Stratos: a highly anticipated Auxo-inspired App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2015

Before I even begin talking about CortexDevTeam’s Stratos, let’s address the elephant in the room. Let’s address the fact that the tweak looks and functions very much like Auxo legacy edition.

Indeed, Stratos takes many cues from Auxo of old, but that’s one of the tweak’s most appealing assets. There are some, even after two successful iterations, who never quite came around to Auxo 2 and its sequel. For those people, Stratos is a jailbreak tweak that’s been highly anticipated for quite some time.

But that’s not to say that Stratos is a mere carbon copy of Auxo and nothing more. The tweak brings a few of its own innovations to the table as well. Read More

 

Popular is an app launcher that tracks your most used applications

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2015

Popular is a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that replaces the recent contacts and favorite contacts shortcuts found in the App Switcher with an app launcher. Popular’s launcher differs from other tweaks of this type, because it sorts the app icons based on usage. This makes it easy to quickly locate and launch the most popular apps on your iPhone. Read More

 

SwitcherFX adds a blur effect to the cards in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2015

If you’re looking to add more privacy to the cards found in the App Switcher, then SwitcherFX is mostly capable of fulfilling that task. It’s a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to add a privacy blur filter on top of the app preview cards that appear in the App Switcher. It also features several degrees of App Switcher and blur customization. Read More

 

Cobalia places FlipSwitch toggles in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 14, 2015

I never use the recent and favorite contact shortcut buttons available in the App Switcher in iOS 8. In fact, I’ve outright disabled both sets of shortcuts. Instead, I’m using FlipSwitch to toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings via the App Switcher. This is accomplished courtesy of a new jailbreak tweak called Cobalia, which replaces the recent and favorites shortcuts with user-customizable FlipSwitch toggles. Read More

 

WhitelistSwitcher cleans up your messy App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

Looking for a way to tidy up the App Switcher on iOS? Then WhitelistSwitcher may be a jailbreak tweak that appeals to you. As its name alludes to, this tweak allows you to whitelist the specific apps that appear in the App Switcher. Apps that aren’t on the whitelist do not appear in the App Switcher, even if they were recently launched. Read More

 

Upcoming ‘AppButton’ tweak brings a unique app switching method to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015

I love jailbreaking for many reasons, but one of the primary reasons is that it allows developers to bring unique ideas to fruition. One such idea is AppButton, a new jailbreak tweak that places a very different twist on the concept of app switching. AppButton is not available on the default Cydia repos yet, and is still in Alpha stages. Even so, it’s a tweak that shows tons of potential and promise. Read More

 

How to put the App Switcher in Reachability view

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 1, 2015

Switchability is yet the latest jailbreak tweak to incorporate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ Reachability view with a jailbreak modification. In this case, Switchability places the App Switcher into Reachability view, hence the name Switchability. I’ve been testing out the tweak for a while, and what I’ve found was a great concept, but its execution needs a little work before it’s truly ready for primetime. Read More

 

Auxo 3 review: a legendary tweak inches closer to perfection

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2014

After much anticipation, I finally have my hands on Auxo 3—exactly two years to the day of the original Auxo release date. This is a jailbreak tweak a long time in the making. It’s the second sequel to one of the most well-known and impactful jailbreak tweaks in the community’s storied history, and it doesn’t disappoint.

If I could put it into a nutshell, I’d say that Auxo 3 is a much-refined version Auxo 2. Lead designer, Sentry, and developer, Qusic, refrain from deviating drastically from the things that made Auxo 2 such a compelling update, but the pair does bring quite a few new interesting features and refinements to the table. This ultimately proves to be a very good thing. Read More

 

Auxo for iOS 8 launching next week, new dynamic Multi-Center and improved Quick Switcher teased

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2014

The highly anticipated update to Auxo 2 is almost here. Yes, Auxo for iOS 8 will be releasing next week—to much fanfare I might add. To celebrate the upcoming release, Sentry has been teasing the update on Vine. If you can remember with the Auxo 2 release, a similar teaser campaign was launched on Vine. This time, the teasers focus on two brand new features. Read More

 

Switchability: an upcoming tweak that combines Reachability, the App Switcher, and Safari’s 3D tab view

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

A new upcoming jailbreak tweak promises to combine multiple iOS features into a cool new app switching interface called Switchability. The tweak, which is previewed inside on video, combines the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ Reachability mode along with the App Switcher and Safari’s 3D tab view. The result of such a combination may seem like it would be a mess, but after seeing it demonstrated in the preview video, I think it might just work. Read More

 

‘Pyx’ adds smooth animations to the iOS app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

Looking to change up the look of the App Switcher animations on iOS 8? If so, then look no further than Pyx, a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that allows you to add over half a dozen animations to the App Switcher.

As you’ll see from our video walkthrough inside, Pyx isn’t the most elegant tweak that you’ll run across, but it works well enough to leave most satisfied with the results. Have a look at our video for the full scoop. Read More

 

Slide2Kill8 Pro lets you kill apps in a variety of ways

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 24, 2014

Slide2Kill8 Pro is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to kill apps in a variety of different ways via the App Switcher. The tweak includes “switcher actions”, which allow you to kill apps directly via the switcher cards, along with “icon actions”, which let you kill apps using the app icons that reside beneath the app switcher cards.

Each action in Slide2Kill8 Pro can be customized to some degree, allowing you to kill all apps, kill single apps, do nothing, or show a quick menu. The quick menu allows you to close all apps, invoke Control Center, and invoke Notification Center.

If you’re looking for a way to enhance app management, particularly when it comes to force-closing apps, then you need to take a look at Slide2Kill8 Pro. Check out our full video walkthrough inside. Read More

 

How to customize or hide contacts shown in the App Switcher

By Sébastien Page on Sep 26, 2014

Along with iOS 8, Apple introduced a new feature in the App Switcher that allows you to have quick access to your recently contacted contacts, as well as your favorite contacts. In essence, this is a great feature that can save you time, but it arguably also is a feature that has nothing to do in the App Switcher to begin with. What if you only want to see your favorites in there? Or what if you don’t want to see any contact at all in the App Switcher? There is a solution.

In this post, we’ll show you how to select what kind of contacts you want to show in the App Switcher (favorites and/or recents) or how to hide these contacts altogether. Read More

 

Looking for an alternative to Zephyr? Try Tage

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 20, 2014

Zephyr was one of the most popular multitasking tweak for iOS 6, however it hasn’t been updated yet for iOS 7. If you miss the tweak, you should definitely check out an alternative to it known as Tage.

Developed by Ma Jun, Tage features functionality similar to Zephyr and changes the way you switch between opened apps. The tweak is made up of five major parts. You can swipe the left or right side of the screen to switch between active apps. Additionally, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to either close the app or launch the App Switcher. Finally, swiping left or right from the top edge of the screen allows you to lock your device. Read More

 

CSwitcher brings your App Switcher to Control Center

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 11, 2014

The App Switcher, one of the most frequently used feature on iOS 7, can be accessed by double pressing the Home button. If you ever wanted to access the App Switcher from Control Center, you might want to check out a new jailbreak tweak known as CSwitcher.

Developed by Brogan Miner, CSwitcher replaces the Quick Launch apps in Control Center with the App Switcher, allowing you to take a quick glance at the apps running in the background directly from Control Center as well as close any of them. Personally, since I never use the Quick Launch apps, CSwitcher could be a good replacement. Read More

 

PlayTask lets you play or pause a currently playing song from the App Switcher

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 29, 2014

The main purpose of the App Switcher is to display the apps running in the background as well as enable you to close them. PlayTask is a brand new tweak that makes the App Switcher a little more useful by allowing you to play or pause music.

Developed by TheJailPad, PlayTask allows users to play or pause the currently playing song by swiping down the Music app card in the App Switcher. The tweak not only works with the stock Music app but with other third-party apps as well such as Spotify. By default, when you swipe down a music app card in the App Switcher, nothing happens, but with PlayTask, the music will start to play from where you left it or it will pause. Read More

 

Imperium HD: an App Switcher replacement for iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 23, 2014

Imperium HD is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to replace the App Switcher on the iPad. Using Activator to invoke the overlay, users gain access to a multipage switcher that features a plethora of toggles, sliders, and app management options.

Back in the days of iOS 6.x, I could see Imperium HD being a real help for users needing better management features in the App Switcher. But with the advent of Control Center in iOS 7, the need for such a tweak has significantly diminished in my opinion.

Even still, should you check out Imperium HD on your jailbroken iPad? Have a look past the break for the video details. Read More

 

Auxo 2 review: one of the best jailbreak tweaks ever gets better

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 1, 2014

Auxo is dead.

Perhaps that’s what some of you thought last June, when you first saw Apple unveil iOS 7 at its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference. You weren’t alone. Even Sentry, the tweak’s prolific designer, sat with a temporary moment of dejection as he watched Apple unveil its newest stride in mobile computing.

Less than a year later, Sentry is back, and he’s brought along QusicS, a skilled developer who’s helped him express a brand new take on a legendary tweak. Whereas the original version of Auxo gained popularity from its full app previews, Auxo 2 is much more of an evolutionary take on iOS 7’s App Switcher as a whole.

Ultimately, this has proved to be a wise decision, because Apple’s version of the App Switcher is nowhere near the limited mess that it was on firmwares below iOS 7. Auxo 2 is a serious refinement and feature-filled update, and I believe you’ll find that it significantly improves the process of switching apps.

We’ve been testing Auxo 2 since Saturday. Does it live up to the hype? Check out our full review and video walkthrough for the answer. Read More

 

Vertex is now available on Cydia

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2014

Vertex, the awesome jailbreak tweak that combines app switcher and control center into one convenient page, is now available for download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. The tweak, developed by Ian Burns and Timon Olsthoorn, and is based on Bill Labus’ popular Mission Control concept.

The team bills Vertex as a sort of one-stop-shop for all of your app-switching, music-controlling and Settings-toggling needs. The tweak is well-designed with customizable aesthetics, and in our initial walkthrough, Jeff said it’s ‘definitely worth trying.’ Check out our hands-on video below… Read More

 

Vertex: hands-on walkthrough

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2014

It seems like we’ve started to hit the point in the jailbreak cycle where developers are starting to pull out the big guns. For instance, we had IntelliScreenX 7 released last night, Sentry teased a work-in-progress Auxo 2, and today, we’re bringing you the first hands-on review of the highly anticipated Vertex—a new jailbreak release that brings Bill Labus’ popular Mission Control concept to reality.

I’ve spent some considerable hands-on time with Vertex—putting it through its paces on my daily driver, bugging Timon Olsthoorn, its humble 16 year-old project manager from the Netherlands—and I have to say, I really like this tweak.

Timon, of course, is just one half of the team that responsible for taking Labus’ concept and making it into something tangible. Memphis Tennessee native Ian Burns puts his stamp on the Vertex project by serving as the tweak’s lead engineer. As you’ll see from our hands-on video walkthrough that follows, Ian is pretty good at what he does. Read More

 
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