Auxo for iPad review

By , Jun 6, 2013

Auxo iPad

I’ve been covering jailbreak tweaks for a long time, and I’ve seen quite a few big releases in my time doing so. Tweaks like Octopus Keyboard, IntelliScreen X, Dashboard X, and most recently, Velox, come to mind.

But perhaps no tweak has been as anticipated this year as Auxo for iPad has. It is, of course, the big brother to the original Auxo tweak for the iPhone, which has proved to be extremely popular, and just as successful.

Needless to say, Auxo for iPad has some fairly big shoes to fill, and even bigger expectations. We all know how Auxo looks and feels on the small screen, but the question is this: can such a tweak be successfully translated to the iPad’s significantly larger screen? More importantly, will it provide users with a better overall experience when using their devices? Check out our full review inside, as I break down the ins and outs of this long anticipated jailbreak release.

Video walkthrough

The basics

At its core, Auxo is a replacement for the stock iOS app switcher. The app icons that normally appear in the app switcher are replaced with full screenshots to help you gain context. Multitouch gestures are incorporated into the experience to make it simple for users to kill running apps. Auxo also features redesigned music controls and toggles to help you quickly enable or disable certain features on your device.

If you’ve used the iPhone version of Auxo before, then you know exactly what to expect here. Auxo for iPad was built with the iPad in mind, and features a few differences, but the core experience is exactly the same as it is on the small screen. If you’ve yet to read our Auxo review for the iPhone, then I highly urge you to do so, as it’ll provide some great background information on the history of the tweak.

The iPad experience

Even if you’re familiar with Auxo on the iPhone, the iPad version is different enough in form and function. After a few seconds of usage, it becomes readily apparent that this wasn’t just some lazy port to provide iPad users with the tweak. Instead, an inordinate amount of time and resources was used to make the Auxo experience on the iPad one that’s suited for the larger screen.

Auxo iPad portrait 01

The first thing you’ll notice about Auxo for iPad is the bigger app snapshots in the app switcher. Auxo really benefits from the additional real estate, and this has resulted in much bigger app screenshot previews, which make it easier to gather the context of your running apps. The app icons, which sit beneath the screenshots for the running apps, are much bigger as well. This allows you to quickly identify a running app, even if its screenshot preview is a bit unfamiliar. Up to six different apps can be displayed in the app switcher, and that applies to both portrait and landscape mode.

Auxo iPad 02

As you’d expect, the music controls and toggle interface have been tweaked for the iPad version. For one thing, the music transport controls are visible when viewing the album art and track scrubber, as well as when viewing the toggles. That’s because instead of placing the toggles on their own page, the album art and scrubber share the same frame with the toggles. This allows you to swipe between the toggles and the music scrubber, while maintaining access to transport controls at all times.

Auxo iPad

Up to seven toggles can be displayed at one time, and this can be adjusted down to as many as four per row in the tweak’s preferences. Speaking of toggles, Auxo for iPad is one of the first jailbreak tweaks to incorporate the new Flipswitch toggle framework. Flipswitch makes it easy for developers to implement standard functioning toggles with minimal code. The adoption of Flipswitch toggles is great, but it’s not without a bit of a sacrifice. Auxo for iPhone users will notice that the iPad version lacks the granular respring toggle controls found in its iPad counterpart.

Landscape support

One of the most exciting features about Auxo for iPad is its support for landscape mode. Yes, Auxo for iPad supports landscape mode, and for the most part, it works well. The transitions between portrait and landscape mode are super smooth on my iPad mini.

In landscape mode everything works just the same — swipe gestures, tap and hold gestures, music controls, and toggles. As mentioned, just as many apps (6) can fit into the landscape app switcher as they can in the portrait app switcher. That’s because the screenshot previews themselves are presented in a landscape mode, accommodating for the extra space found in the app switcher.

Auxo iPad landscape 01

There is one small caveat with landscape mode, however. Due to a limitation with iOS’ snapshotting system, you’ll sometimes notice that portrait snapshots are showcased while in landscape mode. They’ll still be displayed in a wider view, but the snapshots themselves will be shown at a 90 degree portrait orientation. This issue occurs when opening the app switcher in landscape mode with apps that haven’t been viewed in landscape mode. The snapshot issue happens, because iOS hasn’t had the opportunity to generate a snapshot of the app running in landscape mode. The same is true in the reverse scenario — Auxo running in portrait mode, while the app has only been viewed in landscape mode. As a workaround of sorts for this, the last valid snapshot is cached to display when encountering this scenario.

Preferences

Like other aspects of Auxo, its preferences more or less mirror the iPhone version. You’ll find an in-depth user guide, which explains the ins and out of the tweak, toggle options for managing Auxo’s toggles, and Prompt options for managing the prompts to close apps.

Auxo iPad prefs 01

The toggle options include the ability to enable the toggles page first, along with an option to show the media controls first if media is currently playing. You can also use the toggle page to change the amount of toggles displayed per row: four, five, six, or seven.

Auxo iPad prefs 05

Auxo allows you to hide and show the various toggles depending on your preference. Using the grabber handles, you can move toggles between the hidden and visible sections, along with rearranging the display order in the app switcher.

Auxo iPad prefs 04

The prompt options, found within its own dedicated section in the iPad version of Auxo, allow you to designate specific VIP apps that will remain open in varying circumstances. You can enable the “ask on remove all” feature to enable a prompt whenever the tap and hold kill gesture is used. You can designate the VIP apps and currently playing app to stay open on a remove all gesture, and to ask before removing them individually.

The final verdict

The original Auxo was arguably a groundbreaking tweak. It was extremely hyped before release, and if you ask me, it far surpassed those expectations. Now that we’ve been using Auxo for half a year, we’ve all grown used to it. I think it’s even safe to say that many, myself included, take the tweak for granted. I’ve been using this tweak for so long, that it’s become like a stock iOS feature to me.

With that in mind, it’s hard to get as excited about the iPad version of Auxo, when we’ve basically been using it day-in and day-out for the last six months. Yes, Auxo for iPad is an awesome new jailbreak tweak that will make a lot of folks happy, it’s just that some of the luster has been lost due to being overly familiar with the release. That said, I believe that Auxo for iPad will become the definitive version of the tweak in due time. Once a few of its 1.0 quibbles have been ironed out, (I experienced a crash or two during my intense hands-on testing, something that never happens to me when using the iPhone version) I don’t think that’ll even be up for debate.

Auxo was made for the large screen found on the iPad. The app screenshot previews are bigger, the app icons are easily identifiable, and the fact that it incorporates the new Flipswitch toggle framework bodes well for the future. Auxo won’t blow you away, just because we’ve all become so adapt to using it, but it’s a marvelous jailbreak tweak that’s certainly worth its asking price.

If you want to give Auxo for iPad a try, then head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo and get to downloading today. Folks who’ve already purchased the iPhone version can take advantage of special upgrade pricing for only $0.99. If you’re new to Auxo, then you’ll be asked to pay a very reasonable $1.99.

What do you think about Auxo for iPad? Has it lived up to your expectations? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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  • AdiiL

    $0.99 if I already have the iPhone version ?!
    DAMN IT !!

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Time to smash that piggy bank to get 4 quarters out of it ;)

    • Bjørn Holm

      Yeah, it’s almost too cheap.
      A awesome tweak like this could easily have been $5 or $10 in my opinion.
      If you seriously trying to say that a lousy 99 cents is way over your budget, then may e you need to rethink your financial issue.

      • Wesley bales

        Agreed its almost to cheap.

    • Kevin Guzman

      $0.99 for Auxo on the iPad? Way too cheap if you ask me.

      • Alejandro M. Marez

        I had to pay 2 whole bucks… So they made a little bit more money off of me since I had never bought Auxo for my iPhone. (It took up too much memory)

    • Marcos Frazão

      really sucks :/

    • Alejandro M. Marez

      Auxo didn’t run too well on my 4S. So I’ve been looking forward to this for a while! :D

  • http://twitter.com/PiraCee PiraCee

    Get ready for everyone to get annoyed about having to pay for months upon months of hard work from the developers. -_-

    Looks great. Excellent work devs!

    • Tom

      Already happened. Looking forward to buying this after I get off work.

    • Alejandro M. Marez

      So worth it!

  • Joe

    Been a huge fan of the tweak. It was a first-day purchase for me on the iPhone. I’ve had zero issues (none of this springboard crash loop nonsense). Auxo for iPad is another first-day purchase for me, unfortunately, every time I unlock the iPad, it resprings. I got the crash log, but who the hell knows how to read that. I just forwarded it to the devs. I’m sure it’ll be fixed, but even with the crashes, this is worth the $1 upgrade.

    • Joe

      For the record, I’m on an iPad 2. They wrote back in less than a minute. They asked that I download syslogd (since I already had crash reporter). Reboot, reinstall Auxo for iPad and then send the crash report.

      After doing all that, it didn’t crash. No, I didn’t uninstall anything else. Weird, but whatever ha. Everything works as advertised. It’s super smooth even on an iPad 2.

  • Markieze Anthony Mitchell

    I wish I had an ipad cause I would be all over this right now just like I am for the iphone version.

  • TinTonB

    Flipswitch is included with Auxo for iPad. It’s already finding its uses it seems!

  • DosXX

    Just purchased on my iPad 2 and it sends it straight to safe mode… anyone else have this problem?

    • Bjørn Holm

      Runs great on my iPad 3 on iOS 6.1.
      No issues here so far.
      Absolutely worth the 99 cent upgrade fee!
      And SO worth the wait.

      • DosXX

        I agree! I was willing to dish out two or three dollars for it. Maybe It’s not compatible with the iPad 2?

    • Arthur Couto Neves

      Same here

      • Steven De Keukeleire

        And same here. Installed it and went straight to safe mode. Any incompatibility issues with other tweaks?

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      Me too. After installing and tapping on “restart springboard” takes me right intosafe mode.

    • Thiago Mansur Gonçalves

      Same here! ://
      Please tell us if you fix that crash or discover why Auxo isn’t working in our iPad.
      I’m with iPad 2 running iOS 6.1.2.

    • J_W97

      I have submitted a fix to Cydia. Should be available soon

      • DosXX

        Thanks for the quick reply and update. Works flawlessly with both our iPad 2s!!! It’s awesome to see that you guys listen to the community and are quick to fix problems.

    • Daniel Eliasson

      Same here.

    • Rizky Briliantsyah Manurung

      I have same problem too.. :(

      • DosXX

        The update fixes the problem. Enjoy :)

      • Rizky Briliantsyah Manurung

        Really? I’ll check it.. thanks to informate me.. :D

  • Al

    Mad props goes out to A3Tweaks…

    The time delayed with this tweak… Is well worth it. And 2 bucks doesn’t compare to what this tweak is really worth.

    My iPad is complete… No more tweaks, maybe AltKeyboard :-)

    • Albert

      after having AltKeyboard on my iPhone 5 since it comes out, it feels so weird typing on the iPad… haha. I wouldnt mind Jellylock on iPad either…

  • Wesley bales

    I’ve been waiting all day!

  • Bjørn Holm

    Must say I’m pleasantly surprised on how fast and smooth Auxo is running on my iPad 3.
    It opens up instantly whereas on my iPhone 4S there can be a slight delay sometimes.
    Been going crazy Auxo’ing for like 5 minutes and I haven’t been able to make it crash yet.

  • Ehab

    Jeff, you forgot to add miniplayer to the big releases of jailbreak tweaks :D
    Its one of your favorite :)

  • Maurus Ramos

    Keeps crashing in my iPad 2

    • Bjørn Holm

      What iOS version are you using?

      • Albert

        iOS 6.1 iPad 2. Crashing on me too.

      • Maurus Ramos

        I’m on iOS version 6.1

    • kios

      me too,always crashing, ipad2 6.1.2

  • Nayef96

    Never leaves safe mode on iPad 2, anyone got a fix?

    • Bjørn Holm

      Sounds like there is a problem with Auxo and the iPad 2. What iOS version are you on?

      • Nayef96

        I’m running 6.1.2. I guess it’s not a hardware issue because Jeff is running it on a Mini, which has the same chip. So it’s probably a software issue.

      • Bjørn Holm

        There’s actually two different A5 chips. The early iPad 2 versions uses a 45 nm A5 chip, and the later revisions uses a 32 nm A5 chip. iPad mini also uses the 32 nm A5.
        But sure sounds like there’s a major issue with the iPad 2 and Auxo. :(

      • Nayef96

        Guess we’ll have to wait for thier next build…

      • kios

        solve the problem by uninstalling the tweak Badger, now Auxo works well, if you have installed badger, maybe that’s your problem, sorry for my English I speak Spanish only

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        No tengo badger e igual me manda a safe mode sin posibilidad de salir de alli

      • Marcos Frazão

        I have ipad 2 with ios 6.1.1 and auxo runs fine
        So what now…?

  • charlie feathers

    What?! No support for iOS 5.1.1? Lame!

    • Bjørn Holm

      Does it say that in Cydia? Or does it just say compatible with iOS 6? If I remember it right the iPhone version supports 5.1.1.

      • charlie feathers

        Yeah, I tried to buy it for ipad 2 running 5.1.1 and it gives me the old unable to purchase message not compatible on your ios version. Lol Oh well! I don’t really see why it wouldnt be compatible. It’s just another method to force people to upgrade to the newer ios I suppose.

  • Jamie Tilden

    Yaay now all we need is Velox for iPad

  • Liam Mulcahy

    Great!

  • Lance Baker

    It’s quite laggy on my iPad mini. Sad face.

  • http://andriyg.com/ AndriyG81

    Auxo + iPad2 = SafeMode
    there goes my precious dollar ;)

  • Raul Henriquez

    Howdy Ho guys : )

  • wadjj

    drag down performance for me (iPad 3), and I hit safe mode once when summoning switcher once right after installation, not impressed.Waiting for updates, the one on phone is rather stable now.

  • Alan Thomas

    This is awesome I love the iPhone version was waiting for ipad now im in heaven was suprized at 99 cents

  • wadjj

    and missing multi-task gesture toggle on iPad is a bit annoying, I uninstalled ncsettings but realized auxo doesn’t offer that

  • Raul Henriquez

    Don’t like the reveal animations, it fees slow.

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    Loved it in iphone. Now my ipad 2 keeps crashing and theres no way to usit without going into safe mode. Hope Sentry works on an update soon. Dont mind about the .99 its really cheap for all it can do.

  • Jevaun

    Has anyone with an iPad 2 (besides Joe) found a way to make Auxo work?

    • Bjørn Holm

      Sound like the latest Auxo update made it work on iPad 2.

  • batongxue

    Payment pending!
    Silly Amazon!!!!!
    Damn

  • tim

    i’ve had some funny ui glitches in my switcher. turns out its compatibility issues with Shrink

  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    Working nice. Reboots seem a little long; though…..

  • Reya Huang

    Now, the only thing that’s missing is an iPad… Good thing I managed to squeeze that promise out of my mom to buy me one once the next gen comes out!

    I was another one of those who the iPhone screen was just too small to see those screenshots…

  • tim

    i reckon there’s also some incompatibility with skiplock..whenever i wake it after leaving it for 10+ mins i have to hard reset it.. iPad 3 6.1.2

  • Damian W

    I would add to ipad version one big change. The media controls should be displayed at the first page of switcher below the apps we are running. Of course this function would be optional. Otherwise i find switcher media controls on second page useless in most cases.

  • Etienne

    After download auxo,some of my apps disappeared , but after reinstall everything work perfectly .
    Fantastic work guys

  • Barak Electroshop

    i keep getting safe mode after installing it. any idea wich tweak conflicts with it?

    • Barak Electroshop

      ipad 2 6.1.2

      • Sekut Merry

        same here :(

      • Nipplesourus

        :(

    • Jevaun

      I don’t have any other tweaks installed, and get safe mode every time. iPad2 6.0.1

    • Bjørn Holm

      Tried the latest version of Auxo?

      • Barak Electroshop

        latest version working 100% ok on my ipad 2 !

      • Marcos Frazão

        And how is your device ram? I find this too heavy to deal in ipad 2 for now, maybe soon they release few optimizations…

        i have few tweaks installed and nothing too heavy, aways i have above 230 free mb and feel drastic down when i use this with other apps, simple things like open this page in safari gives me less than 40 mb to deal.

  • @sexyhamthing

    Kinda cool, wish i had an ipad :)
    android for phones, ios for tablets

  • weztimonial

    Purchased it as soon as it came out.
    Working great on my iPad 3 running 6.1.2
    Thanks! Now i have it on both devices :)

  • Sameer Pusegaonkar

    Does anyone know when will graviboard be updated for ios6

  • Damian W

    Zephyr issues as usual. They can’t get it right. Zephyr is the only major tweak they should make sure it works with. In this case zephyr>>>auxo. I already gave up on auxo on iPhone. iPhone version despite being fixed always put me in safe mode from time to time. I would say this tweak is the biggest disappointment of the year. Everyone is excited about it and yet they are in safe mode all the time.

    • Bjørn Holm

      Not really, no.
      Doesn’t go in safe mode on my 4S or iPad 3.
      The first few iPhone versions did a few times, but the latest beta haven’t done it yet for me.
      iPad version doesn’t either.

      • Damian W

        I am a power user, therefore I am not going to limit myself to few tweaks because of Auxo. Usually, I have around 100 packages from cydia installed on iDevice and they work well together untill Auxo comes into play. Once Auxo is installed there is always some crash or unexpected safe mode or I need to uninstall other tweaks. In other words I spend hours to find a solution on how to make Auxo work on my iDevice.

        Fortunantely, I think with the latest Auxo updates and changing setting in zephyr I dont get crashes and safe mode anymore. Hope, it is gonna stay that way. The iphone version was too slow with zephyr and other better tweaks so I gave up on it, even though I did not have so many cashes. Zephyr is way more important than Auxo. One tweak I would never give up.

      • Bjørn Holm

        Wouldn’t call myself a power user, but I also have A LOT of tweaks and addons on both iPad and iPhone.
        More than I can count on both hands and feet. :)
        I haven’t used Zephyr though. Can’t see why I should.
        Multi-touch gestures works fine on the iPad, but can’t see why I should use it on the small screen on the iPhone.
        But can’t see why the two shouldn’t be able to work together. So hope they fix it, if they haven’t already.

      • Damian W

        Zephyr is great on both . While iPad gestures are good enough, the zephyr gestures spices up everything. iPhone definitely needs zephyr especially if home button is broken as it is the case with my phone

      • Al

        I’m quite intrigued by your statement you have 100 packages.. I have about 20 or so that I installed personally, And I thought that was “plenty.”

        How does your iPad hold up?

      • Damian W

        I just counted my lite number of tweaks and it is 75 plus extra plugins that come with cydia. With these plugins it is gonna be 130 packages. However keep in my mind this is my lite setup since I try to avoid issue. Before I used to have way more than 100 tweaks alone. Probably 150 or more.

        My ipad 2 used to barely hold up with not enough memory. My ipad 3 runs smooth as butter with 600mb ram left

  • Mads Teland

    I think they have to fix remove all apps from multitasking and sometimes remove a single app from multitasking causes to go to safe mode ;)

  • Daniel Eliasson

    Does it work with iPad 2? Mine goes into safemode.

    • Bjørn Holm

      Tried the latest update?

  • Fluxuated

    If I purchase for my iPad 3, do I have to purchase again for use in my iPhone 5?

    • Bjørn Holm

      I would think the upgrade deal would go both ways, or you could just buy it on the iPhone first.

  • shenanime

    this will add some good presentation in your GUI, very nice!

  • Zaidan Umar

    How bout giving this mini player music controls?

  • Matt Taylor

    I’m really sorry to say this and I know I’ll get flamed, but… It’s just not the same on iPad! It’s buggy, it’s slow, the multi orientation previews just don’t work, it all looks out of proportion! I just don’t like it! Uninstalled Auxo for iPad and genuinely disappointed! Sorry again, just trying to be honest :/

    • Bjørn Holm

      Which iPad do you have because Auxo is nice and fast on my iPad 3?

      • Matt Taylor

        I have an iPad 3 :) lol

      • Bjørn Holm

        Wow, no free RAM or something like that? Because it really runs great on my iPad 3.
        I have even tried opening A LOT of apps, and really trying to press the limit, but Auxo still opens just as fast as the normal multitasking bar on my iPad, whereas on my 4S, there can be a slight delay sometimes if the free RAM is low.

    • Gorgonphone

      i agree 100% i am removing it now… card switcher is much better any way

  • Marcos Frazão

    I’m find this too memory hungry on ipad 2 :/

  • Sir Chrome

    What a financial joke

    • Bjørn Holm

      I agree.. Way to cheap.. :)

  • Edvard Toft

    The track scrubber doesn’t work on my iPad 2 iOS 6.0.1… I can drag the scrubber, but nothing happens – the song just keeps playing normally. The track scrubber on MiniPlayer didn’t work for me either, and it caused a safe mode boot loop, so I had to uninstall the tweak. Why? Is it a rare problem or does it happen with 6.0.1 all the time?

  • Gorgonphone

    i have to remove this it have caused massive lag on my ipad4 which is not acceptable at all…sad

  • Sachin

    With iOS 7 now, bye bye auxo.