A few weeks ago, the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.x.x was released to the world, pretty abruptly, and at the time I was running the iOS 8 beta on my iPhone 5S. Well, I decided to downgrade from the iOS 8 beta, install iOS 7.1.1 on my iPhone, and jailbreak using Pangu, and I covered the how-to on the jailbreak, as well as removing the Cracked App Store from your device.
After searching Cydia to see if any of my favorite tweaks were updated to support the new jailbreak, I found not only that they were updated, but I also found a couple of new tweaks and such that I wanted to play around with. Today, I am here to share some of my favorite jailbreak tweaks for my iPhone 5S that are compatible with iOS 7.x.x.
Jailbreak Tweak #1: BiteSMS
It’s not that I hate the stock Messaging app from Apple, but without being on the iOS 8 beta, there is no real way to quickly reply to a text message or MMS without exiting whatever app I am using. However, BiteSMS solves this for me, and does more, without skipping a beat. Since BiteSMS completely replaces the stock Messages app, you won’t have to worry about seeing multiple notifications pop up over multiple applications.
There are also a couple of other features and benefits that BiteSMS has built in to make this one of the best Cydia applications to date. Other than the ability to theme the BiteSMS application, you can also quickly reply, or compose text messages without ever having to stop what you’re doing. If someone sends you a text, a pop-up box comes up, and gives you options to Reply, Call, Open, and view later. If you hit the reply option, a dialogue box expands from the text, and your keyboard pops up, allowing you to send your reply with ease.
If you need to quickly send a text message, BiteSMS allows you to do so by hitting one of your volume keys, tapping the Volume HUD, and that brings up a compose window. You can either set the Quick Compose box to either populate the last person you texted, or leave it blank so that you can text whoever you choose to. There is also a star next to the “To:” for selecting a contact from your Favorites, so that you can quickly text those who you text the most.
Earlier, I mentioned the ability to download themes from Cydia, and set them so that your BiteSMS app would be themed, but the developer didn’t stop there. They also added the ability to tweak and change around the app with a load of customizable settings, so that you can create your “ideal” messaging application. These tweaks range from changing how to launch the Quick Compose window, to setting up the ability to delay the sending of your text message.
BiteSMS really is the complete SMS package, and I highly recommend anyone who used the Pangu jailbreak for their iPhone to check it out. You can pick up BiteSMS from Cydia for $7.99, but there is a free version that after 7 days, will display a small advertising banner. BiteSMS also runs on iOS 5, 6, and 7, and if you want to be on the bleeding edge of stuff, like I do, you can also add the beta repo, and test out all the new stuff.
Jailbreak Tweak #2: Springtomize 3
Back in the early days of jailbreak and tweaking, you had to install, download, and sometimes purchase numerous different tweaks, from different developers, just to get the end result you wanted. However, a few years back, Filippo Bigarella released an application by the name of Springtomize, that will remove the need for having a million different packages installed on your device. Let’s face it, as with anything, the more applications and such that are installed on your device, the slower it will run after time.
Filippo recognized this and worked tirelessly to come up with the perfect solution. Enter Springtomize. Just about every system preference or setting can be changed or tweaked with the help of Springtomize. For example, I hate, I mean HATE, cluttered status bars, and while iOS isn’t as bad about having a million different icons in the status bar, there are still too many for my liking. Also, I hate the fact that I can’t just remove the battery icon, and just display the percentage. I also don’t like the fact that the carrier’s name is displayed in between my signal bars for the network and Wi-Fi. Springtomize allows me to remove the battery icon, as well as the carrier name, with the flick of a switch.
As you can see in the screenshots above, there are a whole slew of different settings and preferences that can be tweaked to your hearts content. Springtomize allows you to change the size of icons in the dock, and on the home screens, as well as hiding those pesky badges that randomly pop up. Springtomize also will allow you to hide the Camera, Control Center, and Notification Center bars from the lock screen, which can come in handy if you don’t use or check those items while your device is locked.
If I were to go through and list everything that Springtomize covered, it would end up being a list as long as it is from me, here in Virginia, all the way down to Cliff Wade, in Georgia. You really have to see it to believe, and as with BiteSMS, it’s a must have for any device that used the Pangu jailbreak. Springtomize will set you back $2.99 via Cydia, but it’s a $3 well spent, and costs less than a cup of coffee from Starbucks.
Twitter: Filippo Bigarella
Jailbreak Tweak #3: Auxo 2
If you’re annoyed with the iOS task switcher on your iPhones, then you’ll want to check out Auxo 2. Auxo 2 features a completely redesigned concept of the way that your iPhone handles multi-tasking for devices using the Pangu jailbreak, with the exception of the ability to swipe apps away to close them. What Auxo 2 does, however, is combines control center, and your multi-tasking drawer, into one window, making it easy to do set your toggles, and close your apps in a breeze.
In order to activate Auxo 2, you simply need to drag up from the bottom of the screen, just like you do to access your Quick Toggles, and you are presented with the new interface. At the top of the screen, you can toggle Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Orientation Lock. At the bottom of the screen you can adjust the volume, as well as the brightness of your device. You are also presented with your controls for the music player, and the progress bar for whatever song you’re listening to can be seen at the bottom of the section. If you swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen, you have your quick apps for the flashlight, timer, calculator, and camera, for quick access.
Now, in terms of closing applications, you can still scroll left and right to view all of your open apps, and swipe up to close whatever application you choose. What Auxo 2 does, is allow you to close all of your open applications at once, by swiping up on the home screen preview. This comes in handy on an hourly basis with all of the different applications that I have open on my device all the time, and it gets tiresome, going through each app and swiping them all away, one by one.
The final big feature that Auxo 2 brings to your device is called Hot Corners. This allows you a different way to quickly switch back and forth between apps. Swiping up from the bottom left hand corner, and sliding your finger from app to app gives you the opportunity to switch quickly between apps. I use this feature the most if I need to quickly switch back to my previously used application for whatever reason. Swiping up from the bottom right hand corner of your iPhone takes you immediately, and rather quickly back to your home page. Now I don’t use this feature as much, but I can see where it would come in handy for someone who has a broken home button, and doesn’t want the accessibility button hovering around their screen all the time.
Don’t worry if you’re wondering if there’s anyway to change any of the settings for Auxo 2, other than just toggling options on or off. If you scroll down to Advanced Options, there are some more options that you can toggle on and off, to change up the way that Auxo 2 looks and acts. For example, you can change whether you want to be able to view the media options, or the AirPlay/AirDrop options when viewing the multitasking window. Auxo 2 also allows you to change the time period before the Quick Launcher automatically dismisses from your screen.
Auxo 2 is the best multi-tasking tweak that I’ve ever seen on an iOS device, and when iOS 8 becomes publicly available, I can only hope that the jailbreak comes out so that I can get Auxo 2 on the latest iteration of iOS. You can pick up Auxo 2 for $3.99 on Cydia, and like BiteSMS and Springtomize 3, it IS compatible with the latest Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x.
Website: Auxo 2
In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to feature a few of the best jailbreak tweaks for iOS devices, including iPads, that you can get from Cydia. We will also begin to feature more actual tweaks, as well as any new apps that are released to the Cydia jailbreak store.
What are your favorite tweaks and jailbreak applications for iOS? Leave them in the comments below, and let us know.