I’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.
Auxo builds on the stock iOS multitasking feature by popping a live preview of the app behind the icon. It looks great. Behold:
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.
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.
3. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.