Our resident jailbreak video expert Reza brings you tips and tricks to help you get the most use out of your jailbroken iOS device. This week, he wants to share information with you about The Firmware Umbrella.
Firmware Umbrella is an application which lets you do a ton of things, such as preventing the upgrade of your baseband. This lets you keep it on an unlockable baseband. You can downgrade back to a previous iOS version. If you’ve upgraded to the most recent version and don’t find the apps you need, you can use this application to roll back so that you can have all of the capabilities you wanted.
Once you download the Firmware Umbrella, you’ll need to plug in your iDevice. You’ll need to save the SHSH for your device. This is a file which is associated with your device that talks to Apple’s servers. With that SHSH, you can fool iTunes to continue restoring your iDevice to any iOS version that you have the SHSH for. Apple only allows you to restore to the firmware versions they ‘sign.’ This ‘signing’ only lasts for a limited time. Once they stop ‘signing’ the SHSHs for a firmware, there is no way to restore that firmware ever again, so saving your SHSH file allows you to always restore to previous iOS versions regardless of what the current version is.
Even if you don’t want to jailbreak right now, it’s still a good idea to save that SHSH file in case you change your mind later on. You can do this with Firmware Umbrella. You simply need to launch the program to see your device is connected already. Click the little button on the upper-right of the screen called “Save SHSH.” Once you have saved it once for your device, it will continue to go out and get that file for each new version.
An additional function of Firmware Umbrella is to help you when your device is stuck in recovery mode. Launch the application and choose the button at the top to help you enter, fix or exit that crazy recovery stage.
If you’re still on the fence about jailbreaking, go ahead and use this application to save your SHSH. Doing so will not jailbreak your device or harm it in any way. It simply saves a file for you in the event you do decide to perform this service to your iDevice.
Resident jailbreak expert Reza is ready to help you upgrade your current jailbreak for 4.3.1. The untethered jailbreak tools for iOS are ready and in the wild. If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your jailbroken iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, you can grab several of the new features by grabbing 4.3.1.
redsn0w is one of the tools you can use to perform your upgrade – or new jailbreak. redsn0w is a multi-platform jailbreak and unlock tool created by the iPhone Dev Team. redsn0w is simple to use, and supports all current iPhone and iPod touch devices which use at least firmware 3.0.
ultrasn0w is another tool that can be used to accomplish the same task. This unlock will work on iPhone4 baseband 01.59 and 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04. If you have trouble finding ultrasn0w within Cydia, add this repo: repo666.ultrasn0w.com.
So why would you want to unlock your device to begin with? Many people enjoy the Apple hardware but prefer a more open software experience. They want to change the way things are done on their iDevice and even add some functionality that may not have already been there. It’s important to note that doing this is NOT illegal, but it does void your Apple warranty. You should always unlock or jailbreak at your own risk, and realize that no one can be held liable if you receive less-than-desirable results.
If you have an unlocked iPhone, you’re going to want to stay away from doing a straight upgrade. There are alternate update methods you can find in order to help you do some custom patching of the iOS before updating. Or, you can also use Tiny Umbrella to block your baseband and allow this upgrade.
If you’re ready to upgrade, 4.3.1 is great due to the hotspot features alone. It allows you to share your 3G signal with your iPad and other devices. With the iPad, it’s super cool because the GPS functionality from your phone will carry over into your iPad.
Have you updated your jailbroken device yet? What has your experience been like?
JailbreakQA is a site dedicated to answering iPhone jailbreak related questions. This week, Reza talks about JailbreakQA and how it can help you find the right answers to your questions about Cydia, jailbreaking your iPhone and any other non-standard uses for your iPhone or iOS device. Reza brings you tips and tricks to help you get the most use out of your jailbroken iOS device each week.
The JailbreakQA site is based on the OSQA platform, just like our Lockergnome Q&A site. Our site is dedicated to asking and answering questions of any nature, not just technical ones. Since most of our community tends to lean towards geeky things, that’s what you’ll find most often. However, I’ve seen questions about things such as cars, gardening and even dancing. To date, we have over 16,000 questions asked and nearly 70,000 answers have been given!
JailbreakQA works much the same way. People ask questions and other members give answers. You can vote up (or down!) the answers that you feel deserve a bit of recognition, and comment on any answers given to ask for more clarification. This site is a fantastic resource for those of you who may still be thinking about jailbreaking your device as well as for long-time “expert” jailbreakers.
If you’ve been thinking about doing this to your iOS device but still aren’t sure, you may want to read through some of the questions and answers on JailbreakQA. There are many people in the same position as you: they think they may want to unlock their device but aren’t positive it is the best option for them. You’ll find threads here which explain the advantages of jailbreaking – and ones which discuss any disadvantages.
Jailbreaking your device is a decision only you can make. I will give you the same advice here as I do when you ask me “which is better?” – do your research. Understand the benefits and limitations of a jailbroken device. Know your pros and cons. Decide if doing this is the best thing for you. If it is – then go for it. It’s your device, your money and your time. No one other than you can figure out what will work best for you.
Reza brings you tips and tricks to help you get the most use out of your jailbroken iOS device each week. Today, he’s discussing the DreamBoard app as an alternative interface customization for your jailbroken iPhone.
The debate over whether or not to jailbreak your device is often a heated one. Those in favor claim to want the freedom and control over their devices. Those on the opposite side of the fence rant about breaking the device’s warranty, not using it as intended and claiming that the person in question shouldn’t have bought that device to begin with. Personally, I won’t be jailbreaking my devices. However, that’s a matter of personal preference for me. I happen to LIKE the way my iPhone works, looks and feels. I think that jailbreaking is something that each device owner should be deciding – it’s not my choice what they do with their phone!
The DreamBoard app will let you easily customize the look of your entire phone. You can click the application to bring up all of your available themes. It’s super simple to let you switch between them. Changing themes with the click of a button does all of the work for you. Changes are made across the device as soon as you approve the change. It does take a couple of seconds to bring the application – and its changes – up, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
You’ll have all of the widgets and the feel of any one of several different devices, including an HTC. Give yourself a Facebook or weather widget – or any of the others available for your use. Place your apps and widgets wherever you like using DreamBoard.
One important difference between this app and Springboard is that you won’t have to restart the app each time you make a change. No more resprings are necessary! DreamBoard also includes a free copy of Endroid (the HTC theme) for your pleasure.
This app is not available for the iPad, nor is it recommended for the iPhone 3G, iPod 2G, or iPod 3G 8GB.
If you have people you don’t wish to receive messages or calls from, it can be difficult to find blocking applications which actually work. If you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone, though, the answer is crystal clear: iBlackList. This is the best call blocker and sms selector available for the iPhone, as Reza shows you.
The application is seriously easy to set up and use – no muss, no fuss. There are several cool features, as well:
Call and SMS blocking facility (Including Unknown/Restricted ID callers)
Protects your privacy by Password
Unlimited number of contacts per list
Works with black and white lists concept
Parental Control with silent record storage
Popup removal from lock screen for lost events (Privacy), keeping the sound/vibration notifications
Auto Reply SMS for SMS feature, where the system will send your custom SMS text to filtered messages
Independent history, where blocked/filtered events will be stored for later visualization. Please note your setup needs to be correct in order to store records on this history
Individual Scheduler for each list
Four types of action for calls, which varies from send the caller to voicemail to completely ignore
At this point, you may be wondering why in the heck you would want to bother paying for and installing this app. After all, you can simply ignore the call if you see a number you don’t recognize or like, right? Using something such as iBlackList make life SO much simpler, though. You can choose which numbers to completely ignore, which ones to send directly to voice mail AND keep a log of every action made.
One use for this app is something I hadn’t thought of, but was brought up to me by another person: using it in court. Perhaps you have someone who is literally stalking you… or a person you have a restraining order against who continues trying to contact you. By sending these particular calls to voicemail or ignoring them and still having accurate date/time-stamped records, you can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone isn’t doing what they should be.
What other uses can you come up with to make an app such as this worth your time and money? Which ones are you using to help you manage your phone life?
This week, Reza is going to show you an app called biteSMS for your jailbroken iPhone. biteSMS extends your SMS text messaging capability with additional features like smileys, Quick Reply, Quick Compose, privacy mode, scheduled text messages, passcode lock, delivery reports, signatures, and more.
biteSMS can be a souped-up replacement to built-in iPhone text messaging, allowing you to send messages via your mobile carrier as you normally do. Beyond being a replacement, you can buy credits and send messages via the biteSMS network, which makes SMS during international travel more affordable.
Reza brings you tips and tricks to help you get the most use out of your jailbroken iOS device each Thursday.
Reza’s weekly video is going to show off Voice Activator for jailbroken iOS devices. Several websites have touted this app as the “best Cydia tweak ever.” Voice Activator is a new tweak by chpwn which allows you to take full control of the Voice Control feature of your iPhone or iPod touch. Launch apps, open URLs, use Activator actions: it’s all included within this one tweak.
This app is available in the Cydia App Store under the Big Boss Repo for the cost of $4.99. Although this may seem expensive, it’s definitely worth your time. Voice Activator opens up a lot more voice functions than what you will already find within your device – it gives you Android-like full systsem voice control!
Use it to open and close apps, perform system functions, launch web pages and create custom actions. It’s easy to install and will make you wonder how you ever functioned without it.
Thanks, Reza, for another great episode in the jailbreak series.
This week, Reza is going to show you an app called SBSettings to be used with a jailbroken iPhone. He will be bringing you tips and tricks to help you get the most use out of your jailbroken iOS device each Thursday.
SBSettings will move your important toggles directly into Springboard where they are always available instantly – even while other apps are running.
The app doesn’t come with an icon. Simply swipe the status bar to bring down the main menu window. In the app settings, you can change the way you bring up the SB Settings window. Change it up to suite your needs.
Using this app reduces the total number of apps and pages that you need to go through to do things such as turn 3G on or off. You won’t have nearly as many swipes and clicks to get to where you need to be. Who doesn’t like it when life gets easier?
RMalayeri is going to be bringing you regular screencasts each Thursday to talk about different things you can do with a jailbroken iPhone. This week, he is showing off Multiflow, an app which brings Expose-like functionality to iOS. It will set you back a mere five bucks through the Cydia store.
This app is a replacement for the standard iOS multi-tasking view. With Multifl0w, you can “explode” all of your open apps, just as you can on your Mac computer. There are several different ways to set up this app to customize it to your liking.
Multifl0w shows all open apps (up to 9) on the same screen, for easy and quick task switching. The tabs are re-arrangeable, just drag an drop!
Thanks, Reza, for an excellent beginning to our new jailbreaking series.