Vertex iPhone 5c

It seems like we’ve started to hit the point in the jailbreak cycle where developers are starting to pull out the big guns. For instance, we had IntelliScreenX 7 released last night, Sentry teased a work-in-progress Auxo 2, and today, we’re bringing you the first hands-on review of the highly anticipated Vertex—a new jailbreak release that brings Bill Labus’ popular Mission Control concept to reality.

I’ve spent some considerable hands-on time with Vertex—putting it through its paces on my daily driver, bugging Timon Olsthoorn, its humble 16 year-old project manager from the Netherlands—and I have to say, I really like this tweak.

Timon, of course, is just one half of the team that responsible for taking Labus’ concept and making it into something tangible. Memphis Tennessee native Ian Burns puts his stamp on the Vertex project by serving as the tweak’s lead engineer. As you’ll see from our hands-on video walkthrough that follows, Ian is pretty good at what he does.

After installing Vertex, you’ll need to head over to the stock Settings app to find the tweak’s preferences, and toggle the kill-switch at the top of the screen. You’ll then be able to invoke the app switcher like you normally do, which will reveal the new Mission Control-inspired Vertex interface.

Vertex Settings 1

Vertex’s preferences

Vertex is essentially a combination of Control Center and the app switcher. It combines those two prominent iOS features into a single interface that’s accessible from a single gesture. Dare I say it arguably simplifies iOS to some degree.

When you open the app switcher with Vertex enabled, you’ll see app card previews that are roughly the same size as the app previews present in the stock app switcher. To fit the Control Center interface inside of the same area, the app previews have been moved towards the top of the screen.

Vertex 03

The main Vertex interface

Some may make the argument that Vertex slows you down, because you can’t open Control Center without opening the full-blown app switcher interface as well. This is largely incorrect, as you can still invoke Control Center with a slide up gesture independently of the app switcher, if you keep the Swipe Up toggle in its preferences disabled.

But the Swipe Up toggle is mighty appealing, because it lets you invoke the Vertex interface using a swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Obviously, this means that Control Center is no longer accessible independently, but that’s a concession that you’ll have to make if you want the Zephyr-like swipe-up gesture enabled.

Vertex Round Corners

Gray background, round corners, and app icons

The remaining options contained within Vertex’s preferences are largely based on aesthetics. There’s the Switcher Icons toggle, which allows you to display the app icons on top of their associated app pages for quicker reference points. There’s the gray background, which pays homage to the original design that appeared on Dribble. And then there’s an option to make app preview cards have round corners, eschewing the standard 90 degree angles.

Vertex Toggles

Toggle preferences

Lastly, you’ll find a section for Flipswitch toggles. These toggles can be rearranged in any order you desire, and there are options for both vertical and horizontal paging included as well.

While I think Vertex is a great new jailbreak tweak that many will find desirable, it features some design compromises that you’ll need to consider. The most obvious compromise was one that we already addressed earlier, that of not being able to access Control Center with the tweak’s Slide Up feature enabled.

Another compromise that you’ll need to take into consideration is the fact that Vertex doesn’t contain all of the functionality found in Control Center. For example, the QuickLaunch icons that you normally find at the bottom of Control Center’s interface are not present in Vertex.

Vertex no quicklaunch

QuickLaunch shortcuts are absent in Vertex’s interface

Perhaps the most obvious negative of combining the app switcher and Control Center together is the somewhat cluttered interface that results from the marriage. It’s like going from a spacious three bedroom apartment with one person to a one bedroom apartment with two people. It’s not that it’s unusable; there’s just a lot more for your eye to take in with so many elements on screen at once.

In the end, I think Vertex is a tweak that you should definitely try if you think having Control Center and the app switcher available in one window makes sense. I certainly think that it’ll work for a lot of people, but it’s something you’re going to have to try for yourself in order to know if it’s a viable long term solution.

The good news is that Vertex will be reasonably priced at $1.49 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. So even if it doesn’t end up being the tweak for you, it’s not like you’ll have much buyer’s remorse.

Once you try Vertex, please be sure to let me know what you think about the tweak in the comment section below.

  • Martin

    Vertex + ISX7 = iPhone complete

    • bassel mabsout

      auxo 2 is better

      • Martin

        Now that I’ve seen it, I agree. So much better. I thought Vertex would have that slide up effect.

      • MalcolmMcGinn

        Yeah! Reply 7 months later!

        Personally, I prefer Vertex because it looks cleaner and I don’t use most of Auxos features. I can definitely see why you prefer it, though.

        Though, I would like to be able to slide a app preview down to switch to it instead of tapping it. That would be nice.

      • Martin

        I only used Auxo 2 because of it’s hot corner feature since my home button doesn’t work properly. Just slide up from the bottom right and voila!

    • Manjot Singh

      plus zephyr

  • Lance Baker

    Looks good. Can’t wait to try it.

  •  Oscar Diarte 

    it´s already out??

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I too wonder if it’s out. The article seems to suggest it’s available in the bigboss repo but I don’t see it at all…

      • Josh Bermudez

        He states “available in the near future” in the video. Been refreshing cydia ever since

      • NaSty

        Was submitted to Cydia a few days ago, so should be in Cydia later today or tomorrow

  • Stefan Jansen

    I use FlipCC for toggles and ControlTask for appswitching, both integrated in control center. It works much just like Zephyr, even better. It shows 5 last opened apps and you can swipe left to access quicklaunch toggles or kill all apps. Much better than vertex.

  • Stefan Jansen


  • El Barto

    I’ve just tried it…It’s really laggy in my 4S…

  • what happens if your control center is filled with extras from ccloader? Does it play nice? Or if your control center is in notification center (using multitasking gestures) AND if you have gridswitcher? Too afraid of conflicts.

    • Jhonny Lennon


      • Crashes?

      • Jhonny Lennon

        I’ve haven’t experienced crashes so far, the thing is that the ccloader stuff just won’t show up…(only on lockscreen). Yeah, I also removed GridSwitcher in order to prevent any conflict…. In the end I removed Vertex completely, now I’m waiting to see if Auxo2 does the job.

  • Jacob Galea

    wow that’s a bad.

  • Rak S

    Nice but quick launch toggles need to be added back, even if that means squashing things together a bit more. Maybe get rid of the brightness slider, or find a way to alternate between the brightness and volume sliders, to save space.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    What if im using ccsettings? And what happens to the cc on the lockscreen?

    • Was wondering the same thing. It sounds like toggles will be made specifically for Vertex I would assume. Would be nice of it used Flipswiitch.

      • ianb821

        Vertex does use Flipswitch, so you can use things like FlipLaunch to create custom launch actions for it.

    • ianb821

      On the lockscreen, your standard CC will be presented. It is a custom CC in Vertex, so tweaks affecting the standard CC won’t apply.

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Thanx for the info!!

  • Diego Milano

    I’m sticking to stock functionality, too overloaded of useless information in my opinion.

  • NaSty

    Im either gonna be installing this or Sentry’s upcoming tweak. I like the swipe up gesture and already have it to invoke the App Switcher

  • Jonathan

    I’m sorry. I can’t stop loving for the sake of, well, loving it. Could you please post the wallpaper? I’ve never liked one so much as this one. 😀

    • Andrew

      It’s from the theme Ayeris.

  • sanjeev chahar

    i use CCQuick to do the same. If you set MultiTask as default page in settings then you can use it as App switcher and good thing is its free on big boss repo.

  • Alex Marwaha


    • Mescudi

      it’s from AYERIS

  • Mescudi

    Hey JB there’s a tweak that came out called ” compose for IOS 7″ can you do a tutorial on it. Thanks brov

  • Oooohhh Vertex VS. Auxo 2. Round 1. FIGHT!

  • ::/DeltaStylez::

    You can get this on the ‘Xsellize’ repo

  • Mescudi

    The wallpaper everyone keep asking for, hope that helps.

    • Jonathan

      I love you.

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    If it didn’t get rid of my bottom icon row in CC, then I would use it.

    • amazingrugs

      I’ve noticed a lot of these CC/Switcher combos lose the Quicklaunch icons, which seems a step back. I can understand though because real estate is at a premium.

      One solution could be swiping horizontally switches from Toggles to Quicklaunch, while swiping vertically accesses additional pages of Toggles or Quicklaunch icons.

  • pauleebe

    Sooo when’s it out?

  • appletimemac

    Has this been released yet? I don’t see it in Cydia quite yet 🙁

    • ::/DeltaStylez::

      You can get in on the xsellize repo

  • diggitydang

    The missing apps in the control centre are the deal breaker for me. Also, I wonder (doubt) if this works with Purge, or if there is a build in Kill All Apps.

  • G-HaB

    That’s a nice tweak but does the home button on iPhone 5s really wear out fast can you ruin it from using it a lot?

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Love the Round Card Corners Option. Makes the cards look smooth. Should be in stock iOS 7

  • mahe

    hmmm, I don’t like it …
    but I think I won’t like Auxo 2 too …

    That’s too overloaded for me.

  • Arif Hussain

    I can’t find Vertex in cydia I only see Vertex Beta. help please :/

    • Ben

      What is the beta link?

  • Looks like shit. Combining the app switch with the cc while losing some functionality? No thanks.

  • Jordan Carter

    I don’t know if I’m the only one but vertex is not available in my cydia App Store so can’t try it out.

    • U Kn0w What 1t 1s

      Not in mine either

      • sudawhw

        ME TOO

  • DanielB

    So many tweaks, so many potential conflicts…

  • rockdude094

    Any compromise on the lock screen or the regular control centre appears there?

    • applepie555

      Regular control center on lock screen

  • Dhmì Suwidah

    I have ipad air jailbroken with 7.0.6 is it better than 7.1 beta with jailbreak ??

  • Nirvana

    One drawback that Vertex does not have the slide-up gesture plus control center is cut down to just toggles and media controls, app shortcuts gone! I’ll wait till Auxo 2

  • Mickysense

    The tweak can be much better if its cc center integrates the airdrop and airplay icon

  • Francisco Perez

    Is its out yet? Couldn’t find it on cydias

  • Mani_rk

    Vertex is out now……bought it…works like charm…

  • Very Nice; but I’ll pass, I have gridswitcher and ccloader gesture controls and multitasking gestures

  • My control center is in notification center; would this give me a second control center?