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PowerMenuX: Another refreshing take on iOS’ power down menu

For as long as I’ve written about jailbreak tweaks, I’ve seen many different attempts to rethink the iPhone’s native power down menu. To this day, Apple’s native implementation is barebones and lacking in useful features, but when you jailbreak your device, those limitations seem to disappear.

Despite how many times I’ve covered power down menu-centric jailbreak tweaks in the past, it seems as if they continue to look nicer in terms of minimalism with each new release. With that in mind, I’m excited to share with you a new release called PowerMenuX (All Devices) by iOS developer MayBeMe.

RePower XII supercharges your iPhone’s power down menu

There’s no doubt that the iPhone’s native power down screen leaves a lot to be desired, but with the help of a new jailbreak tweak called RePower XII by iOS developer Haifisch, you can change that.

RePower XII supercharges the native power down interface, providing users with several other switches besides powering off. Those include:

This tweak gives your iPhone’s power-down menu a Samsung-style makeover

You can access the power down screen on any iOS device with a hardware button gesture that varies depending on the handset, and while it comes in handy at times, many would agree that the interface is somewhat lacking and leaves a lot to be desired.

Here to help in this department is a newly-released jailbreak tweak called SamsungPowerDown by iOS developer DevNTNghia, which as the tweak’s name implies, gives your handset’s native power down screen a Samsung-esque makeover.

Make certain aspects of iOS look a lot nicer with Modernize

Apple works hard to make each incremental iOS release look spiffier, but some places that don’t receive as much attention as they should include the native power down menu and volume HUD interfaces, just to name a few.

With a newly-released jailbreak tweak called Modernize by iOS developer tylerd3v, you can change that. Just as the name implies, it can make the aforementioned interfaces more useful and aesthetically pleasing.

This tweak lets you know when your iPhone will finish charging

Sometimes when I’m in a rush to go somewhere, I’ll plug my iPhone into a power source or set it on my Qi wireless charging stand while getting ready to juice it up as much as I can beforehand. But I’ll be the first to admit that waiting for the battery percentage to rise while charging can be a daunting process, especially since iOS doesn’t provide any sort of ETA for a full charge.

Here to change that is a new free jailbreak tweak called Remaining Charge Time by iOS developer Teun Strik, which adds a charging remainder to the bottom of the Lock screen whenever your handset is charging to let you know (approximately) how long you’ll need to wait before it’s done.

7ower cures your nostalgia for the iOS 7-esque power down menu

Among the plethora of things Apple changed over the years with respect to iOS’ user interface is the power down menu that appears when you press and hold a certain button sequence on your handset. On older handsets, you could access it merely by pressing and holding the sleep/wake button, but on newer handsets, you must hold sleep/wake and a volume button.

Like with most changes, not all users take as kindly to the updated interface as others, leaving plenty of wiggle room for nostalgia. For that reason, iOS developer PeterDev has just released a new jailbreak tweak called 7ower that ports the pre-iOS 7.1 power down slider to pwned iOS 11 and 12 handsets.

ChargeAnimation brings a plethora of new charging animations to iOS

Whenever you plug your iPhone or iPad into a power source, a familiar battery icon appears on the Lock screen in place the date and time to depict your battery’s current charge. This implementation works, but it’s not quite as aesthetically pleasing as some would have hoped. Fortunately, jailbreakers now have a way to make this interface more interesting.

Say hello to a jailbreak tweak called ChargeAnimations by iOS developer c1der, which as you might have inferred already from the name, brings a bevy of new charging animations to your pwned handset.

Apple wants to improve power transfer systems used in electric vehicles

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A recently published patent application suggests Apple is hard at work on developing high-voltage battery power converters for electronic cars. The U.S. patent for “Converter Architecture” explains how power from a high voltage source could be transferred downward to a lower voltage.

As AppleInsider explains, electric and hybrid cars are usually powered by a high voltage battery, which is mostly used to get the vehicle moving. The same energy sources are then used to fuel other parts of the automobile, such as the infotainment display, dashboard, and air conditioning system.

Unfortunately, Apple believes current systems that convert high voltage power to a lower voltage are “inefficient and suffer from load transients that are absorbed by and may cause damage to a low voltage battery.”

The company's solution:

In one implementation, an unregulated DC-to-DC converter is electrically connected to a first energy source to down convert a first voltage supplied by the first energy source. A load is electrically connected to the unregulated DC-to-DC converter to receive the down converted first voltage. A regulated DC-to-DC converter is electrically connected to the unregulated DC-to-DC converter to regulate the down converted first voltage to a second voltage. A second power source is electrically connected to the regulated DC-to-DC converter to charge the second power source using the second voltage, and the second power source is switchably connectable to the load.

Improving battery efficiency for electric and hybrid cars is a worthwhile goal, especially as these type of vehicles become more popular. What's not yet known, however, is whether this patent has to do with the company's secretive Project Titan and how.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts below.

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