Arco brings an animated “now-playing” indicator to iOS 7

Resized Arco play

Arco is a jailbreak tweak that’s been recently updated to support iOS 7. It’s from the minds of the dynamic duo behind Auxo—my favorite jailbreak tweak—but it’s simpler and smaller in scope.

Though it isn’t on the same level of Auxo, Arco is a good tweak in its own right. It brings a useful animated now-playing indicator to the iOS 7 status bar. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for more details on what makes Arco such a special release.

For iOS 7, Apple decided to completely nix the status bar’s now-playing indicator altogether. Arco brings the indicator back, but it goes another step further. Instead of a static indicator, Arco adds in a handy circular animation that allows you to denote how far a now-playing song has progressed. It’s also capable of displaying an indicator that shows when a song has been paused.

Resized Arco pause

But the most important detail about the tweak isn’t based on its functionality or features. 100% of Arco’s proceeds go to the Because of Ezra foundation. This is a charity set up by the founder of ModMyi in support of Neuroblastoma cancer research. Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that affects children, and Matthews’ son, Ezra, died from this terrible disease.

For $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can get a well designed tweak that works great with iOS 7. You can also have the satisfaction of knowing that you donated to a charity that hopes to help stamp out such a terrible disease.

Arco isn’t the first tweak whose proceeds went to Because of Ezra; LivelyIcons from Filippo Bigarella has that claim. It was later reported that sales of LivelyIcons resulted in over $5,000 of donated funds.

So even though it may seem that $0.99 is not much, it can clearly go a long way if enough people get on board. If you’ve tried Arco, sound off in the comments below and let me know what you think about it, and the charity it supports.