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  • What iOS 6 Borrowed From the Jailbreak Community


    The long anticipated iOS 6 has been announced at today’s 2012 WWDC by Apple’s leading staff. iOS 6 will bring more than 200 new features to iOS (sound familiar?) and it will be borrowing a lot of new features from already existing functionality in the jailbreak community. So what is Apple borrowing from the Cydia store this time around? Take a look!

    1. FaceTime Over Cellular Networks
    FaceTime has always been a great feature of iOS, but competing video chat services like Skype and Tango have showed Apple that it’s time to make FaceTime a more 'mobile' experience by allowing people to use it even in areas where Wi-Fi may not be available. Edge, 3G, and 4G networks are perfectly capable of delivering video chat services from one device to another. iOS 6 finally brings FaceTime over cellular networks, which could normally only be done by jailbreak tweaks such as FaceBreak or 3G Unrestrictor 5.


    2. iOS Facebook Integration
    Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking Web site. It was only a matter of time before the world’s most popular mobile operating system came to an intersection with it. iOS 6 brings Facebook integration to those that prefer Facebook over Twitter and finally allows users to have a more ‘at-home’ social network media-sharing option. Facebook integration is a feature that could normally only be achieved with a jailbreak tweak dubbed Fusion.


    3. Siri On The iPad
    While iOS 6 won’t be reaching out to the original iPad or the iPad 2 with Siri, The new iPad is expected to gain Siri functionality with iOS 6. For a long time now, only the iPhone 4S has had rights to Siri. The only way to get Siri on other iOS devices was to jailbreak them and install a Siri port commonly known as Spire. While Siri is coming to The new iPad, there still won’t be any legitimate support for the iPad 2, iPhone 4, or iPod touch 4G.


    4. Siri Can Understand Sports
    As demonstrated at WWDC 2012, Siri has become much smarter and is just about out of beta. In iOS 6, Siri can now be asked about game scores for all kinds of sports. With the Siri we are all used to now, this never used to be a reality. Jailbreakers would be able to query Siri about sports, though, with a jailbreak tweak dubbed SiriSports that will allow Siri to fetch game scores from almost any sport and almost any game being played.


    5. Do Not Disturb
    iOS 6, as expected, is implementing a ‘Do Not Disturb’ functionality that can be used to silence notifications when you don’t want to hear from them. It is basically a switch that can keep notifications from lighting up your lock screen, causing noises or vibrations, or getting in the way of what you are doing with banner popups. This ‘Do Not Disturb’ functionality was introduced just a little while ago with a jailbreak tweak dubbed BannerDisable.


    6. Enhanced VIP Mail Options
    All jailbreakers know what it means to enhance the functionality of the Mail application. Mail is beautiful, but it lacks some common E-mail client functionality, such as that of marking the messages that are most important to you so you can expedite your read and response time to those that are most important first. iOS 6 brings a feature that allows you to mark certain contacts as VIPs and their E-mails will be separated from those that are less important. The jailbreak community is familiar with similar functionality in tweaks like Mail Enhancer Pro, which can color-coat certain messages to let you know that they are more important than some of the other E-mails inside of your inbox.

    Even though Apple frowns upon the jailbreak community, it is pretty mind-boggling how they seem to enhance iOS with features that we bring to our iOS devices all by ourselves without Apple’s help.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: What iOS 6 Borrowed From the Jailbreak Community started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. Mc-Lovin_341's Avatar
      Mc-Lovin_341 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Honestly, I am too. I was hoping for widgets, quick reply, more customization, new UI...oh well...
      SwipeSelection also, love that tweak!
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      shrug. some of these are no brainers.. facetime over cell? apple planned it long ago, blame the carriers for not permitting it. ios facebook integration? rumored long ago from apple, before their negotiations with facebook broke down. siri on the ipad, did someone actually not expect apple to do this?

      it's hard to say some of these items were "borrowed" when they were rather obvious.
      Your statement just makes Apple look worse. If they are such obvious no-brainers, shame on Apple for not giving them to us sooner.

      As for facetime over cell, shame on Apple for allowing the carriers enough time to completely kill unlimited data plans before finally enabling it. Go ahead, burn through your limited data plan. They don't care now, in fact, they WANT you to so that they can get more money from you.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Your statement just makes Apple look worse. If they are such obvious no-brainers, shame on Apple for not giving them to us sooner.

      As for facetime over cell, shame on Apple for allowing the carriers enough time to completely kill unlimited data plans before finally enabling it. Go ahead, burn through your limited data plan. They don't care now, in fact, they WANT you to so that they can get more money from you.
      +1
    1. Waughy's Avatar
      Waughy -
      SBSettings, 5 icon dock, quick reply and blacklist for SMS (same as iRealSMS) and I probably wouldn't want to jailbreak anymore. Although I'm liking the customisation with Ayecon over standard.
    1. Dabigh3's Avatar
      Dabigh3 -
      Anybody knows how to change UDID number? I got banned from instagram and i cant use instagram on my iphone anymore. And please dont tell me to download UDID Faker it doesnt work anymore
    1. av911's Avatar
      av911 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      shrug. some of these are no brainers.. facetime over cell? apple planned it long ago, blame the carriers for not permitting it. ios facebook integration? rumored long ago from apple, before their negotiations with facebook broke down. siri on the ipad, did someone actually not expect apple to do this?

      it's hard to say some of these items were "borrowed" when they were rather obvious.
      Right.

      When Apple does things that are already been done, it's called "obvious" or "borrowing". But when someone else implements what Apple has done, it's called stealing.
    1. butler007's Avatar
      butler007 -
      Don't think I would give up my jailbreak unless winterboard, SBSettings, snowcover, activator and swipe selection were built into an iOS. Also released today in the bigboss repo (before the keynote) was PocketSafari (save safari pages to pocket); another feature used in iOS 6 (kind of).

      Before anyone comments, I'm not suggesting apple stole this and decided to include it last minute, I just thought it was a weird coincidence!
    1. apexad's Avatar
      apexad -
      I think the more amazing thing is the features the jailbreak community has that Apple has yet to adopt.

      One of these for me is the 'ShowCase' tweak for the keyboard. Another totally logical one is 'NoNewsIsGoodNews' aka hide the stupid Newsstand icon.

      Otherwise, SBSettings is one that always comes up. For me they've done some of this with the multi-tasking but switching off Wi-Fi, going to Airport mode and more right from the Notification Center makes a lot of sense.
    1. emmanravalo's Avatar
      emmanravalo -
      Where is the Notification Center Toggles! (SBSETTINGS?, NCSETTINGS?) That is just what I need that why I jailbreak my phone.
    1. purpose1814's Avatar
      purpose1814 -
      Still missing something similar to the new Razor's "Smart Action" which is greatly needed! Passbook is a dumb, worthless upgrade.
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wildgene789 View Post
      Close to not needing a jailbreak. but i still need my SBsettings
      hardly close...
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dabigh3 View Post
      Anybody knows how to change UDID number? I got banned from instagram and i cant use instagram on my iphone anymore. And please dont tell me to download UDID Faker it doesnt work anymore
      This isn't on topic. Start a thread. Btw, why are you banned?
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wildgene789 View Post
      Close to not needing a jailbreak. but i still need my SBsettings
      As much as I LOVE Jailbreaking, I look forward to the day I dont have to. Not sure if that day will ever come though.

      Did anyone notice the "Alarm with music" on one of the screen shots. Thats a cool native feature being added.
    1. Nintendo Tim's Avatar
      Nintendo Tim -
      I still need my Intelliscreen X and Infinifolders; those are two I feel like are an absolute necessity on the iPhone.
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      Did apple get permission from the cydia developers to use their ideas? why is no one suing them for rehashing an original idea, which is now taking money of those developers pockets. HEY APPLE, LEARN TO INNOVATE AND STOP COPYING OTHER PEOPLES USEFUL IDEAS.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Selling of Beta slots is not allowed anymore. This is only warning.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Selling of Beta slots is not allowed anymore. This is only warning.

      Selling of Beta slots is not allowed anymore. This is only warnring.
      I was about to say...is thy legal?
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Where is the iPhone 5? I watched this for nothing I guess
    1. justibackwardsn's Avatar
      justibackwardsn -
      If I just had an easy switch for Bluetooth I'd never jailbreak again.
    1. iRevival's Avatar
      iRevival -
      Quote Originally Posted by wildgene789 View Post
      Close to not needing a jailbreak. but i still need my SBsettings
      Indeed. Wouldn't leave home without it.