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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.

Some of the best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s widget system

If you’re on iOS 14 and you have a jailbreak at your disposal, then you’re probably wondering how you can get the most out of it. The obvious answer is by installing jailbreak tweaks that are relevant to the end user, but with so many releases launching week after week, keeping up with the best ones isn’t easy unless you’re a robot.

Vaon buffs the App Switcher on jailbroken iPhones with a grid UI and integrated battery module

The App Switcher is, at least in my opinion, one of the most underwhelming interfaces on the iPhone. The full-screen card switcher interface makes such poor use of the expansive screen real estate that it’s no surprise we see so many jailbreak tweaks attempting to fix this.

The latest of such tweaks is one called Vaon by iOS developer atar13, which not only converts the App Switcher from a card-based interface to a grid-based one, but also adds an iOS 14-style battery widget to the bottom.

This jailbreak tweak lets users add empty space between app icons with invisible widgets

Jailbreakers, whether they use themes or not, tend to be of the mindset that device customization should be a human right. Apple seems to disagree; but I digress.

One way jailbreakers customize their handsets is by changing their Home Screen’s app icon layout. Unfortunately, Apple designed the Home Screen so that app icons would snap into place without the ability to leave spaces in between app icons.

How to see battery percentage on iPhone 13, mini, and 13 Pro

Apple iPhone 13 lineup

With the release of the iPhone X, Apple got rid of the ability to see the battery percentage in the Status bar. Prior to this, a simple toggle was available in the Settings app that allowed one to view the battery percentage next to the battery icon.

Don't worry though, as there are still a couple of ways to quickly check the battery percentage on the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, and the iPhone 13 Pro duo. This will work on all the iPhones that come with the notch. Here's how to see battery percentage on the iPhone 13 series with ease.

Note that the steps described below are exactly the same for older devices such as the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, and iPhone 12 series.