Chpwn Unveils Zephyr, an Awesome Multitasking Tweak for the iPhone

By , Dec 28, 2011

Hot on the heels of the release of his popular Siri port, Spire, the infamous iOS hacker known as chpwn has released another jailbreak tweak. The utility, known as Zephyr, will change the way you switch between active apps.

The program is a two-part tweak with a focus on multitasking. Chpwn has been talking about Zephyr for several weeks, saying things like “you guys are really going to love this.” And tonight, it finally hit the Cydia Store.

Zephyr has two major functions, the first of which allows you switch between open applications on your iPhone by swiping left or right. The utility also gives you the ability to swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen to reveal the multitasking bar.

Chpwn demos the tweak:

If you’ve been looking for a way to multitask more efficiently on your iPhone, and other apps like Activator aren’t quite doing it for you, you might want to check this out. Zephyr is available on the BigBoss repo in Cydia for $2.99.

While the price might seem a bit steep for such a minimal tweak, keep in mind that chpwn has said that he plans to add gestures in the future via free updates.

Have you downloaded Zephyr yet? What do you think?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1156114852 Sean Cua

    my cydia is not loading! how can i fix it?!?!

    • Anonymous

      Reinstall the jailbreak

  • Anonymous

    bought it and love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bibekghim Bibek Ghimire

    The problem I see is if you’re in the notification center an you try closing it, it’ll also open the multitasking bar and that could get annoying.

    • http://twitter.com/ColdGlueGun Bryce Sperling

      true…didn’t think of that.

    • Anonymous

      nice, but i still go to Multiflow or Widget taskbar

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

      Click the home button to close notification center instead.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bibekghim Bibek Ghimire

        That works but my goal is to completely avoid having to press the home button with the exception of actually going to the home screen.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bibekghim Bibek Ghimire

        That works but my goal is to completely avoid having to press the home button with the exception of actually going to the home screen.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is a great tweak but will only purchase it once it is able to go to home screen using a gesture.

    • Kok Hean

      Use Activator.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xComebackxKidx Craig Rhudy

    You can already swipe to change apps without jail breaking and activator let’s you swipe up from the bottom left, right or middle to open multitasking, simulate the home button or even put your phone to sleep. Fuck this app. Get activator.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xComebackxKidx Craig Rhudy

      And you start the swipe from outside the screen. So closing notification center won’t open multitasking

      • Anonymous

        And yes it will, because NC also closes from swiping from outside the screen

      • http://www.facebook.com/bibekghim Bibek Ghimire

        No. NC closes without swiping from off-screen. Try it out for yourself.

    • Anonymous

      Activator does not have this option………..It does have swipe up from bottom,bottom-left,& bottom-right (I use from bottom-right to activate switcher), but you cannot swipe between apps like that with Activator. There isn’t even in Activator action to switch between apps at all, only to set actions for a specific app, and to activate the switcher. Activator and the swipe up to activate switcher action is no where near as nice and smooth as the way this tweak does it. FYI

      • Anonymous

        Well IF you use Zephyr only for the built in task manager, it is nice and smooth. And it’s free. Just because you use all the features it may offer, does not make it better for everyone else who doesn’t. Although Craig Rhudys way of telling that may not be nice (fuck and stuff)

  • Anonymous

    Nice Now we just need a 4s jailbreak

    • Anonymous

      Go figure……………….Haven’t heard that a billion times. Plus……….this post is about a jailbreak tweak.

      • http://www.facebook.com/farunanu Faruq A. Nan

        well ios 6 jailbreak for 4s obviously is probably out on sunday

  • teppo testimies

    dis like nokia n9 :P

    • Anonymous

      Quite a resemblance.

  • Anonymous

    This is like the multitasking gesture in iPad 2. Except you can pinch with 5 fingers to return to home menu from anywhere.

    • Anonymous

      It is on the original iPad as well.

      • Anonymous

        Yes duh both iPad have it.

      • Anonymous

        No need for the “duh”. You only mentioned the iPad 2, so I brought it up.

        And that would be both “iPads” have it.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah duh duh DUHHHHH, mr obvious. I was in a rush and forgot the S. Suck a thumb if you can’t take it.

      • Anonymous

        “Suck a thumb”?

        That’s what I have your mother for, moron.

        Can’t take what? Your overwhelming idiocy?

      • Anonymous

        Lmao, kid. Playing mothers uh i see? Your’s must be a crappy pirate. Wait, i don’t even want to bother playing along with you anymore. Bye kid, wise up more.

      • Anonymous

        “Your’s”?

        It is fairly obvious who the child is. And apparently one who needs to spend less time on the Internet needlessly insulting their elders, and more time in English class.

  • http://twitter.com/BooM_LN Luis Noé

    I saw this concept before

  • http://pattaya-travel.com/ jo-macral

    I think this is well worth the price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zmajstro Zoran Majstrović

    I really can not see why this is awesome…
    It is useless to say the least…

    • Anonymous

      It is only as useless as any other jailbreak tweak in existence is……………………………………………………………………………..People.lol

  • Anonymous

    I’ve just restored my iPhone 4 to stock because after jailbreaking and installing nothing but Winterboard, SBSettings, Springtomize 2 and Infinifolders, my iPhone was leaking memory .. There is a serious flaw in this jailbreak because no other version has made my phone with 350mb available memory suddenly go down to 150mb and hover around 200 free when there isn’t an app running.

    I’m sticking with stock or going back to 4.3.3 which was stable .. I also noticed the phone after jailbreaking had a habit of randomly rebooting itself for no reason, this happened much more on the tethered 1 mind u but it has happened at least once on the untethered.

    • Kok Hean

      RAM?

      • Anonymous

        Whatever the available memory relates to in SBSettings .. I’ve never had less than 300 with any jailbreak or amount of tweaks but on iOS 5 with the untethered it is far lower than is acceptable for me, there is nothing to justify the 150mb difference when nothing is running apps wise and probabaly 10 less tweaks than I had on 4.3.3

      • Kok Hean

        150 MB of free memory is more than enough to keep it running smooth!

      • Anonymous

        I know but that isn’t the point, I don’t care if it has 370 or 100, the point is that it is using memory hand over fist when doing nothing and 4.3.3 certainly didn’t do this .. Saying it’s enough is like saying the car you bought has a door missing but it still drives fine.

        I don’t care whether it uses a lot of memeory but the fact it’s using so much for no apparent reason, like straight after a reboot when no apps are running it will go from 350 free to 200 without even touching it, that isn’t right and there is clearly something going on which needs investigation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Bailey/100001793622814 James Bailey

      Did u happen to think it might have a little to with iOS 5.0.1 and not so much the jailbreak you have far less system file running in the back with 4.3.3 but u will do what u want

    • Dan

      I think the problem is with your phone…

      I jailbroke 5.0.1 yesterday, installed a ton of tweaks (winterboard, perpage html widget, sbsettings, gridlock, barrel, folder enhancer etc…) When I have no apps running, I’m at around 270 ram free.

      With 3 apps (browser, angry birds and weather eye) running I’m at 220.

      If I load an additional game like infinity blade then I drop down to 140′ish, but that’s with 4 apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shu-Tse/100003031122741 Shu Tse

    This tweak is cool if you know it, for everyone else it will happen accidentily faster than you can blink.

  • dagobertba

    Off:
    I have a question about MacBook Pro’s battery.
    If I put my MacBook to charger, but my battery is full does it use the battery or not?
    If yes is there any way to get my MacBook to don’t use the battery, because i don’t want to use it at home?
    Thanks:
    LordFanThomas

    • Anonymous

      I does not use the battery once it’s charged

  • dagobertba

    Oops, sorry i sent it twice

  • http://twitter.com/hassabo98 Mohamed Hassabo

    Its great!
    It doesnt come up in notification center too

  • Anonymous

    does it work in ios 4?

  • Dan

    not showing up for me in big boss

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaavvv Javier Russo

    looks great!! but I have a 4S ouch

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaavvv Javier Russo

    looks great!! but I have a 4S ouch

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7CNFBJ3MFTMIKNDOSZINL4UANI ChazB

    this is awesome! but i will wait and see what comes from it in the future before i drop 3 bucks on it

  • Anonymous

    This is actually implemented in the latest Nokia Symbian release. Too bad its as good as dead on arrival,

  • L F

    ive been doing that using activator for years

  • Anonymous

    I think this tweak has a lot of potential and I’ll wait for more new features; as right now, it doesn’t interest me in order to pay $3.00 for it. Activator is FREE and is a thousand times more useful than this tweak.

  • Anonymous

    still too jittery/laggy.

    seems more at home on android (no trolling intended, from my recent year-long bout with android, this is what it feels like).

  • Anonymous

    I would totally buy this if it didn’t conflict with MultiCleaner (yes Chpwn personally confirmed this to me).

    And I have to Backgrounder, Multifl0w. & MultiCleaner on my iOS 5 device. It just doesn’t do enough to give up what MultiCleaner offers.

    However I’m sure it’s a great tweak, despite that it interferes with MultiCleaner

  • Anonymous

    Well with Activator you can do the same, and it’s free !

    • http://soundcloud.com/butyourecooltoo Tom Howe

      you can’t switch between apps without bringing up the switcher with activator, and zephyr is much smoother.

  • http://twitter.com/oioiLe Le

    A Free Alternative combo works almost same:
    Activator + LastApp