Extensify is a recently launched “tweak store” for iOS that offers an alternative to jailbreaking for users who only want to install modified versions of third-party apps, such as Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp, Vine, or Instagram. Unlike most jailbreaks, Extensify can be installed without tethering. However, it does not allow users to modify the iOS operating system itself.
Of course, Extensify isn’t necessarily safer than jailbreaking, because the software still isn’t verified by Apple. But it does offer a clever way to avoid jailbreaking if you’re only interested in tweaks, which is particularly appealing now that the benefits to jailbreaking have arguably diminished thanks to the increasing customizations that Apple now offers (most of which were inspired by mods from the jailbreak community).
Jailbreaking is also significantly more difficult now, which has led to a dwindling number of jailbreak users.
Extensify is the brainchild of Majd Alfhaily and Kevin Ko. As members of the jailbreak community, they know how frustrating it is to wait for new jailbreak releases. They see Extensify as a stop-gap between releases, not a full replacement.
The Extensify app works by installing a configuration profile on your device. Then, you can browse its app store to download the tweaks.
Currently, there are about 25 different tweaks available.
The tweaks only work on free applications, but tweaked apps can run alongside the original versions of the apps.
What are MobiPickers four picks for 3D Touch tweaks? Here’s their list:
1. Touch 3D
Offers a 3D Touch-like experience on older devices. Uses the long-press-and-hold method to bring up quick actions for Camera, Settings, and Phone.
Opens the Quick Actions pane when you long-press or swipe up on an app icon. This tweak probably gets the closest to 3D Touch on older iOS iPhones and iPads.
Like Forcy, brings up the Quick Menu when you long-press on an app icon. Between this and Forcy, it’s a matter of personal preference.
Peek-and-Pop feature — e.g. short-press on an email to get a preview, long-press to go inside the email app.
With millions of iPhone users affected by “Error 53” earlier this month, Apple released an update, iOS 9.2.1, to fix this error. Even more recently, it released iOS 9.3 to developers, which many in the community believe means an iOS 9.2.1 jailbreak will no longer be released.
It was believed that an iOS 9.2 jailbreak was being developed by Pangu. Additionally, iOS jailbreaker Luca Todesco indicated that he had a working jailbreak for iOS 9.2.1 while that iOS version was in beta. However, because Todesco did not want to share this jailbreak, no one else has used it to independently verify it exists.
With talk of iOS 9.3 now dominating the field, it’s expected that jailbreakers will now focus on that release. There are rumors that TaiG is working on an iOS 9.3 jailbreak but no solid information on its availability. Pangu has also made no announcements on a 9.3 jailbreak, but it did recommend to its followers that they should download and install the latest iOS 9.2.1.
While the Pangu and TaiG teams are currently the most widely recognized, jailbreaking certainly isn’t limited to them. Taigjailbreak reported that Todesco — mentioned above — has jailbroken iOS 9.3 (beta 1) and even posted a video of it on YouTube. However, he indicates that he does not intend to release his tool to the general public.
Additionally, a Twitter user going by enMTW announced that s/he has cracked iOS 9.3 (beta 3), and that s/he will release the jailbreak tool at some point, possibly in March.
iOS 9.3 is rumored to provide substantial performance updates, new features, and bug fixes. Some speculate that this version will add sorting ability and password protection to Apple Notes. Additionally, Apple News is rumored to be upgraded with improved algorithms, in-line video playback, and a landscape mode.
The popular gesture-based passcode tweak Stride has been updated for iOS 7 devices. While the experience is similar to the iOS 5/6 version, Stride 2 has also received a clean, native-like makeover for iOS 7.
This tweak allows users to set an alternative lock screen passcode, using a custom gesture to unlock their iOS device. After installing the tweak, you can set the gesture passcode in Stride 2’s preferences in the Settings app. Stride 2 also requires that you set a standard passcode as a backup option. It’s also fully compatible with Touch ID.
The developer of the popular Touch ID-enhancing jailbreak tweak iTouchSecure has added support for a selection of third-party iOS Web browsers, including Google Chrome.
You can download the updated iTouchSecure on the Cydia Store for $4.99, or if you already have the tweak you can get the update for free. The tweak is optimized for the iPhone 5s handset.
The tweak auto-stores passwords that are entered into your applications, within an encrypted keychain. After passwords have been entered once, the user can subsequently re-enter passwords and passcodes using the Touch ID Home button. iTouchSecure is compatible with the Appe Store app and AgileBits 1Password.