Arco Hero

Arco is a recently release jailbreak collaboration between Jack Willis and Sentry. The release, which falls under the A3tweaks umbrella, places a visual music timeline indicator in your device’s status bar.

The design of Arco is very much akin to the download animation that happens in the App Store in iOS 7. In iOS 7 there’s a round circle indicator that wraps around a button, which is indicative of the download progress. In the case of Arco, the “progress” is in relation to a currently playing song.

Although it’s a solid tweak, the best thing about Arco isn’t about design or functionality. The great thing about Arco is where the money goes when you purchase a copy. A3tweaks has generously decided to forward all proceeds to Kyle Matthews’ Because of Ezra charity, which helps to fund research for neuroblastoma, a terrible form of pediatric cancer.

Arco in itself is an extremely simple tweak with no options or settings to configure. It fits in real well with the overall scheme of iOS, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d think the feature was a part of stock iOS.

That’s a pretty big compliment, because as you know, we see a lot of tweaks that feel disjointed and alienated from iOS. Arco feels right at home on the platform, and is actually beneficial, as it helps you see where you are in a song at a glance.

Despite the tweak’s awesomeness, the real story here is the Because of Ezra charity. Kyle Matthews has played a pretty significant role in the jailbreak scene in general, as founder of ModMyi. Sadly, he and his wife lost their son to the aforementioned cancer that this charity benefits.

Needless to say, if you feel you’d benefit even a little bit from Arco, it’s a worthwhile purchase, given where the money is going. Other developers in the past, most notably, Filippo Bigarella, have done similar things. Now it’s A3tweaks’ turn to step up to the plate, and as you would expect, they’re giving you a great tweak to go along with a chance to show your generosity.

Arco is available for $0.99 right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Have you tried it yet? If so, share your thoughts and comments down below.

  • wonderboydave

    thumbs up! good tweak good cause!

  • Steve Jobs

    Very good cause 😀

  • Satrop 

    I dare any heartless wan*er out there to put this good cause tweak on a hack repo. Please, if you see this on a hack repo, walk away!!

    Good looking tweak and love that the A3Tweaks team are giving all the cash to good cause. Hat tip to the team.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Well said, buddy.

  • Joey

    This is one of those tweaks that I find that looks cool, but has really no purpose then to use system resources. I don’t really find that I would use it.

  • Blip dude

    Saw it when it first came out, and originally was going to pass. However, when I notice it was for a good cause, I said why not. Now that I know the backstory, I am definitely glad I made the purchase.

    To those looking for it on Hacked Repos, please don’t do it.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    for the sake of Mr. kyle i shall buy this tweak but i am jus wondering but if could it be possible to add extra functionality such as play/pause from that icon and to slide form the status bar to scroll to the particular part of the song being played 😛 please forgive me if you think i am asking too much

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Hey buddy, you can do this via Activator, actually. You can pretty much tap or double tap on the right side of the status bar or even slide left or right and assign different actions to each gesture.
      Give it a try and let us know! 😉

      • sriram varadarajulu

        Well that works for play/ pause but activator doesn’t have the feature to scroll songs to a particular time of the song

      • Infamous18

        hey guys, can you give me a quick tutorial how i can use activator to control siriusxm? when i launch the program Arco shows play but i cant seem to assign through activator a single tap gesture that would launch the app.. any ideas?? thanks guys!!

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        No tweak can take you to a specific time of the song, not even this one.

      • sriram varadarajulu

        It’s a shame really 🙁 it’s there in ios 7.. If only they could make a tweak with similar functionality

  • 99cent for a useless gimmik, still no reason to jb my iPhone 5s…

    • LH2613

      Ehem….its for a good cause…..

    • Jo

      it looks nice though. It’s visually appealing. Plus you know how much song is left.

  • Med Mohamed

    Yu Mo Gwai Gui Fai Di Zao

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    The only thing I’d add to this tweak is a settings section with an option to hide the indicator when there’s no media playing.
    Nice tweak and I was looking forward to seeing this review in video- late but granted for sure. 🙂
    Also, just some constructive criticism, when reviewing tweaks of this nature and size, it is more beneficial for the viewer to go back to the old style of recording you holding the device so you can actually zoom in and give a close-up.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I hope no one pirates this

    • Tobias9413

      Sadly, it’s something that is not promised these days. Thats one bad thing about the amazing jailbreak community 🙁

  • Jo

    I like it!

  • Core

    just purchased 🙂

  • Sithira

    Not copatibale with iOS 7.1.2 on iPhone 5s