Love it or hate it, the App Switcher is something we use every day while interacting with our iPhones. Not only does it provide a rapid way of returning to recently used applications, but it also lets users force-quit those that aren’t currently needed. Unfortunately, the App Switcher user experience isn’t identical from one platform to another…
Anyone who owns an iPad in addition to an iPhone would be able to attest to just how superior the iPad’s App Switcher user experience feels. Fortunately for jailbreakers, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed iPadSwitcher by iOS developer dpkg_ can bring that same user experience to pwned iPhones.
The before and after screenshot examples above depict the differences between a stock App Switcher user interface on an iPhone and an iPad-style App Switcher user interface on an iPhone by way of the iPadSwitcher tweak. As you can discern for yourself, the iPad-style App Switcher not only provides access to more application cards at a glance, but also looks and feels more productive with use.
iPadSwitcher does offer a host of options to configure, and users will find those options in a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app post-installation:
Here, you can:
- Toggle iPadSwitcher on or off on demand
- Choose between extra small, small, medium, or large application card sizes
- Manually adjust the portrait mode vertical spacing
- Manually adjust the portrait mode horizontal spacing
- Manually adjust the landscape mode vertical spacing
- Manually adjust the landscape mode horizontal spacing
The developer provides a blue Apply Changes button at the bottom of the preference pane for saving the changes you make here.
If, like me, you enjoy the iPad’s App Switcher user interface more than the iPhone’s native App Switcher user interface, then I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy using iPadSwitcher on your jailbroken iPhone. Not only does it make me feel more productive, but it feels more like what I’d come to expect from an App Switcher, especially on handsets with larger displays.
Those interested in trying iPadSwitcher can download the tweak for free from the Packix repository via their favorite package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 12, 13, and 14 devices.
Which App Switcher style do you think looks better on an iPhone? Feel free to let us know your opinion in the comments section down below.