Hands-on with ‘OS Experience’ for iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 10, 2014

OS Experience is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows for true multitasking on the iPad. It’s a tweak that’s similar in function to the Quasar tweak that released a few years ago, but it’s much more in-depth and functional than Quasar.

After testing OS Experience for the past couple of days, I can definitely tell you that the ambition behind this upcoming release is remarkable. OS Experience brings a desktop feel to the iPad, which is unlike any other jailbreak tweak for iOS 7. It’s like Mission Control from OS X on the iPad.

We had a brief preview of the tweak yesterday, but we now have our very own hands-on video walkthrough of OS Experience. Check after the break for all of the details. Read More

 

Upcoming jailbreak tweak ‘OS Experience’ promises to bring true multitasking to iPad

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

We noted on the most recent episode of our podcast Let’s Talk Jailbreak that it’s an exciting time for jailbreakers right now. It seems like every few weeks we have a major new tweak coming out—Auxo 2, ProWidgets, IntelliScreenX 7—and today we have a another one to add to the list.

It’s called ‘OS Experience,’ and it’s described as a “revolutionary iOS tweak that brings true multitasking to your iPad.” Built by developer Evan Swick, the tweak reminds me a lot of the ‘Spaces’ feature in OS X, with a full-featured window manager, live application previews, and more… Read More

 

ProWidgets: a groundbreaking widget suite with multitasking features

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2014

Cydia has been the originating point for lots of groundbreaking ideas over the years. Copy and paste originated here, card-based app switchers began here as well. And let’s not forget Notification Center and Control Center — each had its roots firmly planted in Cydia before debuting in stock iOS.

It goes without saying that Apple has been keen on seeing many of the developments unfold by some of the brilliant minds that make up the jailbreak community. It’s even hired ones because of the work they’ve done with jailbreak apps and tweaks, and iOS hacking in general.

Today, we’re happy to reveal the next big blockbuster tweak for jailbroken iPhones and iPads. Hopefully, it will help generate ideas for Apple’s next big feature in iOS. Today, we’d like to introduce to you a brand new upcoming tweak called ProWidgets. We’ve got the very first exclusive hands-on coverage of ProWidgets, and we think you’ll agree with us when we say it’s one of the best looking jailbreak tweaks we’ve seen in some time… 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

 

iOS 7: Multitasking

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 10, 2013

Rejoice, Apple has brought Multitasking to all apps in iOS7. The new multitasking features included new intelligent scheduling, opportunistic updates, adaption to network conditions, coalesced updates, and push triggers.

The new multitasking includes a completely redesigned app switcher with full screen app previews, which will make it much easier to identify running apps. Needless to say, it’s a pretty radical change from the current concept of multitasking in iOS… Read More

 

OS X 10.9 said to feature tabbed Finder with tags, iOS style multitasking and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2013

OS X 10.9, the next major revision to Apple’s operating system for Macs internally codenamed ‘Cabernet’, is up for introduction later this year, according to a well-informed writer. Specifically, Apple is apparently bringing more of core iOS features to its desktop operating system.

This entails stuff like iOS style multitasking that should prove functional by allowing background tasks to pause like on the iPhone and iPad. Finder, the Mac’s long-standing default file manager, is understood to gain power features such as tabbed browsing modes and tags.

An enhanced Safari browser is thought to include a redesigned backend for improved page loading, speed and efficiency, which reminds us a lot of Turbo browsing mode from the Opera mini browserRead More

 

Sentry’s new App Switching concept makes it easier to move between apps

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2013

We’re always in search of ways that iOS can be improved, which is why you’ll see a number of iOS concepts and ideas on iDB that are aimed at making Apple’s mobile operating system better. Take this recent one on multitasking, for example. It’s beautiful.

But not all concepts attempt to make iOS better-looking—some try to make it more functional. And that’s the idea behind today’s concept. It takes the current app switcher, and makes it more efficient by allowing faster access to more of your suspended apps… Read More

 

webOS-inspired iOS 7 multitasking concept

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2013

Remember webOS? Say what you will about Palm, but the HP-acquired firm has pioneered what’s arguably the most efficient implementation of multitasking on a mobile device to this date (no jailbreak required, of course). For those not in the know, the webOS multitasking metaphor is a stack of cards which represents your running tasks.

Each card can be moved around, dismissed and manipulated with a flick of your finger. It’s a remarkably fun and engaging solution to efficiently interact with your apps, one which gets the job done while moving out of the way. Designer Jesse Head took that idea and applied it to the problematic iOS multitasking tray, replacing the boring grid of icons with app tiles sporting nearly full-screen live previews. It appears as useful as it’s gorgeous to look at, no? Read More

 

Use iFunBox’s ‘Power Saving Mode’ to prevent select apps from running in the background

By Mike Schnier on Jan 24, 2013

Want to take a load off your iOS device’s CPU, battery life, and cellular bandwidth by preventing certain apps from running in the background? Sure, you could install a tweak like WeeCloseApps, but it doesn’t set automatic profiles for app behavior, and it doesn’t work on non-jailbroken devices.

Luckily, there’s a powerful iOS file browser for Mac and PC called iFunBox, which works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices. Among its features, iFunBox allows users to edit ‘Power Saving Mode’ profiles. Right click on an installed app and you can set one of three multitasking states: allow background, always background, and kill switch. ‘Allow background’ is the default state of most apps, while ‘always background’ is normally applied to music and podcasting apps that you’d want active in the background, and ‘kill switch’ is applied to power-hungry games… Read More

 

iOS concept video shows off Quick Settings, App Flow multitasking and more

By Mike Schnier on Jan 16, 2013

André Luis Moreira, an animator who shares a name with a football player from Brazil, posted a video of a concept for an iOS overhaul back in September, which contains a few surprising features. Keep in mind this isn’t a tweak, just a video concept produced with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere.

The animation focuses on three main concepts for improving iOS. Quick Settings, a pane that collects the most used options from the settings page; App Flow Multitask, which adds a full screen preview to the app switcher panel; and Dynamic Settings, which provides shortcuts that allows users to quickly jump to a specific app’s settings… Read More

 

Check out this concept for a more useful iOS app switcher

By Cody Lee on Oct 9, 2012

Since Apple introduced multitasking in iOS 4, the app switcher has remained relatively the same. The jailbreak community, of course, has found dozens of uses for the pop-up app menu, but Apple, for the most part, has left it untouched.

With that in mind, you can understand why mockups that offer a new take on the app switcher create so much commotion. And such is the case with a concept that recently surfaced called “Rethinking the App Switcher for the iPhone 5…” Read More

 

This upcoming tweak adds a full screen app switcher to the iPhone and iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 15, 2012

When it comes to jailbreak tweaks and apps, there are a few names, that when mentioned, instantly make you think of quality. IntelliBorn may come to mind, Ryan Petrich certainly deserves a nod, and of course you can’t forget about folks like chpwn and Aaron Ash.

Obviously, there are a few others who are worthy of being included in the same conversation, including SBCoders — a developer that has recently created a significant amount of high quality tweaks.

Hot off the heels of Aero, Deck, and Color Banner, comes Dash — a new take on the app switcher, and one that is sure to turn a few heads. Take a look at our full video walkthrough for a hands-on preview… Read More

 

New iPad jailbreak tweak ‘Quasar’ allows for true iPad window based multitasking [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 28, 2012

A new $9.99 jailbreak tweak was released for the iPad today on Cydia, and it goes by the name of Quasar.

Quasar is a tweak that’s exclusive to jailbroken iPad’s, and it allows you to have a true window based multitasking session with your iPad.

As you know we’ve been fairly adamant about a true multitasking solution for the iPad for quite some time now, so we’re excited to see what Quasar can do for iPad users.

Full story and video walkthrough inside… Read More

 

New concept video shows multiple iPad apps running on screen at once

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 25, 2012

This isn’t exactly what I envisioned when I created a concept for MultiLayer iPad app functionality a few weeks ago, but it’s certainly a start.

After speaking at length with iOS developer Kyle Howells — the brains behind the awesome jailbreak tweak CardSwitcher — he graciously agreed to compile a specialized version of said tweak, which allows users to interface with multiple iPad apps on the same screen.

This means that it’s entirely feasible to play games while watching your Twitter timeline, or check your stock prices while browsing the web via Safari — all from the same iPad.

Running multiple apps on-screen simultaneously has been a dream of many iPad owners. We’ve seen similar concepts from Kyle in the past, so I’m confident that if anyone could pull this off, it would be him. Check inside for a demonstration video of the concept tweak in action… Read More

 

‘PowerDown Clear’ allows you to multitask on your power down screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2012

PowerDown Clear is a free jailbreak tweak that allows you to multitask while on your power down screen.

All you need to do is hold the sleep/power button to power down your device like normal. Once the “slide to power off” message is presented, you will notice that you can still interact with whatever app is running in the background.

Check out our full video walkthrough inside… Read More

 

CardSwitcher 2.0 now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2012

An exciting update to CardSwitcher has been issued on Cydia. If you remember our initial walkthough of the tweak, CardSwitcher is an alternative multitasking solution for iOS devices.

This latest update was totally rewritten for iOS 5, and includes live application views, updated swipe gestures, and a new grid mode aimed at iPad users.

Would you consider using the new and improved CardSwitcher? If so, you can find it on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.99, but it’s a free update for existing customers.

 

MissionControl: A Menu Based Multitask Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 23, 2012

Not to be confused with the Mission Control that’s standard on all OS X Lion builds, MissionControl is a Cydia tweak that adds menu based multitasking to the iPhone.

Using Activator as a means to invoke the menu, MissionControl is a simple alternative for those who want lots of predefined options in an organized menu.

This free tweak contains quick links to Cydia, Twitter, Facebook, Wi-Fi settings, and more… Read More

 

Developer Shows How iOS Handles Multitasking [Video]

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 9, 2012

Everyone seems to be talking about iOS and how it handles it’s own particular brand of multitasking right now, and things have gotten rather heated.

With many high-profile developers and commentators reiterating that iOS handles multitasking fine just by itself, and some Apple Geniuses seemingly adamant that running apps should be closed manually in order to free up memory, one developer has been particularly outspoken. Fraser Speirs has already written a lengthy blog post on the subject, but now he has released an even longer video explaining just how iOS handles memory usage when multitasking.

The upshot? It turns out that iOS is actually pretty darned clever… Read More

 

How iOS Multitasking Really Works

By Alex Heath on Jan 5, 2012

There’s been some heated discussion in the blogosphere about the misconception of the iOS multitasking bar. Most iOS users are under the impression that apps can drain battery life and hog system resources when left in the multitasking bar, but a developer by the name of Fraser Speirs has attempted to clear the air.

You don’t need to manually manage the iOS multitasking bar because the apps you see after double tapping the Home button are not actually “running.” In fact, it’s better to think of the multitasking bar as something like a browser history, not a task manager. Read More

 

Top Jailbreak Videos of the Week

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2012

This past week was the biggest week for the jailbreak community in quite some time. The iOS 5 untethered jailbreak was released, along with a legal Siri Port entitled Spire. Not only that, but we also saw multitasking gestures make their way to the iPhone by means of Zephyr.

Like always, please be sure to spread our iPhone, iPad, and iOS video tutorials by sharing our posts on Twitter and Facebook. Read More

 
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