There was a time when I wouldn’t dream of jailbreaking my phone. Back in those days, it wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to do thanks to having to manually complete several steps before your device was ready. Miss one, or get it wrong, and you’d end up with a brick. Thankfully those days are long gone, and developers are coming up with new and exciting themes and tweaks all the time. This time around, I couldn’t resist and jailbroke my iPhone 5 as soon as I could.
No thanks to Cydia being overloaded, I had to wait until I woke up this morning before getting anything installed. I tried for two hours last night with no success even getting access to my own Cydia account. Needless to say, I went to bed a very frustrated man.
I’m all set up now, and I have everything installed that I really wanted, so here are the first 5 tweaks/apps I downloaded from Cydia.
1. Zeppelin – Free
I like little customizations, and Zeppelin lets the user change their carrier logo to one of a choice of popular brands or characters. I chose the Storm Trooper. If you’d rather not have a brand or character logo, and want to have your name or another word, I recommend using FakeCarrier, which lets you set whatever word(s) you want.
2. Auxo – $1.99
I’ve wanted Auxo since it first turned up as a concept. And, it was this tweak that convinced my I really did want to jailbreak my iPhone 5 as soon as I could. I would pay twice the asking price for it. Essentially, it transforms the app-switching user interface to one much more useful.
Instead of having just app icons in the multitasking bar, it shows a screenshot as a card. Apps can be closed by simply swiping them down individually. Or if you want to close them all, just tap and hold one and they’re all cleared. It doesn’t end there. There’s a re-imagined set of music controls, including album art. Perhaps best of all though is the set of quick access toggles for switching services and connections on/off. If Apple takes anything onboard for iOS 7, it has to implement something like this.
3. Barrel – $2.99
Since I got my first iPhone back in 2009, I’ve been looking at the same home screen of icons sliding past as I swipe between them. So, I wanted to change them around a bit. Barrel lets you customize the transition between Home Screens; adding effects like carousel, fading, vertical scrolling and a whole lot more. I haven’t noticed any lag either so far. It’s a great addition to my iOS device.
4. Instasnap – Free
Any iPhoneographer wants a quick way to snap a picture and upload it to Instagram. Instasnap is possibly the most convenient way to achieve it. The icon sits in your Notification Center pull-down drawer (similar to the “tap to post” Facebook and Twitter icons). Simply “tap to snap” and you get taken straight to Instagram, no matter what you’re doing on your phone. Best of all, it’s free.
5. Octopus Keyboard – $4.99
Many of you will know that I recently purchased a BlackBerry Z10. One of the best things about it is its new predictive text or ‘SureType’ keyboard. Above particular letters on the keyboard is a word, which can be selected by swiping up on that letter. Octopus Keyboard does exactly the same thing, placing the most likely next words above your default iOS keyboard. It’s incredibly useful, and takes the frustration out of typing in portrait mode.
So those are my first five downloads. What were yours, or are you still deciding whether or not to download? Sound off in the comments or tweet me: @TiP_Cam