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So you have decided to jailbreak your iPhone that is running iOS 7? Well before you do there are some things that you need to take into account and perform before you actually go ahead with the process. Don’t worry, they are really straightforward and simple.

Jailbreaking itself has become immensely popular in recent years. Essentially it consists of opening up the source code of the device and allowing much more creativity and freedom to do what you want with the iPhone. While the phone is one of the best on the market as default it can become the best on the market with a iOS 7 jailbreak.

So, what do you need to do before you go ahead and have the jailbreaking process performed on your iPhone with iOS 7?

Upgrade To The Latest Version Of iOS

Some people make the mistake of thinking that they are running the latest iOS on the iPhone when, in actual fact, they are a couple of versions behind.

It might be the case that the iPhone reminded them do update however they simply forgot about it. That being said, it is very easy to update or at least check if you have the latest update for the iPhone and if you do this then you will be sure to pick the right jailbreak for your device and ensure that it runs smoothly as well.

Backup All Your Personal Data On Your iPhone

One of the most important things that you need to do with your iPhone is to back up personal data.

The chances of anything going wrong during your jailbreak are slim however it does actually wipe your phone so if you want to keep things such as photos, videos, music, messages and phone contacts then you need to back this all up. There are a variety of apps that are available on the Apple store which can do this for you for free so there is no excuse not to have it done.

Clear out Your iPhone System

The final thing to do is to ensure that the cache is clear and that any system files which aren’t necessary are all gotten rid of as well.

While these actions are not 100% necessary in the same way that backing up your data is, it really does help the process along. A clean iPhone with iOS 7 that has as little clutter as possible will ensure that the jailbreak is much smoother, more efficient and also quicker than one that is loaded with junk.

 

Jailbreaking your iPhone that is running with iOS 7 is actually very easy. This short guide that we have put up here will let you ensure that your iPhone is in top condition to have the jailbreak performed and also ensures that all your personal information is backed up as well.

There is no point in putting your iPhone at any kind of risk and you can make sure that the whole jailbreaking process goes as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking our guide on board.

 

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indexAs soon as Apple releases a software update, the temptation is there to update immediately, to see what is on offer this time around.  Unfortunately, if that software update has patched the iOS 7 jailbreak exploits, that means losing your jailbreak – at least until another one is released.

Something else that will cause you to lose your iOS 7 jailbreak is if you have to restore through iTunes for any reason.  As all jailbreakers know, restoring an iPhone, iPad or iPod that has been jailbroken means wiping out the jailbreak.

This is because Apple insists on ensuring all restored devices are restored to the latest iOS firmware, whether it can be jailbroken or not.  Once a new software is out, Apple stops signing the old one and it is no longer available for use.

So, how do you restore your jailbroken iOS 7 iPhone, iPod or iPad without losing your jailbreak?

Why Would I Need to Restore My Jailbroken Device?

Things go wrong. It is not always the fault of the user; sometimes Cydia apps are incompatible, either with each other or with the operating system. Sometimes you inadvertently download a Cydia app that is corrupted in some way.

The general advice is, now that we are so far down the line with iOS updates, to take a lot of care over installing Cydia apps on to your jailbroken iOS 7 device.  Always check that they are fully compatible with the firmware you are running.

If things do go wrong, there is a way out now, thanks to another jailbreak app on Cydia.  It is called iLEX RAT and what it does is restores iOS devices that have been jailbroken, even on iOS 7. 

How do I Get iLEX RAT?

First of all, you need to add a new repository into Cydia:

Once the repository has installed you can search for and install iLEX RAT.  Make sure you choose the right one from the search results – it will have iOS 7 in the name.

How does it Work?

iLEX RAT works to remove any jailbreak app and any files related to them. The only thing it does not touch is Cydia itself. This way, if there were any apps that were causing problems on your jailbroken iOS 7 iPhone, iPod or iPad, they will be removed and normal service restored.

When you have installed iLEX RAT on to your jailbroken iOS 7 device, open up the app.  There are 2 options – iLEX R.A.T or iLEX RESTORE – tap on either; they will both restore your device.

iLEX R.A.T ensures that all of your content and your settings remain intact on your jailbroken iOS 7 IPhone iPod or iPad, while iLEX RESTORE performs a factory reset on the device, without removing the jailbreak itself.

If you have not jailbroken your iOS 7 iPhone, iPod or iPad yet, make sure that, when you do, this is the first app from Cydia you download and install – it might just get you out of trouble one day!

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ios-7-cydia-tweaks1iOS 7.1 is the first – and last – major iOS 7 update. With iOS 8 fast zooming up on us, Apple is unlikely to go much further. To be fair, the latest update has not brought a great deal to the table, nothing that is worth losing your iOS 7 jailbreak over anyway.

However, if you do want the features from iOS 7.1 but don’t want to lose your iOS 7 jailbreak, thanks once again to the developers, there is a way to do it and here’s how:

How to make iOS 7 Look Like iOS 7.1

First off, if you haven’t already done it you need to jailbreak iOS 7.You can do that by purchasing your software and following the download instructions carefully.  Then you can familiarize yourself with Cydia and look for the tweaks to change the following features:

Calendar

iOS 7.1 brought a couple of nice improvements to the Calendar app. You get an improved list view for upcoming events for a start and, while that doesn’t sound too exciting, for some people it’s a godsend.

But, if you don’t want to lose your iOS 7 jailbreak and still want this feature, there’s a new Calendar tweak in Cydia.  It’s called Gregorian and it comes from Ryan Petrich.  If you haven’t already added his repo into Cydia, you will need to do so:

  • Open Cydia
  • Tap on manage
  • Tap on Sources
  • Tap on Edit
  • Tap on Add
  • Type in http://rpetri.ch.repo/
  • Tap on Add Source and wait for Cydia to install it.

Faster Animations

Apple has managed to speed up the animations in iOS 7.1, which means navigation between pages and folders and opening, and closing apps is much faster, mother and cleaner.  And, it doesn’t make you feel quite so sick, like the original animations in iOS 7 did.

If you have the iOS 7 jailbreak head into Cydia and download a tweak called Speed Intensifier.  Now you can set the speed of the animations at whatever level suits you.

A Bit less White

There is no doubt about it, iOS 7 is very white, especially at night, and it can be a little blinding. iOS 7.1 tones down the white so it’s a little easier to look at.

The iOS 7 jailbreak brought us a tweak called F.Lux, which, while it, doesn’t actually tone the white down, it does change the color settings according to the ambient light. This makes it much easier on the eyes and there are plenty of settings for you to play around with.

Disable Parallax

While there is already a feature in iOS 7 to disable parallax, you do lose the animations at the same time.  iOS 7.1 changes that by allowing you to disable parallax but keep the animations.

That’s easy enough to achieve when you jailbreak iOS 7 – simply download a tweak called HiddenSettings7 and another one called Parallax enaBlur.  Now you can disable the parallax setting but leave the animations as they are without having to lose your iOS 7 jailbreak by upgrading.

iOS 7.1 Icons

 Apple included a number of subtle changes to the icons in iOS 7.1 and to be honest, most of us won’t even see them. But, if you have spotted them and you want the same thing, download WinterBoard from Cydia and then download a tweak called iOS 7.1 Icons theme. You will now have all the new icons for the Messages, Phone and FaceTime apps.

Automatic Flash Indicator

This was another very subtle improvement Apple brought about with iOS 7.1 – a new Camera flash indicator.  The icon will turn a yellow color when your flash is going to go off and, while this might seem insignificant to some, for others it’s helpful.

If you jailbreak iOS 7, head into Cydia and download a tweak called YellowFlash7 and you will get exactly the same feature.

So, if you jailbreak iOS 7 and download the above tweaks from Cydia, you can have all the features of iOS 7.2 while still keeping the benefits of jailbreaking. It’s a no-brainer really; if you haven’t done it yet, get to it.

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indexNow that Apple has released iOS 7.1, the first major update since iOS 7 released in September 2013, some people are asking if there is enough in it to warrant losing their jailbreak for.

The latest firmware contains the usual performance enhancements and bug fixes but bearing in mind that iOS 8 is just around the corner, it may not be worth the update. We take a look at the reasons why you should hang on to your iOS 7 jailbreak and a few reasons why you might want to update and lose it.

Why You Should Keep your iOS 7 Jailbreak

The reasons for this are mostly the same reasons why you chose to jailbreak iOS 7 in the first place:

Tweaks you will not get from Apple

You installed the iOS 7 jailbreak to enhance your iOS experience, to give your iPhone features and functions that Apple will not let you have. If you update you lose that and can’t get it back until the next jailbreak.

No issues with performance

While there are those who say that jailbreaking makes the iPhone unstable, these are probably the ones who have downloaded every tweak in sight. If you have your iPhone running just right on the iOS 7 jailbreak then you won’t want to lose that by updating.

iOS 7.1 features will come to iOS 7

Jailbreak developers are good at bringing new features to older firmwares simply by developing an app or a tweak. That will happen here as well and, in time, you will get the option of having the iOS 7.1 features on the iOS 7 jailbreak.

Why You Should Update

To be honest, if you are a seasoned jailbreaker, you won’t take much notice of this but there are one or two reasons why you might want to think about updating your iOS firmware:

It fixes an issue you have been having

Quite a few iOS 7 users suffered through a number of issues including random crashing and random reboots. iOS 7.1 tries to address that with a number of fixes. So, if you are one of the few who has not managed to solve the issues through jailbreaking, you might want to think about the update.

You haven’t really gotten into jailbreaking

The iOS 7 jailbreak brought so many new tweaks and themes it’s difficult to see how anyone could fail to get into it. But, jailbreaking isn’t for everyone and, if you are one of those, then perhaps you would be better off updating

Which Way to Go

Well that depends entirely upon you.  If you have the iOS 7 jailbreak and are completely happy with it, then stay exactly where you are.  Updating will not make much difference to your experience, if any, and all you will do is lose the ability to jailbreak iOS 7 until a new utility is released.

You have to weigh up whether those improvements are worth the loss – yes you might have a device that is more stable and has a couple of new features on it but you will lose all your access to those wonderful iOS 7 jailbreak tweaks, themes, mods and apps that make the iPhone, iPad or iPod the mobile device of the future.

 

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indexAnyone who has gone down the route of jailbreaking their iPhone, iPad or iPod can take advantage of a huge number of tweaks to customize and modify their devices. Since iOS 7 was released, the number of tweaks arriving in Cydia has increased significantly and more are being released each week.

There are so many tweaks for the iOS 7 jailbreak that it is difficult to list the best ones but, this week, we have decided to tell you about 5 Cydia tweaks that can enhance your iOS 7 jailbreak experience hugely.

Auki – $3.99

Auki is a new iOS 7 jailbreak tweak that takes some of its characteristics from the ever-popular BiteSMS. While it isn’t quite so comprehensive, what it does give you is Quick Reply and Quick Compose.

It works better if you install Activator as well as you can set custom gestures to make things easier to access.

BetterPowerDown – $0.99

When you jailbreak iOS 7 there are loads of tweaks to choose from. One of the better ones is BetterPowerDown and it gives your Power button some new functionality.  As well as just turning your iPhone off, you can also use the power button to respring or reboot your device in connection with this tweak.

Convergance – $2.50

Lock screen tweaks are two a penny in Cydia but Convergence is one of the most beautiful ones there is.  This is a new iOS 7 jailbreak tweak that transforms your iOS lock screen into several screens.

Each one has different information on it and you can navigate through with a swipe gesture. You can have a page with your system setting toggles, one for your calendar and the camera. Your notifications are displayed by app type with the relevant app icon, making them easy to access and action.

Stride 2 – $2.99

Stride 2 is one of the best alternatives to the default passcode on iOS but you can only get it when you jailbreak iOS 7.  Instead of the need to put in a numeric passcode, you can set it up so you draw a letter or a shape on the screen, making it much harder for people to guess what your access code is.

Auxo – $1.99/$3.99

Auxo is one of the best multitasking apps for the iOS 7 jailbreak.  As well as pumping the muscles on the app switcher, it also combines it with the control center, making access much easier and saving just a little bit of wear and tear on the home button.

If you already have Auxo, the latest iOS 7 jailbreak upgrade will cost $1.99 but, if you are new to it, you will pay $3.99.

 

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leaves-skin-for-iphone-4-4s-300x300Part 4 of our customization series covers skins and hardware. First of all, if you have not yet installed the iOS 7 jailbreak, what are you waiting for? You are missing out on tons of customization options, ways to take control of your iPhone or iPad back from Apple so stop hesitating and do it today.

Skins

If you do not want a bulky case for your iPhone think about a skin. These are highly customizable and add little extra to the bulk while providing some form of protection from scratches. You can also change the design as and when you please – perfect for those who jailbreak iOS 7 and want to match their skins to their choice of themes.

You can buy skins from a number of places on the internet and you can also order one that has your own design on it. It can be helpful if you have access to Photoshop but it is not essential, as most places will provide you with a bunch of drawing and designing tools.

Change the outer hardware

Anything from the iPhone 4 upwards is made from anodized aluminum and glass. However, glass is fragile and will easily chip or crack if you drop the iPhone.  There are other options though, from wood to metal, even carbon fiber.

You can buy covers for your iPhone that are made from metal or wood, some of which go over the top, others completely replace the back of the iPhone – be careful if your iPhone is still under warranty with Apple because, if there is any damage, they will not honor the warranty. Some places will actually do the installation for you at a cost but it may means sending your iPhone away for a while.

There are loads of options for changing the material of your iPhone and, if you can think of something you would like, you will more than likely find a supplier on the internet.

Conclusion

While you can make changes to the hardware of your iPhone, it may be more advisable to stick with just buying a case, at least until the iPhone is out of warranty.  If you are looking to change the way your iPhone or iPad looks, one of the best and easiest ways is to jailbreak iOS 7.

Jailbreaking offers you all the tools you need to make any change you want to your iPhone or iPad. It is safer because you are not interfering with the hardware. Apple cannot void your warranty because the jailbreak can easily be removed and it is a lot more fun.

If you change the case in your iPhone, 2 minutes and it is done. The iOS 7 jailbreak offers you hours of customization options for changing the way your device looks and, when you get bored with one look, you simply head to Cydia and get another look.

Do not delay jailbreak iOS 7 today and join the fun.

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Welcome back, we are now on part 3 of our series on completely customizing your iOS 7 device. Shortly we will be looking at how to change the outside but for now, we stay with the inside.

Change your Interface

Dreamboard is a relatively new tweak on Cydia that has deep customization options. When you jailbreak iOS 7 you can download Dreamboard for nothing.  You can turn your iOS interface into a Mac lookalike if you want or Android if that is what takes your fancy.

Not all of the themes for Dreamboard are free and you cannot always find them on Cydia either. You may need to download another free app from Cydia called Theme Outline.  However it can be a little on the slow side and will never remember where you were when you shut down.

However, it does have what is possibly the largest collection of themes for Dreamboard and has some very interesting ones as well. Instructions to install the individual themes are sent to you by email once you make the purchase.

Do be aware that Dreamboard can carry out some deep alterations to your user interface so take regular backups so that, should anything go wrong, you can restore from your backups.

The Outside

DreamBoardWhile this has little to do with the iOS 7 jailbreak you might be thinking about how you can change the outside of your device.  Of course, there are any number of different cases for the iPhone but you might want to design one of your own.

There are a number of paid services on the internet that will take your design and turn it into an iPhone case. There are also those who have custom image generators so you can design a truly unique case.

If you are feeling really creative, take a piece of material – let’s say felt – and print out a cutout of the iPhone case shape. If your printer cannot handle the material you choose, use paper and trace it onto the material.

Cut out the shape of the case, fold it along the dotted lines and glue it together – be careful not to get glue on your iPhone. Now you can use cut out shapes and pictures to decorate your case with and, if you are feeling particular artistic, jailbreak iOS 7, change your themes to one that suits and match your case to the theme. Blue Peter, eat your heart out!!

In the last part of our series, we will be taking a look at skins and how to swap out the hardware in your iPhone.   In the meantime, go ahead and jailbreak iOS 7, customize it to your heart’s content and then make your own case.

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5 Ways to Secure your iOS 7 Device

iphone-5s-bio-lock-down-touch-id-app-2One of the biggest problems with the iPhone is its propensity for being stolen. Being such a high-end and sought after device, if you take your eye off yours for just one minute you might just find it gone.

There are ways to help secure your iPhone though, especially if you jailbreak iOS 7. There are a number of smart tweaks available on Cydia that work to make your iPhone as secure as possible.

Activator

You might be thinking here, hold on, Activator is not a security tweak and you would be right. However, there is a way to use one iPhone to command another one through the use of Activator gestures.

For example, you can set a gesture on one iPhone that will switch on the ringer on your stolen iPhone, through a simple text message that says RINGERON. It may be of huge help if you misplace your iPhone – you might even locate it in someone else’s pocket!

BioLockdown

If you have an iPhone 5S, then you have Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor. While this is great for unlocking your iPhone there are other ways to make things more secure.

With the iOS 7 jailbreak comes an app called BioLockdown. This app allows you to use the sensor to protect specific apps from being opened by setting fingerprint access. You can protect up to 5 apps at once so choose carefully – perhaps think about protecting your settings so that Wi-Fi and GPS can’t be turned off.

You could even set it so that the iPhone itself cannot be switched off without the correct fingerprint scan.

iCaughtU

This is a more beefed up version of Find My iPhone. When you jailbreak iOS 7 you get access to all sorts of goodies that can help you protect your iPhone. iCaughtU takes security to the next level.

If your iPhone is stolen and someone tries to get in to it, if they enter the wrong passcode the front camera springs into action. It takes a snapshot of the perpetrator and emails it to you along with GPS co-ordinates and a map.

It also stops the iPhone from being switched off without the correct procedure being taken. This is the free version- there is a pro version, which has to be paid for, but it does include a number of other features.

CleverPin

How often is your iPhone likely to get stolen when you are in your own home? Probably highly unlikely so, this iOS 7 jailbreak tweak is very handy. It detects when you are on your own home Wi-Fi network and disables your passcode.

As soon as you set foot outside your home, which is when your iPhone is more likely to disappear, it automatically re-enables the passcode. You can add any location you like to a list of approved locations and, as soon as you enter one of these, the passcode switches off.

AndroidLock XT

There are those who have an iPhone who quite like some of the Android features. However, unless you jailbreak iOS 7 you can’t get your hands on any of them.

One of the more popular iOS 7 jailbreak tweaks is called AndroidLock XT.  It isn’t actually a security feature as such but it does make it more difficult for thieves to guess your passcode.

This is because, instead of a number, you draw a pattern to unlock. Set up as complicated a pattern as you like – as long as you can remember it – and don’t let anyone know what it is. You can choose to have the unlock disabled in a similar manner to CleverPin and it works perfectly in conjunction with iCaughtU as well.

There you have it, just 5 ways to keep things secure when you jailbreak iOS 7. You can never be too careful with an expensive item like the iPhone and the more protection you can put on it the better. The iOS 7 jailbreak provides you with all the tools you need.

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162447One of the most used apps on iOS 7 is the Music app, and that counts for all iOS devices.  If you think that the Music app could be made better, you are right, it can. However, there is only one way to do that.

Jailbreak iOS 7. That right; that is the only way to add some spice to the Music app and liven it up a little.  If you have jailbroken your iPhone, iPad or iPod then you are ready to go. If not, go do it, then come back and take a look at these 8 music tweaks for the iOS 7 jailbreak.

1.       ColorFlow – $1.99 – BigBoss

ColorFlow is a highly colored iOS 7 jailbreak tweak that lets you match the colors of the user interface to the album you are playing.  It may sound simple but things can get a little crazy sometimes. However, it all syncs together perfectly and you will love the effect.

2.       Pluck 2 – $0.99 – BigBoss Repo

Pluck was an iOS 6 tweak but now has support for the iOS 7 jailbreak.  It is a great tweak for queuing songs to play. While some prefer the Shuffle features, others prefer to know what is coming up next and this jailbreak app will speed that up for you.

It has options to configure ranging from where the icon shows up to how many songs you queue up.

3.       Colorize – $0.99 – BigBoss Repo

When you jailbreak iOS 7, one of the reasons is to change the color of something. This one is not a great deal different from ColorFlow because it gives you pretty much the same options. However, this one is slightly cheaper.

4.       MusicAppMod – $0.99 – BigBoss

This iOS 7 jailbreak tweak is more to do with data then anything else. It supplies you with information about a particular song, such as how often you have played the track, how long the track is, when it was released, etc.

You can also use this tweak to remove the artwork from the song list in your Music app.

5.       Spectral – Free – BigBoss Repo

This is a lock screen based iOS 7 jailbreak tweak. Whenever you are playing music the lock screen wallpaper will display the album art of that particular track, albeit a very blurred picture.

6.       NolSAlbumArt – Free-BigBoss Repo

This Cydia tweak removes the album art from your lock screen and it puts your music controls in a better place so they look more ordered.  It is basically a minimalist tweak, ideal for those who jailbreak iOS 7 to get rid of clutter.

7.       Aria – $1.99 – BigBoss Repo

Aria is one of the more simple yet elegant iOS 7 jailbreak tweaks and it is packed full of features.  It can change the Music app interface, change the way your entries look, hide or show the shuffle button and change how the scrubber looks, just to be getting started with.

If you like to really shake things up, this is the jailbreak tweak for you.

8.       CustomCover – $0.99 – ModMyi Repo

Fed up with the album art? Want to change it around a little? No problem. Just jailbreak iOS 7 and install CustomCover. Now you can make some simple changes to the way the album artwork looks as well as being able to disable or enable the media controls, add background blur and add the art as a wallpaper.

For music lovers everywhere, you should be able to find something amongst this little bunch when you jailbreak iOS 7.

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Intelliborn-TweaksWelcome back to our series on using the iOS 7 jailbreak to completely customize your iOS device.  Next, we are going to take a look at wallpapers:

Get Creative

While you can use one of your own photos as a wallpaper, you don’t have to. The iOS 7 jailbreak opens up many doors and one of those doors leads to creating your own wallpapers. Of course, you can always customize what you already have but if you are going to jailbreak iOS 7 you may as well take full advantage of what it offers.

For the non-jailbreaker, you can customize what you have by taking a screenshot of your existing iOS 7 home screen – press the lock and home buttons simultaneously – and then email the image to yourself.  That is now a template for you to use an editing program of your choice to create the perfect 950 x 540 pixel wallpaper.

There is a disadvantage to this type of custom wallpaper – you are unable to insert spaces between the app icons and you can’t move them about anywhere either. That is why people install the iOS 7 jailbreak.

There are a number of tweaks in Cydia that you can use to help you out here. One of the best is called Gridlock and it will cost you $2. What it does is map your home screens out in grids so that you can rearrange your icons exactly how you want them.

Get Busy on the Lock Screen

Historically, the lock screen has always been left out of Apple’s changes to the iOS. Until iOS 7, it was a pretty boring place. While Apple has gone some way to addressing this and making the lock screen more creative, there is still so much untapped potential there.

First off, let’s have a look at the wallpaper on your lock screen. Before you can change this you do have to jailbreak iOS 7 – there is no way to do this on a device that has not been jailbroken.

WinterBoard is the best place to start – we already mentioned this, it is a free app so download it from Cydia. There are a couple of preloaded themes, including wallpapers, included or you can download from a few hundred other jailbreak themes on Cydia.

As it stands, the default iOS lock screen is pretty useless but, if you want more than just a theme on it, there are a number of different apps in Cydia that you can pick from.  One of the best is IntelliscreenX. It does cost $10 but it adds so much more to your iOS lock screen.

For a start it gives you access to your system setting toggles so you can quickly enable or disable them. You can have your RSS or social network feeds on show, Mail, Messages, even the weather.  There is a free trial so give it a go and see how you get on with it.

That ends part 2 of our series on customizing your iOS device using the iOS 7 jailbreak. Although we are showing you ways to do it without jailbreaking, anyone would have to agree that it is far easier and there is a lot more choice when you jailbreak iOS 7.

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