Notification Center widgets are not often associated with iOS devices that are not jailbroken, but the developers in App Store are smart enough to find alternative ways of making NC more useful. A few weeks back we covered an iPhone app named Speed U that offered a pretty good imitation of NC widgets for non-jailbroken iDevices. While that app is extremely useful for iOS users who are not fans of Cydia, it does not offer all the functionalities you can add to the iPhone or iPad Notification Center after jailbreak. For those you tweet often, there are a lot of Cydia tweaks that let you tweet from the NC. iQuick Tweet is an app that allows you to do roughly the same thing, but without jailbreak! The app is based upon the same concept as Speed U, but the end result does exactly what the iQuick Tweet claims to do, tweet quickly, with a mere tap within the Notification Center. Quite a handy app for avid tweeters, at least till the final build of iOS 6 is released along with its native Notification Center widgets.
Just like with Speed U, it is better if you turn off banner alerts for iQuick Tweet as soon as you install it to your iPhone or iPad. This can be done by heading to the Notifications section of the stock Settings app and the menu added there by iQuick Tweet.
Although the app is really simple and easy to use, it still starts off with a few basic instructions regarding its features and usage. Other than letting users tweet without having to wait for their entire Twitter feeds to load, this app also allows its users to add a default hash tag to tweets that are sent through it. You can define said hash tag by hitting the hash button in the top-left corner of the app. Once that is done, just tap the bird icon in the middle of the screen to get a “compose tweet” box containing the hash tag you defined.
As soon as you leave the app, a notification from iQuick Tweet will appear in the Notification Center once again. You can treat it like an ordinary notification, and dismiss it, but the whole purpose of the thing is to keep it in NC until you need to tweet. When the time comes, just tap the notification and you will be taken to the app, where a window for composing tweets will automatically show up. It may take a couple of seconds to load at times, so you’ll have to be patient.
Unlike Cydia Tweaks designed for the same purpose, iQuick Tweet doesn’t really allow you to tweet from within the Notification Center, but it doesn’t seem like a bad deal at all for users who aren’t too fond of jailbreaking. The app is available as a free download for a limited time, and is optimized for both iPhone and iPad.