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Arco is a jailbreak tweak that’s been recently updated to support iOS 7. It’s from the minds of the dynamic duo behind Auxo—my favorite jailbreak tweak—but it’s simpler and smaller in scope.

Though it isn’t on the same level of Auxo, Arco is a good tweak in its own right. It brings a useful animated now-playing indicator to the iOS 7 status bar. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for more details on what makes Arco such a special release.

For iOS 7, Apple decided to completely nix the status bar’s now-playing indicator altogether. Arco brings the indicator back, but it goes another step further. Instead of a static indicator, Arco adds in a handy circular animation that allows you to denote how far a now-playing song has progressed. It’s also capable of displaying an indicator that shows when a song has been paused.

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But the most important detail about the tweak isn’t based on its functionality or features. 100% of Arco’s proceeds go to the Because of Ezra foundation. This is a charity set up by the founder of ModMyi in support of Neuroblastoma cancer research. Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that affects children, and Matthews’ son, Ezra, died from this terrible disease.

For $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can get a well designed tweak that works great with iOS 7. You can also have the satisfaction of knowing that you donated to a charity that hopes to help stamp out such a terrible disease.

Arco isn’t the first tweak whose proceeds went to Because of Ezra; LivelyIcons from Filippo Bigarella has that claim. It was later reported that sales of LivelyIcons resulted in over $5,000 of donated funds.

So even though it may seem that $0.99 is not much, it can clearly go a long way if enough people get on board. If you’ve tried Arco, sound off in the comments below and let me know what you think about it, and the charity it supports.

  • Marcus

    Jeff any update on when Auxo 2 could be released?

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      @sentry_nc know

      • Marcus

        I know but I think that Jeff has connections with most jailbreak developers.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        much true. jeff connection nice wow

    • Jonathan

      Isn’t the iOS 7 switcher Auxo on steroids?

      • LOLOL

        It is, but I would still like some controls or aspects from the CC available in the app switcher, which Auxo had

      • Marcus

        I’m still excited to find out what it has in store for us 😀

      • Joe

        What I’m really missing is AltKeyboard

      • Damian W

        Very nice tweak and it should be easy updating it. To be honest A3tweaks team sucks when it comes to updating. Almost nothing has been updated or fixed since the original release. They release a tweak and leave as it is with bugs

      • Marcus

        I know I hate that, with Axis they released it and it had a ton of bugs. I regret buying it, Grabby was much better.

  • Does this work with Podcasts?

    • FRITZ|FRITZ

      Seems to work with any playback app I’ve tested (don’t use podcasts). The developers noted that due to a bug with libstatusbar it might not work for all…

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        job good!

  • Brandon Pereira

    Does it work with ‘any’ music applicaiton? ie. Rdio, Spotify, SoundCloud, ext

    • Tim smith

      All I know is that it works with pandora

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      man try us know

      • Brandon Pereira

        Buy it to possibly be disappointed? I’ll wait.

      • FRITZ|FRITZ

        It’s $0.99 and all revenue goes to charity… Buy and try and even if it doesn’t work for a specific application you were hoping for (though it prob will) at least you donated to charity

      • Jonathan

        I believe you mean..
        Man, try it and let us know.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        very sense

  • Framboogle

    Great tweak for a great cause!

  • Is this compatible with iOS 7.1 beta 3? Doubt it, but maybe? Idk, I’m kinda gone from the jailbreak scene.

  • Tim smith

    Why does it disappear when I go into any app? For example, it will be up on my home screen and when I go into safari it disappears along with my mute icon I have

    • Al

      it’s because of libstatusbar…

      I emailed the developer about libstatusbar conflicting with iMessage on the iPad.

      Haven’t gotten any word back.

      • Diego Milano

        Don’t expect any answer, I’ve been posting to their Twitter accounts for more than a month and no response yet.
        A3tweaks has quality designed tweaks but they should be more cooperative and proactive (and even friendlier) when it comes to feedback.
        I purchased this back in the day -as well as several other of their tweaks- yet I’m not totally satisfied as they tend to go dark for long periods of time.

      • Damian W

        A3tweaks team sucks when it comes to updating. Usually they don’t focus on fixing and improving. They just release bunch of paid tweaks with bugs and never fix them

      • Diego Milano

        That’s not the main problem with them. Their developers’ attitude are awful, there’s hardly ever any feedback on Twitter and when users show them a good point, they react as anyone would expect from a kid.
        Still, their tweaks are decent, but some a bit overrated in my opinion, like this one.

  • Useless crap.