All new iOS 9 & 64-bit Devices Cydia Substrate (last known as Mobile Substrate) released in Cydia!

The maintainer  and the creator, Jay Freeman, of the App Store alternative for jailbroken devices has renewed Cydia Substrate (last known as Mobile Substrate) to version number 1.1.16. The most recent Evasi0n7 jailbreak release succeeded in taking everyone by surprise, even Freeman, but the news from today lets us know that the last piece from the jailbreak puzzle is in her place, letting developers to update freely their extensions and packages for the latest Apple’s  64-bit devices like iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6s.

The jailbreak edition Evasi0n7 was brought to us about a week ago, and while it is fit to successfully liberate all devices that are using iOS 9.0.x, but it has rendered useless without a working version of Cydia Substrate, from a end-user perspective. Saurik, the online name under which Freeman is known, acted to adapt Cydia to iOS 9 and to help this current version of Substrate to stitch together  the operating system and the extensions.

The fact that Cydia 1.1.16 Substrate is available does not mean that all the packages on Cydia will work on newer devices. Products from Apple like iPad Air 2, iPhone 6s and the new iPad mini with Retina are all powered by the 64-bit A9 processor. Saurik with the release announcement of the Mobile Substrate also made a statement to the tweak and extension developers that they will need to recompile the software and modify their work considering the ARM64 architecture:

“@Saurik: Substrate 1.1.16000 has been released, with support for iOS 9 and ARM64. (For extensions to work on ARM64, they must be recompiled to ARM64.)”

Even if we are not above the finale obstacle of achieving in terms a totally functioning jailbreak software for devices using 64-bit processors, it is a relief that the finishing line is finally getting in our reach. So the availability for Cydia Substrate updates is pointing that developers are not pressed to find new inventive ways in what matters the limitations of jailbreaking. Recompiling and updating packages for ARM64 are not supposed to be that prolonged to make us imagine a barrage on the tweak updates that are default repositories in the immediate future.

For all those who haven’t heard about Cydia Substrate or about what’s all the fuss about you should know that it’s a one of the most important part of the meeting between the consumer and jailbreak. The Substrate is the base structure that lets developers provide run-time patches for the default system functions in the operating system of Apple mobile. The protection that prevents system failures is also provided by this base structure by setting the device into Safe Mode in the case that something goes wrong.

If any of you followed our previous guide: “How to fix MobileSubstrate Tweaks On iOS 9 Without Any Side Effects” and have installed the package called “Mobile Substrate Fix”, it’s very important to remove that package before proceeding to install the new update Cydia Substrate from Saurik.

The old package “Mobile Substrate Fix” can be removed by exploring the following path: Cydia/Manage/Packages.

The new package named Cydia Substrate can be installed by exploring the following path: Cydia/Changes  and after you only have to tap on the “Upgrade” button localized at the top right.

You can personalize your Home screen using Icon Masks tweak

Change is fun and it is part of our lives, including our phone. And  a way to do that is changing your theme for the iOS7 jailbreak. This is the easiest method and it’s comfortable to do that. But why stop here? Why not thinking at something new, exciting to customize  your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch?
Did somebody think at this kind of thing? Of course. The creativity is endless and this time its name is Icon Masks and it is awesome.

How does it work?

A file replacement extension for iOS, called Winterboard, helps you to see this change. Actually, it installs several Icon Masks which make your life more beautiful, getting rid of monotony. On your screen, every day, can appear  another shape like the sea, star, different kinds of squares, circle, eye, guitar and so forth.
But actually, what does it do? Your screen will get some extra flare. You might have some fun playing with all sorts of shapes if you want to choose to install the greatest theme for Winterboard. Let’s take an example: a hexagonal mask. And suddenly, your phone screen will become magical. Take a look at the screenshots above, to see the vintage mask, on the left side, and the cloud mask, on the right side.
For now, Icon Masks tweak  is at the beginning and it has, also, disadvantages. For instance, only the screen can be modified. If you want to apply the same thing to folders or to Calendar, you’ll have to be patient, because, for the moment, this is not available. But, for sure, it’s just a matter of time until the designers will find a way to satisfy the costumers’ desires.

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How can  you get this Icon Masks ? First of all, this is developed by ideaprison and you can get it for free on Cydia in the default ModMyi archive. Just wait a little and enjoy the option for the screen, because soon there will be updates for the Calendar and for folders. So, have fun with several available options which you can configure in Settings. If, somehow, Icon Masks is not enough for you, you can also search for Badge Masks, a similar tweak for badges, and this time Cydia is again your friend, because it  can satisfy your curiosity for badges.
And now I’m sure that you are curious to see how your screen looks with Icon Masks installed. After doing this, please share your joy with us by screenshots in the comment.