Nostalgia for the iOS 6 App Switcher? Try VintageSwitcher

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 28, 2016

For anyone that isn’t much of a fan of the App Switcher Apple introduced in iOS 7 and later, a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia’s BigBoss repository called VintageSwitcher is taking things all the way back to iOS 6 with a simplified look and feel and a familiar user interface. Read More

 

Griddy brings a grid-style App Switcher to your jailbroken iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 22, 2016

Among one of the funnest things to modify when you have a jailbroken iOS device is the App Switcher – the jailbreak community has thought up and created a wide variety of App Switcher replacements that have been released in the Cydia Store, some better than others.

One of the more recent that you shouldn’t deprive yourself of checking out is Griddy, a new jailbreak tweak from Cydia’s BigBoss repository that gives your App Switcher a much more grid-like experience. Read More

 

Snakebite: an upcoming tweak for enhancing 3D Touch multitasking

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2016

Snakebite is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that works with the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch multitasking gesture. The tweak replaces the App Switcher with a new interface for quickly accessing recently used apps or favorite apps. From the Snakebite interface, it’s possible to quickly access the App Switcher via the Multitasking shortcut button.

Even if you don’t own a 3D Touch capable device, you can utilize Snakebite by means of a handy tap and drag gesture. Watch our full video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

How to change the click speed of the Home button

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 18, 2016

One of the pet peeves that I have with my iPhone and other iOS devices is sometimes when trying to launch the App Switcher, I end up on the Home screen, or I end up toggling my accessibility shortcut instead by accident. As much as I swear I just pressed my Home button twice, the device thinks I pressed it once, or three times.

Granted this doesn’t happen to me all the time, it happens enough for me to notice it. It’ll happen occasionally because the device’s Home button sensor can become overloaded with input in a short period of time and fail to recognize presses either because of device lag or a worn-out sensor. Or, perhaps the opposite happened –  you’re too slow and the device expects you to press the button quicker and so it only registers a single press when you meant to press twice.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you a way to put a stop to this happening once and for all. Read More

 

Mockingbird: a new App Switcher tweak that’s not quite ready for prime time

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 15, 2015

Mockingbird ($1.99 on Cydia) is a new jailbreak tweak that brings a completely redesigned App Switcher experience to jailbroken iPhones running iOS 9. The tweak merges App Switcher cards and Notification Center notifications for a unique app switching experience that’s truly original.

Unfortunately, originality will only score you so many points. Mockingbird, while presenting some good ideas, is the textbook example of a tweak that was released long before being ready for prime time. Read More

 

Auxo 3 released for iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 12, 2015

Auxo 3 has been released for iOS 9 as a brand new package. The popular multitasking tweak has been rewritten for iOS 9, and as such, A3tweaks has pushed it as a separate package and not a direct upgrade from the previous version of Auxo 3.

The good news is that upgrade pricing applies, so if you purchased previous versions of Auxo, you get a discount. Previous Auxo 3 users get Auxo 3 for iOS 9 for only $0.99. If you purchased Auxo 2 in the past, then Auxo 3 for iOS 9 is $1.99 instead of $2.99. Read More

 

Lylac jailbreak tweak lets you customize your iPhone’s App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 15, 2015

Lylac is a recently released jailbreak tweak that functions as an infusion of Control Center and the iOS App Switcher. Like many tweaks before it, Lylac aims to merge both interfaces together for the sake of convenience.

Along with the merged App Switcher interface, Lylac brings additional menus to the App Switcher for performing resprings, reboots, killing apps, and other similar tasks. The tweak also allows users to change the App Switcher layout, and alter the look of the interface using tint and blur value changes.
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SwitcherTweak: invert the App Switcher direction, enable vertical App Switcher scrolling, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 19, 2015

If you’re looking to customize the newly redesigned App Switcher in iOS 9, then look no further than the just-released SwitcherTweak. This is a jailbreak tweak that adds lots of new options to the App Switcher, including scrolling direction, respring options, padding, blur, and more.

SwitcherTweak is available for free right now via a third-party repo, and I recommend that you check it out. Watch our video walkthrough for a more in-depth look at what this tweak can do. Read More

 

New in iOS 9: Safari hides private tab information when the App Switcher is opened

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 27, 2015

When you open the App Switcher in iOS 9, Safari will automatically blank out the preview page if you happen to leave off while browsing in Private mode. In iOS 8, Safari would show the preview card, regardless of whether or not a Private browsing session was last engaged.

There is already an API available for third-party developers to blur out App Switcher previews to protect sensitive data. Some banking apps and other apps with sensitive customer data do this already. But Apple’s method for going about obscuring potentially sensitive web browsing sessions is a bit different. Instead of blurring out the page, Safari simply blanks out everything when the App Switcher is opened. Read More

 

Seng: a new Auxo alternative now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 22, 2015

It’s been a big day for jailbreak releases. First, we had the highly anticipated Multiplexer land on Cydia, and now, we have Seng, another much-anticipated tweak, albeit less so than Multiplexer.

Seng, as we discussed back in in August, is a jailbreak tweak that’s inspired by Auxo. Actually, just calling it “inspired” would be doing it a disservice; Seng is heavily influenced by Auxo.

After being in beta for nearly two months, Seng is now available for purchase on Cydia for $2.50. Should you consider taking a look at it? Read More

 

Seng: an Auxo alternative for iOS 8 jailbreakers

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 11, 2015

I know I’ve caught a lot of flack in the past for comparing other tweaks to Auxo. Some people think that I’m biased when it comes to Auxo and its creators, but as I’ve said in the past, I just like to call a spade a spade.

If you get offended by the mere mention of Auxo, then you may want to jump right into the article, and skip the next sentence.

Seng is a tweak that’s heavily inspired by Auxo. There I said it. There’s simply no denying that fact.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great tweak. Auxo 3 isn’t even updated for iOS 8.4, so your options are limited if you enjoy its functionality. Developer Charlie Hewitt saw this as an opportunity, and has stepped in to offer Seng—a tweak that pays homage to the Auxo series, but finds enough solid footing to stand on its own two feet. Watch our in-depth video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More

 

Alympus: a meticulously-designed App Switcher replacement with tons of character

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 28, 2015

Well-respected developer Kyle Howells, and renowned UI designer, Surenix, have teamed up for something special. Their new collaborative project, called Alympus, has just been released on Cydia, and it brings a completely redesigned App Switcher, Control Center, and Music Controls interface to iOS 8.

Alympus was teased this past Sunday, but that teaser was just that—a tease. In the video that follows, I’ll break down all of Alympus’ features. Once you see all of what Alympus has to offer, I think you’ll agree that there’s more than meets the eye. Read More

 

Upcoming Switch2 tweak brings a reimagined App Switcher to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2015

There have been tons of App Switcher tweaks to land on Cydia over the years, but this is certainly one of the more unique looking ones to appear in quite some time. Entitled Switch 2, this upcoming jailbreak tweak brings an expanding-card interface to the iOS App Switcher.

Switch 2’s interface makes it so that you can view up to three apps at the same time, and dismiss apps using simple swipe gestures. Convergence developer, Matt Clarke, has put together a video preview of Switch2 in action. Check it out and let us know what you think about it. Read More

 

SwishSwitcher plays a sound when you kill an app from the App Switcher

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

SwishSwitcher by Metion is one of those ‘why not’ tweaks that are released here and there in Cydia that just add a little fun thing to a small part of iOS. They seem to be mostly projects that developers undertake in order to learn more about developing.

They can practice working with certain frameworks and passing information around by using Substrate to hook into Apple’s private API’s. There is also a lot more to learn about making a tweak than just coding it, and it’s a great accomplishment to set everything up and create a deb file.

In this case the developer uses the ‘whoosh’ sound you hear when you hit Send from the stock Mail app, and calls it to play after a user has swiped up on a card in the App Switcher. Read More

 

Alternatum brings an app switcher and toggles to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Alternatum is yet another jailbreak tweak that piggybacks on the Reachability feature introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It allows you to add a host of new features to the Reachability view such as an app switcher, toggles and more.

Unfortunately, I don’t currently own any jailbroken devices that feature Reachability, but Alternatum does bring the ability to use a simple Activator gesture to mimic Reachability. Does it work well?

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Muswitch: a jailbreak tweak that places music controls in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

App Switcher tweaks seem to be all the rage these days, so it’s not surprising to see a tweak like Muswitch pop up on Cydia. Muswitch, as its name hints to, allows you to place music controls in the iOS 8 App Switcher.

These Music controls replace the contact shortcuts that normally reside above the cards found in the App Switcher. Watch our video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

iSwitch makes the App Switcher card interface transparent

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

The premise of iSwitch may sound a little goofy at first, but after using the tweak, I was a left with a much better impression about the overall idea than when I started. iSwitch is a tweak that makes the App Switcher cards transparent, but it goes further than that. Not only are the cards transparent, but the interface, including the app icons that normally rest beneath the cards, are displayed on top of the currently running app.

The end result is an App Switcher that can be manipulated on top of an open app. This means that you could be browsing Safari, invoke the App Switcher while Safari is still open and usable, and switch to an app of your liking. It’s not without its downsides, but iSwitch is much cooler than I initially expected. Watch our video preview to see how. Read More

 

Auxo Legacy Edition: nothing beats an original

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 28, 2015

The wait is over; Auxo Legacy Edition has just touched down on Cydia. For those of you that purchased Auxo 2 or Auxo 3, Auxo Legacy Edition will cost $0.99. Everyone else is asked to pay $1.99 to join in on the fun.

And fun it is.

While I liked the sequels to the original Auxo, neither of them felt as cool to me as the original version—a tweak that arguably laid the groundwork for the modern App Switcher that we enjoy today on iOS. Auxo Legacy Edition, Auxo LE hereafter, brings the well-liked card preview interface back to iOS 8 with a modern look and new features.

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FullSwitch brings a full screen App Switcher to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2015

Do you think that the App Switcher preview cards in iOS are too small? If so, then FullSwitch, a release that brings a full screen App Switcher to iOS 8, might be just the tweak to scratch your itch.

Along with the full screen App Switcher, FullSwitch brings privacy mode, customizable multitasking indicators, and a special Home screen menu to iOS 8. We’ve taken FullSwitch for a walkthrough on video, so check it out. Read More

 

NoSwitchBar lends a cleaner look to the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2015

NoSwitchBar is a brand new free jailbreak tweak that just touched down on the Cydia store. It lets users eschew the status bar at the top of the app card previews in the App Switcher, allowing for a cleaner look. Read More

 
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