Akara gives jailbroken devices a refreshing & familiar Control Center makeover

While there’s certainly no shortage of things that you can do with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad these days, perhaps one of my favorite things to customize is Control Center because I use it so frequently throughout the day.

Fortunately for those who agree with me, iOS developers Tr1Fecta and Kennyroo have just launched a brand new jailbreak tweak dubbed Akara that claims to give Control Center a “refreshing yet familiar” makeover.

So how well does it stack up to this claim? We’d say it checks most of the boxes.

Akara wouldn’t be the first jailbreak tweak to give Control Center a subtle makeover, but it’s certainly a respectable release. The tweak boats extensive configurability right out of the box, and while it already provides a host of options to configure, the developers note that they will actively consider requests made by end users.

Akara supports a bevy of different Control Center-augmenting features, and as you might’ve noticed, the tweak replaces the stock pull-down Control Center interface with one that appears upon swiping up from the bottom right corner of the display instead.Dismissing Control Center via Akara is as easy of tapping anywhere outside of Control Center or swiping the interface back down.

Once installed, Akara adds a new preference pane to the Settings app with a length list of options to configure:

Things you can do here include:

  • Enable or disable Akara on demand
  • Reset modules to their defaults
  • Reset Akara’s preferences to their defaults
  • Enable large layout mode
  • Enable compatibility mode for iPhone SE-sized devices
  • Enable and select a background blur style:
    • Extra Light
    • Light
    • Prominent
    • Regular
    • System Material
    • System Material Light
    • System Material Dark
    • System Material Chrome
    • System Material Ultra Thin
    • System Material Thin
    • System Material Thick
    • System Material Ultra Thin Dark
    • System Material Thin Dark
    • System Material Thick Dark
    • System Material Chrome Dark
  • Enable and select a background image from your Camera Roll
  • Enable or disable a static Wi-Fi icon
  • Enable or disable a static Bluetooth icon
  • Reset the Control Center page when opened
  • Enable or disable a static Brightness slider icon
  • Enable or disable a static Volume slider icon
  • Adjust the slider height via a slider
  • Enable and adjust transparency alpha level via a slider
  • Adjust the media module width via a slider
  • Adjust the media module height via a slider
  • Ease the Lock Screen’s Control Center summoning gesture
  • Hide or show the Akara Status Bar
  • Hide or show the normal Status Bar

An Apply button is provided at the top right of the preference pane so that users can save any changes they make to Akara’s preference pane.

At this time, Akara supports jailbroken iOS & iPadOS 14 devices, however support for iOS & iPadOS 13 is still being tested at the time of this writing. Support for the popular Magma Evo jailbreak tweak is also purportedly under development.

If you would be interested in giving Akara a try for yourself, then you may purchase it from the Chariz repository via your favorite package manager app. The tweak is currently on sale for $2.99 for a limited time, and so the price will increase to an undisclosed amount at a later date.

What are your thoughts about the redesign that Akara brings to the table for Control Center on pwned iOS & iPadOS 14 handsets? We’re excited to read what you have to say in the comments section down below!