OS Experience 3

OS Experience, the jailbreak tweak that brings desktop multitasking feel to the iPad, is now available for download on Cydia. We previewed the tweak a few weeks ago, and were pretty impressed by the ambition behind the tweak.

With OS Experience installed, you can interface with multiple applications side-by-side at the same time. It’s a huge departure from the norm that is stock iOS, as it feels similar to OS X’s Mission Control feature. If you want to give it a try, head over to Cydia right now to download it for $9.99. Be sure to check out our hands-on video after the break.

The most impressive thing about OS Experience, in my opinion, is that it lends the ability to move applications between desktops, just like on OS X. That being said, I’m interested to see if users will find themselves being more productive when compared to stock iOS.

From a technical standpoint, OS Experience is one of the most impressive tweaks that I’ve ever seen. It will probably blow away your non-jailbreak friends when you show it off to them.

However, I just can’t help but to feel that OS Experience might add more complexity to iOS on the iPad. One of the best parts of iOS is how simple it is. You open apps, close apps, and switch apps—that’s it. OS Experience brings a whole new layer of complexity to the table, and I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.

What do you think?

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    battery life?

    • AMB_07

      What do you think?…

    • hkgsulphate

      samsung: I DON’T CARE

      • Antonakis Kipouros Nikopolidis

        Στ´ αρχιδια μας!

  • mondo

    the ipad is a very powerful tool when jailbroken, pity apple don’t see it that way…

    • Cesar D

      Apple has a lot of ideas in mind. Of course applying them at once would make your iDevice as slow as an android device! that’s why they wait until a new device with a better processor is out, so they make a new iOS version but slowly applying new features-

      • jzack

        agreed. just like samsung that often crash and lags even with a quad core cpu.

      • AnimeWatcher

        A7 possessor is slow you think, you gonna be kiddin’ I think apple will delay new possessor for at leats for one generation in other word 2 years. That means jailbreaking is the best way to use your device fully.

  • Rowan09

    I’ve been waiting on this tweak and going to purchase it right now.

    • Al

      It’s certainly worth it.

      • Rowan09

        Forget it I just notice it’s only for IOS 7 and I’m not losing my jailbreak. I’ll wait until the a new jailbreak is out.

      • Platy

        Are you on ios 6? There will be an ios 6 version soon. He wanted to finish up ios 7 first though just so he could get it out there.

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok didn’t know thanks.

      • smtp25

        You didnt want to upgrade to 7 when it had a jailbreak?

      • Rowan09

        Yes I did but Safari upload enabler wasn’t updated until 7.1 came out.

    • Hyr3m

      See ? Maybe you should’ve gotten a surface pro 😀

      • Rowan09
      • Hyr3m

        Agreed… but I was just messing with you because of that other thread we’re discussing on ^^

      • Rowan09

        I know good one.

  • iosPixel

    Its almost like Quasar! At least developers are taking notice of the iPad again and all that screen real estate.

    The complexity could be an issue but the advantage is a tweak like this is aimed towards ‘Power users’ who tend to make anything work for them that improves productivity.

    Overall, Im impressed. Great job!

    • Al

      It’s Quasar on steroids :-).

      I had Quasar before… And this is amazing. Yes, there is an adjustment period… But it’s not too cumbersome.

      If your accustomed to using a Mac, it’s an easy transition.

      • jalexcarter

        quasar was better…aka simpler to use. this tweak definitely is gonna take some time to learn all the gestures before they become second nature. I can’t figure out how to have the dock always showing on mine, all i have is a blank screen if there aren’t any apps running, anybody know how to fix this???

      • Al

        I don’t know about Quasar being better. Yes, It was simpler to use.

        To have the dock always showing.. you simply four finger-swipe up to show the dock and four finger-swipe down to have a blank screen..

      • jalexcarter

        os experience definitely has more features with all the different “spaces” and moving apps between them but I don’t think that really adds much to the tweak, ppl want to use the app to use apps side by side, not hav a separate screen for each app or multiple apps, at least thats what i bought it for, but i guess to each their own.

        and ya i was just looking at the first video jeff posted on this and saw thats how you show/hide the dock but it doesnt seem to be working for me. i might try reinstalling or something

  • Why would I botter with lag and lack of battery life, right?

    • James Gunaca

      I think the iPad has plenty of battery life as it is. You don’t see people running a single app at a time on a Macbook that already has 9 hour battery life…

    • jalexcarter

      im not sure what either of those have to do with this tweak???

  • iOS can be a SuperTool. It amazes me why Apple diumbs down a supercomputer, except to appeal to the masses.

    • Rowan09

      I guess they don’t want to cannibalize the Mac. Maybe if they make an iPad Pro it will be a full fledge computer.

    • Slurpy2k11

      Because most people prefer it “dumbed-down” (ie. intuitive and simplified). Most dont want or need a super-computer. Not sure why I have to state the obvious.

      • jack

        they can add a simple switch in Settings: Dumbed down iOS: Enable/disable

      • Rowan09


  • Vvbreaker

    Jeff, would you please post an Ultimate Guide/tutorial for OS Experience ? I find it very complex 🙂

    • Imran Ar

      I think there is a in depth video on this in Cydia OS Experience tweak page.

  • CS

    This is the first tweak to make me regret updating to 7.1… But my iPad mini 2 is soooo much faster with 7.1

  • Al

    I don’t see the issue of why the concern of complexity with this tweak.

    If anyone used a Mac.. It’s quite similar. Every tweak adds functionality to iOS, this is no different…IMO. Definitely enjoy the tweak… I’d say it’s the best thing going for the iPad.

    “This” would be the reason to jailbreak an iPad.

  • Dan

    I always liked iOS for the simplicity and efficiency, imo a tweak like this ruins it. Not for me.

  • agreed. i don’t want my iPad to be my mac. all i want though is to be able to use two apps at once like galaxy. iOS is very unilateral device at this point and that is no longer “simplicity” but flat out “deficiency”.

  • SuperHo777x

    Is it compatible with Auxo2?

    • im2slick4u

      No, I got stuck on the tutorial with Auxo 2 installed but it worked when I uninstalled

  • Marcus Brown

    Is there a snap feature, to display two windows side by side?

    • BipolarByDesign

      Yep. Was surprised to see it as I don’t think it was in the beta.

  • Sope

    someone that cracked os experience? i don’t have money to paid it

  • apple_igeorge

    I just installed it and I had serious compatibility issues. It wouldn’t work until I uninstalled all of my installed tweaks. After that, I got it to boot and a tutorial started. It prompts me to do a 4finger swipe down gesture and even if I do, it won’t do anything. Tried reinstalling, but it won’t help. Except from being unacceptable for such an expensive tweak, my iPad is also unusable with it… I like it and paid a lot of it and I want it to work. Hope to get it fixed soon.

    • Fernando Ladeira

      I am having similar issues. It’s crashing with gestures for instance: four fingers crash it (Activator conflict, maybe?). I tried uninstalling a few other tweaks but it’s still crashing (although a bit less than before).

      I don’t regret spending the 10 bucks but I was hoping it was at least stable. By now it’s behaving more like alpha than final version.

      I will probably try to install it on my second iPad which has no tweaks installed and see if it behaves better…

  • Yash Gorana

    That menu bar size should be reduced and corners rounded.

    • DeAndre Enrico

      I think the large menu bar size is a good thing for a touch UI. The smaller it is, the more frustrating it will become to “grab” it.

      • Yash Gorana

        Not THAT small, around 35-40pts for iPad is more than enough.


    On what ipad was this tested? It’s really buggy on my ipad mini

  • Neat stuff, but will probably bring loads of crashes with just 1GB of RAM on iDevices. Don’t bother with that noob excuse that “iOS handles memory very well”, true multitasking requires ultra-fast memory (i.e. RAM) and there’s no changing that…

  • Brian Voll

    What happens when you use two camera apps at once?

    • Ipadius Maximus

      Just tried this, only one app can handle the camera

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    I wont get onto the hype train. years ago i bought some “QUASAR” tweak full of bugs and the developer never updated to the following OS so there was my 10 bucks down the drain.

    • Tommy Gumbs

      Yup, I am with you 100%. Got burned with quasar as well.

  • Christian Mejía


    • Manuel

      It’s not cheap, but I would probably pay it if I could try it a few days for free…

  • yafim

    What’s that wallpaper?

  • obada

    No jeff, this is absolutley beneficial.

  • Hyr3m

    Taskbar, y u so big ?

    Titlebars, y u so big ?

    Looks awkward…

    • DeAndre Enrico

      To make it really easy to “grab.” IMO these things should be big in a touch UI.

  • Phil Randle

    Its more then I want, I think iOS runs beautifully smooth as it is, and productivity is quite fast with it, the main part I like with this tweak is being able to snap windows side by side, BUT for me at least, the rest of the tweak seems like overkill and changes iOS too much.

    I think if someone could make a tweak where if you double tap the status bar, the app will snap into available space, so if you repeat the process twice it will do it on both sides of the screen.

    I think this way actually slows down productivity.

  • ‘Ariff

    Apparently a snapping tweak is the only thing customers want. If OS experience removed everything else and kept that snapping functionality and charged 5bucks i’d totally buy it

  • Andy

    Totally does not work for me on either iPad Air or iPad 3. I seem to get my lockscreen wallpaper on the homepage (no icons, the only icons that show are on the dock), instead of the wallpaper that I normally have there.

    I can get the homepage icons back by doing a 5 finger pinch/spread but the wallpaper is still not correct, it’s a blurred version of the lockscreen wallpaper.

    I’ve tried removing all of the jailbreaks on the iPad 3 (except for the very bare essentials) one-by-one, respringing and occasionally rebooting but I am unable to get things back to normal with OS Experience enabled but they do work if it is disabled.

    Currently restoring my iPad 3 jailbreak tweaks with PKGBackup.

    OS Experience (“Bad Experience”) removed from the iPad Air.

    Bye bye $9.99.

    • DeAndre Enrico

      Do you also have Springtomize?

      • Andy

        I did have it installed but I tried removing it, rebooting etc. No change.

      • Bob

        Same here. I felt ripped off. Good thing about the email from Saurik. Got an automatic refund and felt great 😛

  • James Gunaca

    I feel like this needs a trial option. I have an iPad 3 which is already slow on 7.0.6 and feel like this could cripple it. Do I take the $10 plunge to find out?

    • Bob

      Trust me, you don’t want it. It’s buggy as hell.

      • James Gunaca

        I appreciate the candid input! My iPad 3 is alreadyrespringing regularly.

  • Jeffbb

    So far this is what I’m waiting for since Quasar (I’m still running 5.1.1 on my iPad3 until now because of it). Yesterday I installed OS Experience on iPadAir, and very happy about this apps (although I expect more update from developer to adjust some minor things). There is some learning curve to use it, which takes only about 10-20 to get used to.

    One thing that I don’t like though. Unlike Quasar, when you kill the apps in OS Experience by clicking the “X” on the top left, the apps are actually still there in the background. I know this by disable OX Experience in the setting and respring, then you can see bunch of apps that you have already closed still listed in the multitasking.

    • DeAndre Enrico

      Just because it’s listed in the multitasking panel doesn’t mean it’s running.

      • Jeffbb

        ic good to know thanks

      • Jeffbb

        I have 2 small suggestions if I may.

        The first one is; it would be nice if the taskbar/titlebar located at the bottom of the window instead of the top. This make it easier to see while you are dragging the window around (your hand and finger will not disturb the line of sight of window that you are dragging).

        The second; since the screen area is very limited, it might be a space saver idea if the taskbar/titlebar can be only 1/4 of the its thickness. Just my 2 cents

  • Hugh

    I paid 10 bucks for this app and have spent the last hour trying to get it off my iPad 4. It causes it to lock up, can’t access all my pages/icons/settings etc

    Not friggin happy!

    • Derek Gordon

      same here, ugh nightmare.

      • Bob

        You can get a refund. Check the email in your email junk folder bro from Saurik.

    • Bob

      You can get a refund. Check the email in your email junk folder if you haven’t got it, from Saurik. There’s a link for an automatic refund.

  • Fernando Ladeira

    Seriously, I loved the concept, love the way it looks, etc, etc… But it crashes A LOT on my iPad 3. Not sure if newer iPad users are seeing the same, but to me this feels more like an alpha or early beta versions than a final product.

  • sbh1209

    I wish it would work. It gets stuck during the tutorial. It gets to the Snap function. Once there, I cannot make the tutorial window snap to the left. The tutorial stays at that point and I am frozen out of the iPad. I have to reset the device over and over until I get to “safe mode”.From there I can delete it. I have tried the updates, same problem.

  • ThisPerson

    With the latest 7.1.1 Jailbreak, OS Experience will not let the iPad respring or boot, requiring you to restore it.