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

 

New upcoming tweak brings Mission Control concept to reality

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2014

Vertex is an upcoming tweak currently in development that aims to bring Mission Control inspired functionality to iOS 7. The tweak, which is currently being talked about on /r/jailbreak, merges Control Center and the app switcher together, along with other iOS 7-centric touches splashed in.

There’s still no timetable for Vertex’s release, but we do have a video preview of the tweak created by developer Ian Burns. Check past the break for the video and more details concerning this awesome looking jailbreak release. Read More

 

LockToCell: lock app icon spacing in the app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2014

When you open the app switcher in iOS 7 and scroll through the list of apps, you’ll notice that the app icons beneath the app switcher cards change spacing as you scroll through. In other words, the spacing isn’t always equal between app icons, and the app icons aren’t always located directly beneath the app card that they represent.

LockToCell is a new jailbreak tweak that forces even spacing for the app icons that lie beneath the cards in the app switcher. It makes it so that the spacing stays the same, even when scrolling fast through the app switcher. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

Springshot: add a slingshot effect to the app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2014

Whenever I see one of Adam Bell’s tweaks hit Cydia I get excited, because I know it’s going to be something innovative and/or fun to use. And Adam didn’t disappoint with his latest release, which is appropriately titled Springshot.

Springshot is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to pull down on the app switcher cards to dismiss apps using a slingshot effect. The WebOS inspired tweak is available free of charge from Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what Springshot is all about. Read More

 

GridSwitcher: show the iOS 7 app switcher in a grid view

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2014

GridSwitcher is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows you to display the iOS 7 app switcher in a grid-based view. Most notably, you still retain the same app switcher functionality of the standard app switcher while in grid view.

At this point in the tweak’s life, there are no options to configure how it works, just install it and start using it. Have a look at our video walkthrough of the tweak after the break. Read More

 

SwitcherBlur: blur the apps in the app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 29, 2014

SwitcherBlur is a recently released tweak that does one very simple thing: it adds blur to the app cards in the iOS 7 app switcher. SwitcherBlur uses a simple low-level gaussian blur on all of the app cards, except for the app that you just came from. The tweak is similar to BioLockdown, in that you can protect the contents of your app switcher cards from prying eyes.

But that’s about where the comparisons to the feature-rich BioLockdown end. SwitcherBlur prides itself on simplicity, as you’ll see in our brief video walkthrough inside. Read More

 

SlideForUsage: swipe down on the pages in the app switcher for usage info

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2014

The app switcher in iOS 7 allows you to swipe up on the pages listed there to kill the apps using a simple gesture. Swiping down on the app pages results in a simple rubber banding animation that has no effect on the application associated with the page.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could garner some extra functionality from swiping down on pages within the app switcher? That’s the basic premise behind SlideForUsage; it allows you to view basic usage statistics for the apps listed in the app switcher. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside. Read More

 

Animer7: add animations to banner notifications and the app switcher in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2014

Animer7 is brand new release that just appeared in Cydia’s BigBoss repo a few minutes ago. It’s a tweak that allows you to customize the way animations work for banner notifications and the app switcher.

As denoted by the digit in its name, Animer7 is the sequel of sorts to the original Animer; it’s been updated to work with iOS 7. And there’s some good news for users who purchased the previous version of the tweak: Animer7 is available as a free upgrade. For more information on how Animer7 works, be sure to have a look at our full video walkthrough after the jump. Read More

 

Preview: ClassicSwitcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 10, 2014

ClassicSwitcher is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that brings the old school app switcher to iOS 7. I firmly believe that a lot of jailbreakers out there are going to love this tweak.

Not only does it bring the old school switcher functionality to iOS 7, but it brings along with it several goodies as well. We’ve taken ClassicSwitcher for a spin on video, take a look inside for our exclusive hands-on sneak peak. Read More

 

How to turn the iOS 7 app switcher into a musical instrument

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 10, 2014

Every so often, a jailbreak tweak is released on Cydia that does something completely different. These tweaks usually have no real benefit other than the fact that they do something weird or obscure.

MusicalSwitcher is one of those tweaks that fits the aforementioned description to a tee. It has no real benefit, but it allows you to use your app switcher pages as if they were keys on a piano. You’re just going to have to watch this video to see what I mean. Read More

 

How to type in an app while the app switcher is open

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 12, 2013

As we covered in an earlier tutorial, the app switcher in iOS 7 provides the ability to do some pretty cool things that you could never do in previous firmware.

For starters, there’s the ability to use swipe gestures to kill apps — even multiple apps at the same time by using more than one finger. Next, you have the ability to see what’s going on in each of the running apps, courtesy of the switcher’s new full screen app snapshots.

One of the positive side effects of this new app switcher view are the “multitasking” possibilities that stem out of it. First, let me clear the air and state the obvious — this isn’t true multitasking; but as we showed you already, by thinking outside of the box, you can stretch the app switcher’s abilities to meet your needs.

One such need was stumbled upon by reader Matthew Seltzer. After watching our initial app switcher tutorial, he discovered a handy way to get even more out it. If you happen to have a Bluetooth keyboard connected to your iPad, you can take advantage of the last app’s focus in order to continue to type while the app switcher is open. Read More

 

Getting more from the iOS 7 app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 5, 2013

The iOS 7 app switcher is a significant departure from the previous way that app switching worked in iOS. Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system ditched the small app switcher that appeared near the bottom of the screen in favor of a more front and center app switching mechanism.

I don’t think you’ll find a single person out there that agrees that this new way is inferior to the app switching ways of old. Not only do we now have full screen previews of our running apps, we can also choose to eliminate them by means of a simple swipe up gesture.

But outside of the mere aesthetic appeal of the new interface, there’s more to be gained in day-to-day usage. Inside, you’ll find a couple of my favorite new, largely obvious, uses for the new app switcher. Read More

 

Reminisce: the best way to switch between recently used apps

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 23, 2013

It’s one of the best jailbreak tweaks that we’ve seen this month, and it’s now available for you to download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. I’m talking about Reminisce, the jailbreak tweak that lets users quickly switch between their most recently used apps, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re fully aware of what tweak I’m referring to.

We previewed Reminisce last week, lending a glimpse of what you can expect once the tweak went live on Cydia. Now that it’s officially live and available to purchase, let’s step through a few of the other features found in this big time Cydia release. Read More

 

Preview: Auxo’s new Slim Mode

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 19, 2013

If you know me, then you know that I love Auxo; it’s one of my favorite jailbreak tweaks and I use it on my daily driver. Auxo is great, because it offers a redesigned app switcher, toggles, and the ability to easily kill apps using gestures. Perhaps the biggest feature of Auxo is its ability to present full previews of apps in the app switcher.

While most users enjoy the privilege of having full app previews, due to the ability to gain context as to what’s running on the device, some have balked at the feature. Their beef stems from the fact that the app switcher takes up too much space with Auxo installed, or that it’s difficult to quickly identify what’s running. Well, folks; the creators behind Auxo have a solution to what ails you. Introducing Auxo’s brand new Slim Mode. Read More

 

A hands-on look at iOS 7 on the iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2013

iOS 7 beta 2 is the first iOS 7 to feature support for Apple’s iconic tablet, and we’ve got a hands-on demonstration of how it looks and feels. The first word that came to my mind when I initially fired up iOS 7 on the iPad was “modern.” The iPad feels more spacious, and lightweight with iOS 7 installed. Whereas iOS 6 felt heavy and weighed down by skeuomorphism, iOS 7 feels light free.

I think you’re going to like the way that iOS 7 looks and performs on the iPad. Check out our full video demonstration inside… Read More

 

‘Smudge’ adds a Gaussian blur to the area above the app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 14, 2013

Some jailbreak tweaks offer awesome new functionality, and some mainly exist for pure aesthetic reasons. Smudge is a jailbreak tweak that falls firmly into the latter category. Smudge allows you to add a simple Gaussian blur to the area above your app switcher when it’s invoked. Take a look at our video walkthrough inside for more details on how it works. Read More

 

Auxo for iPad review

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 6, 2013

I’ve been covering jailbreak tweaks for a long time, and I’ve seen quite a few big releases in my time doing so. Tweaks like Octopus Keyboard, IntelliScreen X, Dashboard X, and most recently, Velox, come to mind.

But perhaps no tweak has been as anticipated this year as Auxo for iPad has. It is, of course, the big brother to the original Auxo tweak for the iPhone, which has proved to be extremely popular, and just as successful.

Needless to say, Auxo for iPad has some fairly big shoes to fill, and even bigger expectations. We all know how Auxo looks and feels on the small screen, but the question is this: can such a tweak be successfully translated to the iPad’s significantly larger screen? More importantly, will it provide users with a better overall experience when using their devices? Check out our full review inside, as I break down the ins and outs of this long anticipated jailbreak release. Read More

 

Preview: Auxo for iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 4, 2013

In just two days, one of the most anticipated jailbreak tweaks to ever hit the iPad will touch down. Obviously I’m referring to Auxo for iPad, the jailbreak tweak that will finally reinvigorate the iOS app switcher on the larger screen.

Auxo for iPad has taken a long time to arrive, because it has been meticulously built and designed. Instead of simply porting a rough version of the tweak to the iPad, the team behind the popular iPhone release decided to take their time and get it right. Did they accomplish their goal? You’ll have to wait until our review on Thursday for the answer to that. In the meantime, check out our hands-on preview teaser video of Auxo running on the iPad. Read More

 
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