Seng: even in beta, it’s the best App Switcher tweak for jailbroken iOS 9 devices [video]

By , Dec 15, 2015

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If you’re looking for an App Switcher replacement for iOS 9, then look no further than Seng, the currently in-beta Auxo-inspired tweak from developer Charlie Hewitt. We first told you about Seng’s recent beta a few days ago, but since then, I’ve been able to go hands-on with the tweak.

What I found was a tweak that worked much like the original version of Seng released back in the summer time. The big difference here is that Seng now plays nice with iOS 9, a feat that’s likely harder than it looks given the state of Auxo 3.

Seng replaces the App Switcher with an App Switcher + Control Center fusion that can be invoked by a swipe-up gesture from the bottom of the screen, or a simple double-press of the Home button. Most users will prefer the swipe-up gesture, which replaces the traditional Control Center gesture, but either way is adequate.

The awesome thing about Seng is that all of the changes that you make to its preferences are dynamic, which means no resprings are required and the changes you make are all instantaneous.

The tweak features two main sections: Top and Bottom, and each can be customized with any combination of Control Center widgets like brightness and volume sliders, quick launch shortcuts, toggles, etc. These can be stacked and rearranged however the user sees fit within the App Switcher, and certain widgets can be further customized by their own preferences. Watch our video above to get a glimpse into what makes this feature so cool.

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Seng’s preferences are extremely polished

Based on what widgets are added to the App Switcher interface, the App Switcher cards will dynamically adjust in size to fit between the top and bottom sections. If you only have one or two widgets added to each section, the cards will have more room to occupy inside the App Switcher, and vice versa. Again, the inspiration provided by Auxo is apparent, and some may argue that it’s downright thievery, but it works, and it works very well.

Along with the App Switcher, are the Quick Switcher and Hot Corners, both Auxo staples, and both present in Seng for iOS 9. The Quick Switcher, as its name not-so-subtly alludes to, allows you to quickly switch between apps with a single fluid motion, while the Hot Corners let you dismiss apps, and lock the iPhone’s screen.

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Look familiar?

There are many more options and nuanced features to be found inside of Seng’s preferences, but I’ve discussed the main meat and potatoes behind the release. If you’re a previous customer of Hewitt’s tweak, then you can simply add his beta repo to your list of Cydia sources, and have at it. His repo is as follows: http://chewitt.me/repo

Everyone else will have to, unfortunately, wait until the tweak is made available publicly. That’s a shame, because even in beta, Seng is a solid release, and already the best App Switcher replacement tweak for jailbroken iOS 9 devices. Heck, it even works pretty well in landscape mode.

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  • Blip dude

    Is this even available for the iPad?? Otherwise, sorry, but unfortunately (keyword here) Auxo continues to be the best alternative, and this tweak, to me personally, renders useless. If it is available for the iPad, then I look forward to trying it out.

    • Todd Sorensen

      You can use it on an iPad and it’s so much better than Auxo. Not even close.

      • Blip dude

        Thank you sir!! I will definitely check it out when it is released then.

  • Rob

    Lylac is my favorite. Not sure if it’s iPad compatible or not

    • ready1take1

      one thing that does bug me about Lylac is that if you are playing music the media controls take over the CC settings. You have to then swipe right to get to them. This (like what auxo used to do) combines everything.

      • Rob

        Oh really that’s annoying I don’t use music on my phone. So never noticed

      • Uncle Bob

        I didn’t have that issue, but I didn’t use Lylacs CC options, I used CCSettings & Polus with CC Loader.
        Replaced Lylac and CCSettings with Seng and very happy.

  • ready1take1

    Something to consider in deciding your app switcher of choice is I don’t see any options to change the app switcher style in Seng. It looks as if these app slider pages are from ios 7/8 not ios 9. In Lylac you can select your style ios 7/8 ios 9 or just a list of apps (which is a little silly to me).

    • Uncle Bob

      Correct, which for many of us will be fine. I am not a fan of the iOS 9 switcher. I could never find a happy sizing with Lylac. I do prefer it’s options to close apps, reboot etc though.

  • TotallySerious

    Damn this looks good af. Especially after that broken mess that was auxo for ios 9

  • I was sold on the fact that it restores the iOS 7 style app-switcher. The new app switcher SUUUCCCKKKSSS!!! Too bad I cannot buy it now since my 5s is on iOS 9.

    • GoldenPearMCPE

      Same. Dx

  • Uncle Bob

    “Heck, it even works pretty well in landscape mode.”

    Ooooooh, burn.

  • nonchalont

    Wow, mailbox closes and now Rdio! Even though Spark is a great substitute email client. Probably the closet to mailbox.

  • Shaw

    Both Auxo and Seng have beautiful design and animations. But in my opinion, Tage is the most practical one all the time.

  • M_Hawke

    Jeff, why do you pronounce it the way you do? [suhng] and not [sehng]

    • iPhoneWINS

      hmmmm

  • Jayy

    Yeah this looks like it’s going to be the best one! I’m getting rid of lylac as soon as his is released!

  • 9to5Slavery

    the best is CCQUICKPRO

    • iPhoneWINS

      i like this

  • $@//

    I really like Seng but just wished it came with a favourite apps section too. Multi tasker + CC controls + Favourite app. All these 3 with just a swipe up…. Wonder if there’s a tweak out there that does all 3 together as 1.

  • Yonathan Grunewald

    you should check out “Mockingbird” – really sleek and practical switcher.

    • iPhoneWINS

      not compatible

      • Yonathan Grunewald

        What’s not compatible?

  • Diego

    Already use Tage, Lylac, Auxo 3 and Auxo Legacy, none of them beat the Seng.
    Seng is smooth and clean, do the job perfectly.

  • Marc Wium

    SOMEONE UPDATE GRIDSWITCHER!

    • iPhoneWINS

      Thats all i want really

  • iPhoneWINS

    This complicated crap puts my phone in safe mode.. please just make grid switcher..

  • Gabriel Diaz

    I want it nowww

  • Danuel Carr

    RIP Auxo 2013-2015

  • Malan Raja

    Hey guys, i currently have Tage installed. What would you say is better? would they work together?

  • simmerkatt

    Auxo inspired? More like Auxo ripoff.

    • Andrew

      Except Seng is made by a reliable developer who actually cares about his customers, as opposed to Auxo’s A3Tweaks, who not only never respond to emails or support requests, but also force their customers to pay twice for the SAME TWEAK, without even so much as changing the name to hide that fact. I’d much rather support Charlie Hewitt than A3.

  • Redd

    There was this other switcher made by the dev of convergence. I can’t seem to recall the name of it but that tweak was pretty neat.