Impulse lets you control the music playing on your iPhone while it is locked


Impulse is a brand new jailbreak tweak dedicated to music lovers as it brings a new functionality many have been waiting for. Developed by Noeliel, Impulse allows users to control a currently playing song even when the device is locked. Yes, with Impulse, you no longer need to unlock your device just to control a song that is playing. Simply perform a gesture on the screen to perform a desired action.

The tweak provides over five different gestures you can invoke in order to play/pause a song, go to the previous or the next track and increase or decrease the volume. The following gestures are available:

  • Tap to play/pause song
  • Swipe left or right on the screen to go to the previous or the next track
  • Swipe up or down on the screen to increase or decrease the volume

Once you install the tweak, a new preference panel will be added to the stock Settings app dedicated to Impulse. From there, you can enable or disable the tweak, set the idle threshold time which determines the duration the tweak should remain active after a song is paused or stopped. The higher the threshold time, the greater the impact of the tweak on your device’s battery life.

One of the important options that Impulse offers is ‘Secure Tap’ which ensures that gestures are not performed accidentally by requiring you to first tap the screen to enable gesture recognition and then invoke a specific gesture. You’ll also find various other options to configure it along with a detailed guide that walks you through the functionality of the tweak.

Impulse works flawlessly without any issues, although I wasn’t able to test the tweak’s impact on the battery life. But if you’ve ever been looking for such a tweak, I’d definitely recommend that you give Impulse a try.

Impulse is now available on Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.99 and is compatible with iOS 7. What do you think of the tweak? Do you wish Apple introduced this feature in future version of iOS? Let us know in the comments section below.