks 20x zoom on all devices (free via jesseb0rn repository)

Even more vital jailbreak-related news

Odyssey Jailbreak: The jailbreak was updated to v1.2.1 with exploit reliability fixes, and then to v1.2.2 with support for A8/A9 devices running iOS 13.5.1-13.7

Substrate Safe Mode: The popular Safe Mode extension for handsets jailbroken with checkra1n received much-needed iOS 14 support this past week.

While that puts a lid on everything we have for this week’s jailbreak tweak roundup, we hope to see you again throughout the coming week as we work around the clock to keep you informed about the latest jailbreak-related developments.

Miss last week’s roundup? BattRate, FleetingChances, Fuji, & more…

If you had a favorite jailbreak tweak or tidbit of news from this past week, then we’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.