I still remember the early days when Apple placed a heavy emphasis on Cover Flow for browsing your music library. While those days might be over, we’ve taken a particular liking to a newly released jailbreak tweak called Flow by iOS developer Muirey03, as it puts a modernized spin on the classic Cover Flow media view.
Those who remember Cover Flow probably remember it one of two ways: 1) clunky; or 2) simplistic. Cover Flow appeared nice to look at, but it wasn’t always as refined or fluid as I would have liked. Flow, on the other hand, modernizes the Cover Flow concept such that it not only looks good, but works just as well.
Flow’s modernized take on the Cover Flow concept, compliments of @Xeviks, comprises of rounded corners on the album artwork and suitably designed media controls that appear just underneath it. If we didn’t already know better, we’d be inclined to think this was something Apple designed themselves.
Flow brings substantial compatibility to the table, both in the App Store world and in the jailbreak tweak world. As for the App Store world, the tweak plays nicely with virtually any app that displays album artwork in the Now Playing interface, including Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, SoundCloud, TIDAL, YouTube Music, Podcasts, and more.
In the jailbreak tweak world, Flow has been carefully crafted to be compatible with tweaks such as ColorFlow, Mitsuha Infinity, NextUp 2, Jellyfish, Notifica, and Axon, among others. Here are just a few examples of the fine-tuned compatibility at work:
As you might come to expect, such a beautiful tweak will come with a few options to configure. It incorporates a preference pane to the Settings app after installation:
Here, you can:
- Toggle the tweak on or off on demand
- Use a Now Playing track’s album artwork as your wallpaper
- Hide or show the media controls on demand
- Hide or show the volume HUD on the Lock screen
- Configure the album artwork corner radius
- Configure the album artwork size
- Adjust the background blur intensity
The developer provides a Respring button at the top right of the preference pane so that you can save any changes you make to the tweak’s options.
Those interested in supercharging their music listening experience can purchase Flow for $1.99 from the Packix repository in Cydia or Sileo. The tweak is advertised to support all jailbroken iOS 12 devices.
Do you think Flow complements the Now Playing interface nicely? Discuss in the comments section below.