Music

AlwaysOnMusic: An always-on display for iPhones when music is playing

Apple didn’t introduce always-on display (AOD) functionality with its iPhone 13 lineup this year as many had expected them to do. Fortunately, one advantage to jailbreaking these days is that you can enjoy an always-on display experience on your current iPhone without waiting for Apple to get their bleep together.

In fact, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed AlwaysOnMusic by iOS developer Jez takes a new and rather exciting approach to always-on display functionality for anyone who enjoys using their iPhone for music consumption.

Playtopia 2 gives jailbreakers a floating music widget and a reason to subscribe to Apple Music

In 2016, we showed our readers an innovative mini player widget for jailbroken iPhones dubbed Playtopia that could shrink to a compact size while floating over the top of any interface for convenient music playback control from anywhere.

Today, we’re excited to share that a jailbreak tweak called Playtopia 2 is now available for modern jailbroken handsets running iOS 14 — a project made possible by iOS developers Ginsu and Aviorrok.

This jailbreak tweak reminds you to connect headphones before playing audio based on the circumstances

I often catch myself accidentally tapping play for music or videos via my iPhone even when I don’t have my AirPods in my ears and ready to go.

This is typically accidental, as I usually prefer to keep my media consumption to myself with personal headphones of some kind, but there are rare occasions when I’m by myself that I’ll use my iPhone’s built-in speakers to listen to a YouTube video here and there.

Give your iPhone’s Now Playing interface an eye-popping makeover with ChromaFlow

Apple is regarded as one of the most influential players in the music industry — not only because of what iTunes once was, but also because of the creation of Apple Music and its seamless integration with the company’s expansive mobile device and desktop computer offerings.

Given just how much Apple seems to have invested in the music industry, it’s somewhat curious as to why the Now Playing interface on iPhones and iPads hasn’t changed much over the years. In fact, many are now calling on Apple to offer some sort of redesign after a seemingly stagnant UI that changes so little over time.