One of the best and most popular jailbreak tweaks out there, Ryan Petrich’s (@rpetrich) Activator, has received an update adding support for Apple’s Touch ID. You can download the updated jailbreak tweak from within the Cydia Store, where it’s available free of charge.
For those unfamiliar with Activator, the jailbreak tweak allows users to assign custom actions to particular gestures. For example, you can have your iDevice lock upon a triple-press of the Home button, or you can assign “next track” and “previous track” actions to the volume buttons.
As of Activator 1.8.3, however, iPhone 5s users can assign custom actions to a Touch ID gesture. This means you could have the smartphone navigate to the Home screen once a finger is placed over Touch ID (à la Virtual Home), or you could have the gesture launch an app, switch over a preassigned toggle, or perform a Music app-related task.
Here’s a full list of changes made in Activator 1.8.3:
- Fix arm64-specific crashes
- Fix long reboot times on iOS 7
- Update localizations
- Add fingerprint event on iPhone 5s
- Better detect device capabilities on iOS 7
Earlier today, we told you about two recent Touch ID-based additions to the Cydia Store: BioProtect and AppLocker for iOS 7. Both jailbreak tweaks allow users to protect individual iOS applications using a fingerprint and Apple’s Touch ID scanner; BioProtect can be downloaded for $2.99, while AppLocker is available for just $0.99.
Activator, on the other hand, can be downloaded free of charge in the Cydia Store.
Check out the updated jailbreak tweak now, or for more of our recent news, see: The Popular Fantastical 2 Is Now Even Better Running Under iOS 7, Protect Individual iOS Apps With Touch ID Using These Jailbreak Tweaks, and P0sixspwn For iOS 6.1.3–5 Now Available For All The Windows Users Out There.