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AltStore v1.4.3 public beta now available to resolve frustrating app crashes

It may come as no surprise that when apps side loaded with the AltStore application after January 28th exhibited a baffling crash on launch, jailbreakers began to notice. After all, many jailbreakers rely on the platform to install their jailbreak apps, including but not limited to Chimera, Odyssey, and unc0ver.

The official AltStore Twitter account publicly acknowledged the issue a day later on January 29th, claiming that the app crashing was due to “server-side changes” and that a fix would be imminent. While many jailbreakers waited for the opportunity to install their favorite jailbreak tool again, we offered an interim fix that involved using DNSCloak and Jailbreaks.app.

Fortunately for those who prefer not to use interim fixes, an AltStore update that resolves the app crashing issue for apps installed post-January 28th is now available, at least in public beta form. The AltStore Twitter account announced the update, dubbed version 1.4.3 beta, with download links just this evening:

From what we can gather, AltStore v1.4.3 beta has been released to the general public so that users can at least get jailbroken again. The AltStore team is still planning to launch an official public release in the near future that will both resolve the app crashing issue above and incorporate a number of other fixes and improvements that this public beta release doesn’t yet have.

Typically, we at iDownloadBlog advise the public to avoid betas and wait for official public releases, but in this case, it’s truly a jailbreak-or-not situation. Without a working version of AltStore, many jailbreakers are unable to side load their jailbreak app and get back to a jailbroken state, so we’ll make an exception in this case for AltStore v1.4.3 beta if you need a hot fix right now.

The download links for macOS and Windows are available via the official AltStore beta web page, and while the installation should be smooth sailing for macOS users, the AltStore team warns that Windows users may actually need to uninstall the AltServer before installing the new AltStore public beta to avoid frustrating issues. This does not, however, mean that the user needs to uninstall AltStore.

As always, we’ll track the developing situation and keep you apprised as updates happen. We’re eagerly awaiting the official public release, as many other jailbreakers probably are, but we’re still excited to see that there’s at least a public beta option that the general public can now use as a crutch in the meantime.

Have you used the latest AltStore public beta to get jailbroken again? Let us know how it worked for you in the comments section down below.

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How to install Odysseyra1n on a checkra1n device

By default, the checkra1n jailbreak installs Cydia as the defacto package manager, and Cydia Substrate or Substitute can be used for tweak injection. But if you’re accustomed to the Chimera or Odyssey jailbreaks, then you might prefer to use Sileo for package management and libhooker for tweak injection instead, yet checkra1n’s jailbreak method offers many benefits over relying on certificates or signed apps.

If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to install Sileo and libhooker on your checkra1n device, then the astounding answer would be yes! A script called Odysseyra1n installs the entire bootstrap on your checkra1n device, allowing you to have an Odyssey-like experience on your checkra1n jailbreak.

The Odyssey Team touts that Sileo and libhooker are more performant than Cydia and alternate tweak injection methods. While there are arguments to be made on both sides of the aisle, we’ll chalk it up to user preference as we don’t endorse one over the other. That aside, if you’re interested in trying Odysseyra1n out for yourself, then you’ve come to the right place because this macOS-based tutorial will show you how.

What you need to know

Installing the Odysseyra1n bootstrap will remove the Cydia package manager installed by the checkra1n jailbreak and replace many of checkra1n’s default dependencies with those necessitated by Odysseyra1n.

Nearly the entire process of installing Odysseyra1n will happen in macOS’ Terminal app. This means you need to be comfortable with a command line interface (CLI) before moving forward.

Lastly, we should note that you can revert to a stock checkra1n bootstrap with Cydia, however doing so will require you to use the Restore System feature in the checkra1n Loader app. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this will erase all your jailbreak data and compel you to start over from scratch.

Installing Odysseyra1n on a checkra1n device

Assuming you’re already jailbroken and have Cydia installed, you’ll start with Step 1 in the tutorial below. On the other hand, if you’re jailbreaking with checkra1n for the first time, or you haven’t yet installed Cydia after jailbreaking with checkra1n, then you can start at Step 3.

To install Odysseyra1n on your checkra1n device with a Mac, simply follow the steps below:

1) If you’re already jailbroken via checkra1n and have Cydia installed, then you’ll need to use the checkra1n Loader app’s Restore System feature to start from scratch:

Note: The device will reboot after restoring the system. When it does, Cydia and checkra1n’s Loader app will disappear from the Home Screen, and you’ll need to re-jailbreak with checkra1n.

2) After restoring your system, go ahead and re-jailbreak with checkra1n again via the steps in this tutorial. IMPORTANT: Do not install Cydia when finished jailbreaking; instead, come back here and move on to Step 3 below.

3) With your handset still connected to your Mac via USB to Lightning, open the Terminal app and copy and paste the following command, then press Return on your keyboard:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

Note: The command above installs Homebrew on your Mac. This utility will be required to complete this tutorial.

4) When prompted for your password, enter the same password you use to log into your Mac:

5) After doing so, the text below appears to let you know what will be installed. Press the Return key to continue:

Note: The Homebrew install will take a few minutes. The Terminal window keeps you apprised with the progress via percentages. When it finishes, move on to the next step.

6) Next, you will copy and paste the following command, then press Return on your keyboard:

brew install usbmuxd

Note: The command above installs iproxy. This will be required to complete this tutorial.

7) Once the step above finishes, ensure that your checkra1n device is still connected via USB and run one final command to launch the Odysseyra1n installation:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/coolstar/Odyssey-bootstrap/master/procursus-deploy-linux-macos.sh)"

Note: The command above installs the Odysseyra1n bootstrap on your checkra1n device. It will take a few minutes, so sit tight.

8) When prompted to press enter, press the Return key on your keyboard to continue:

9) Shortly after the installation process begins, you will be asked to enter your handset’s root password. The default password is alpine, and we strongly recommend you change it afterward:

10) You will be asked to enter the root password a second time. Go ahead and do so; again, the password is alpine:

After this finishes, Sileo will appear on your Home Screen alongside the checkra1n Loader app:

Congratulations, you are now running Odysseyra1n!

Helpful hints

Now that you are using Odysseyra1n and its official bootstrap, you will not need to install Cydia. In fact, you shouldn’t try to install it from the checkra1n Loader app, as this would result in dependency issues down the road.

It is highly recommended that you download and install all the recommended updates via Sileo after installing it; they will populate after your sources refresh for the first time. You will also want to manually install RocketBootstrap and PreferenceLoader from the Odyssey and BigBoss repositories to ensure that you don’t receive unwanted errors when trying to install your favorite jailbreak tweaks.

We’d also like to give a huge shout-out to u/Cimmerian_Iter for providing the aforementioned steps in a /r/jailbreak post.

Conclusion

Now that you are using Odysseyra1n, you won’t need to worry about certificate revocations or app signing statuses as you would with the Odyssey jailbreak on iOS or iPadOS 13 or the Chimera jailbreak on iOS 12. This is because the checkra1n jailbreak is easily rebooted with a USB-to-Lightning cable and a Mac.

Furthermore, Odysseyra1n is the only official way to get Sileo and libhooker on iOS and iPadOS 14 at the time of this writing.

Have you installed Odysseyra1n on your checkra1n device, or are you keeping things vanilla? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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How to install Odysseyra1n on a checkra1n device

By default, the checkra1n jailbreak installs Cydia as the defacto package manager, and Cydia Substrate or Substitute can be used for tweak injection. But if you’re accustomed to the Chimera or Odyssey jailbreaks, then you might prefer to use Sileo for package management and libhooker for tweak injection instead, yet checkra1n’s jailbreak method offers many benefits over relying on certificates or signed apps.

If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to install Sileo and libhooker on your checkra1n device, then the astounding answer would be yes! A script called Odysseyra1n installs the entire bootstrap on your checkra1n device, allowing you to have an Odyssey-like experience on your checkra1n jailbreak.

The Odyssey Team touts that Sileo and libhooker are more performant than Cydia and alternate tweak injection methods. While there are arguments to be made on both sides of the aisle, we’ll chalk it up to user preference as we don’t endorse one over the other. That aside, if you’re interested in trying Odysseyra1n out for yourself, then you’ve come to the right place because this macOS-based tutorial will show you how.

What you need to know

Installing the Odysseyra1n bootstrap will remove the Cydia package manager installed by the checkra1n jailbreak and replace many of checkra1n’s default dependencies with those necessitated by Odysseyra1n.

Nearly the entire process of installing Odysseyra1n will happen in macOS’ Terminal app. This means you need to be comfortable with a command line interface (CLI) before moving forward.

Lastly, we should note that you can revert to a stock checkra1n bootstrap with Cydia, however doing so will require you to use the Restore System feature in the checkra1n Loader app. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this will erase all your jailbreak data and compel you to start over from scratch.

Installing Odysseyra1n on a checkra1n device

Assuming you’re already jailbroken and have Cydia installed, you’ll start with Step 1 in the tutorial below. On the other hand, if you’re jailbreaking with checkra1n for the first time, or you haven’t yet installed Cydia after jailbreaking with checkra1n, then you can start at Step 3.

To install Odysseyra1n on your checkra1n device with a Mac, simply follow the steps below:

1) If you’re already jailbroken via checkra1n and have Cydia installed, then you’ll need to use the checkra1n Loader app’s Restore System feature to start from scratch:

Note: The device will reboot after restoring the system. When it does, Cydia and checkra1n’s Loader app will disappear from the Home Screen, and you’ll need to re-jailbreak with checkra1n.

2) After restoring your system, go ahead and re-jailbreak with checkra1n again via the steps in this tutorial. IMPORTANT: Do not install Cydia when finished jailbreaking; instead, come back here and move on to Step 3 below.

3) With your handset still connected to your Mac via USB to Lightning, open the Terminal app and copy and paste the following command, then press Return on your keyboard:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

Note: The command above installs Homebrew on your Mac. This utility will be required to complete this tutorial.

4) When prompted for your password, enter the same password you use to log into your Mac:

5) After doing so, the text below appears to let you know what will be installed. Press the Return key to continue:

Note: The Homebrew install will take a few minutes. The Terminal window keeps you apprised with the progress via percentages. When it finishes, move on to the next step.

6) Next, you will copy and paste the following command, then press Return on your keyboard:

brew install usbmuxd

Note: The command above installs iproxy. This will be required to complete this tutorial.

7) Once the step above finishes, ensure that your checkra1n device is still connected via USB and run one final command to launch the Odysseyra1n installation:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/coolstar/Odyssey-bootstrap/master/procursus-deploy-linux-macos.sh)"

Note: The command above installs the Odysseyra1n bootstrap on your checkra1n device. It will take a few minutes, so sit tight.

8) When prompted to press enter, press the Return key on your keyboard to continue:

9) Shortly after the installation process begins, you will be asked to enter your handset’s root password. The default password is alpine, and we strongly recommend you change it afterward:

10) You will be asked to enter the root password a second time. Go ahead and do so; again, the password is alpine:

After this finishes, Sileo will appear on your Home Screen alongside the checkra1n Loader app:

Congratulations, you are now running Odysseyra1n!

Helpful hints

Now that you are using Odysseyra1n and its official bootstrap, you will not need to install Cydia. In fact, you shouldn’t try to install it from the checkra1n Loader app, as this would result in dependency issues down the road.

It is highly recommended that you download and install all the recommended updates via Sileo after installing it; they will populate after your sources refresh for the first time. You will also want to manually install RocketBootstrap and PreferenceLoader from the Odyssey and BigBoss repositories to ensure that you don’t receive unwanted errors when trying to install your favorite jailbreak tweaks.

We’d also like to give a huge shout-out to u/Cimmerian_Iter for providing the aforementioned steps in a /r/jailbreak post.

Conclusion

Now that you are using Odysseyra1n, you won’t need to worry about certificate revocations or app signing statuses as you would with the Odyssey jailbreak on iOS or iPadOS 13 or the Chimera jailbreak on iOS 12. This is because the checkra1n jailbreak is easily rebooted with a USB-to-Lightning cable and a Mac.

Furthermore, Odysseyra1n is the only official way to get Sileo and libhooker on iOS and iPadOS 14 at the time of this writing.

Have you installed Odysseyra1n on your checkra1n device, or are you keeping things vanilla? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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CoolStar updates libhooker Configurator to v1.1.0 with crash fixes, other improvements

In case you missed it, CoolStar released a brand-new libhooker Configurator app last week so that users of the Odyssey and Odysseyra1n jailbreaks could have more granular control over their libhooker tweak injector.

In addition to letting users toggle libhooker on or off on the fly, libhooker Configurator also permitted individualized tweak toggling, disabling tweak injection for Web Pages, and individually configuring tweak injection for apps, SpringBoard, and even Daemon processes.

It was only a few short hours after releasing libhooker Configurator to the general public that CoolStar updated the package with minor bug fixes. Fast-forward to this weekend, and it looks like another update is available in the form of libhooker Configurator version 1.1.0.

Citing the official change log for libhooker Configurator v1.1.0, we can see that it provides users with the following changes:

libhooker Configurator v1.1.0

– Fix crashes on iOS 13.3 and lower
– Add localization support
– Add Tweak Compatibility settings

Obviously, this update is recommended for all Odyssey and Odysseyra1n users who’ve installed libhooker Configurator previously. The crash fix alone is worth the effort to install, and the addition of a new Tweak Compatibility pane means that users can make even more use of the app to see what’s going on with their jailbroken device.

It’s worth noting that libhooker Configurator supports jailbroken iOS 13 and 14 devices. Unfortunately for Chimera or Odysseyra1n users on iOS 12, it can’t be installed. Fortunately, libhooker can still be used for tweak injection, you just won’t get the same granular control options that an iOS 13 or 14 user would get.

Have you installed the latest version of libhooker Configurator yet? Be sure to let us know down in the comments section below.

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CoolStar updates libhooker Configurator to v1.1.0 with crash fixes, other improvements

In case you missed it, CoolStar released a brand-new libhooker Configurator app last week so that users of the Odyssey and Odysseyra1n jailbreaks could have more granular control over their libhooker tweak injector.

In addition to letting users toggle libhooker on or off on the fly, libhooker Configurator also permitted individualized tweak toggling, disabling tweak injection for Web Pages, and individually configuring tweak injection for apps, SpringBoard, and even Daemon processes.

It was only a few short hours after releasing libhooker Configurator to the general public that CoolStar updated the package with minor bug fixes. Fast-forward to this weekend, and it looks like another update is available in the form of libhooker Configurator version 1.1.0.

Citing the official change log for libhooker Configurator v1.1.0, we can see that it provides users with the following changes:

libhooker Configurator v1.1.0

– Fix crashes on iOS 13.3 and lower
– Add localization support
– Add Tweak Compatibility settings

Obviously, this update is recommended for all Odyssey and Odysseyra1n users who’ve installed libhooker Configurator previously. The crash fix alone is worth the effort to install, and the addition of a new Tweak Compatibility pane means that users can make even more use of the app to see what’s going on with their jailbroken device.

It’s worth noting that libhooker Configurator supports jailbroken iOS 13 and 14 devices. Unfortunately for Chimera or Odysseyra1n users on iOS 12, it can’t be installed. Fortunately, libhooker can still be used for tweak injection, you just won’t get the same granular control options that an iOS 13 or 14 user would get.

Have you installed the latest version of libhooker Configurator yet? Be sure to let us know down in the comments section below.

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Unreal fantasy landscape wallpapers for iPhone

Each week in the iDB Wallpapers of the Week collection, we add photo quality images to the gallery. Every Apple device, especially the iPhone has an incredible display panel and you owe it to yourself to ensure only the best wallpapers are installed. Our collection spans many genres, but one of the most popular are space themed and mind bending fantasy scenery. Today’s fantasy landscape wallpaper hits exactly between those two genres. Check out these amazing Home and Lock Screen wallpapers.

Fantasy landscape iPhone wallpapers

The following collection is from @iEditWalls, who takes images from around the internet, cleans them up, mods a little, and presents mobile friendly wallpapers for iPhone. He maintains his own categorized wallpaper gallery, which I highly recommend, if you like the below collection. Like iEditWalls, you too can submit images, collections, or tips to me via @jim_gresham, where I connect with the iDB Wallpapers of the Week fans.

Of the entire collection below, my favorite is the snowcapped mountain with a hidden sunset. I can easily see that being my Lock Screen wallpaper for the foreseeable future. It is very minimal for a landscape wallpaper and the colors all work really well together. While I do enjoy galaxy and space themed wallpapers, there is something calming about the terrestrial sunset that really pops.

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Watching the moon over a city at sunset iPhone fantasy wallpaper

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Tornado at sunset fantasy wallpaper for iPhone

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A view from the moon of Earth exploding iPhone wallpaper fantasy landscape

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Galaxy over snow covered mountains iPhone wallpaper

Red moon wallpaper in an ice cavern

Meteor destruction landscape wallpaper for iPhone

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Watching a sunset galaxy over the desert iPhone fantasy wallpaper

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Blackhole cartoon fantasy landscape wallpaper for iPhone

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Sunset over a snowcapped mountain peak iPhone wallpaper

Previously posted

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Night sky wallpapers for iPhone

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Trouble getting re-jailbroken after the AltStore debacle? This workaround could help

If you rely on a slide-loadable jailbreak such as Odyssey (iOS 13.0-13.7) or unc0ver (iOS 11, 12, and 13.0-13.5), then it can be devastating if your device suddenly reboots because of a dead battery or a glitch. When this happens, you’ll be without your jailbreak and any add-ons you installed until you can re-jailbreak again.

Sadly, with many signing service certificates being revoked left and right without notice and with AltStore suddenly not working for apps installed after January 28th, it almost seems like using these jailbreaks puts you right in the crossroads of frustration and unreliability. But perhaps it doesn’t need to.

Now before we get started, we will acknowledge that an update to AltStore is imminent to fix the problem mentioned above. In the meantime, we wanted to show you a way to install the Odyssey or unc0ver jailbreak(s) on your handset even if all the methods that you know and love cease to work for one reason or another.

What you need to know

This workaround utilizes an App Store VPN app called DNSCloak and specialized DNS blacklist file. The blacklist will prevent your handset from connecting to ocsp.apple.com, which prevents your handset from detecting a certificate revocation with regard to the popular jailbreaks.app signing service (and possibly others).

If your handset has already detected a revoked certificate from a signing service, then this method may not work. But if you were impacted by the recent AltStore issue and have experienced trouble getting re-jailbroken, then this should work for you without a hitch.

If your handset detected a revoked certificate recently and the steps we’re about to outline below don’t work for you, then you would need to erase all your handset’s content and settings to make this work. However, this is not recommended. Instead, it would be better to wait for AltStore to receive an update, which should be soon.

How to install revoked jailbreak apps with DNSCloak

If you’re ready to jailbreak right now and you meet the criteria above, then you can follow the steps below to install the Odyssey or unc0ver jailbreak tools:

1) Download and install the free DNSCloak app from the App Store on the handset you wish to jailbreak.

2) Download this blacklist file and save it to the Files app on the handset you wish to jailbreak.

3) Launch DNSCloak and tap on the hamburger menu button at the top-left corner of the app:

4) Next, enable the Connect On Demand setting:

5) Now you will scroll down to Blacklists & Whitelist, and then enable the Enable Blacklist setting:

6) Select the blacklist file you saved earlier:

7) Return to the home page of the DNSCloak app and tap on a-and-a:

8) Next, tap on the Use this Server button:

9) When prompted, tap on Allow to install the DNSCloak VPN profile:

10) Now you will navigate to Settings → General → VPN →DNSCloak and tap on the (i) button next to DNSCloak:

11) Ensure that Connect On Demand is turned on.

12) For good measure, navigate to Settings → Safari and tap on the Clear History and Website Data option:

13) Lastly, visit Jailbreaks.app in Safari and tap to download the jailbreak tool you wish to use:

After the download completes, you should be able to launch the jailbreak app of your choice and run it. Congratulations!

Please note that you may need to re-trust the certificate in Settings → General → Device Management for the jailbreak app to launch.

Even though the certificate is currently revoked, DNSCloak prevents your device from detecting this and allows you to move forward with using the revoked app anyway. This should provide you with ample ability to run the jailbreak and return to a jailbroken state despite the revocation.

If this didn’t work for you, then your handset may have already detected a certificate revocation. If this happened, you will need to wait for either the a new and working certificate at Jailbreaks.app, or you will need to wait for the impending AltStore update.

Conclusion

This solution isn’t perfect, but it’s one way for at least a subset of jailbreakers to get re-jailbroken if they’re currently unable to do so. Best of all, it’s free and it only takes a few minutes of your time.

Obviously, those with A7-A11-equipped devices (iPhone 5s to iPhone X) could opt to use the checkra1n jailbreak instead of a side-loadable jailbreak like Odyssey or unc0ver, but for A12 and newer handsets (iPhone XS and later), that isn’t an option.

Did the workaround above work for you? Let us know down in the comments section below.

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Jailbreak tweaks of the week: Backtrix, croutons13, WebMessage, and more…

It’s that time of the week again, and as we prepare to bid adieu to an otherwise ordinary weekend, we’re reminded that it wouldn’t be a Sunday here at iDownloadBlog without a weekly recap of all the latest jailbreak tweak releases and news directly impacting the jailbreak community.

It’s that reason exactly that we come at you today with the latest iteration of our jailbreak tweak roundup, this time encompassing all the releases between Monday, January 25th and Sunday, January 31st. As usual, we’ll kick things off by showcasing our favorite releases from this past week first, and then we’ll outline everything else afterward.

So without wasting even another moment of your time, let’s get started…

Our favorite releases this week

Backtrix – $2.25

Backtrix is a new jailbreak tweak that back-ports one of my favorite new iOS 14 features — Back Tap — to jailbroken iOS 13 devices.

With the tweak installed, you can tap twice or three times on the back of your handset to invoke an action of your choice. The tweak can also be installed on iOS 14 devices to expand what can already be done with the native Back Tap gesture.

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

croutons13 – FREE

While I very much appreciate the breadcrumb links that iOS puts in my Status Bar after I’m jolted from one app to another, I don’t find them to be very aesthetically pleasing.

The new croutons13 tweak changes that by replacing the string of text that breadcrumb links leave behind with the icon of the app that you’d be returned to if tapped.

You can learn more about croutons13 and where you can get it in our full review.

WebMessage – FREE

WebMessage is a free jailbreak tweak and computer application combination that allows users of most desktop operating systems to enjoy iMessage and SMS on their computer.

The tweak is easy to set up, as long as your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. If they’re not, then tunneling is supported.

You can learn more about WebMessage and where you can get it in our full review.

Yokumiru – $1.80

Yokumiru is a new jailbreak tweak that can animate and apply other desirable effects to your incoming notification banners.

Users have the option to apply these effects to notification banners containing specific words or from specific people. It’s a great way to help your most important notifications stand out from the rest.

Yokumiru can be purchased from the Packix repository for $1.80.

Other releases this week

iWall: A wallpaper tweak (free via BigBoss repository)

Leave Me Off: Prevents the display from waking up when you receive a notification (free via BigBoss repository)

Page Dots 2 Numbers: Replaces the Home Screen’s page dots with page numbers (free via MinxterYT repository – review)

ReachColorLock: Lock your device by tapping on the Reachability view (free via BigBoss repository)

Signal Plus: Adds useful new features to the popular Signal messaging app (free via BigBoss repository)

SkinnyMenu: Removes superfluous items from iOS’ native Action Menu (free via FoxfortMobile repository – review)

TwitterThemeSupport: Adds theming support to the official Twitter app (free MiRO92 repository)

VeloxRounder: Rounds the corners of your Velox widgets (free via burrit0z repository)

Additional jailbreak news from this week

checkra1n: Screenshots of the checkra1n jailbreak tool on Windows 10 have surfaced, originally shared by a checkra1n developer.

DNSCloak: If you’re having issues getting re-jailbroken with Odyssey or unc0ver post-January 28th, then this workaround could help!

libhooker: CoolStar updated the libhooker tweak injection method for Odyssey and Odysseyra1n on Tuesday to version 1.4.0 with a new granular configurator app.

libhooker Configurator: The new app for controlling libhooker was updated to version 1.0.1 with bug fixes.

Although that wraps up this week’s jailbreak news and tweak roundup, we’ll be back again next Sunday with another one just like this, albeit with refreshed content reflective of the upcoming week.

Miss last week’s roundup? FreePIP, Emerald, KBAppsDock, & more…

Do you have a favorite jailbreak tweak release from this past week? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below, as it really helps us deliver the best content we can with respect to our readers’ interests.

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Do you read the privacy labels before installing an app?

In December of 2020, Apple launched privacy labels for apps in the App Store. The idea is simple enough: show relevant information regarding what an app is doing related to privacy and data to the user. This gives them the power to make a decision, based on that data, before installing the app on their devices.

Apple has said it’s a work in progress, and it appears that is certainly the case. It has been over a month since the feature went live, and now it’s a requirement for developers. They need to include these privacy labels with their app, or apps, when they submit them to the App Store. That includes updating existing apps and submitting new ones.

Apple made the information easy to reach, and easy to read. Simply open the app’s landing page in the digital storefront, scroll down, and you’ll see a section entitled “App Privacy”. From there, you can see at a glance the information the developer has shared regarding app/user privacy and data. Users can also select “See Details” to dig a bit deeper.

Here’s what that looks like for the super popular game Among Us, available now in the App Store:

It’s clear and presented well. But there is apparently a catch.

As we noted earlier today from a story by The Washington Post, what information is displayed here is put together by the developer of the app. They decide what’s shown to the user. And while Apple does audits of the information, generally speaking, the company is working mostly on the honor system. Unfortunately, many developers are not following suit, and many apps are showing inaccurate –or downright misleading– information to users.

This is a problem. At least it is right now.

Because Apple is working on the honor system, users have to do the same thing with the company. And, in truth, it’s been that way for a long time. Owners of Apple products take the company at its word that, not only will things work the way they do, but that user privacy and data security is as important as the company says it is. So these privacy labels are part of that equation, part of that relationship.

Honestly, the discovery that some developers are abusing the system is not a surprise in the slightest. It was bound to happen, and the fact that it’s basically right out of the gate shouldn’t shock us. The bigger surprise is that a company like Apple, which essentially rules (or tries to rule) with an iron fist is leaving something like this basically up to chance. “Will the developer be honest?” Apple seems to be relying on, “I sure hope so” more than anything else.

It’s a work in progress, though. So maybe that will change. Because, as it stands right now, a month into the feature’s existence and it appears it’s on shaky ground.

I don’t install a lot of apps on my devices. Basically the ones I’ve used for years at this point. I may try a few games here and there, but I rely on Apple Arcade for most of that, with some exceptions. I care about my personal privacy and device security, and that’s why I was excited about privacy labels. But seeing what we did today makes me wonder if they’re worth it at all, especially if Apple’s not going to be the gatekeeper like it is with so many other things.

But, I’m curious if you’re using these privacy labels at all. And do you think this issue with misleading information is a big deal, a failure on Apple’s part, or something that can essentially be ignored?

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How to boost your landscapes, cityscapes and architecture photos with Luminar AI [sponsor]

The Luminar AI image editor lets you edit landscapes, cityscapes, nature portraits and architecture photos with ridiculous ease—no need to deal with complex layers and palettes or adjust countless knobs. In this tutorial, we’ll demonstrate how easy and fun achieving eye-catching landscape looks can be by with Luminar’s rich assortment of AI-powered tools.

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Edit landscapes with AI tools

Luminar AI applies artificial intelligence and computational photography techniques to identify key elements in the frame, like the sky, sun, stars, clouds, etc. It also calculates a depth map defining objects’ relationships to one another in 3D space. This is similar to how your iPhone uses the TrueDepth camera to create a 3D depth map of your face for unlocking with Face ID.

As a result, you can edit landscapes with just a few clicks.

A depth map allows Luminar AI to apply various atmospheric/weather effects, as well as cool replacement tweaks, in a way that naturally interacts with a photo’s objects. With Atmosphere AI, for instance, you can add realistic fog, mist, steam, drizzle, haze and more to your photo with a click, no need to use masks and complex layers at all.

How to edit landscapes in Luminar AI

We will show you how Luiminar’s AI-powered tools make it simple to achieve professional results when editing various landscapes or cityscapes. You’ll first choose a template as a starting point, then customize suggested edits. Lastly, you’ll optionally add some creative effects before exporting the edited image as a JPG file on your hard drive.

Choosing a template

Machine learning and computer vision analyze your photo to find key objects. This allows the app to apply complex effects that help the user edit landscapes with just a few clicks. Next, hit the Templates tab at the top of the window and check out the listed effect suggestions for your particular scene under the For This Photo heading in the sidebar on the right.

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Scroll to the Easy Landscapes collection and click to select it, then choose an effect. For instance, the Long Exposure template will reveal details in the dark areas of the image. NOTE: Press and hold the “/” key at any time for a quick before/after comparison of your edits. You can read our separate tutorial for detailed instructions on how to use templates in Luminar AI.

Applying smart edits

Click the Edit tab to access the editing tools. For your convenience, tools that are currently used by your applied template are brighter than the others. This lets you quickly spot those edits for those times when you might want to intensify them. When done, click Composition AI at the top of the Essentials tools to access your composition tools. For instance, Luminar automatically adjusts the crop and position of the image based on its content.

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The best framing is suggested based on the rule of thirds and other composition rules. Moreover, Luminar can automatically fix alignment for a level horizon, un-skews perspective to remove unwanted tilt/distortion and more. Feel free to edit your landscapes further with tools for adding more brightness (Accent) or enhancing the details (Structure).

Satisfied with your edits so far? Good, because now it’s time to get creative.

Getting creative with filters

Click Creative in the sidebar to reveal a new set of AI-powered tools such as Sky, Atmosphere, Structure, etc. Sky AI enhances the sky and works great even if tiny details intersect your sky, such as branches and wires. And with just a few clicks, you can even bring sharpness to your out-of-focus skies or make the rest of the image match the lighting and colors of the sky.

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A boring sky? Shouldn’t be a problem for Luminar’s Augmented Sky AI. Not only does this tool allow you to add various elements to the photo’s sky but also makes it pop without looking unnatural. And the more advanced Sky Enhancer AI produces amazing results while saving you time in the editing process, similar to the magic wand in the Photos app on your iPhone.

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Worried about clipping when shooting the sun? The Sunrays tool adds a sun even if there’s none on the photo! You can adjust the sun’s warmth/glow and position it wherever you like to relight the scene. It also lets you combine sun rays with blending modes for even finer control.

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Structure AI is another amazing tool worth mentioning. It recognizes critical detail in all the right places, including people, water, skies, skyscrapers and more. As such, Structure AI is well-suited for architecture, cityscape, landscape and environmental portraiture photography.

Exporting the edited image

When satisfied with the edited landscape, click the Structure AI tab and choose Save to Disk, then select a location for the exported image and click Save. Doing so will export the edited image in the format of your choosing, such as the ubiquitous and widely accepted JPEG file.

Other creative filters in Luminar

Aside from the aforementioned creative tools, Luminar offers many others. The Mood brings a bunch of color palettes for achieving a specific emotion. And with Load Lookup Tables (LUTs), you can further explore color as a means of establishing mood.

For the perfect finishing touch, refine your color for balance with the Color Harmony tool. And if you ever need to precisely adjust an image’s tone with six controls spanning highlights, mid-tones and shadows, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to use the Supercontrast tool.

And that’s how you edit landscapes in Luminar AI! Before signing off, this app is especially great for batch editing—you can easily apply one photo’s edits to one or more additional images to achieved the uniform look across a series of photographs

For further information about Luminar AI, read the manual and the official FAQ.

Pricing and availability

Luminar AI is available as a standalone app, a plugin for Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop, as well as an extension for Apple’s preinstalled Photos app. Luminar AI is available to download from the Mac App Store or through the Skylum website.

For further information, ​visit the official Luminar AI website.