Harbor

Imagine having 30+ app icons in your iPhone dock, and being able to view them all at the same time and easily launch them all with no issues. This is what life is like while using Harbor—a new jailbreak tweak that brings one of the best OS X-inspired dock experiences that I’ve seen thus far on jailbroken iPhones.

After installing Harbor, you can beginning benefiting from it immediately. You’ll notice that the dock looks a little different than it normally does, and can now accommodate a seemingly endless amount of apps.

To use Harbor, tap and drag your finger along the dock. You’ll see an OS X-like magnification animation that brings each app into view as your finger hovers over it. To launch an app in the dock, simply release your finger while hovering over the desired app.

One of the tweak’s flagship features is the ability to make an app in the dock bounce when it receives an incoming notification. This allows you to quickly identify apps that need your attention, and even works from the Lock screen and while using other apps.

Harbor Preferences

Harbor has quite a few settings to be found it in preferences for customizing the way animations look, notification bounces, and other visual aspects like running indicators, and displaying app names above each app. Additionally, the tweak features a kill-switch, but I find that it resets my Home screen layout when the tweak is turned off, which is kind of a bummer.

If you’re an iPhone 6 Plus owner, you’ll be happy to know that Harbor plays nice with the SpringBoard’s landscape mode. Though, I did find that bounce notifications don’t work very well in landscape, because the icons still bounce vertically, and not horizontally.

Harbor Landscape

I’m impressed with Harbor’s smooth animations, how well notifications work, and how seamless it is to launch apps with the dock. If you’re looking for a way to customize your iOS dock, and arguably improve its functionality, then Harbor is a tweak that you should consider.

Watch my video, and let me know what you think about Harbor. Do you believe it’s worth its $2.99 asking price on Cydia? Sound off in the comments below.

  • john diaz

    I like the tweak but it won’t replace the old dock. why swipe to launch an app when you can just tap on it. great tweak, nicely executed but it can’t work on a touch screen device.

    • tiltdown

      Exactly kinda useless for touch devices.

  • Damian

    Nice visuals but does not add much practicality

  • sdhn

    … must be pretty awesome on iPad ?

    • Al

      I have it on the iPad.. Think it’s much useful since it’s a larger screen, don’t have it on the iPhone…

      • sdhn

        This and Centrum … plus OS Experience needs to make its return to iOS 8 :

      • Al

        HoverNotification also brings an OSX type feel to the iPad. But the dev is rewriting OSE.. Definitely can’t wait for that. Although there’s ReachApp.. I’ll prefer having OSE.

      • sdhn

        Yes, I have HoverNotifs also, great tweak. Plus Auxo3 just makes everything better. Can’t wait for that SidebySide tweak to come out (if it ever does) …

      • Centrum is a bit of a pain since it activates when you do a swipe-to-go-back gesture. If it activated only with a two finger gesture then it would be perfect…

      • sdhn

        Yeah I’ve found its usability with safari to be irritating …

  • Tyler Smith

    The dev is asking way to much for a tweak that does less than a 1.99 tweak (infinidock)

    • Chris

      First of all, did you watch the same video I did? This clearly is more in depth than infinidock ever was. Not to mention the sophistication, level of customization/preferences, and user experience seems 10x better than infinidock. Secondly, since when did $1 dollar more become way too much money? If infinidock can charge $1.99, this tweak can charge 4 more quarters.

      • Tyler Smith

        I did. And this tweak is quite annoying actually. Especially for 3 dollars. and the dev is a prick so if you wanna give him 3 then you give him that. I on the other hand will be keeping my money away from him.

      • I don’t think its annoying but I don’t see my self sliding my finger accross the dock just for it to look like my phone has OS X. I also think its too expensive for what it is. However it is very hard to decide costs of tweaks for the Dev. Only they know how much time it took to create it and it it is an awesome tweak. One that I’d probably purchase if it were cheaper.

      • Tyler Smith

        Devs should ask what people would pay for the tweak. If it was .99 or 1.49(the new .99) i would have bought it. maybe. i still don’t like the dev

  • I’ve been looking forward for a tweak like this since 2012 I had this idea but I dont know how to create tweaks. But I will pay for it tonight, it looks great!

  • f1ght3r

    I’ll never buy anything from this dev again. Please do not support him. He’s an unappreciative little jerk who doesn’t know how to connect/speak with people.

    • Damian

      What did he do to you?

      • Tyler Smith

        He mad OS experience and he didn’t do it well at all. He took about 10 from every person for a tweak that was less than half done. promised bug fixes and then never did them

      • Damian

        Now I remember I paid him too. I completely ignored this tweak since it was buggy and I put it into an abyss

      • Unless you have the skills to make OS Experience and make it right please just shut up. I don’t mean to offend you but a buggy OS Experience is better than no OS Experience at all although admittedly the price should have reflected the buggyness…

      • Tyler Smith

        really? lol I am gonna pretend you didn’t say that. A buggy anything is worse than something that isn’t there. why do you think (most) devs release bug fixes within a day or two. because they are a supplier and the customer should be entitled to something that works. I hate talking about it so much but the dev of Appbutton is one of my favorite devs. His beta was getting updates multiple times a day i think the one day it was about 5. he made his tweak so perfect prior to release and even then upon release a few more bugs came up and they were fixed immediately. so good for you for being okay with things not working correctly. please give this kid your money.

    • Jukkmoddr

      This comment was not very constructive. If you actually care about him losing business then please elaborate.

      • Tyler Smith

        He mad OS experience and he didn’t do it well at all. He took about 10 from every person for a tweak that was less than half done. promised bug fixes and then never did them.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    What happens if u would put a folder in harbor’s line up, Jeff???

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Am loving this tweak. Beautifully executed. +1

  • What tweak is “pasithea”?

    • A clipboard managing tweak. We’ll be posting about it later today. Stay tuned.

  • RobDigital413

    Not compatible with infinidock

  • The Zlatan

    So far i have failed to fit more than 5 icons in the dock…

    • Dwight

      same here. the original I had in the dock when I downloaded the tweak.

    • Dwight

      so I just tried something….yup only can get 5 into the dock. Video was deceiving. I will ask for my money back.

      • The Zlatan

        After reading the comments it seems like it’s not the first time something comes out very buggy..

  • Thelip95032

    To me the Dock application (written by Ma Jun) is a lot more useful as it pops up on right side of screen in portrait, scrolls and allows for folders. Unfortunately there isn’t a 8.x version yet (pinged stated there would be an 8,x version). Interesting app but not what i need.

  • Dwight

    anyone know how to add apps to the dock? I try and nothing happens.

    • Hossein Baha

      Guys the reason why you cant fit more Than five icons is because you need to disable springtomize tweak and respring! You should se that IT Will work. And its no problem later to enable springtomize again. Byt keep in mind to not customize the dock from springtomize IT will create A conflict

      • Dwight

        I do not have the Springtomize tweak on my device. I wrote the developer and he said do disable BetterFiveIconDock and I dont have that tweak either.

    • h4nd0fg0d

      U have a dock tweak conflict, but u prolly already knew tht. Lol

  • Jake Barbour

    …this tweak works perfectly on my iphone 5 and its actually executed pretty good, of course its got bugs but theyll be fixed, he should be throwing an update out to fix the bounce and a couple other bugs, just be patient.

  • Utrarunner5

    This would go well with the 12in macbook pro iPad hybrid

  • It’s awesome tweak I like to slide to start the application! It’s just feel awesome like the MacBook, but it will look better if there were a winterboard theme to replace the icons to look the original OSX dock icons… You know what I mean, NOT SQUARE ICONS.

  • Hossein Baha

    Guys the reason why you cant fit more Than five icons is because you need to disable springtomize tweak and respring! You should se that IT Will work. And its no problem later to enable springtomize again. Byt keep in mind to not customize the dock from springtomize IT will create A conflict.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    By far one is f my all time fav tweaks ever. Such great stuff. Works like butter and lightning.

  • I’ve been using the tweak for 24 days already, it’s just beautiful how the Dock looks, and I have my favorite apps at the slide of my finger to open it, it works great I have like 10 apps on my dock, very useful. Now I’m not sliding between pages to get to my favorite apps. But still I want to have OSX icons for this dock, is there any winterboard them with OSX icons? that works with the tweak and of course iOS 8? thanks in advance.

  • Christopher Sheeran

    How do you remove an app from the dock? If I touch and hold, it just launches it.