The last time I jailbroke my iPhone I believe was during the iOS5 era. After the transition to iOS6 and 7 I didn’t really feel the need to “free” my device, since many of the best tweaks have been integrated as system defaults by Apple.
Despite that I kept following the Jailbreak scene to keep myself informed of what was going on. Surely all the controversy around the first Jailbreak for iOS7 didn’t help its popularity with me but since the Chinese Pirate App Store has been removed I decided to give it a go and open up my iPhone last weekend.
Here below are the tweaks that I’ve installed so far.
Taking a lesson from Android, this tweak will allow you to have shortcuts on your lock screen. Once you weak up your device a “ring” will appear at the bottom of the screen and by pressing on it, it will reveal the available shortcuts. This is extremely useful because it allows you to launch an app without having to insert the passcode (and once you close the app you’re back to the lock screen).
As you can see from the screenshot I have the Camera, Instagram, Spotify, PocketCast, Clock and “click to Unlock”, but from the Settings you’ll be able to set any app currently installed on your device as shortcut.
There are also plenty of options in order to customise the appearance of the ring on the lock screen.
This is not a tweak, it’s a theme for Winterboard. I’ve always been a supporter of the redesign on iOS7 and I like the transition to a “flatter” world, but despite that there are still many ugly icons on my home screen. That’s why when I saw this theme I was immediately attracted to it. Maintaining the flat and futuristic look trend of iOS7, Space Blueberry expands on this concept creating a beautifully crafted theme.
There are replacement icons for all the stock apps but also for plenty of third-party apps. After only a week it will be very difficult to go back to the standard look of iOS7.
This is a very simple tweak. All it does it’s adding more option when you press and hold the power button. Instead of simply having the option to shut down the device you can now also just Respring or quickly Reboot your device.
If you are like me and you prefer using Chrome and Google Maps instead of Safari and Apple Maps, this next tweak is for you.
With Browser Changer you can set a different default browser. You can actually chose from all the different third-party browsers you have installed and not just Chrome. Once enabled, all the links will now open in your browser of choice, avoiding the sometime laborious job of manually moving URLs in order to open them in Chrome (in my case).
As a bonus option you can also select the “open in” Google Maps option. As you might guess this will make Google Maps your default mapping application and will prevent you from being sent into a different country by Apple Maps.
Open In App for Photos
This final tweak it’s very interesting. Normally, from within the Photos app on iOS7 you have a limited choice if you want to move picture around. You can share them on Facebook, Twitter or via Messages and WhatsApp, but if you want let’s say to upload them to Dropbox you cannot do that from there. You would have to go to the Dropbox app and then select the picture from the Camera Roll.
This tweak will add a new icon at the bottom of a picture view inside the Photos app. Tapping on this icon brings up a new sharing sheet that will list all the apps where you can open that picture, removing the unnatural process of having to start from the final destination rather than from a logical start place.
This is it. That’s the list of Jailbreak Tweaks that I have currently installed on my iPhone 5. It has been only week which means that I’m still experimenting a looking for the next “best thing”.
So far I’m very satisfied by the outcome, especially battery-wise. Jailbreaking has always been very intensive on battery usage but at the moment I cannot complain. The battery is not showing signs of over-stress and its duration hasn’t been affected by the tweaks installed.
Jailbreaking is proving itself to be still relevant despite the huge improvements of iOS during these years. I will keep experimenting and I’ll report my findings back to you as always!