Appendix: launch apps from folders using 3D Touch

By , Nov 16, 2015

Appendix

Appendix is a new jailbreak tweak that breathes new life into Home screen folders on iOS. It allows you to launch apps directly from folders using the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch gesture.

Instead of having to open a folder to select an app that you wish to launch, users with Appendix installed, a free jailbreak tweak now available on Cydia, can open apps with a single gesture. It’s not the perfect solution for directly launching apps found in folders, but it’s pretty interesting nonetheless.

Once you have Appendix installed, it begins working immediately. There are no options or settings that need to be configured before you can use the tweak. Simply 3D Touch on a folder of your choice, and you’ll see the shortcut menu appear with up to four apps.

Unfortunately, Appendix is only able to display the first four applications found in a folder. That means that if you wish to launch a specific app found in a folder, you’ll need to make sure that the app is one of the first four apps listed. That is the downside that I alluded to at the outset.

Still, Appendix is a good tweak that does something that no other jailbreak tweak has done thus far. For that reason, even with its four app limitation, I recommend taking it for a spin. And if you don’t own a 3D Touch capable device, you can use a jailbreak tweak like revealMenu to simulate the 3D Touch effect on older devices.

You can find Appendix available free of charge on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. What do you think?

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  • Shaw

    I think his another tweak ‘traverse’ is more worthy to be reviewed.

  • Does it Matter?

    Jeff, please review Traverse. I am very curious to know if we can add customized 3D gestures using that tweak. Like 3D touch on settings app to get an option to take you directly to Battery consumption screen.

    • James G

      Why Apple hasn’t add 3D Touch to settings (or iCloud Drive) is a mystery to me. Looks like they are behind on the software side of supporting this hardware feature.

      • Andy Akins

        I think they’re holding back intentionally until there’s more 6S [and 7?] users. Right now, a good bit of their market share don’t have access to 3D touch so they’re not going full speed ahead.

      • James G

        That’s silly. They’re just behind in development. I’m surprised 9.2 beta doesn’t have more 3D Touch support. Sounds like we’re stuck waiting for iOS X…

  • Chris

    The limit of 4 apps was specifically request by reddit users.

    • Darthque

      Do you have a link?

  • DTT255

    This has been a tweak I have been waiting for that I never knew I wanted. The ‘first 4 apps’ is a limit, but honestly is not a big deal to me.
    The only thing missing for me is if it can start to show badges on the app names.

  • This is a function Apple has to implement in iOS 9.2

    • Darthque

      Agreed. But it probably won’t happen until 10.0. Then apple can call it a “new feature”

  • Josh Cacho

    yes, this tweak is awesome. can anyone else recommend some must 3D touch tweaks!

  • iPhoneWINS

    amazing

  • iPhoneWINS

    just needs option to show more apps

  • chocboywonder

    Love this. Is there a way to get Haptic feedback though?

  • James G

    Awesome tweak! Hoping for 9.2 jailbreak shortly after it releases.

  • James G

    Would also be cool if the tweak took into account which 4 apps you use the most in the folder via logs so it could surface up the 4 most common. I think I’ve noticed some 3D Touch shortcuts take usage into account when surfacing up shortcuts. Some are dynamic as well…like Maps will show “Directions to Home” or “Directions to work” based on time, location, and calendar for me.

  • I really wish there was a jailbreak for iOS 9.2. Wonder what’s taking them so long.

  • n0m0n

    I started with this tweak but since it’s limited to the first 4 icons I found a tweak called Manila which offers the same functionality but it’s not limited to just 4 icons.