Every now and then I stumble upon a feature that I would like to have on the iPhone, but usually I end up forgetting about it, or just stashing it away for later. Sometimes, though, I get enough gumption to push for an idea to be brought to fruition. TypeStatus was a good example of that, and it turned out pretty well. Others haven’t turned out so well, but it doesn’t hurt to keep trying.

This latest concept is something that I’ve been marinating on for quite some time. It’s called Hold2Speak, and it allows you to answer a call directly in speaker phone mode by tapping and holding the Answer button. Normal taps on the Answer button would still use the headset as a means of communicating with the other party.

I’ve created a video walkthrough for the Hold2Speak concept. Would you consider using something like this? If the demand is high enough, perhaps one of the community’s developers wouldn’t mind taking on such a project. Check inside for the video and details.

Hold2Speak would be a very simple tweak, with no options to configure. I understand that an option exists in Settings > General > Accessibility > Incoming Calls to make the speaker phone the default for incoming calls, but that’s not what Hold2Speak does. Instead of making any predetermined decisions, Hold2Speak lets the recipient decide what to do with the call upon receipt. This allows one to see who’s calling before making a judgement on how to take the call. That’s the fundamental difference between this tweak and that stock option.

I should definitely mention that Joshua Tucker contributed to the finalization of the gesture. His reply on Twitter inspired me to see that the tap-and-hold route was probably the best way to go:

On the Lock screen, you can still use a tap-and-hold gesture even though there’s only one button. On the other hand, a reverse swipe gesture, a swipe from right to left, wouldn’t be all that bad either.

The question is, would you use such a feature? Better yet, do you even consider it to be useful? I know without a doubt that I would use this feature, likely on a daily basis. But if there’s not enough demand for the tweak, then I wouldn’t want a developer to spend his or her time just making it for me.

What do you think? Let me know what your opinions are about this concept down below in the comments.

  • Brian Brown

    Great concept Jeff !

    • Brian Brown

      I’ll Definitely use this feature.

  • Brian Brown

    Just realized this fault, what about answering from the lockscreen

    • Brian Brown

      From there your only presented with one option to answer a call..

      • You can still tap and hold, or swipe right to left.

      • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

        why dont you also use soundcloud for the lets talk jailbreak πŸ˜›

      • Andrew Foggin

        You could make it so when you swipe the opposite way of answering the phone normally it would make it speaker

      • Humberto BaΓ±uelos Benitez

        Make an option to use the volume buttons (+ speakerphone, – headset) , this could be useful while driving, because its more easy to tap a physical button and sometimes you dont want to touch the screen because of your dirty or wet hands.

      • Brian Brown

        Hhmm, touche..

  • NeΓ―l Huggett

    Hey Jeff, long time follower first time poster.. nice tweak!!
    Much like you i see the need for tweaks that just NEED to be made for day to day use. one that id love to see made is the ability to flick photos in the stock iOS photos app much like you can on Facebook and tweetbot. time and time again when flicking through my camera roll i often forget where i am and flick the photo to go back to the photo home screen layout. a cool feature that would really work well I’m sure. Can you work your magic for me? πŸ™‚ PhotoFlick

  • Chris Zhu

    I use both an iPhone and the HTC One; a similar feature already exists on HTC – instead of holding, however, HTC has an additional set of buttons for users to mute / activate speakerphone right away. and if this tweak existed on the iPhone, it would be incredibly useful. Brilliant idea Jeff! Hope a developer would be nice enough to make it :DDDD

  • here_miah

    I would most definitely be able to make very good use of a tweak like this- even be willing to pay a dollar or two. I always forget my Bluetooth headset and this would really make answering calls while driving a lot easier and not to mention legal…

    • vigan zdi

      Same reason why i would love to have it

  • David Gitman

    You are the best jeff

  • Nathan Entwistle

    This is great. If you could change between the iPhone loudspeaker and an external bluetooth headset/In-Car kit that would be cool.

  • Milad

    Very useful indeed πŸ™‚

  • James

    now *this* is useful.

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    Am I the only one who missed the old iDB video intro?

  • Abbas

    i can think of a few scenarios where this feature would come so handy for daily usage.

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  • Reda A Al-Baqshi

    For me the more important is calling someone with siri gets me on speaker immediately. It’s very important especially when driving.

    Thanks Jeff for the idea.

  • Rastogi Kamal

    Oh god yes! I’ve always wanted something like this. Especially when in the car, you need to do things more quickly without taking your eyes off the road.

    One tap for answer, hold for answer on speaker.

  • Bobby Sammarco

    Take my money. Very useful tweak.

    • deepdvd

      Yeah, take my zero dollars. Now.

  • Ahmed Karoui

    I like those simple, yet useful tweaks! iDB is simply the Best! Keep up the good work guys!

  • Wolfer

    I really would love a tweak like this one!!! Im a physicist, and I love my jailbreaked iPhone 5, iOS 7.0.6. So many times I have to touch my i5 screen 2 times to answer and then speaker, that it ender with some liquid on my screen(I got a screen cover because of this πŸ™‚ ); I woul really LOVE THIS TWEAK!!! Lets do it devs!!! If some dev is reading comeone, lets make this real. Lets make Jeff and many others happy, like Filippo did in Jailbreak Con. God bless u all!!!!

  • Wolfer

    I share this this in tweeter to see what happens Jeff!!! Im not a big commenter, but when I can I love to express myself and help whoever I can!!

  • Wolfer

    Now I shared too in fb…lets unite people!! For Jeff!!!! And this tweak!!!!

  • jack

    apple-quality concept jeff. gotta be careful cuz you can have 3 options in the Speakers buttom

  • nonchalont

    Question: Is type status updated for ios7 yet?

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    • Hendo27

      NO It is not

    • noracuts

      Would love to see TypeStatus updated for ios7

  • Hamad

    i would use it

  • jalexcarter

    Would love to see this feature implemented in the near future! My phones earphone is messed up and I can barely hear anyone when on normal phone mode so I almost exclusively use speakerphone for my calls or headphones if I need to be private.

    Hate having to answer and then quickly tap speaker button to enable speaker mode every time, wish there was an easier way! Jailbreak developers please

  • Jack

    I am working on this guys πŸ˜‰

    • John Sklikas

      I’m working on this for the last 5 hours πŸ˜› I’ve made 10 tweaks already. Though I need to study now πŸ˜›

      • Jack

        It is not as easy as I expected it to be, though it is possible. I can receive calls and so on and accept them manually, I need to find the Speaker option though.

      • John Sklikas

        Yeah same, though I’ve made CallShare so I know a lot of stuff for the Phone and the speaker. It’s interesting really. I also got the long hold to work, I’m now making it to activate the speaker. πŸ™‚ If you want to team up and know something extra, let me know πŸ˜‰

      • Jack

        sure, are you on saurik’s irc in the theos room? or do you have any other way to write faster?

      • White Michael Jackson

        Fight to death to release it first?

      • John Sklikas

        No we worked together πŸ™‚

      • White Michael Jackson

        Darn it.

  • Rick Hart

    I would definitely use it!!

  • Biscuit

    This would be a welcomed tweak!!!

  • vigan zdi

    IΒ΄d love to have it .

  • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

    i have another small concept, which i think isnt too hard for these super devs out there, its to send a Busy auto msg when the phone is declined by pressing power button twice…

    • Jonathan

      So, Activator, and an automated response. Don’t sound too hard. πŸ˜€

      • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

        so can u do it :p

      • Jonathan

        Unfortunately, not yet lol. I don’t completely undestand Xcode yet. I’m currently learning PHP. but have that, I’ll most likely do Objective C.

      • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

        so maybe soon πŸ™‚

      • Jonathan

        Hopefully. =D
        btw, progress is coming on the themes you sent me.

  • Qusea

    I would love it

  • James Gunaca

    Great concept.

  • Simple great tweak; what are they waiting for, been wanting something like this for a long time

  • Dave

    Definitely a great idea!

  • theasiantechnist

    I’m constantly using speakerphone when I get calls and then have to give to someone else so I don’t have to undergo an extensive investigation from my mom or sister. The idea is great. I only wish that I could jailbreak my iPhone 5s, which is on iOS 7.1.1. I’m thinking about trying to downgrade my iPhone to iOS 7.0.6. I don’t care what people say, I’m still gonna try it.

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  • smtp25

    I want Siri to be able to call someone and have it on speaker rather than fumbling with phone to turn it on