CallBar v2 brings iOS 6 support and other new features to our favorite Phone app tweak

By , Nov 16, 2012

CallBar v2 is now available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and it brings iOS 6 support and a host of additional new features to the popular telephony tweak for jailbroken iPhones. One thing I noticed by looking at the change log, and from using CallBar v2, is that it is a very refined experience. Elias Limneos and Joshua Tucker spent a lot of time stamping out bugs present in previous versions, and it shows.

While fixes are nice, new and improved features are even better, and CallBar v2 benefits from a number of them. First of all, there’s true iOS 6 support built right in. I was able to test CallBar v2 on both an iOS 6.x and iOS 5.x device, and they both worked pretty much identical to one another.

For those of you who still may feel a little reluctant to upgrade to iOS 6, you’ll no doubt appreciate how CallBar v2 brings many of the iOS 6 phone features to iOS 5.x. Options that are normally only available on the latest firmware like “Reply with Messsage” and “Remind me Later”, are now available on iOS 5, and they work exactly as you would expect.

As we normally tend to do, we’ve created a video walkthrough that showcases some of the new features present in CallBar v2. We invite you inside to take a look at our video, along with more details concerning the new upgrade…

Obviously the big feature here is the iOS 6 support and the “back to iOS 5″ phone call features mentioned above. But the changelog for CallBar is extensive, so much so, that it would be difficult to show you all of new features and enhancements on video.

Downsides to CallBar v2 are few, but some may be disappointed to see options like Skype and Viber banner alert support removed. After talking to the folks behind the design, it turns out that since Skype and Viber now feature their own respective banners, having the function in CallBar would be redundant, hence the feature was removed.

Here’s just a sample of what to expect:

  • There are new call back options added to the lock screen
  • CallBar integrates tightly with Siri initiated phone calls and Bluetooth headsets
  • There’s tap to answer
  • New color options for the in-place dialer

The best thing about CallBar is that it lends the ability to initiate and receive phone calls from anywhere, without having to open the stock iOS dialer. That means that you no longer have to remove focus from what you’re currently doing just to accept a phone call or initiate a phone call.

CallBar options and new color schemes for the In-Place Dialer.

Even better, is the ability for Siri users and Bluetooth headset users to initiate these calls via those means, and still retain the current app focus. It’s a luxury that should be stock within iOS, but it’s probably something we’ll never see Apple implement.

That’s okay, because the developer and designer duo Elias Limneos, and Joshua Tucker, combine for quite the one-two punch as far as quality and polish is concerned. There an obsessive, almost Apple like attention to detailed paid here, and it’s readily evident as soon as you begin using CallBar.

With CallBar v2, iOS 5.x gets iOS 6 hangup options.

So how much will all of the new fixes and upgrades cost? For previous owners of CallBar it’s a completely free upgrade. For new users, it’s $3.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Considering the effort that has gone into developing and refining this tweak, along with the new features that it brings to the table, I think it’s well worth the asking price. This isn’t the type of tweak that you install just to show off to your friends. No, it’s the type of tweak that you absolutely yearn for when there’s no current jailbreak for your device.

Let me know what you guys think about CallBar v2 in the comment section below.

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  • jose castro

    cant wait for the iphone 5 to be jailbreakin to install this tweak

    • jose castro

      also will it be compatible for iPhone 5 jailbreak when it comes out?

      • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

        We will make sure to add compatibility as soon as possible afterwards.

      • Pablo

        I noticed callbar now has transparent banners and buttons instead of solid, now recognizing who is calling is more difficult, is there any way to change back to solid banners?

      • http://www.joshmtucker.com/ Joshua Tucker

        Are you using the paid version or a pirated one?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    the world wants the iphone 5 jailbreak

  • seyss

    you forgot to thank Geohot for all this being possible

  • http://twitter.com/alexx1291 Cazz

    All these tweak vids are making us iPhone 5 people depressed lol

    • jose castro

      very lol ;P

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      not me cause i have iphone 5 but kept my iPhone 4S..

    • http://twitter.com/PJGriffin317 PJ Griffin

      True that.
      An iPhone 5 with jailbreak? well bye bye S3..

  • http://www.facebook.com/theunsk Theuns Koegelenberg

    Its not on big boss repo yet?..

    • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

      Nope, it’s live now! It’s been up for a few hours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    his app is finally working 100% perfectly..

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Oh how I miss my gd callbar and my f’n jb. I’m close to fck’n snapping…

  • Matt

    ah finally updated! been waiting for this!

  • Damian W

    I am very happy to see it for iOS 6. However, I see some features were removed and I really liked them to use. Now lock screen does not have a callbar for incoming calls before you hit the answer button. Also the answer/decline buttions on the bar are gone.

    • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

      We removed the banner from the lock screen because the handling has been improved. Dismissing on the lock screen puts it into table cell which can be tapped to bring back up. Huge improvement in that regard. There was no need to keep it the way it was with the new changes.

      And since we added tap to answer for banners, we removed the buttons. From the beginning, I have always not been fond of the buttons. They don’t fit or look good on the banner so we decided to pull the plug on it since we offered a better solution.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=829245704 Matthew Cleveland

        I actually prefer the answer/decline buttons on the bar. :( I’ll stick with the previous version then.

      • Damian W

        would it be possible to at least bring back the answer/decline icons on the bar? And the same for the callbar at lock screen. What I mean is that if you could include it as a choice for those who prefer the older method. Just make a list of choices instead of removing them. I would hugely appreciate it just as many others people who love your tweaks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/romeocaoxoxo Romeo Thái Tử

    Kill me now, I am using iPhone 5 T.T

  • http://twitter.com/roafhtun Roaf

    There is a bug not showing seconds when calling with phone app

    • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

      Do you have Answer In-Place enabled? If you do, it doesn’t show in the Phone.app because it allows you to navigate without being stuck to the call screen.

      • iUser2012

        I have same problem and I didn’t understand the relevance of your response. There might be misunderstanding regarding the problem. Answer in place is on and when it rings regular banner appears no problem with that. The problem is that when I make a call from phone.app it keeps saying “calling …” even after the call is connected. It is should display the duration of call. No Callbar but just classic phone.app use. The screen message hangs at calling state even though I am connected and continue to talk on the phone. I believe it should not prevent duration from being displayed as the call is not initiated via Callbar. This looks like a bug to me. I have iOS 5.1.1 installed on iPhone 4 with Callbar 2.2-4

      • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

        One thing; do you have “Use CallBar for all outgoing calls” enabled in Settings?

      • iUser2012

        no. I do not enable it on purpose so that I could be able to use stock phone app. yet, it looks like Callbar still interferes with outgoing calls made from stock app directly or prevents phone app functioning normal. phone app cannot display duration of outgoing call if that setting is disabled. if enabled it is normal callbar takeover yes, but the situation I experienced indicates a problem.

  • http://twitter.com/skypawn Yen-Ting Chen

    There are some issues answering calls on lockscreen with Lockinfo installed! It overlaps Lockinfo when there’s an incoming call.

    And when finished, Lockinfo disappeared and left with only the original lockscreen clock which I replaced with the lock weather plugin from Lockinfo.

    Hope there’s a fix for that or just bring back “disable Callbar on lockscreen” option, since no need to browse around when just picking up a call from lockscreen, plus all other call options are anther tap away.

    Nevertheless, Callbar is still an awesome tweak and one of the top reason for jailbreaking! Thanks developers!

    • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

      We are working on a version currently that improves the experience with LockInfo and ISX greatly. We will be submitting an update for all users as soon as possible.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Tate/100001331093009 Chris Tate

        It’s semi transparent and can’t fix the problem any help would be great

      • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

        Purchase a legitimate copy of CallBar.

  • RarestName

    I rebooted and the phone will crash even in safe mode. I removed it and my problem disappeared.

    Update: The issue magically disappeared itself.

    • Damian W

      this happens when you run many tweaks

  • http://www.facebook.com/myrna.khayat Myrna Karam Khayat

    lol, yea tweaks, but let’s do the A5 and untethered A4 ios6 jailbreak first!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=643583833 Dailen Gunter

    SOLD! Thanks for the vid :-D

  • noracuts

    Enabling CallBar for outgoing calls screws with the Bluetooth system in both of my cars. When using the car’s voice dialling or phonebook it will always call the last number dialled.
    Please look into that.
    Otherwise, it’s awesome, I loved the v1 and v2 is even better.

    • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

      Thanks for the heads up. Someone else reported this. We have it on our list to investigate.

    • http://joshmtucker.tumblr.com/ Joshua Tucker

      Our most recent update should fix this issue.

  • hack_nug

    Now I only have to wait for Forecast, Switchy and iFile :D

  • hermantf

    I believe that of all the interruptions that can happen on the iPhone (email, texts, any notification really), the most important of all of them, and the one that requires the most immediate attention, is a phone call. Same goes for making a call; it’s the thing that requires the most attention from me and from the phone.

    It’s my opinion after several days with this tweak, that the banner interface is too small and too minimalistic. The caller ID photo is so small that it requires much more effort to see than the stock phone app. Same goes for trying to touch the speakerphone/favorites/recents/etc. buttons. I sometimes see an incoming call (on the callbar) and think it’s just another reminder, or notification that doesn’t require my immediate attention. A call on call waiting is difficult to see and difficult to switch out because the interface is too minimalistic.

    For me, if callbar was just a bit more obvious (intrusive??), it would be perfect. Regardless though, I like it more than the stock phone app.

  • http://twitter.com/umutucler Umut Ucler

    I would love to see an integration with iSmart dialer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/itsyasso Yasso AlSaiwi

    How to save the numbers which i enter while using CallBar?!
    “if i end the call, i lose it!! “

  • disqus_JxcieCyP92

    alright, installed this seemingly awesome tweak…and it isn’t working…i’ve uninstalled and reinstalled but every time i swipe down, my notification center comes down…am i screwin up somewhere? I have an iphone 5, any help?

  • http://twitter.com/raymontlagne Raymont Lagne

    Wish I could type a URL in my browser while Callbar is up but it blocks the way. All top of the app navigations in any app are not accessible while Callbar is on screen. Wish it could float and be moved around to use top of app features. Am I missing something?

  • http://www.facebook.com/avi.finkel.7 Avi Finkel

    I have callbar but had to stop using it because when your on a call you hear the call waiting beep but you can’t see who the incoming call is if anyone knows a fix for this I’d appreciate it