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iOS 7 Jailbreak [Updated]

Today, the Evad3rs Team released its official jailbreak for iOS 7 on all current devices including the iPhone 5S.

iOS 7 Jailbreak

 

The iOS jailbreak community is relatively small but very fervent. I am a supporter of jailbreaking for those who really understand it. So here are a couple of things to consider before you jailbreak your device:

  • There risks of bricking your phone when you jailbreak, but those risks are historically extremely low.
  • You can restore your phone in iTunes to remove a jailbreak. Not even an Apple Store Genius can tell if a phone was previously jailbroken.
  • The software you can download and install from unauthorized repositories might carry risks. Most software is malware-free and solid. Some are a mess. Others carry malicious payloads and might be able to access and send your personal data to hackers. So you have to be careful and use common sense. Otherwise, perusing the software libraries can be fun and safe for the most part.
  • At least right now, Cydia (the app store for the jailbreak community) is not official in the iOS 7 jailbreak. So expect bugs.
  • Consider waiting to jailbreak. The jailbreak just hit the street today (December 22). The software repositories are going to be overwhelmed with traffic for the next few days. If you can’t download software, the jailbreak is kinda useless. Also, you may benefit from letting others suffer the initial jailbreak bugs that will be patched in the coming days.
  • Ask yourself why you want to jailbreak. If you don’t have a compelling reason to do it, then I recommend not doing it. Many popular jailbreak functions were added to iOS 7, like quick access to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles.

As I said, I’m a jailbreak supporter. I have jailbroken my iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S. I currently have an iPhone 5S, and I will not be jailbreaking … at least for now.

Here is a link to my favorite source for reliable jailbreak info and instructions:

2 UPDATES

Dec 29, 2013: The initial release of the evasi0n 7 jailbreak did not include an updated Cydia app. This app includes important deep-level updates to iOS that allows users to reliably install software and apply tweaks available from the Cydia app store. As of this writing, the Cydia update has not been completed and released.

I still recommend waiting to jailbreak your iOS 7 device. The Cydia app store is the reason you jailbreak. If it isn’t ready for primetime, you’re putting your valuable mobile device at signifiant risk. However, if you really know what you’re doing and understand all these risks, you’re probably already jailbroken (or maybe you’re not…).

Dec 31, 2013: The Cydia software required for a stable and reliable experience has been released by Cydia’s creator, Jay Freeman (@saurik). Therefore, I change my “wait” to “go” if you’re considering jailbreaking your iOS device.

View All Calendar Events in iOS 7 [Updated]

Sometimes you want to see a simple list of upcoming events (or maybe event past events) in your iOS device. Apple’s new iOS 7 still has this functionality, but it might not be obvious until someone points it out.

  1. Open the iOS 7 Calendar app.
  2. Tap the Magnifying Glass icon in the upper right of the screen.

While the magnifying glass indicates you can search calendar events, you can also view your events in chronological order.

iosCalendarSearch

 

UPDATE: This tip applies to iOS 7.x. Apple changed this behavior in iOS 7.1.

Cure Stubborn Network Issues on Your iOS Device

There are times when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch just refuses to connect to your wireless network (Wi-Fi). Here are some troubleshooting tips that could prove helpful.

Make Sure Wi-Fi Is On and Ensure You’re Connected

Well, of course your wi-fi is on! Right? Hmm. Better check.

  1. Tap the Settings app.
  2. Next to Wi-Fi, check to see if the wireless network’s name is there. If it is, then you’re connected. If not, continue to the next step.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.

Ensure Wi-Fi is on. When it’s on, the toggle will be slid to the right and the background behind the toggle will be green. To turn it on, simply tap the toggle slider.

Sometimes, just turning the Wi-Fi off and back on will get your device back online.

When Wi-Fi is on, the iOS device will check for wireless networks in range. After a moment or two, network names should appear. When the device connects to a network, a checkmark will appear next to its name.

To connect to a network, tap the name. If asked for a security password, enter it and tap Join. I can’t help you if you don’t know the password.

WiFi Configuration

 

Renew Lease

No, not the lease on your condo. Renewing the lease means resetting the network connection.

  1. Tap the Settings app.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Locate the network to which you’re connected (see the one with the checkmark to the left of the name).
  4. Tap the Information icon (the “i” within a circle).
  5. Swipe to the bottom and tap Renew Lease.
  6. Tap Renew Lease? to confirm the action.

You’re done.

If you don’t see the Renew Lease item, tap Wi-Fi at the top left, then tap the network name again to re-enter it. Sooner or later it will show up. Yes, I know this is dumb, but you are dealing with a computer even if it’s a mobile device.

WiFi Configuration

 

Forget the Network

You can try having your iOS device forget the network and then reconnect to it. This is a more drastic action, but it has a high chance of success.

  1. Tap the Settings app.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the network to which you’re connected (see the one with the checkmark to the left of the name).
  4. Tap Forget this Network.
  5. Tap Forget to confirm the action.
  6. Tap the name of the network you just forgot.
  7. Enter the password and tap Join.

See if you have a connection.

Reboot the Device

This is kinda like the nuclear option.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button at the top right edge of the device along with the Home button at the bottom of the front face of the device.

Keep holding both of these buttons. You might see a Slide to Power Off prompt, but ignore it. Just keep holding the buttons. The screen will go blank, then you’ll see the Apple logo appear. Now you can release the buttons.

You’ll be pressing these buttons for about 20 seconds or so which might feel longer than you think.

If you’re anxious about pressing two buttons simultaneously, don’t be. Just be sure to press them both at about the same time. The iOS device will give you about a second to press them which is longer than you think.

Did It Work?

If these tips don’t work, then try making an appointment at your local Genius Bar. Sorry.

iOS Reminders: Don’t Forget to Stop Somewhere on the Way Home [UPDATED]

iOS Reminder

 

In iOS 7, Apple introduced expandable geo-fencing in the Reminders app. At first glance, this seems like a wow-feature with very little applicability … but maybe not.

There are many times that I forget to stop to pick up my laundered shirts while on my commute home from work. Me + iron + dress shirts = disaster. With a couple of tweaks to the reminder, I remember to take those fresh shirts home with me.

Here’s the steps I go through to save me from myself:

  1. Open the Reminders app.
  2. Tap an empty line to create a new reminder.
  3. Type out a short title for the reminder, like “Pick Up Shirts”.
  4. Tap the information icon (the “i” in a circle).

Reminders Configuration

 

5. Find Remind me at a location and tap the toggle. It will slide to the right and its background will turn green.

6. Tap Location.

7. Choose an existing address or enter a new address. Once you have entered an address, the Reminders app will keep it on this page for you to use again later.

8. Once the address is found, a map will appear with a geo-fence around the location. Since I want to be reminded before I’m just about to pass the cleaners, I will expand that geo-fence by dragging outward on the black dot on the circle.

reminder-tweaks

 

9. Tap When I arrive… so it prompts me as I approach the cleaners.

10. Tap Details in the upper left.

11. Tap Done.

You’re all set!

UPDATE

Jan 1, 2014: There is a bug in iOS 7 that prevents location-based reminders from working if the Reminders app is closed. The obvious work around is to ensure that you leave Reminders running in the background. Oddly, reminders based on time will work fine if the Reminders app is closed.

Solve Disappearing Notes in iOS

Sometimes I’m bewildered how Apple manages media and documents within their mobile operating system, iOS. The myriad ways are beyond the scope of this post. Recently though, I ran into an issue where some notes were disappearing from the Notes app.

When you create a note in the Notes app, it will be saved automatically for you. But where? Good question. Here’s what I learned:

The note will be saved on the phone and backed up somewhere else. Where depends on configurations in two different places.

Notes Sync Toggle

First (and most important), see how your mail accounts are configured.

  1. Go to Settings app.
  2. Swipe downward a bit, find, and tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Under Accounts, you should see a list of accounts (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, iCloud, etc.).

Tap each one to see if Notes is toggled to On. I suggest that Notes be set to On in only one account (more on that later).

Default Account Setting

Second, choose the Default Account for Notes.

  1. Go to Settings app.
  2. Swipe downward a bit, find, and tap Notes.
  3. Tap Default Account.
  4. Choose the service to which you want to back up your notes.

If you do not have a Default Account setting, you likely have only one account set to back up from the Notes app. Make sure that is true by checking each account.

When your notes back up to Yahoo!, you can find them in a folder named Notes. When you back them up to Gmail, they are given the label Notes. When you back up to iCloud, they are available within the Web-based Notes app.

Personally, I choose to back up my notes to iCloud. This allows me to edit the notes on my iPhone, iPad, and the iCloud Web site.

Remember, when I suggested having Notes set to On in only one account? Well, I found that if you change from one account to another in your Notes app, some or all of your notes have a nasty habit of vanishing from the iOS device. And it’s not easy to get them back on the phone. While they disappear from the mobile device, those notes will still be in the online service to which they were originally backed up. So that much is good.

The bottom line is that if you ensure your notes are backed up to only one account, you should be in good shape.

Tip: Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS

iOS Keyboard

If you have an iOS device and tried to type even a simple message, then you’ve met the quirky AutoCorrect feature in it. You might have been frustrated by it, as well. But did you know you can take control of it and use it to your advantage?

Custom Keyboard Shortucts

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General. Scroll down a bit and tap Keyboard.
  3. Scroll down to Shortcuts to review existing shortcuts.
  4. Tap Add New Shortcut… to create a new shortcut.

By default, iOS has a shortcut where typing “omw” will change to the phrase “On my way!”

When creating a shortcut, type out the complete phrase (or word) you want, then type the shortcut that will trigger it.

Here are a few ideas.:

Shortcut: pnc
Phrase: Pat & Chris

Shortcut: mym
Phrase: myemail@example.com

Shortcut: myp
Phrase: 714.555.1212