Lock The iPhone Camera App’s Orientation In Any Mode With CamRotate

The orientation lock might not be the most discussed feature around on iOS, but it is certainly used several times each day by most people. Whether inside stock apps or third-party ones, control over landscape and portrait modes can really improve your overall user experience. In the past, we have seen tweaks like UIRotation for Activator, which expands the amount of control you have over the orientation of different areas of iOS. LandscapeVideos does something similar, but for a very specific type of items on the device, namely videos. CamRotate is another app-specific Cydia tweak, but it can still be really helpful in a number of situations since it deals with the stock Camera app, which is among the most frequently used entities on iPhone. The tweak can be used to lock the app in an orientation mode of your choice, change the way mode switching works, and even spice things up a little by tinkering with rotation animations. Read More

App Tracker Shows A Graphical Representation Of App Usage On iPhone

Keeping track of what you do on your iPhone can help you take control of your life. At times, a person can really get so engrossed in a game or social network that important stuff starts getting ignored. To avoid this situation, there are tweaks like AppCap available in the Cydia store, letting you block any app every time it has been accessed a set number of times each day. AppCap is just a tweak though, and can be disabled any time you want to use a time-waster too badly. If you just start following your app usage history using apps like App Stat, however, things can gradually improve as you get a clear idea of how much time you are actually spending on an app each day. Having said that, App Stat is a fairly simple app and doesn’t come with too  many elaborate options. The newly released App Tracker, on the other hand, doesn’t just provide stats regarding app usage; it plots those stats in form of bar graphs and line charts. You can also view history details for a specific time period. Read More

10 Best Cydia Tweaks For The iPhone Lock Screen

The most common reason people jailbreak their iDevices is to modify the way iOS looks by default. Apart from themes, the Cydia store has everything from widgets to tweaks that can make your iPhone completely different from that of a friend. It’s not just about theming though, as a lot of tweaks make using iOS a much smoother experience than it originally is. Anyone who has jailbroken their device is sure to have noticed that no area of iOS is out of the reach of developers over at Cydia store. SpringBoard, stock apps, third-party apps, lock screen and Notification Center can all be totally revamped, thanks to the amazing collection of Cydia tweaks available. While all these areas of the OS are important, there is just no getting around the lock screen of your iPhone, since it is the first thing that shows up every time you switch on your device, or wake it up. So, here are some of the best tweaks that can make the iPhone’s lock screen more useful and gorgeous, without requiring much effort on the user’s part. Read More

Watch Any Video In A Floating Window On Your iPhone With VideoPane

Thanks to its true multitasking capabilities, there are quite a few Android apps that are not restricted to one particular region of the OS and actually 'float' system-wide. Apart from the Facebook Chat Heads feature that got a lot of attention, a couple very fine examples would be floating video players Super Video and Popcorn Player, that let you view videos in a persistent, resizable panel. You can enjoy a similar experience on iOS if your iDevice is jailbroken. Case in point: VideoPane, a new Cydia tweak by Ryan Petrich that lets you create a floating window out of any video being played. This detachable pane can be dragged around to different parts of the screen, works on the SpringBoard, and is even functional inside other apps, bringing a taste of real multitasking to iPhone. Read More

Increase/Decrease Video Playback Speed In All iOS Apps With VideoPace

A few months ago, we covered a Cydia tweak by the name of FastForward, which lets users control video playback speed in different apps on their iOS device. Not everyone might appreciate a tweak of this kind, but it certainly has its uses on some occasions. You can use it to quickly go through boring videos that just have to be watched, but not very thoroughly. It is, however, far from perfect and has a few glaring shortcomings. For one thing, you cannot slow down videos, as the tweak only has options to increase the playback speed. Also, there is also no option for choosing a universal speed factor that is applied across all apps installed on your iPhone, and each app has to be configured separately. Maybe these were the factors that compelled the popular Cydia developer Ryan Petrich (who most recently created FlipSwitch) to come up with a similar but better alternative to the tweak. VideoPace doesn’t require a lot of configuration, and can be used to both speed up and slow down videos. Read More

Get Quick Reply Windows For Incoming WhatsApp Messages On iOS With This Couria Add-On

Ever since discovering biteSMS on iOS, I have been looking for any tweak that lets users respond to messages from different messengers without actually launching the app. There are such quick reply tweaks already for Facebook Messenger, Viber and even the stock Messages app. Recently though, the jailbreak store got a platform exclusively for letting developers create quick reply extensions for various apps. Couria is an open-source package with a decent default theme, which makes it really easy for developers to come up with appropriate add-ons for different messenger apps on iOS. At first, Couria did not have any extensions, but now, after a couple of weeks of its release, we finally have WhatsApp for Couria. The add-on makes it possible for users to reply to WhatsApp messages simply by tapping on the corresponding notification, or unlocking to a message when you are on the lock screen. Read More

Apply Customizable Themes To iPhone Lock Screen With LockFlavours

The recently covered BuddyLock comes with an impressive array of customization options for the lock screen, but if you want to get a new look for your iPhone without too much effort, there are tweaks like Sodium capable of applying photo effects to a wallpaper directly. LockFlavors doesn't do anything to the wallpaper, but every other aspect of the lock screen can be altered using it. LockFlavors offers several lock screen themes, applying different colors and patterns to the top and bottom bars of the lock screen. In addition to these, the tweak also has different fonts for the time/date display, and even lets you change the text that appears on the unlock slider. If you aren't satisfied with any of the default themes offered in LockFlavors, there is also the option of creating your own custom themes by mixing colors for each part of the screen separately, and adding the fonts of your choice. Read More

Apply Tints & Effects To Your iPhone Wallpaper With Sodium

Anyone who likes to keep things fresh on an iPhone by frequently changing the lock screen background is sure to appreciate the plethora of wallpaper apps available on iOS. Not satisfied with those? You can always download any picture from the internet and use it as the wallpaper of your device. There are plenty of photo editors that can help you make ordinary photos look extraordinary, but what if there was a way of making your wallpapers special without having to do any work on them. In the past, we have seen Cydia tweaks like WAlpha that act directly on the wallpaper rather than the photo being used as the background. Sodium is quite similar, but with an amazingly large collection of features. The tweak lets you apply a tint with a particular blend mode to the wallpaper, change its alpha value, and toggle Grayscale and Negative image effects. Read More

Replace iPhone Lock Screen Passcode With A Game Controller Combo

Remember the good old days when you had to glean cheat codes off from your friends or gaming magazines, and then try fervently to apply them using your Nintendo controller before your character died or your favorite Pokémon escaped? If you really miss those times, there are plenty of ways to recreate them on an iPhone, using the awesome gaming emulators available for jailbroken (and recently, even non-jailbroken) devices. If truth be told though, the gaming community has moved on, and you are not very likely to spend a lot of time playing these older video games even if they are available on iOS. This is why Control Unlocker can be perfect for anyone who is nostalgic for NES, but not super-crazy for the actual games. The Cydia tweak makes it possible for users to set a cheat code-like passcode on their iPhone’s lock screen, making sure that the device gets unlocked only when the right combination is punched in using the displayed controller. Read More

Cancel iOS App Updates Mid-Download With CancelUpdate

How many times have you found yourself regretting an iOS app update? Previously, there was no quick and easy way to cancel one before its completion once started, resulting in apps that are either forever stuck in the ‘updating…’ phase until you get access to a stable internet connection, or, in some odd cases, updated to less functional versions – such as when YouTube restricted certain features of FoxTube/Jasmine for iOS. Thankfully, we have come across a method to quickly undo the update operation,  thanks to Cydia tweak CancelUpdate by Plipala. Check it out after the jump. Read More

Mappr Puts A Full Interactive Map In iPhone Spotlight Search Area

SearchAmplius has not been available in the jailbreak store for too long but despite that, it has managed to garner a considerable fan-following. While almost all aspects of the tweak are useful in some form, a lot of users find its ability to integrate results from the ‘Maps’ app something that really enriches the experience of using Spotlight. There are plenty of navigation-related apps available in the App Store, but being able to look for locations without launching an app is sure to be preferred by a lot of users. Having said that, the Maps results in SearchAmplius just give you a very basic idea of the location you are looking for, and most of the time, user end up launching the app anyway. The Mappr Cydia tweak, on the other hand, has a much better solution: it tweak places a full zoomable map in the Spotlight search area, which can be used to quickly pinpoint your current location or view other places on the map. Read More

Get A Proper Bookmarks Bar Below The Omnibar In Chrome For iOS

When Google Chrome was new to the App Store, Cydia tweaks kept getting released to take the browser closer to perfection. The flow has been somewhat stemmed now that the app has been around for quite a while, but that doesn't mean there is no room for improvement. The Chrome app resembles the desktop variant of the browser a great deal, but there are still some fairly obvious omissions. The bookmarks bar, for example, is nowhere to be found, and whenever you have to access your bookmarks, you either have to move away from the current page, or open a new tab to get to them. Wouldn't it be just perfect if Chrome gets a bookmarks bar that is visible everywhere, but still isn't overly intrusive? While the feature might get added to the app officially in a future update, you can get it right now if you have a jailbroken iPhone. BMarks Bar – Chrome is a new Cydia tweak that adds a customizable bookmarks bar to the Chrome app. Not only does the bar have all your bookmarks, but it is even capable of showing folders below the address bar at all times. Read More

InstaLauncher Is A Gesture-Activated Alphabetized App Drawer For iPhone

We have seen many lock screen launchers for iOS (such as the recently covered BuddyLock), but not many offered the ability to invoke app shortcuts from areas other than the lock screen. One exception that readily comes to mind is Deck, which shows a sidebar on the Home screen containing several system toggles and app shortcuts. Having said that, it must be pointed out that Deck focuses more on settings than apps, which doesn't make it a viable extension of the iOS dock or App Switcher tray. InstaLauncher, however, is a new tweak that's just perfect for anyone looking for an alternative and quick way of accessing all the apps installed on an iPhone. If you have a lot of apps, some of them are bound to be forgotten with time, tucked away into different folders. With InstaLauncher, this is never likely to happen as the tweak presents your apps in an alphabetically-arranged list, making sure that any app can be reached within seconds. Those who have used an Android device will feel at home with it, as it acts somewhat similar to the App Drawer from Google's OS. Read More

BuddyLock Brings A Snazzy Look, App Shortcuts & Widgets To iPhone Lock Screen

If Android’s lock screen widgets and other similar features have made you envious, the iOS jailbreak store has some pretty decent offerings for you. There are plenty of ways you can place widgets and even app shortcuts on the lock screen of your iPhone. BuddyLock is the latest tweak to offer that functionality, but it does even more. Pretty much like SlideToMod, this new tweak also offers a ton of customization options for the lock screen slider, the time bar and the camera grabber. The awesomeness doesn't end there though; BuddyLock comes with a few widgets as well, that allow users to change system settings with a single tap. To round everything off, you can even place your address book or music playlists on the lock screen area. Read More

Compose WhatsApp Messages From Anywhere On iPhone With WhatsAtor

WhatsApp has always been among the most popular apps on iOS, and this popularity stems from the fact that it is simple, people like using it, and if anything can totally replace text messages in the near future, it just might be WhatsApp. The app doesn't have too many features, so it is not really surprising that we don't get to see a lot of Cydia tweaks aimed at WhatsApp being released. Among the few available for it, we've seen MessageSwiper and WhatsApp UnlimitedMSG in the past, but the new WhatsAtor might be among the most useful of this kind. WhatsAtor is based on Activator and lets you start composing a message for WhatsApp from anywhere in iOS. You just have to perform the gesture of your choice to invoke the interactive composition window, which in turn launches WhatsApp once you have typed a complete message. The tweak works on the lock screen and within other apps, so it can come in handy on a lot of occasions. Read More

Easily Download Any Vine Video To Your iPhone With VineDownloader

Ever since Vine was introduced, people have been looking for more ways to share its videos with their friends. For now, you can post vines to Twitter, revine them from the app, or embed them in different posts. None of these options, however, can rival downloading Vine videos to your device for offline use. In the past, we have already seen one such service for Mac users, which turns vines into GIFs. Using Vine outside a smartphone isn't always the easiest of tasks though, which might give the newly released VineDownloader Cydia tweak an edge over services like VineGifR. VineDownloader works completely on its own, without requiring any intervention from the app’s embedding features or web sharing. You just have to press a single button and the Vine video of your choice is saved to the camera roll. Read More

Popoveractions Adds iPad-Like Floating Action Menus To All iPhone Apps

Informator and HomeSafari are just two examples of Cydia tweaks that make some changes to the action menus found throughout iOS in different apps. Both the tweaks make changes to the functionality on offer in these action sheets, and don't really provide ways of altering how these menus themselves look. On the iPad, action menus have a different layout by default; you see a popup window every time there is a need to access options related to a specific area of an app. If you like that floating look, there is now a way to get it pretty easily on your iPhone and iPod touch. Popoveractions is a new Cydia tweak that changes the options list found in all stock and third-party apps on iOS to a hovering popup window similar to the one that is often seen in the iPad. Read More

Get Smart Search Results From Google Knowlege Graph In iOS Spotlight

Quite recently, we covered two tweaks that are based on SearchLoader: SearchAmplius and SearchCollapse. In case you don’t already know, SearchLoader is a developer package available in the Cydia store that allows new categories to be added to Spotlight. Looks like the release of SearchAmplius has triggered some more developers to jump into action as well, as is apparent from the new SmartSearch tweak. It is not exactly as comprehensive as Siri or Google’s smart search results, but it can get the job done and is enough to give you a basic idea of any topic you search for. With SmartSearch, you don't have to launch Google inside a web browser or app to look for one-line answers to simple questions. Whenever questions like “Who was Albert Einstein?” or “How tall is Eiffel Tower?” are typed into the iPhone’s Spotlight, SmartSearch presents the top result or Google’s smart card data on the topic, right within the search area. If you then want more details, you can simply tap the given answer to be taken to the relevant Google page in Safari. Read More

Add Call, SMS, Mail, Social & Delete Shortcuts To iOS Contacts App With Gotha

The Contacts app in iOS is great when you want to set up a new iPhone by importing contacts from various sources but once everything has been configured, you won't get a lot of options and features in the address book. After a contact has been saved in the app, you cannot delete it conveniently as that option is buried deep inside each contact’s own page. Apart from that, you can't do much from the main contacts list as well, as there are no options available there. This is why tweaks like OneByOne Contacts and QuickGestures have been fairly popular among the jailbreak community. Both of these packages, however, have their shortcomings. While OneByOne is too limited, QuickGestures forces users to remember a lot of swipe combinations if they want to get things done. Gotha, on the other hand, mixes gestures with visible buttons in perfect proportion. The tweak  basically adds options like delete, SMS, call, email, Twitter and Facebook to the contacts list screen of the iPhone address book. Read More

Ayra Adds iOS 7-Like Notification Center With Toggles To Lock Screen

iOS 7 finally brought Notification Center to the lock screen but for a very long time before that, we have had tweaks like Dashboard X that lets you control notifications and system settings without unlocking your device. ayra is a new Cydia release that brings the Notification Center to the iPhone’s lock screen, but in a way that is totally different from iOS 7. Sure, you have to swipe downwards to reveal the NC, but that’s where all the similarities end. With ayra, you get a bunch of system toggles much like SBSettings, and the notifications displayed in it are interactive, much like in Android. You can handle each notification individually by choosing to dismiss it or launch the corresponding app. In addition to all these great features, ayra has a lovely interface, and an iOS 7-like translucent look to it. Read More