Issues with Cydia apps and Apple App Store apps

It’s well known, that when you decide to have that iPhone of yours jaibroken, you are entering some muddy waters. With the latest evasi0n jailbreak of iOS 7.0.4 and lately 7.0.6, I have encountered more problems than I care to remember. However, after the dust has settled, I have eventually an iPhone which works again, as I wanted it to work.

One thing I’ve noticed, is that some Cydia apps, can create havoc with some Apple App Store apps. Before going into details, here is my testing environment.

  1. iPhone 4S running iOS 7.0.6, jailbroken with the latest evasi0n 1.0.6 on a Mac.
  2. iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6, jailbroken with evasi0n 1.0.6 on a Mac again.

The problems I encountered refer to two App Store apps, namely Skype and AP News. The hack that seemed to influence both, is Eclipse, a hack that allows you to reverse the colors of your apps, so that you are using a dark environment instead of the familiar iOS white one.

I first noticed the problem on the iPhone 4S, on which the AP News program stopped working all of a sudden. The program will start and crash after showing the “Contacting the news server” message. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t make it work. I’ve even contacted Associated Press to ask for their assistance. Finally, I gave up on this, since I have other programs to learn the news around the planet.

Then I had a similar issue with Skype on iPhone 5. The program would start and show me the list of my contacts, but as soon as I pressed something (either a name to call someone, or one of the icons at the bottom of the page) the program would crash. I accidentally discovered that Skype would run fine though, if I disabled the Eclipse hack I was using until that moment. That prompted me to add Skype to Eclipse whitelist (a list of apps whose colors shouldn’t be touched by Eclipse). Boom, Skype worked fine with no problems!

I then tried the same trick on the iPhone 4S, I added AP News to Eclipse whitelist and again, AP News started working as it should.What is strange though, is that AP News worked fine in iPhone 5, with Eclipse installed, and Skype was running fine on iPhone 4S with Eclipse installed. So I guess, there is another factor involved, the platform used can affect different programs differently.

So, if you are using Eclipse hack and you find that one of your apps refuses to start, add it to Eclipse whitelist and see what happens.

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