The iPhone is called a smartphone because it is meant to stay apprised of your needs and surroundings in order to automatically optimize usage to the maximum possible extent. You might have installed a lot of luxury apps on your device, but at times, it’s the little things make the most difference in daily usage. One such feature is the iPhone’s ability to turn off its display whenever you hold it to your ear during a call. This behavior is controlled by the proximity sensor located at the front of your device. There might not seem to be too many uses of this sensor by default, but no part of an iDevice escapes the notice of the crafty developers working to keep the Cydia store populated. Always On Proximity is a new tweak that puts the proximity sensor in your iPhone to good use. With this tweak installed, you can quickly enable or disable the sensor from anywhere within the OS using an Activator gesture, causing the device to respond to it and power off the screen when, say, you put the device in your pocket.
The tweak might not make sense at first, but there are a lot of scenarios where Always On Proximity can come in handy. Before we discuss any of the usage scenarios though, let’s first find out what exactly Always On Proximity does. The tweak works with Activator, but this does not mean that your screen will go blank as soon as the assigned gesture is performed. The gesture only brings the proximity sensor to an active state. You will get a notification every time the tweak is toggled.
When Always On Proximity is enabled, the screen goes blank as soon as the proximity sensor is covered by an object. Now, you might be wondering what purpose this could possibly serve. Well, the tweak is mostly meant to add a bit of convenience to the way you interact with your device before and after putting it away for a while. Usually, you would hit the power button to lock the device before putting it on your desk or back into your pocket because you’d want to save precious minutes of battery life. With this tweak installed, all you have to do is place it face down on the desk or simply put it in your pocket without touching the power button. The proximity sensor will automatically power the screen off for you, making those long email and messaging conversations much less taxing.
It might also come in handy if you have a lock screen passcode, don’t want to have to enter it again and again while you’re at home and would prefer not to disable it entirely.
We can’t say that everyone is going to like Always On Proximity, but if you usually find the need to check your iDevices several times every few minutes, you should definitely give it a try. It is available for free in Cydia’s BigBoss repo.