iOS 7’s focus on minimalism and a flat UI means that some of the elements of the OS might end up looking a little too drab. The battery indicator is not necessarily the most noticeable part of iOS, but there can be no denying the fact that it remains visible at most times. This means that there is a likelihood of users getting bored of the battery icon pretty quickly. Previously, we have covered Vox
, a Cydia tweak that offers plenty of alternatives to the default battery indicator on iPhone. Despite the variety it offers, the icon replacements offered by Vox revolve around a single theme, which is a circular battery. Alkaline
isn’t as feature-rich as some of its competitors, but it certainly has a sense of uniqueness about it. The tweak comes with the potential to support more themes in the future, even though it only has two available at present.
The “grip of death” issue might be nothing more than a scary story from the past for iPhone owners, but every once in a while, all of us are bound to wish that there was some way to get a stronger WiFi signal on our iOS device. The same holds true for 3G and 4G signals, which can lose some of their strength with the passage of time as your device starts going into sleep mode. Signal Booster
is a Cydia tweak that can help you resolve this problem. It has been around in the jailbreak store for quite a while, and has only recently become compatible with iOS 7. The tweak doesn’t ask its users to do too much, but the results are quite positive overall. Signal Booster restarts the whole process of resource allocation on your iPhone, making sure to put enough power behind the signal reception for data and WiFi, ultimately leading to better voice quality in calls, and faster browsing/download speeds. Of course, this is not too different from some methods of signal enhancement we have seen for Android
, but Signal Booster stands out by offering a truly one-touch method, rather than asking users to perform a lengthy flow of steps every time they want to get that extra signal bar on their phone’s status area.
Not many Cydia packages can give any sort of competition to the level of variety offered by Winterboard
to jailbreak users, but only if they are into theming and don’t really care about enhancing the functionality of their device. There are many other feature-specific Cydia tweaks that let you make some great changes to iOS, but most of them cater to only particular niches, like the recently covered FolderEnhancer
. Springtomize is among the very few Cydia tweaks that offer system-wide customization options, allowing users to tweak everything from visual aspects of iOS to its frequently used features. The famous Cydia app has now been updated to support iOS 7, but unlike most other recent updates, Springtomize 3
offers features that can work only on this latest firmware update. The new App Switcher tray, Control Center, folders and the Home screen can all be customized using Springtomize 3, and that too in a really simple manner.
Soon after the release of iOS 7, we covered a method that exploited a bug found in the updated firmware to let users create folders within folders
on their iPhone. This feature is quite reminiscent of the famous jailbreak tweak named FolderEnhancer
, which brought the concept of nested folders to life on older versions of iOS. While iOS 7 improved many aspects of folders, it still didn’t bring nested folders and the ability to customize icon layout to the mix. This is why FolderEnhancer for iOS 7 is still a relevant release, as it lets users create multi-level folders on their iOS devices, and can also be used to change the number of icons that appear in each row and column of folders. Different aspects of folder-related animations in iOS 7 can also be controlled via the tweak, and you can even change the behavior of folders once an app has been launched.
You are sure to find Cydia tweaks for even the most minor parts of iOS, specially if you want to make visual alterations to a particular UI element. Even if a tweak isn’t too specialized for just one aspect of iOS, it often ends up focusing on a single area of the firmware, like the lock screen or icons. CustomLS
are just two examples of such specific Cydia tweaks, despite the fact that both of them come packed with a good number of customization options. HideMe7
is a similar tweak, but its biggest advantage lies in the fact that it can let you make changes to all the important parts of iOS. Thanks to this package, you can hide UI elements from the lock screen, Springboard, folders, Notification Center, and Control Center. Read More
Jailbreak apps and tweaks have long been using the Notification Center to facilitate iPhone owners in easily composing text messages and emails without much hassle. Previously, we have seen releases like biteSMS
place contacts-related shortcuts in the NC. Favorite Contacts 7
is a new tweak that differs from others similar ones in that it doesn't stop at adding generic shortcuts to the Notification Center. With this widget, you get NC entries representing your favorite contacts that can be used to directly make calls, send text messages, and compose emails with a single tap. The widget is quite appealing visually as well, and even lets you make some changes to its layout to suit your needs. Read More
The release of the last two iOS jailbreaks has heralded the start of a waiting period for popular tweaks to get updated to support more recent versions of the platform. With iOS 7, we have already seen most of the high-profile tweaks get updated for the latest devices and firmware versions, but the real absentees are always the useful but somewhat obscure packages. You might not remember StatusBulletin, but the tweak certainly garnered a lot of praise from the jailbreak community at the time of its release. StatusBulletin shrunk notification banners to fit the status bar
, and made the contents of the banners move along just like news tickers. TinyBar
is a similar tweak, but comes with even more configuration options as compared to its predecessor, in addition to compatibility with iOS 7.
iOS has always had pretty decent weather apps, with the stock offering not being a slouch itself. This collection of beautiful apps really received a big boost with the release of Yahoo Weather
, which garnered a lot of praise just for its stunning looks. The iOS 7 Weather app gives Yahoo Weather a run for its money, but it’s far from being a two-horse race, as there are plenty of third-party apps belonging to this genre that are always competing for the attention of iOS users. However, one popular option that has been missing from the App Store until now is BeWeather
, which has gained plenty of fame on Android & BlackBerry. BeWeather is known for its beautiful UI and thorough forecasts, all complemented by some pretty decent social options.
Having a mere silent mode in your cellphone might be enough for some occasions, but all of us have certain patterns in our routines, and putting these patterns to good use can always prove to be useful. This is evident from the popularity of the Do Not Disturb feature available in iOS. It is a testament to its usefulness that Apple brought Do Not Disturb to OS X soon after it was unveiled for iOS 6. Now, Windows Phone users can enjoy their quiet time in peace as well, thanks to a third-party app named Quiet Hours. This WP8 app is not as feature-rich as Do Not Disturb for iOS, but you will still find enough options in it to cater to most situations. With Quiet Hours, users can toggle silent mode with a single tap on a live tile, schedule hours when the phone should go silent, and even set separate sound profiles for each day of the week.
“Where are the app folders?” is a question that new Windows Phone users often ask, specially if they are making the switch from Android or iOS. Even though the way Windows Phone is laid out, folders lose some of their importance, but anyone who likes organization is sure to still want a way to arrange their apps just the way they want. On WP7 and Mango, homebrew solutions like Folders
allowed users to have this organizational freedom over their devices, but WP8 has been missing something like that until now. It seems like Nokia has finally taken note of the feature’s high demand, and decided to come up with an official solution to the lack of folders on the platform. App Folder
is a Lumia-exclusive release that allows users to create folders on Windows Phone 8. Thanks to this app, you can put multiple apps and settings shortcuts in folders bearing the names of your choice.
Lock screen launchers for iOS have become quite common among the jailbreak community in the past year or so. Tweaks like BuddyLock
are just two of the many examples of releases that allow iOS users to make the most of their lock screen. While lock screen launchers have a certain usefulness of their own, some might argue that if a launcher is too feature-rich, it ends up killing the whole purpose of the lock screen. AppBox
is an upcoming Cydia tweak that might have finally struck just the right balance between being simple and useful. It allows you to place a handful of app shortcuts on the iPhone lock screen, but that’s not where it stops. The tweak is a platform for third-party lock screen app-specific widgets, which can be used to perform a lot of actions without unlocking your device. With AppBox, it becomes possible to compose texts, post to Facebook, create notes, and do much more. The possibilities are virtually limitless, since other developers can come up with AppBox plugins for different apps.
iOS 7 completely reimagined the App Switcher
, replacing the list of running apps' icons at the bottom with an attractive card-like view. A vast majority of users didn't take too long to get used to the new App Switcher, and maybe that's why a plethora of Cydia tweaks have been released to augment and alter this area of iOS, such as Purge
that we reviewed recently. As nice as the new App Switcher is, there are still some nostalgic users who miss the iOS 6 version of this feature. For this purpose, you can always turn to tweaks like ControlTask
that attempt to give you the best of both worlds. ClassicSwitcher
is a new tweak, however, that gets rid of the card UI of the App Switcher altogether, and brings the old multitasking tray back. And the best part is that you can thoroughly customize this tray to suit your needs. Read More
You can rave all you want about the Control Center
or the new flat UI
, but dynamic wallpapers will always hold their own in any discussion of iOS 7 features. Even prior to the release of iOS 7, the Cydia store allowed users to enjoy live wallpapers on their iPhone, thanks to apps like LiveWallpaper
and Go Desk
. Although these animated screen backgrounds are no longer limited to just the Cydia store, there isn't too much to choose from when it comes to the default iOS 7 dynamic wallpaper collection. As you would expect, a lot of people started looking for ways to augment the firmware’s somewhat meager dynamic wallpaper collection immediately after updating to iOS 7. If you are among those users, your search is finally over. iDynamic
is a Cydia app that offers a comprehensive repository of dynamic wallpapers. You can choose any animated set you want, and replace the default wallpaper collection with it quite easily.
There are plenty of Cydia tweaks based on ideas that are seemingly a bit too simplistic, but there can be no denying their usefulness in an iPhone’s everyday usage. NCObey
is a new Cydia tweak that you always subconsciously wanted to have, without really knowing it. With the revamped iOS 7 Notification Center
garnering a lot of praise from everywhere, a few people were quick to note that it gets a little annoying when you want to see notifications, and the NC opens up to show the ‘Today’ view. It would have been cool had Apple made the Notification Center a bit more intelligent, so that it showed up the relevant tab depending upon the status of your pending notifications. NCObey does just that and much more for the iOS 7 NC. The tweak lets users choose a default tab, and also has the capability to make the NC open up on the tab you really want, by monitoring the gesture used to launch the Center.
Android is the platform usually associated with Home screen customization, but iOS can certainly hold its own in that regard if you have a jailbroken device. There are a couple of ways you can tweak your app icons and the Home screen in general even without the jailbreak store, but they are somewhat time-consuming. HomeScreenDesigner is a new Cydia app that allows users to change the default layout of the iOS 7 home screen. You can change the way icons are arranged on Springboard pages, hide their labels, and even apply layouts created by other users to your iPhone. HomeScreenDesigner is a feature-rich package but even if you don’t want to spend too much time trying to create the perfect iPhone screen, the app can still prove to be of great use, thanks to its readymade themes and drag-and-drop configuration options.
iOS 7 was the platform’s first update that generated a lot of interest (and outrage) just because of its UI
. The abolishment of skeuomorphism and the complete shift to a flat interface marked the biggest cosmetic changes iOS since its introduction by Steve Jobs. Even though a vast majority of users have finally come to terms with the update and its new looks, there are still many who miss the way their iPhone’s screen looked back in the days of iOS 6. When the iOS 7 jailbreak was finally announced a few days ago
, users were certain that a lot of UI-related tweaks would start surfacing in the jailbreak store, and they haven’t been disappointed so far. HomeScreenDesigner, Messages Customiser
, and plenty of other releases already let you tinker with the way iOS 7 presents itself to the eye. Having said that, iOS theming can never be complete without Winterboard. The theming platform has been available on iOS 7 until now, but only if you had an older iDevice, and that too, in a semi-functional form that kept running into a lot of problems. Finally though, Winterboard
has been updated with support for iOS 7 and iPhone 5s! Read More
Apps have always been the weak point of Windows Phone, but 2013 was the year that finally saw the WP Store expand to a considerable size. Major apps like Vine, Instagram and Tumblr were released on the platform, but thanks to the special attention given to WP8 by Nokia, there were many other OEM-specific apps that garnered a lot of popularity. Since a lot of people have just started switching to Windows Phone 8, they might not be aware of everything they have missed on the platform so far. So, if you're a Windows Phone owner, take a look at the list we have compile to get fans of Windows Phone up to speed with the best WP Store releases of the past year.
The iOS home screen is usually alive with notifications and icon badges, making sure that users get to see the maximum amount of information at a glance. iOS 7 increased this liveliness manifolds by introducing parallax effect and live wallpapers
to the iPhone Springboard. Another small addition to the mix is the Clock app’s icon, which displays the current time in the form of an analog clock that even has a moving seconds hand. In the past, Cydia tweaks like WeatherIcon 6
have allowed the jailbreak community to get even more information out of the home screen. The tweak allowed iOS 6 users to configure any app icon to display real-time weather data. It is nice to see that the concept hasn’t died down with iOS 6, as LiveWeatherIcon
brings similar functionality to iOS 7. The tweak supercharges the stock Weather app’s icon, adding some beautiful animations and weather-related stats to it.
One of my pet peeves related to iOS has always been the lack of a delete button for apps installed via Cydia. Despite the fact that it does make some sense to distinguish these apps from the App Store ones, most people don’t like the extra steps involved in getting rid of any jailbreak app that has fallen out of favor. The Cydia store is famous for coming up with solutions to little problems that nag iOS users, and providing tweaks that can allow them to get rid of seemingly permanent fixtures of their iOS devices. In the past, we have seen iMageSynced Remover that lets you delete any picture from the stock Photos app
, even if it has been synced with iTunes. So, it is no surprise that someone has come up with CyDelete7
. The tweak isn't exactly new, as its predecessor CyDelete has been around for quite some time, but this newer version is aimed specifically at iOS 7. With CyDelete7, users get to easily uninstall Cydia apps like biteSMS, Activator or WinterBoard directly from their Home screen. This saves you the hassle of having to launch the Cydia store, wait for it to finish updating its resources, and then delete the undesired package.
Summly made quite an impact on the category of news readers
in the App Store during the short period that it was around before its acquisition and shutdown by Yahoo!. Although Yahoo! did add Summly-like features
to its official iOS app later on, it still wasn't the same as having a dedicated app aimed at giving you a quick dose of the news stories that really matter. If you still remember and miss Summly, or are just looking for the most convenient way of reading important news stories, Yahoo! News Digest
might be your best best. The new iPhone app summarizes the eight most important news stories of each day and each night. The digest gets refreshed every twelve hours, although you can also read some extra stories if you are in the mood. The summaries created by News Digest aren't just shortened versions of the original articles; they consist of different ‘atoms’ - pieces of relevant information gathered from Wikipedia, social media, and maps.