With iOS 5, the new OTA (over the air) updating service has been implemented allowing us to update the firmware of our iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads over an internet connection without the need to connect to a computer and open iTunes to download and install the new updates. While for long a requested feature, jailbreakers don't take too kindly to it because it bugs them when an update comes out. Like a fly that zips around your head and buzzes in your ear, you want nothing more than to get rid of that annoying notification that pops up, telling you that there is an update available for your firmware.
We avoid updates for the most part because, as jailbreakers, we want to keep the latest untethered jailbreak at our disposal. If you absolutely hate getting that icon on your Settings application that prompts you that there is a firmware update from the firmware you are already running, there have been many tweaks that can hide that badge for you. But, maybe you don't want the simply put a band-aid over the badge, maybe you want to tackle the iDevice's ability to search for OTA updates altogether. This will also get rid of the gray badge that appears inside of your Settings application.
The jailbreak tweak is called No Update by iOS developer greensnow and you can snag it for free today from the Modmyi repository in Cydia. As earlier explained, it removes the iDevice's ability to search for any OTA updates for your firmware. We are very excited about this tweak for several reasons:
- No more annoying notifications
- No accidental updates
- Less battery drain
- No impact on system performance
Since there is no chance of the iDevice finding any updates with No Update installed, you won't accidentally allow the update by tapping on something by mistake. Since your iDevice is not actively searching for updates, it will also help the iDevice save battery power because it won't be calling out to Apple's servers to verify if you're on the latest firmware or not. Since all it is doing is disabling a system process, it doesn't slow anything down. It doesn't patch anything. It just keeps something from being able to work by changing some values.
There are of course, some small downsides to this jailbreak tweak. One of the largest being that you might be unaware that your firmware is outdated. Apple could come out with an amazing firmware update with a lot of new features and because you have this tweak installed, you might not even know about it until long after it is released. On the bright side, most updates are made to fill the gaps that jailbreak hackers use to create their jailbreaks. So you might find No Update to be more useful than it is a burden. I personally feel that it's a great jailbreak tweak and I highly recommend it being that it is simple and pleasant. Unfortunately, this jailbreak tweak will not keep iTunes from telling you that you have an update, but you can always keep iTunes from giving you that popup. It will just show that you have an update in the section where your iDevice information is.
Name: No Update
Editor's Rating: 4/5