Cydia 1.1.19 allows themes and tweaks to customize Cydia

Cydia 1.1.19 is now available which brings huge change to the Cydia. Jay Freeman aka Saurik has released a major update for the Cydia – a jailbreak app store. The new Cydia now runs as “mobile” rather than “root.” It means that jailbreak apps and tweaks can now modify the look and feel of the Cydia itself, which was not possible prior to this update.

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After the release of Cydia 1.1.19, Cydia Substrate tweaks or apps can now modify Cydia and theme it just like any other section of iOS. Before this, Cydia always retained the same stock look even after installing jailbreak tweaks and themes that changed the look and feel of iOS.

This latest Cydia is huge because it not only allow customization of Cydia itself, all the existing tweaks and themes remains working. This means that a whole new calss of tweaks become available for Cydia.You can install this latest Cydia update by opening Cydia and going into Changes tab.

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Cydia 1.1.19 change log

Cydia now runs as “mobile” instead of “root”. This means that Cydia Substrate extensions (tweaks) can now modify Cydia, just like those tweaks modify other apps and iOS.

How this will affect you: After you install this upgrade, you may be surprised to see that your installed tweaks are modifying Cydia. For example, if you have a tweak installed that improves how the keyboard works in all apps, it will now improve keyboards in Cydia as well.

Tweaks may have problems: Some tweaks may have bugs in how they affect Cydia, such as applying an odd color to a piece of text, because their developers have not been able to test this before. Please be patient and give developers time to update their tweaks — you can often follow them on Twitter for news and updates. You can temporarily uninstall a tweak if it is causing problems for you.

What if something goes wrong? If you install a tweak that causes Cydia to be unusable, you can fix it by booting your device with Cydia Substrate disabled (which also disables all tweaks). To do this: turn off your device, and turn it on while pressing the volume up button until it finishes booting. Then open Cydia, uninstall the buggy tweak, and reboot again to go back into normal mode.

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