We come across a lot of awesome jailbreak tweaks and apps for the iPhone throughout the year. We can’t talk about all of them all the time. So, with that in mind, here are our favourites from the last few months.
First off, you’ll need to jailbreak your phone to use these tweaks. If you’re new to jailbreaking, be sure to check out our last roundup as well as our favourite jailbreak tweaks for iOS 6. Once you’re caught up, it’s time to check out all the new stuff.
Velox Performs Awesome Actions Directly from the Home Screen
Velox is a tweak for the iPhone that allows you to swipe an icon to reveal more information. For example, if you swipe the Messages app when you have a notification, you can instantly respond directly from that screen, or if you swipe the Calculator you get access to the calculator. It’s handy enough that we walked you through some of our favourite extra features. If you’re looking for a completely different way to interact with your iPhone’s home screen, Velox is well worth the $US1.99 download.
Badger Makes It Easy to Instantly Respond to Notifications
Badger is similar to Velox in a way, but it concentrates entirely on notifications. Badger features a customisable popup window for all badges on your home screen. So, when you hold an icon, your notifications are shown in-line on the home screen where you can reply or open the app as you normally would.
Abstergo Cleans Up Your Notifications Screen
iOS 6 introduced the handy reminders feature for phone calls, but it didn’t extend to any other notifications. Abstergo adds a similar feature set to all notifications, and you can set reminders to follow up almost everything on your lock screen. For some apps, like Messages, you can even set a reminder right in the app itself. If you’re the type who forgets to follow up on text messages, tweets, email or anything else, Abstergo is a handy utility to have.
Keyboard Control Pro Supercharges Your Typing Options
The iOS keyboard is fine for most of us, but it’s not really configurable in any way. Keyboard Control Pro is a new tweak that gives you a lot of options to make the keyboard subtly better. These include certain behaviours like making parentheses and brackets automatically close, automatically add spaces after symbols, automatically make the keyboard switch to numbers after certain characters (like a dollar sign) and plenty more. It might not seem like much at first, but it ends up being handy in the long term.
NCEnough Shows Only the Amount of Notification Center that Matters
For whatever reason, the iOS Notification Center pulls down to cover the entire screen by default. In most cases, this really isn’t necessary. NCEnough is a tweak that changes Notification Center’s behaviour so it only pulls down as far as it needs to in order to display the content on the screen.
AutoBrightness Improves on Apple’s Dynamic Screen Brightness
If you don’t like how the default auto-brightness feature works in iOS, then AutoBrightness is a worth a look. It takes in more of the ambient light in a room in order to adjust the screen brightness accordingly. It’s not much, but it’s certainly trying harder than the default option to actually make a screen’s brightness reflect what’s going on around it.
Volume Amplifier Turns Up Quiet Phone Calls
The speaker volume on a call with the iPhone isn’t always loud enough to hear in noisy environments. Volume Amplifier does exactly what the name suggests and cranks up the headset volume on the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on older devices.
JellyLock Gives You an Jellybean-like Lock Screen
The Android Jellybean lock screen launcher is incredibly handy, and launchers are certainly something iOS users have been clamoring for since the beginning. JellyLock is a launcher made to emulate the Jellybean lock screen and it works fantastically well on the iPhone. You can get instant access to up to six apps, and you can customise the look in all sorts of ways. If you’re in the mood for a similar app launcher not based on Android, the recently released Atom is just as good.
LSFlatAlerts Cleans Up Notification Bubbles
If you think the notification pop-up bubble is annoying on iOS, then LSFlatAlerts is the tweak for you. Instead of showing that pop-up window, it immediately bumps everything up into the list view on the lock screen. It’s incredibly simple, but it looks and works a lot better than Apple’s solution.