AppHeads

iOS multitasking remained relatively untouched for the first several years of its existence, and although iOS 7 revamped its UI, it still maintained the core idea of using one app at a time. AppHeads is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that will reinvent iOS multitasking for some and, at the very least, greatly enhance it for others.

If you’re familiar with Facebook Messenger, you probably already have an idea of what the interface of AppHeads will look like. It uses the same round icons as Facebook Messenger, but instead of juggling conversation threads and friends’ faces, AppHeads uses these bubbles to manage running applications. You can watch this tweak in action in the video below.

When an app is opened, its “app head” is automatically displayed on-screen. Users can choose on which side of the screen app heads are to be positioned and whether these are freely movable or in a set, neatly-arranged array.

Obviously, having these app heads up all the time could quickly get annoying, so users can assign an Activator event to display and hide the app heads at will. I’ve assigned a double press on the Home button, which is normally used for invoking the app switcher, but with this tweak, you really don’t need iOS’s traditional app switcher anymore, as you’ll see in a bit.

Each app head has three methods of interaction: tap, tap and hold, and drag. The first two can be customized to open either the full application or its live preview, and the ‘tap and hold’ action can also close the app or all running apps, depending on which option is selected. Apps can be reordered by dragging their respective icons around, and, as with Facebook’s ChatHeads, dragging an icon over the ‘X’ at the bottom of the screen removes the app.

AppHeads-delete

What also helps to make this tweak a great replacement for iOS’s app switcher is that removing an app head not only clears it from the screen, but it also kills the app from running in the background. AppHeads contains virtually all the functionality of iOS’s app switcher, but in a much more powerful and useful package.

My setup has tapping on an icon assigned to opening a live preview of the app. This displays the app in a smaller window, but what makes this tweak incredible is that this pop-up isn’t simply a frozen version of the app – it’s live and fully interactive. Tapping, swiping, scrolling, pinching, typing, and pretty much everything else works in the live preview, and it’s amazing.

The possibilities that come with this functionality are innumerable, but a couple instances in which this would be particularly convenient include copying and pasting login and password information between 1Password and another app, and using AppHeads as a quick reply for third party messaging apps that aren’t supported by traditional quick reply tweaks.

AppHeads-multitasking

Overlaying an app with a live preview keeps both apps running, as does switching between open app heads. I was able to play Clash of Clans, which usually reloads at even a hint of being backgrounded, and use other apps including Messages and Tweetbot without having the app reload even once.

AppHeads can also be enabled on the Lock screen, but because that generally negates the purpose of a passcode or Touch ID, this option is disabled by default. However, the tweak also gives users the option to require Touch ID authentication for specified applications before AppHeads will allow them to be opened in a live preview. This is particularly helpful if you want to enable live previews from the Lock screen but still want certain apps, such as Messages, for example, to remain private.

AppHeads-authenticate

The tweak also has a convenient option that disables app heads while a video is playing and re-enables them after it’s finished. Additionally, because the Mail app is always running in iOS, users can choose to always have it hidden or to display it along with the rest. I chose to display it, as the icon will hide with the others when the assigned Activator event is invoked. Options to customize the look, including the size and border of live previews, are also available in the tweak’s settings.

AppHeads-iPad

AppHeads will be compatible with devices running iOS 7-8.1, including iPad – where I believe it will be even more useful and convenient than on a 4-inch iPhone – and is coming to Cydia in the near future for $4.99. Be sure to check out the developer’s website for more information and details.

Now that you’ve had a look at AppHeads, what’s your opinion on this tweak? Do you think it could replace the app switcher for you? Let me know what you think in the comments.

  • Capirexz

    Great idea.

  • sivkai

    Lol…this “reinvented” multitasking tweak came out on Android almost two years ago.

    • Abdullah Safdar

      Its IOS to be clear.. In this world, WE are all about jailbreaking!

    • Eni

      Actually it camed to facebook first. and it’s a jailbreak tweak if you didn’t noticed.

    • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

      android has this as an multitasking option?? i thought it was just for facebook??

      • lol

        Yes, it’s called Hover. It’s been out for about 2 years, “reinventing” my a**.

      • “reinvents iOS multitasking”

      • romeodesigns

        I’m glad it’s stock on android and not iOS, because it’s complete clutter, too much for the eyes to handle and it’s clearly unorganized. Android can keep it.

    • Erwin Erdiaz Erdiaz

      Troll droid alert!

  • Manor

    This is a cool idea but it might get annoying after a few days especially on the 5 and 5s smaller screens.
    By the way, does anyone know a jailbreak tweak that allows facebook chat heads to work on the lock screen that is compatible with iOS 8?

    • Abdullah Safdar

      The feature you mentioned is available in this tweak AS WELL! This is gonna be a huge hit! Check out its website at the end of this post….

      • Chocolatewe

        so you are saying i can have my facebook chat heads open even when not in the fb app? that would be amazing

      • Abdullah Safdar

        Idk! But i saw it in its website that you can have appheads even at the lockscreen. No privacy loss…

  • Ali

    Great to see other iDB staffs taking part in the video reviews! 🙂

  • Faisal

    No offense butt Jeff Benjamin should have done this video.

    • Ali

      Everyone calls him Jeff 😉

    • Renato Faria

      His voice is so annoying that I could not see the whole video and it seems to me that is not his natural voice. Please, do not want to be Jeff

    • Ken

      I think it was the developer that made the video. The tweak is not ready for public release

    • No offense but Jeff doesn’t have time to cover every tweak.

      • gittlopctbi

        Kudos to you for not taking offense at the video critics. They are the most annoying aspect of this article. You gave us a good demonstration of the tweak and complete information.

      • Thank you 🙂 I needed that. The comment section can be pretty discouraging sometimes.

      • Eli Montoya

        I would get this tweak! Seems non-Apple like but still iPhone. And have a little more enthusiasm:) or People just need to get use to you. Jeffs voice is energetic, expected, and ready to cover the main points of quick tweaks. That’s why some comments are a bit off topic. Continue to help Jeff out! Don’t let the Internet get to you 😀

      • Harold V Higgins

        You did a great job Timothy, your words came across as clear as a bell. That in itself is more than I can say for most online speakers. Thanks from this end… H.V.H.

    • Tommy Gumbs

      No he shouldn’t have. Then it would of been 10 minutes long.

  • Shay Shtern

    Welcome to the club Timothy Reavis!!
    Like that video!! When is your next up ?!

    • Abdullah Safdar

      Here!

      • Asslicking Poopface-Killa

        fgt

    • Thank you!

  • David Gitman

    How about split screen apple?

    • Cody

      You will probably see that on iOS X (10) but as of for now, we are stuck on a boring software that haven’t changed in functionality since it was first released.

      • Mee

        That’s what I’ve been preaching too, all the major OS X like features are going to be introduced in iOS X, the version that will make the Mac obsolete to the traditional user audience. I think it will be full of all the OS X like features users have been calling for for years and can’t wait until it’s release. I just hope they’ll be able to achieve this idealistic goal in the next year and a half!

      • I’m willing to bet we’ll see this in iOS 9. Apple didn’t give my iPad Air 2 an additional gig of ram (2GB) for nothing…

    • rockdude094

      Its looooooong over due at this point

  • Abdullah Safdar

    Hello! Does this give a separate window for facetime..

  • Abdullah Safdar

    I think its kinda same as OS Experience and prowidgets!!

  • Dor Pinhas

    That’s really ugly way to multitasking. I agree Apple should improve it but this is just ugly circles that interferes the UI.

    • eXoguti093

      You can hide and show them with an activator action… Like he said he uses double press the home button to replace the traditional app switcher to show these on the screen.. They’re not interfering with anything, they sit nicely at the edges instead of your whole UI switching to a view of apps

      • Dor Pinhas

        Are you drunk? that is super ugly and indeed interfere with anything on the screen.
        They doesn’t sit nicely at all, they literally ABOVE the icons.
        The current app switcher is more than enough for me.

      • eXoguti093

        Are you stupid? Is it better to still be able to control the screen you are on while being able to open other apps when you literally want to open another app, or switch to a whole new screen and scrolling through your apps.. You’re acting like if this is supposed to stay on the screen forever, please don’t be a dumbass..

      • Dor Pinhas

        Why the f**k would I want to control the screen and simultaneously want to open another app?
        If i want to open another app I’ll open the app switcher and open the app.
        Can’t you see it’s pointless?

      • eXoguti093

        It’s not pointless dude, if you want a quick list of apps and a quick view of another app without leaving the app you’re current on then it’s very useful like ISX’s Slide feature, it’s just an alternative to that. It doesn’t have to replace your app switcher, just set it to another activator event.

        So that’s the point, quick access to all your apps whenever you want to toggle them, get a live preview and interact with the app, and you’re not switching out of the app you’re on like maybe a game or a chat unless you hold it if you decide you want/need to switch to it.. That is VERY useful, for me and a lot of people… ISX 8 just came out anyways but I’m still trying this one out when it’s out.

      • Dor Pinhas

        Man, you can see the open apps on the original app switcher and you can see live preview as well.
        Pointless…

      • eXoguti093

        You can’t interact with them unless you actually switch and most of the time they’re suspended so they’ll end us reloading if you switch.. But whatever dude, if it doesn’t work for you then it doesn’t work for you..

  • czarczarczar

    No offense Timothy but I like when Jeff Benjamin does videos, this sounded robotic like a script was being read . Jeff just rolls with it. Maybe practice a bit more or just do the video like ur having a normal conversation with ur friends . As for the tweak it’s a NO for me it seems a little to cluttered . I will not be downloading it .

    • Dan

      give him a chance dude

    • As this was my first video, it was definitely rough and less refined than I’d like. And I’m still a bit “mic shy,” so a script was necessary. I do intend to practice at more natural recorded speaking, but it’s harder than it seems. That being said, my voice is rather deep and it takes a good deal of effort to put expression and variation into it. However, I’m trying.

      • czarczarczar

        Awesome ,for it 1st video the narration was good , very detailed information . Just a little more upbeat and ur good

      • Thank you 🙂 I appreciate the support.

      • yoshif8tures

        I agree with some of the other posters. You did sound a bit robotic and lacked Jeff’s natural charisma, but after you get the hang of it then I’m sure you’ll be fine.
        Also I think you should imitate Jeff with the outro and say. “This is. Timothy, with idownloadblog ”
        I think then it wouldn’t be a”Jeff” thing, but an idownloadblog thing. I Just thought that you tried too hard tip be different by saying an alternative.

  • Jad Boukai

    Who. Is. Timothy?
    .
    ..

    ….
    Jeff? :'(

    OT: I like the tweak

    • The new guy.

      • Jad Boukai

        This guy… I like the way he thinks

  • Chris Tangler

    what are you using for the app notification indicators in your status bar?

    • OpenNotifier from http://www.tateu . net/repo

      • Eyal Rotem

        How did you get those mini badges?
        It dowant seems to show in the settings of the tweak

      • DEEPANGEORGE

        Those mini badges came from “opennotifier ios7 icon pack”

        Hope this helps….

      • Eyal Rotem

        cool! thanks!

    • Raph Ael

      thats also my question!!!??????

    • Abinash Shaw

      Yes, that’s one tweak which looks glamorous & should be presented in a video!

  • ant3kn

    Could someone upload the blue wallpaper which is used on the video?

    • TeddyBearStand

      Yaaa

    • GuyWithTheThings

      Here you go. 🙂

  • Jason B

    Timothy, best get those other 3 builders busy, no sense in letting them sleep all day…

    • Sure thing, chief.

    • Abinash Shaw

      Wow, a clash of clans reference! Love it anywhere, everywhere! 😉

  • n0ahcruz3

    This is very helpful when i used android FB messenger. I can chat with my FB friends while doing something like watching videos, playing games etc. i love that feature.

  • Chocolatewe

    this looks amazing! great video as well

  • Kaka Karakan

    Hey everybody 🙂

    Just wanted to ask about if anyone else have the issue issue like me? When watching a video in safari and I put the phone in landscape mode the video lags for 1-2 seconds, am jailbroken with a iphone 6 ios 8.1, I have searched Google but nothing comes up, hope someone have a fix for this, please help!

    • DEEPANGEORGE

      Hmm same here still don’t know why
      Not sure which of my tweak causes it or jailbreak itself

      Still trying to figure out….

  • Alberto Espinal

    The concept of bringing the apps to the center and then they panned to the middle of the screen it’s a great idea but those apps loose like that no go! Maybe if they come out in a nice tray with a gesture them yes it’s a go!

  • Varun Soi

    Fantastic tweak really beautiful.!

  • Benchmark Apps

    Well done Timothy on the video! It was so clear and professional, it made sure everyone understood the video and could grasp as much information as they can! Not really sure why people are complaining.

    Looking forward to more videos from you!

  • Vidur Tangri

    Hi…it seems like a pretty awesome tweak. Does anybody know which app Timothy is using for the Status Bar icons? Is it OpenNotifier…is that compatible with iOS 8.1? Thank you.

    • Yes, it’s OpenNotifier from http://www.tateu.net/repo

      • Vidur Tangri

        Thank you!

        Ps. Great job with the video! 🙂

      • Unicorn Drank

        How did you get those app specific icons? I looked in the settings and all I see is generic icons that can be used

      • DEEPANGEORGE

        It’s “opennotifier ios7 icon pack” get that

        Hope this helps….

  • BoApp head

    For anyone who has an ipod 5. when you jailbreak ios 8.1, does anyone have a problem with the wifi? does anyone know how to fix it?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DEEPANGEORGE

      Hmm ya wifi lag is too miserable don’t know I am still trying to figure out….

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Great review Timothy! Love your voice! And didnt know you clash too! 😀 keep up the good work! *thumbs up**

    • Thanks! It’s quite rumbly. And yes, Clash of Clans is awesome, especially those full collectors 😀

  • Jamessmooth

    Jesus what is wrong with you people? Timothy, great job on the video. Jeff is great but, obviously he can’t cover all the tweaks. I’d rather have SOMEONE cover them then them NOT get covered because Jeff doesn’t have time. Again, nicely done Timothy.

    • Thanks!

      • john diaz

        Yes Timothy, great job awesome presentation and explanation. thanks for reviewing this tweak. Don’t listen to ignorant people’s comments, they have nothing better to do with their miserable lives so they try to makes everyone else’s miserable too.

  • Cyber Jethro

    That vidio was wack. L oh L!1!

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    I don’t know about over all App Switcher replacement. I can definitely be great for managing 2/3 at a time.

  • Nirvana

    So nice to see a new tweak reviewer on videos.
    ” This is Timothy, sign out” I love that part!

  • regkilla

    Will check this out.

  • Eric Lu

    Awesome tweak~ If it costs not to much, it is a great tweak to have a try! By the way, what is your opennotifier pack? It looks awesome~

    • DEEPANGEORGE

      It’s “opennotifier ios7 icon pack”

      Hope this helps….

  • YOYO

    what is your status mail and other icon tweak

    • DEEPANGEORGE

      It’s “opennotifier ios7 icon pack”

      Hope this helps 🙂

  • Abdullah Safdar

    Where can we get it from?..

  • Zeyad Kambouris

    Not bad..

  • Zeyad Kambouris

    anybody knows any updates when will these tweaks will work on iOS 8
    Random Icon Flip
    ActiveBoard
    Lively Icons
    or any alternatives !!!

    Venncy
    as well

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Great video.

  • Chinch07

    This is a mess for me. Way to many icons everywhere.

  • VictorMartino

    I absolutely love it! I’d just send group messages on whatsapp so much faster and get back to what I was doing! Fantastic idea!

  • nfinite

    this tweak looks great.. I can use this kind of tweak to improve multitasking on iOS..

  • hellion

    what’s the tweak for this status bar icons?

    • DEEPANGEORGE

      It’s opennotifier or protean and “opennotifier ios7 icon pack”

      Hope this helps….

  • Unicorn Drank

    The status bar tweak is called OpenNotifier and once downloaded, I recommend searching Cydia for OpenNotifier and downloading the additional icons which is in a pack.

  • Orlando Rafael Diaz

    Who in the world is this new guy? His voice is so f***ing aggitating. He sounds more dead than the zombies in the Walking Dead. Please do not make another video with this guy.

    • Thanks for the discouragement. 🙂

      • Abdullah Safdar

        Hi, Timothy. Is this tweak available. Has it arrived in cydia. If yes, where can I get it from?. Please reply!
        THANKING IN ANTICIPATION!!

  • Cory Walker

    will buy the moment its released!

  • Enforcer32

    Great job. Don’t let the negative people bring you down. You did an amazing job, and look forward to your upcoming videos. Very clear and precise. Nice job to you 🙂

  • Kureon

    Hi.
    I’m hesitating buy this app or not.
    I need some informations….
    Has anyone tried to play crash of clans in background using this app?

  • Justin Wade Pruitt

    This app is cool but is missing one key element! A way to close all the apps at one time maybe an apphead toggle or something of that nature or even a gesture or something like shaking the device while the appheads are showing! You could even make them wiggle and bounce around on the springboard and disappear that would be pretty innovative!