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  • iOS 5.1 Beta Renders Home Screen Shortcuts for Settings Toggles Useless



    Apple must have a dull axe to grind with home screen settings toggle shortcuts as the iOS 5.1 beta prevents the previously reported shortcuts from working.

    The shortcuts utilize URLs that redirect the user to a settings toggle menu. It’s a neat and seemingly harmless little trick with no Jailbreak required, which is why it seems so odd that Apple would make an effort to disable the functionality. We highlighted the free web-based shortcut solution Icon Settings and the $.99 App Store solution Icon Project a couple weeks ago. Both worked well, with the latter offering a decent amount of customizable options including the ability to have multi-function home screen settings buttons.

    The future for both is grim, but for Icon Project the prospect of having your App Store app rendered useless is frightening. Icon Project is a well liked and well received addition to the App Store with a 4 star rating based on 225 reviews. While not a wild success, a good number of people have found the $.99 app worthy of a purchase.

    Hopefully this is something Apple reverses in subsequent iOS 5.1 beta releases. They’re not only inconveniencing web-based apps, but they’re cannibalizing developers’ apps in the App Store without a clear reason to do so.

    Source: iPhoneHacks
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 5.1 Beta Renders Home Screen Shortcuts for Settings Toggles Useless started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. -JailbreakeR-'s Avatar
      -JailbreakeR- -
      Well yeah you can turn them off in cydia but even then tweaks I feel as useful don't come around much anymore. Like I said bitesms and mywi are about the only real reasons I still jailbreak. About everything else has been adapted by apple over the years. I do have a few theming tweaks tho like springtomize 2, iconoclasm, and barrel. They aren't "needed" as much as the previous two I mentioned. The only other thing I have installed tweak wise is gv extensions.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Check out NoSplashScreen o it's close to that name, no more annoying device connected screen in music, control music from your device like it should be STUPID APPLE
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      Quote Originally Posted by -JailbreakeR- View Post
      Well yeah you can turn them off in cydia but even then tweaks I feel as useful don't come around much anymore. Like I said bitesms and mywi are about the only real reasons I still jailbreak. About everything else has been adapted by apple over the years. I do have a few theming tweaks tho like springtomize 2, iconoclasm, and barrel. They aren't "needed" as much as the previous two I mentioned. The only other thing I have installed tweak wise is gv extensions.
      Yea. I still miss sbsettings but really only for the quick power cycle and for killing all apps with a quick swipe and button. What with all those nice springboard shortcuts I can't think of a single other thing I miss from jailbreaking. Mywi was cool but I never really used it except at the occasional hotel or on a road trip.

      Will need the unlock at some point though...
    1. -JailbreakeR-'s Avatar
      -JailbreakeR- -
      Forgot about sbsettings, I put it in notification center. Wow can't believe I over looked that, guess it just feels right being in NC. I still use it daily so it's a cant be without for me as well.
    1. hotman's Avatar
      hotman -
      Quote Originally Posted by -JailbreakeR- View Post
      Two years ago you would be right, but now not so much. With 4.x and 5.x came functionality that makes the iphone more "usable" in a non jail broke state than previous iOS versions. Now cydia is just basically a theme store (I do not use themes much) compared to back in the 2.x/3.x days when cydia contained more functionality tweaks than themes. Today the main jailbreak thing is theming but back in 2.x days it was for functionality over looks. You couldn't send a picture message with the iPhone until jailbreak apps like swirly started up on cydia/installer. Today you don't need such apps and tweaks since over time apple has built many things into ios.(bitesms and mywi only two I still use consistently) So essentially making a jailbreak a lot less desirable than before.
      I strongly agree with you. Jailbreak itself is much more desperate now than the old good days (Ziphone, iLiberty .etc). I jailbreak mainly for I am interesting in apple vs dev.team "cat and mouse" game and the jailbreak community. And it seems the game is over; the cat has eaten the mouse, and more and more greedy devs have come the community. I still jailbreak my old bootrom 3GS since it recalls me the old good days nostalgia; untethered; mostly no problems in running compatible tweaks, though only use some; SBsetting, icon renamer, gridlock, colorkeyboard, bytafont and activator for just for its gestures and swipe.
    1. -JailbreakeR-'s Avatar
      -JailbreakeR- -
      I really hope the mouse is still alive but it's not looking good that's for sure. See I think that seeing apps such as semi-tether popping up is not a good sign. Someone knows something that not being shared. They are getting to the point where there's too many security layers now that it's going to come down to hardware exploits and tethered jailbreaks. That's why it took five user land jailbreaks to jailbreak 5.0 on the a5. Of which at least one is gone in >5.0 updates, which is why everyone saying 5.0 going to be the untethered version as of now.
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      So IconProject no longer works?


      Why on earth would there be a jailbreak available when it hasn't been released for 5.0 iphone4s
      For the millions of us who DO not own a 4s and have also Bought 4's ( Iphone 4 8GB is still being sold Ya know)

      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      Apple is a PAIN IN THE ***** to deal with. They seem to go out of the way to block anything that is not how THEY want you to use THEIR device (yes, Virginia, until you jailbreak it it is their device... you are merely using it).
      Yes yes and IBM was the suits and Big Brother back in the day........... Apple is the Big Brother in the Jeans
      Too many don't see them for who they are..............I do I do not lie to myself, and yet my Family has more than a few Idevices and Iphones........I like the phones for now, but make it impossible to Jailbreak and poof I'm gone.