Polus Top

A3tweaks—the development team behind great jailbreak releases such as Auxo—is back with a brand new upcoming tweak, and we want to show it to you. The tweak, which is called Polus, is an extension that adds significant improvements to the QuickLaunch section of Control Center.

With Polus, you can customize Control Center’s apps shortcuts, and assign them with Activator gestures…but that’s not all. We’ve taken the upcoming tweak for a detailed spin on video. Check past the break for more information.

Once you install Polus, you’ll find a preference panel for the tweak in the stock Settings app. Inside of Polus’ preferences, you’ll notice a setup that’s not at all unlike other a3tweaks releases.

The preferences for Polus contain two main sections. The first, Select Apps, allows you to choose which apps appear in the QuickLaunch section of Control Center. The second section, Arrange Order, allows you to customize the look and feel of the apps that you select in the first section.


Most of your time will be spent in Polus’ Arrange Order section. There, you’ll find drag handles to rearrange the order of the apps, hide apps, and a toggle to order the apps by most recently used. You’ll find pagination settings, as well as an option to enable circle borders around the app icons appearing in the QuickLaunch section of Control Center.

Polus arange order

But the real gem of this tweak is the ability to assign Activator actions to both tap and tap-and-hold gestures. To make that happen, simply tap on an app name in the Arrange Order section, and you’ll find a set of preferences for the app on an individual level.

Polus Activator

In the example showcased in the video walkthrough, I assigned the stock Calendar app with tap-and-hold gesture to launch Fantastical. Of course, you can assign any Activator action that you want to use, but I thought that launching Fantastical using a tap-and-hold on the stock Calendar app shortcut was particularly clever.

Lastly, you’ll find a ton of custom glyphs that you can assign to a shortcut. The included glyph packs include application icons glyphs along with a heaping helping of miscellaneous glyphs. In the future, you’ll be able to download additional glyph “packs” to add to Polus for even more customization.

Polus Glyphs

If you’re looking for a way to better customize the QuickLaunch section of Control Center, then there is perhaps no better means to do this than Polus. As you would expect, this is a hyper-polished tweak from one of the premier iOS development teams. When it launches, presumably for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you should definitely consider picking it up.

Let me know what you think about Polus in the comment section below.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    They make the best tweaks

  • Framboogle

    And now we wait for Auxo 2…

  • PathKiller29

    you are aware that A3Tweaks isnt a specific “duo” yes? Its essentially Sentry and any developer he works with.

    • ok

      • VitoM

        better than QuickActivator?

    • RyanFoley

      Sentry is the designer (who does a phenomenal job and I feel is one of the biggest causes for their success), and he’ll snag whoever is up for the task. Jack Willis, though, helped him kick off A3Tweaks with the development of Auxo, so they’re like the original dynamic duo

  • Adam

    This really doesn’t seem that cool, it seems to have nothing on Quick Activator. More competition I guess.

    • Diego Milano

      Yep, also A3tweaks is known for taking a really long time to upgrade their tweaks so I wouldn’t bother buying this if you already bought QuickActivator.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Quick Activator doesn’t work properly on iPads so if this has iPad support it’s immediately better…

      • Adam

        just realized how screwed the layout is on iPads

  • VitoM

    This is better then QuickActivator?

    • n4nd4

      loving me some QuickActivator

    • Diego Milano

      No better, just different developers, although A3tweaks is late… as usual. 🙂

  • Al

    In no disrespect to A3Tweaks, I enjoy their tweaks… But I’m puzzled by they introduce a new tweak without updating their already popular tweaks that people have been clamouring for.

    I don’t mean to come off as if I’m criticizing them, but Altkeyboard 2 “should” have been out last month according to them. But I’m sure when it comes it will be worth the wait… 🙂

    • SimonReidy

      I agree. This tweak is very similar to QuickActivator. If A3Tweaks were developing it at the same time as QuickActivator without knowing, then that’s fair enough as that definitely happens. Unfortunately it still comes off looking like another copy tweak, regardless of their intent 🙁

      • Diego Milano

        Agreed with both. They are good but I prefer to stay away from these developers. They are good looking tweaks, but their priorities are all mixed up, so is their turn-around times.

      • J_W97

        Speaking of which, are you aware that Auxo originally began months before the untether for iOS 6 was released.
        This time round, we simply haven’t had the time, plus I’ve had other, more pressing commitments hence why Auxo has been passed to another developer to simply ‘get it done’ even though it started as another concept. So yes, we are aware as to our turn around times but rest assured, we’ve a lot of awesome on the way 🙂

      • Diego Milano

        Does this tweak allow to show those icons that have been hidden from the springboard using Springtomize?

    • RyanFoley

      Things take time. Say Auxo 2 took a year, but this took a week. Would you rather hold this off for a year just so that the “updates” come out first?

      • Al

        I tell you this much… If you were to make a poll what jailbreakers which do they prefer to be release first out of AltKeyboard 2 or this tweak, I’m most certain that AltKeyboard 2 will win easily.

        I do understand things take time, that’s why I mention as I am in no way criticizing them. I was just puzzled why they would release a new tweak without updating their already popular tweaks, that’s all. And in regards to Auxo 2, that doesn’t concern me much with the new iOS 7 AppSwitcher I’m content with it. I even tried Vertex tweak, it was beta… But I didn’t really care for that much either. In my opinion, if Quasar could be updated… I’ll be set 🙂

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    Can we get a switcher options too like CCQuickPro?

  • Mut

    Im looking forward to this though Auxo doesnt play well with my iphone 4. And yes, Im in need of an upgrade, I know. LOL

  • MrShutEmDown

    Oh joy, another preview for a A3Tweak. *adds to the list *

  • Chris Ryan

    same as quickactivator , except with the ability to change between square and circle icons, and the open to recent thing…glyphs look a little nicer here too..

  • I dislike previews. Just tell me when it’s released.

    • Diego Milano

      This has been under development for the last 3+ months, so I’m sure it’s getting there in March.

  • Ryan

    Is it on cydia yet?

    • Thelip95032

      I just checked , not showing . but he did say “upcoming tweak” . I’m getting tired of being shown tweaks that are not available.

  • How well does it play with CCQuick?

  • LazyKid

    Isn’t 90% of the functionality of this in Ryan Petrich’s free FlipControlCenter? A3Tweaks(Jack Willis+Sentry) and Ryan Petrich worked together on Flipswitch. Currently, I’m using FlipControlCenter and FlipLaunch, which was also created by Jack Willis. This looks a like prettier version of FlipControlCenter with more Activator functionality. I guess I will have to try it out when it hits Cydia.

  • Jamie Tilden

    While this is clearly the most versatile and advanced tweak that plays with the quick toggle section of CC, it’s not the first and it is among many, contrary to how Jeff made it sound.

  • mav3rick

    It makes it sound revolutionary but well too late. CCToggles does all of this plus the toggles for almost 2 months. Never mentioned here. Plus many other good CC tweaks.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    I’m current using CCToggles you and customize the top and bottom of CC with that tweak and it’s free.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Will auxo 2 be paid for the ones who have already purchased the previous version?

  • Danibal59

    I’ll stick with QuickActivator, seems like you have more configurable options compared to this.

  • n4nom4n

    why not find this tweak in cydia? 🙁

  • Guy Gascard

    cctoggles already has that feature

  • Mark@Disqus

    I find Control Center to be kind of a slow way to access things. Seems faster and easier to me just to hit the springboard icon to launch apps or use Activator directly for other things.

  • I much prefer QuickActivator, at it does all this PLUS it allows customization of the Toggles.

  • Magnus Grimar

    Guys, I’m running Polus on iOS 7.1.2 on an iPhone 4, and it causes my flashlight to bug. After having tapped the flashlight icon, I need to drag control center down in order for it to flash. I experience the same problem with FlipControlCenter. Everything else seems to work nicely though. Can some of you help me with this problem?