The photos application that comes as stock on Apple iOS devices is probably one of my favorite apps on my iPhone and iPad. I know, it seems like a bizarre statement to make considering the amount of amazingly innovative and beautiful applications that exist amongst the 543,000 on the App Store. However, the simple nature of Photos App, mixed with its functionality and deep integration into the operating system has made me fall in love with it.
But, as we all know, falling in love is easy, it is human nature after all, but the difficult part is remaining in love. I am now onto my fourth iPhone and second iPad and there is a consistent, niggling little gripe that I have with the Photos App that could have produced a ripple in our otherwise perfect relationship. I am far from being an accomplished photographer, but I do love taking photographs. Whether it is a shot of a loved one (usually my dog), or a quick snap of a shop window when I am out and about, my Photos App is full of a random collection of images. Imagine my distress when I was out of the country, trying to email some photographs home and my beloved Photos Application let me down by refusing to allow more than five images to be selected for emailing.
Prior to this, I had never known there was a limit to how many photographs you could send to the Email App from within Photos. I guess it is one of those limitations that you never come across until you come across it, and then you are totally perplexed by its existence. iOS 4 and 5 brought some great improvements to the application, with the ability to create individual user albums from your camera roll and actually seeing a world map which shows the locations of where photographs were taken thanks to a clever geotag embedded in the photograph at the time of capture.
Thankfully, Cydia has come to the rescue again with the recently released and aptly named ‘Mail More Photos’ tweak. An iOS developer known as ‘noppers’ has entered the Cydia store with an initial 1.1 release of his tweak, released onto the ModMyi repository. So often is the case in the jailbreak community, a developer comes across an issue which causes them distress and they decided to ‘fix’ it, which I like to think is the case in this instance.
The Mail More Photos tweak hooks directly into the Photos App and effectively allows an infinite number of photographs to be selected and shared via email. A very nice extra with the tweak is the real time update it performs on the navigation bar of the application when the user is selecting photographs to share. The nav bar is actually updated to show how many photographs are selected and what the total size is in terms of megabytes, which is extremely useful if you are intending to email the images to an email address with an inbox receiving limit.
Mail My Photos is available now for $0.99 on the ModMyI repository within Cydia and requires a device running iOS 4 or above.
You will obviously need to have jailbroken device to run it. For jailbreaking iOS 5 untethered, follow our complete step by step instructions posted here to jailbreak iPhone, iPad, iPod touch on iOS 5.0.1 using Redsn0w.
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Jailbreaking is a process that changes little by little with each iOS upgrade. Rather than always publishing new guides, we’re simply going to keep this one up to date. If you want to jailbreak your iOS device, you’ve come to the right page.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: This jailbreak is only available for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches that do not have an A5 chip. That means if you own an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S you cannot jailbreak at this time. Please do not attempt to use this jailbreak on your device as it will not work and could cause serious problems. A jailbreak for your device is underway and hopefully we’ll see it soon. For now, those of you with older devices are good to go.
Current Untethered Version: iOS 5.0.1 For additional jailbreak options for older versions of iOS, please see the list at the bottom of this page. As this guide is updated, previous versions of the guide will be archived there as well.
Current Tethered Version: iOS 5.0.1 We do not recommend tethered jailbreaking, as it requires you to connect your iDevice to your computer to boot it every time. This is especially bad with new operating system releases, as they tend to freeze up a bit more. You probably don’t want your device freezing up and becoming unusable while you’re out and about, so you really should wait until an untethered jailbreak is available for iOS 5. That said, if you’re jailbreaking for development purposes or carry a laptop with you everywhere, this post will show you can do it.
How to Jailbreak: The Step by Step Process
The video above will show you how the whole process works, both on your computer and your iOS device. The video depicts the jailbreak process for iOS 4.3.1 but it is identical to the process for iOS 4.3.3 (and 4.3.2, for that matter). Here are the individual steps:
Before getting started, make sure you are running iOS 5.0.1, as this jailbreak will only work on iOS 5.0.1 and not 5.0.0. If you’re still running 5.0.0, update to 5.0.1. Also, be sure your iDevice does not run on an A5 chip. (This means iPad 2s and iPhone 4S’.) Any earlier device that can run iOS 5.0.1 should work just fine. (This means the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM, iPhone 4 CDMA, iPad 1, iPod touch 3G, and iPod touch 4G.)
Turn off your iDevice, connect it to your computer, and open up the redsn0w application.
On the redsn0w application window you’ll see a Jailbreak button. Click it. You’ll be told you’ll need to put your iDevice into DFU mode and to click the Next button when ready. When you are ready, go ahead and click it.
Hold down the power button at the top of your iDevice for three (3) seconds. Next, continue holding down the power button but also hold down the home button for a total of 10 seconds. Finally, let go of the power button but continue holding down the home button for another 15 seconds, or until redsn0w changes screens and tells you it’s exploiting your device for the jailbreak.
Once redsn0w has finished doing its business, it’ll ask you what you want to do for this jailbreak. By default, only Cydia will be checked. Most of the other options are irrelevant, but you might want to check Enable multitouch gestures if you want additional multitouch gestures on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Wait a few minutes for the jailbreak to finish and for your iDevice to reboot. Once it has booted, you’ll see the Cydia icon on your home screen (although it may not be on the first page, so look around). Open it up and you’ll have access to a bunch of jailbreak hacks.
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