A look at iOS 9’s jailbreak-inspired features

By , Jun 9, 2015

iOS 9 jailbreak-inspired

iOS 9 has brought a lot of new features to the table, and many of those features have been borrowed, whether by coincidence or not, from already existing jailbreak tweaks. In this post, I summarize some of the tweaks that have been natively added to iOS 9 beta 1. Did your favorite tweak make the cut?

SwipeSelection

In my review of SwipeSelection Pro, I called it one of the best jailbreak tweaks of all time. So it’s not totally surprising that Apple decided to adopt a similar feature in iOS 9. Here’s what I said in my SwipeSelection Pro review:

I apologize in advance to Kyle Howells, developer of SwipeSelection, but this is one of those tweaks that I wish Apple would straight-up steal; it’s just that good.

…Just sayin’.

Yes, Apple’s implementation differs from that of SwipeSelection, but the basic premise remains the same, and it’s arguably better since two fingers should result in a lot less accidental swipes than SwipeSelection’s single finger gesture. We’ll have much more on this awesome new feature soon.

ShowCase

It’s a tweak that’s so obvious, it’s kind of weird that we’re nine iOS iterations in before it finally appeared. ShowCase was a tweak that accurately portrayed the current letter case on the keyboard key caps. Now, this feature is native in iOS 9, and it will help eliminate confusion when typing.

VideoPane

Ryan Petrich’s legendary VideoPane tweak allowed us to detach videos and watch them while multitasking on our jailbroken iOS devices. It was rightly listed in many top jailbreak tweak lists, and brought genuine usefulness to iPhone and iPad users everywhere.

Along with Apple’s other multitasking efforts, it now allows for similar functionality to VideoPane. Ryan’s legendary tweak was of the greatest jailbreak releases, and the ability to have true Picture in Picture mode on iPad is one of iOS 9’s greatest features as well.

SearchSettings

Searching the contents of the Settings app. Quite the novel idea, and jailbreakers did it first. The aptly titled Search Settings, allowed users to easily search the contents of the Settings app over the last year.

Search Settings, like the aforementioned VideoPane, was created by Ryan Petrich. Now the same basic functionality is available in iOS 9. I think we’re seeing a trend here. Apple should probably hire Ryan, don’t you think?

BattSaver

There are several jailbreak tweaks that aim to help save battery life, but BattSaver was one of the more popular releases to do so. It did so by tempering your iPhone’s radios, which, as I understand, is what iOS 9 does with some of its new battery saving techniques, albeit to a lesser degree.

ReachApp

ReachApp wasn’t the only tweak that brought true multitasking to iOS, but it was one that I felt was the most sensible in its approach. ReachApp brought true side-by-side multitasking to iOS, and it did so very well.

iOS 9’s new Split View multitasking feels a lot more polished, but tweaks like ReachApp showed jailbreakers what was possible with a little innovation. And since iOS 9’s Split View is currently limited to just the iPad Air 2, Reach App will still be used by many jailbreakers for lesser iPads and iPhones.

RoundedSwitcherCards

This one is a little more obscure, but I thought it should be included in the list. iOS 9’s App Switcher has been completely redesigned, and with the redesign comes rounded App Switcher cards.

Dash

Last but not least, Dash was a jailbreak tweak released back in 2012 that allowed users to change the App Switcher look and animation style (CardSwitcher did it even before that in 2011). Not only did it allow for a full screen App Switcher, it brought a Time Machine-inspired animation style to the table, too. Notice anything similar about the App Switcher in iOS 9?

It’s a continuing trend that’s been going on since the very beginning of the iPhone’s existence, and as long as jailbreaking is around, I don’t see this trend changing. What do you think about all of the jailbreak tweaks that Apple has been inspired by or possibly borrowed from? Sound off down below with your thoughts, and opinions.

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  • Steve Norris

    I immediately thought of VideoPane during the keynote as it is EXACTLY like what they showed.

    • Sohail Wahab

      Me too, I’m using it on my iPad everyday

    • M.

      Except VideoPane also works on iPhones 🙂

      • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

        Should definitely be compatible with iPhones even if its just iPhone 6plus

  • Al

    Jeff gotta iPad!!! Haha.. Awesome, welcome back…

  • :)

    iPad Air users must feel like they got fked over lmao. Apple just basically gave them a big middle finger w/ no multitasking

    • Linton Findlay

      Is annoying that we are not getting true multi tasking, I guess the slide over feature and video plane rip off will have to do. I’m sure a jailbreak tweak will fix it anyways

    • Damian

      Yep when I heard iPad air 2 only I felt the slap on my face

      • Andy

        It’s ok, iPad Air 2 users will feel left out when Apple announces that iPad Air 3 will feature a couple more exclusive features.

    • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

      So its only supported for iPad Air 2?

    • Nathan

      Well to be fair, the chip in the iPad air that deals with graphics isn’t the best.

    • Alberto Espinal

      I’m going to speculate but it might be because of ram, IPad Air 2 has 2GB of memory but then again it might be so people will trade for a newer device

      • David Navarrete

        As of today, Jailbreak (tweak: medusa) gave all us iPad owners (except iPad 1, lmao) the ability to use SplitView, and my iPad 2 does support it with no big deal. It takes about 5-10 sec to load the second App, but hey, it’s an iPad 2!!
        A friend of mine has an iPad Air (1) and it works vert smoothly

  • TotallySerious

    I think that the cards in the iOS 9 app switcher should be to the right of the home screen card, not the left. Just my opinion

    • Eni

      I actually agree with you

    • test_11

      I agree with you. don’t worry.. jailbreak will add both left or right in the ios 9 app switcher :)..

      • TotallySerious

        I’m hoping either for that or for apple to hopefully change it in the next betas

    • David Navarrete

      It’s not that big of a deal on iPhones, but the iPad has multitasking gestures!!
      Before iOS 9, when you open one App you could go to the previous App by swiping left, now it’s the oposite

  • Kurt

    This jailbreak tweak was taking from Samsung. So most likely this was a Samsung inspired feature. As it was heavily advertised a few years ago. iDB did an article on this tweak and others that were taking from Samsung. More copying Apple, keep up the good work. It’s a win-win.

    • White Michael Jackson

      Actually most jailbreak tweaks are inspired by android features

      • Elias

        Not most of them but plenty.

      • Mr. Right

        Android > Jailbreak > iOS

      • Mr. WRONG

      • M_Hawke

        Simon, you are Mr. Denial. 🙂

      • Slifur

        Jailbreak > Android > iOS
        So Mr. Denial somehow Mr. Right.

      • RV

        Maybe it’s
        Jailbreak > Root > iOS > Android
        OR
        Jailbreak > Root > Android > iOS

      • Tyler Allen

        BSD > Linux

      • Tyler Allen

        This is actually backwards. Most Android features are inspired by Jailbreak tweaks!

      • White Michael Jackson

        Uhh no. Android Lock screen, intelliscreen and even sbsetting plus MANY others were on android long before they were jailbreak tweaks. Of course there are exceptions but it is lopsided in favor of most jailbreak tweak originating from android features.

      • Poporopo00

        I said:

        “I dont give you shit. All i want is to customize my phone my way. That is it!, i don’t care where they are coming from.”

        LOL

      • Poporopo00

        I dont give you shit. All i want is to customize my phone my way. That is it!, i don’t care where they are coming from.

    • M_Hawke

      Re: PIP tweak

      Well, sort of, but not really. The tweak, yes, but the concept, no. I mean, how long has PIP on TVs been around? So it’s not really an original idea by Samsung or Apple.

      • Kurt

        Good point. Back when Samsung introduced it it was a risk. As Apple fans scoffed the idea. Now they love it. Same as split screen multitasking. How many Apple fans bashed the idea as they did with phablets. Now they love it. Apple has been following Samsung around the park like a puppy just as Samsung was doing and even worse I might add

      • M_Hawke

        Yep, as an Apple products owner I just roll my eyes at the mentality of Apple Fanboys. (“owner” does not equal “Fanboy”) Their logic equation goes something like this: IF Samsung has it BUT Apple doesn’t, THEN it is stupid. However, IF Apple now has it, regardless of whether Samsung has it or not and regardless of where the idea came from (or ripped off from) THEN it is cool and the greatest thing on Earth and we are also better people than you are, BTW, and don’t you forget it.

      • Kurt

        You speak mountains of truth.

    • N&LH

      So Google and Samsung don’t copy ?

      • Kurt

        Samsung copied more than Apple. But recently Apple copies more.

      • N&LH

        HAHAHAHAHAHA……that’s why they still following Apple leads…They all copy each other…Just look at Google IO 2014 and 2015…most of what google announced were not new…..Just wait few months then Samsung will announce Samsung Music…Same when Samsung and Google announced Samsung pay and Android pay which both work same way as Apple pay.. Especially Android pay.

      • techitrucker

        You do realize Android Pay is a renaming of Google Wallet which has been around for three years right?

  • Linton Findlay

    Any news on wether ios9 is actually rootless?

    • Rowan09

      Unless it’s the Apple TV 3 nothing is rootless.

  • Thomas Flores

    Im loving all the new features for iPad, seeing how I’m a heavy iPad user. However, i have the iPad Air and had no intentions on getting the Air 2, i guess that now must change so i can take advantage of all the features when working. Maybe ill get lucky and a jailbreak will be released when IOS 9 drops and unlocks these features for all of us iPad Air users.

    • Steve Norris

      What are you talking about? What feature works on iPad Air 2 but does not on iPad Air, exactly?

      • Damian

        Side window multitasking

      • PWNED!

      • Steve Norris

        Oh… That sucks.

  • Kevin Chen

    Is there Apple’s “SwipeSelection” on the iPhone too?

    • henrikfrey

      Yes, it is.

  • Going to be very interesting to see if a jailbreak hits IOS 9, otherwise what will Apple add to IOS 10? 🙂

    • lol

    • That’s actually a great point. I will say that the list of new tweaks for iOS 9 has to be getting smaller. Apple has added most, even though some really suck, like native Quick Reply.
      It is always cool to see what developers will come up with next though.

  • VWH

    Anyone notice that the BACK button that takes you back to search works in native apps like Mail? Now I can open a link and when done hit the back button and get into the Mail App without having to do so using the switcher (for those not jailbroken, lol)

  • jgr627

    R.I.P. Jailbrake community. I know you hear this year after year but look at history and look at the present. There is less and less reason to jailbrake every year. Something that once was huge is becoming a very very niche market. We had good times but nothing lasts forever

    • Eric Castro

      you’re forgetting that new features introduced in each iOS release often tend to be purposely limited by Apple or just not done 100% right and that’s what opens new opportunities to jailbreak devs while others “close”. so “new features” alone are enough reason to keep jb motivation alive

    • Sect

      RIP jailbreak community? Good luck with that. You ant gettin no features w/o it. Videopane been on iOS since iOS 6. Apple only made the feature official in iOS 9. Years late. Apple can’t even keep up.

    • Damian

      You are so wrong you don’t even realize it. Live in oblivion but don’t try to spread it to others.

      I have around 50 tweaks installed or more and with iOS 9 I would probably go down to 40.

      • jgr627

        50 tweaks!! Cdfu!! Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. I know for a fact your bluffin no way you can install more then 5 to 10 tweaks (at max!) that make sense #Facts

      • Damian

        Are you for real? Because you sound like a troll, if not then I am speechless.

        To prove it to you I could send you a screenshot from my iPad which shows you only one fraction of what is installed Going in alphabetical order starting this screenshot with letter M, therefore middle of the alphabet. You can only imagine how many more tweaks are there

    • JaeM1llz

      It’s funny how you acknowledged the fact that we hear this year after year but still followed through with the statement anyway. The bottom line is that there will ALWAYS be a reason to jailbreak, period. Many of the best jailbreak tweaks require root access to work(think iFile) and therefore Apple will NEVER implement that sort of functionality into the stock firmware.

      • Rowan09

        Yep like movie box, ifile, Kodi, etc.

      • jgr627

        Yes year after year we hear the same statement “death of jailbrake” and the sad truth is that it is dying every year little by little ask Jeff the godfather of this he’ll tell you himself

    • M_Hawke

      I disagree. If you DO look at history, you find people always creating a tweak for various operating systems because an operating system is never going to have the full benefit of mankind’s creativity. IOW, there’s no way that a company can think of everything. Someone will think of a better way to do things, improve things, fix things that the company will not or doesn’t want to do. It’s not just limited to iOS.

  • That_Fruitarian

    At least now my phone will run smoothly with these ‘tweaks’. Whenever I install too many jailbreak tweaks, my phone runs like garbage.

    • Like overheats, causing the battery to expand with gas and push my screen out? Ugh… I so hate having to fix my own iPhone! lol

      • Bradley Hines

        Wait what?????! That’s what happens and that’s why my screen has started to pop out??? Should I replace the battery and screen with apple or what?

      • I am going to call Apple and try to get into their replacement program. I don’t live anywhere near an Apple store, so making a 3 hour drive to find out they won’t do anything is a waste.

        If they won’t do anything, then yes I plan to just replace my battery on my own.

        Check out, iFixIt website, they have very detailed guide on fixing anything related to iPhones and most any electronics. They even have great prices on the tools you need to do it and it really is pretty easy to change a battery.
        I recommend getting the battery from another site though, as their replacement parts themselves are quite expensive.

  • GadgetQueenn

    Additionally, though implementation differs, LastApp let you go back to that last app you were in. In iOS 9, you get to go back to the last app, but after being redirected from a link.

  • Adrian Praporgescu

    As much as I like jailbreaak, it looks like Apple does a good work to implement this futures in native iOS. It would be even better if they make this type of tweeks “legal”, like “App Store” but “tweek store”. Like this, all the developers can earn and even Apple will earn. And customers will be 100 times happier.

    • Mr. Right

      Never going to happen. Just by an android 😀

      • Rowan09

        What do you mean Google only has the Playstore and all those other stores are illegal?

      • How long have you actually used that note 2 that you keep claiming to own? Apps in the Google Play store easily accomplish most of what iDevices need jailbreak for, in other words, tweaks exist on the Google Play Store like any other app…starting to believe all this your claim of actually using Android is just another of your typical BS claiming.

      • Rowan09

        Is Showbox on the playstore or Kodi? Let me guess no so not everything. I’ve had my Note 2 (actually 2 of them) since they were released. I stated before I repair phones and my friend found one broken on the highway, so I fixed it to sell it. Since the price for the part was so expensive it didn’t make sense to sell, so I just kept it. 1mobile market and the other illegal stores are all allowed on an Android but they are not supported by Google.

      • “Is Showbox on the playstore or Kodi? Let me guess no so not everything”

        Nice bait switching, wasn’t the point of the OP, so not sure where you got those. Regardless those can be easily side loaded without any need for root, just like AdBlockers. Nothing illegal about them, just Google doesn’t want such on it’s store.

        These tweaks that Jeff posted (which the OP was referring to) are “leahal” on the Google Play store or already a part of Android. You’ll readily find apps on the Play Store that accomplish most functions of almost EVERY jailbreak tweak. If it’s not on the Play Store, sideloadingis a price of cake and doesn’t require root.

      • Rowan09

        I am aware I have 1mobile market (illegal store) and Kodi (legal) plus Showbox which is illegal . Going Android is not a solution if someone likes IOS. I like Android but prefer IOS due to the AppStore being better which in turn gets a better developer backing, more refined OS especially with spotlight search, Siri, continuity, etc. Anyone can search the web and acquire almost any apk on the PlayStore and download them for free. Android is what it is and that’s great, but IOS in my opinion has a greater opportunity of changing due to how it’s OS is built.

    • Extensions are as far as you can get within App Store. Tweaks are just too limitless. You can easily make a tweak that shows you fake iTunes Store and ask for your credit card.

  • SwipeSelectionStillRules

    Displacing the text cursor with one finger is very handy when you type with your thumbs. SwipeSelection did this right. Apple forces you to cumbersomely place your index and middle finger on the keyboard.

    • Rowan09

      With bigger iPhones and the iPad it’s hard to just use one hand any more.

      • If you have small hands. I easily type with swipe gestures using one hand on my OnePlus One, all without having to readjust the phone.

        FYI, typing with 1 hand =/= using the entire UI with one hand.

      • Rowan09

        Ok but I’m not a fan of Swype and I type faster with two hands even when I had the 5s.

  • edouardbirman

    .hey guys, if you want to try iOS 9 and get your UDID registered,contact me at edouard94300@hotmail.fr
    only 5$

  • DJ79KHALED

    Thanks apple for the iOS 9 jailbreak 🙂 the only things is missing is winter-board……lol

  • Hot12345

    That cursur selection, will that be also on the iphone instead of on the ipads in ios9?

    • henrikfrey

      Yes, it’s also on iPhone.

  • Sorry but having to use 2 fingers on SwipeSelection sounds so annoying. How could you accidentally swipe anyway? I have used the tweak since Day 1 and never once have swiped on accident.

    • M_Hawke

      I have had SS on my iPhone since day 1, too, but when I installed it on my iPad it was extremely annoying when using the onscreen keyboard to type because an accidental swipe–sometimes ever so slight–would cause a typo. I uninstalled it from my iPad after a couple of months of frustration. On the iPhone it is not an issue because the keyboard is so much smaller. It’s an issue on the iPads because the keyboards are bigger and therefore picks up any touch/swipe when typing.

  • KarwanGhaffari

    really they LOVE jailbreak like we do !!!!!!!!

    • Rowan09

      I’m sure Tim Cook or Apple Exes have jailbroken devices

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I’d really really like to know whether or not an Apple executive or any Apple software engineer have jailbroken devices or did have one at some point during their career at Apple. Possible?

      • Rowan09

        I’m sure they did. Apple isn’t against jail breaking because a small percentage of users purchase iPhones and love them with a jailbreak over the stock OS. IOS every year improves from jailbreak tweaks, Android, etc and IOS 9 is a huge step forward in my opinion.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I’m sure they’re not against it either, it just goes back to the “we want our OS to be safe and credible” argument. But the Steve Jobs era Apple (at least Steve himself) seemed very aggressive against jailbreaking. Do you remember the time when Apple deployed an iTunes update which basically wouldn’t recognise jailbroken phones/iPods or that they won’t sync with those devices because they were jailbroken? I very well remember that. But not presently, they even go far as to give credit to jailbreak hackers for finding those exploits if you remember with evasi0n7 and pangu, TaiG exploits, etc. But the fact that it’s quite probable that some Apple engineers or even execs might’ve had a jailbreak on their devices at some point is quite interesting.

      • Rowan09

        I believe they do because they are aware of the community even if they don’t support. Didn’t they even hire a programmer from the community?

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Yes they did, several. Comex, winocm (others probably too) and I believe Filippo Bigarella is going to intern with them.

  • Jake Barbour

    lol figures all they’re ideas come form the jailbreak community for every new iOS.

  • Jeiivy

    what sucks is that you need a iPad air 2 to get side by side.

  • Abram

    Why on my carrier says iPhone and not the name of my carrier?

  • Tanner Wilhelm

    If Apple is just gonna steal all of jailbreaks groundbreaking tweaks… why are they trying so hard to prevent jailbreaking in the future?
    If they make iOS9 completely unjailbreakable, like rumored, will they lose a lot of their innovation?

  • Donovan

    But, which of these features do work on iPhone? Because everyone tries them on the iPad. And I don’t use iPads, I’m happy with my phone and laptop.

  • Donovan

    Well, we still need TinyBar and Statuspeek. When that happens, I’ll stay on stock iOS with love.

  • Spycer0

    Nice song used in the vid, Jeff! What’s it called?

  • jtmd

    why is not virtualhome not included? or a zephyr inspired functionality? no one is using the home button because we know it will just break. Or how about you at least revampe your assistive touch?

  • xxxxvi

    jeff put some round corners to your idb logo at the end of your videos

  • NotTheLysander

    I still dont get why my iPhone 6+ still isnt treated more as an iPad, and less as an iPhone, by both developers and Apple. Guess I’m going to be jailbreaking for at least 1 more year. Re: PiP, SplitView

  • N0body

    Why don’t they just allow us to jailbreak? They benefit from the devs.

  • Jacob Lovejoy

    Apple is the most inovative tech comapany in existence! Look at how the innovate new ways to take from the jailbreaking community and pretend to be at war with it. Apple should applaud Jailbreakers for two reasons:
    1. They are the true innovators. In Apple’s world Jailbreakers are the tick and they are the tock.
    2. Jailbreakering is the reason may of us still buy iPhones. Apple products are awesome but jailbreaking is what I think gives an iPhone an edge. Rooting an android device is nothing like jailbreaking and android play store is full of badly written apps and tweeks. In my opinion, I would have abandoned the brand for android, or a better alternative if it was not for the jailbreaking community.

    Jacob

  • Chocolatewe

    really nice jeff, well done

  • Gino Nowak

    Short question, is dash compatible with iOS 8.3 – in cydia it says just up to iOS7?