Seven jailbreak features I miss dearly

Seven jailbreak features I miss dearlyI’d always had it in the back of my head to write some sort of Top 5/7/10 jailbreak features article. Of course last week I almost killed my iPhone and consequently I’m stuck on stupid unjailbreakable iOS 6.1.3. At least people can’t sneak into my Contacts app, right? Ahem.

As such, I’m putting an emotional slant on things (feel free to cry; we’re all friends here) in describing the seven jailbreak features I miss the most.

Amusingly, I had considered updating to iOS 6.1.3 anyway. I’d installed a silly amount of Cydia features over time, and rather than pick and choose the ones I wanted to keep (which would require a modicum of patience), I began to crave plain old iOS.

Well, the decision was made for me, and here I am, ruing the day I was forced to update to iOS 6.1.3. Here, in no particular order, are the seven jailbreak features I’m pining for.

Oh, and do let us know if there’s anything jailbreaky you couldn’t live without.

1. Auxo

Auxo builds on the stock iOS multitasking feature by popping a live preview of the app behind the icon. It looks great. Behold:

Seven jailbreak features I miss dearly

Auxo also introduces the ability to kill all apps with a single long press and swipe down, with a little music player and toggle thingy thrown in to boot.

Seven jailbreak features I miss dearly2. BiteSMS

With a lot of jailbreak/Cydia features, it’s the simple ones that make the biggest difference, which is exactly the case with biteSMS.

There are two reasons I loved biteSMS. Firstly, it pops up in front of whatever you’re doing, so you can read and reply to messages without leaving the current app. So if someone messages you while you’re browsing, you can take care of it with the web page sitting – temporarily – in the background. Lovely.

The other thing I love about biteSMS is the Android-style inbox, which puts each contact’s picture beside their message thread. Looking at my iOS 6.1.3 inbox, there’s simply some redundant white space where the contact picture could/should be. Sigh.

Seven jailbreak features I miss dearly3. Browser Changer

This is one of the major things I miss from being jailbroken. See, I primarily use Chrome on my MacBook, iPad and iPhone, as for some reason (it’d take ages to explain) I don’t like Safari. Also, Chrome allows me to sync tabs between devices, which is great.

However, sans jailbreak, links in emails now open in Safari, which is just a pain in the bum.

4. MapsOpener

Similar to Browser Changer, MapsOpener allows you to move away from Apple Maps as the default app, specifically opening map links in trusty old Google Maps instead. Excellent.

Seven jailbreak features I miss dearly5. NoNewsIsGoodNews

Ah, the eternal question: Why won’t the Newsstand app go into a folder?

While jailbreaking can invite clutter (particularly when you first mess around with it and install EVERYTHING), it also promotes tidiness, with the ability to put folders within folders, and – would you believe it? – the option to remove Newsstand entirely (thanks to NoNewsIsGoodNews). Great stuff.

Seven jailbreak features I miss dearly6. SBSettings

Another relatively minor tweak that I absolutely loved. With SBSettings, you can pop system toggles on one of your homepages, or – as I preferred – in the Notification Center. A single swipe down from any screen, and you can turn things like Wi-Fi on/off.

7. MultiIconMover

Maybe not so much an issue if you’re not jailbroken, but sometimes when messing around with Cydia features you’ll get bogged down moving things around to make way for widgets and what have you.

MultiIconMover does exactly what it says on the tin, letting you move a group of icons in one fell swoop. Apple, on the other hand, insists that you move icon one at a time.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2013 at 13:20

That's it? That IS it? Zephyr! Swipe Selection! Message+! PwnTunes and Bridge! IntelliscreenX... Those are tweaks... Hiding Newstand? Boohoo... Just put it on the last homescreen. Etc etc
You old crybaby :p

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 17, 2013 at 14:40

Yeah, I'm not saying those are the most impressive jailbreak features or anything. Those are just the ones I'm missing on a day-to-day basis.

Dougal1709  Apr. 17, 2013 at 14:54

This just seems to be a list of things that you get as default in Android that you want in iOS. maybe you just need a new phone then you can stop messing about with waiting for jailbreaks.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2013 at 16:37

This just seems to be a list of things that you get as default in Android that you want in iOS. maybe you just need a new phone then you can stop messing about with waiting for jailbreaks.

You have a point. Apple need to stop the bullsh*t! 25 million+ evasion jailbreaks in 2 weeks; countless Android owners who would buy an iDevice if there was some personal 'control' available. Apple alienate quite a huge slice of the shopping world. I will certainly not buy another device that I have to 'hack' to get 2006 features!!!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2013 at 16:39

Yeah, I'm not saying those are the most impressive jailbreak features or anything. Those are just the ones I'm missing on a day-to-day basis.
Gotcha.
I just don't like BiteSMS (I don't know many people, anyways :( ), and I seem to be the only person who doesn't mind Mobile Safari... Also: I have no iPhone :p

Dougal1709  Apr. 17, 2013 at 17:48

This just seems to be a list of things that you get as default in Android that you want in iOS. maybe you just need a new phone then you can stop messing about with waiting for jailbreaks.

You have a point. Apple need to stop the bullsh*t! 25 million+ evasion jailbreaks in 2 weeks; countless Android owners who would buy an iDevice if there was some personal 'control' available. Apple alienate quite a huge slice of the shopping world. I will certainly not buy another device that I have to 'hack' to get 2006 features!!!


That's their selling point though surely. Their argument is that any features that the iPhone doesn't have, it doesn't have for a reason because, either because it would be a security threat, it would slow down the phone or it would make the phone less reliable. I used to have a iPhone 3GS that was jailbroken and had loads of useful things added. I can't say it was any more reliable than an android once I'd added all the features I wanted.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2013 at 17:56

This just seems to be a list of things that you get as default in Android that you want in iOS. maybe you just need a new phone then you can stop messing about with waiting for jailbreaks.

You have a point. Apple need to stop the bullsh*t! 25 million+ evasion jailbreaks in 2 weeks; countless Android owners who would buy an iDevice if there was some personal 'control' available. Apple alienate quite a huge slice of the shopping world. I will certainly not buy another device that I have to 'hack' to get 2006 features!!!


That's their selling point though surely. Their argument is that any features that the iPhone doesn't have, it doesn't have for a reason because, either because it would be a security threat, it would slow down the phone or it would make the phone less reliable. I used to have a iPhone 3GS that was jailbroken and had loads of useful things added. I can't say it was any more reliable than an android once I'd added all the features I wanted.


I recently set-up a friend's iPhone 5... I threw a LOAD of tweaks at it (when many weren't fully tested for iPhone 5). It was very stable. And battery seemed surprisingly unaffected.

On the other hand: my better half bought a Galaxy Camera. The original JB ROM is so buggy and had some annoying 'features' (such as ALWAYS starting up the camera when you turn it on). So we rooted it... even buggier. So we flashed other ROMs. More bugs.
WiFi often disconnects. Force closes of PlayStore every 2 minutes.
On the other hand, My HTC HD2 runs fine on CM10. Very stable despite very limited internal memory and RAM.

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 17, 2013 at 19:14

This just seems to be a list of things that you get as default in Android that you want in iOS. maybe you just need a new phone then you can stop messing about with waiting for jailbreaks.

Good lord, do I miss... Android? oO

For me, iOS is too locked down, while Android is too convoluted. I need some middle ground. I'm not overly fussed about widgets, for example, but I do like being able to do things (like turn off Wi-Fi) with a quick swipe and a tap. The Notification Center, which is obviously accessible from anywhere, is completely wasted at the moment; there's next to no functionality in it.

Ideally, I'd like to see Apple adopt a host of features from Cydia in iOS 7, but I'm not holding my breath.

Here's an idea: why don't we have an Advanced profile for iOS users who want more control, and a Classic mode for people who couldn't care less about toggles and tweaks? Everybody wins.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2013 at 19:47

Yeah, like that Gatekeeper on Macs... Sign a waiver, and you're free.

Shonk  Sep. 29, 2013 at 11:51

If they had an option of bypassing the fenced garden
and did some high spec phone's i would go ios in a heartbeat

as the core ui is so much faster on ios
C# vs Java makes a huge difference

Its not all about fanboy ism

I love the features of android but java vs C# puts it at a 10x performance disadvantage

Maybe oneday apple will wake up and allow a bypass and start competing on hardware
instead of trying to sell to the "premium cround"

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