New jailbreak tweak lets Touch ID act as capacitive home button

Photo Jan 02, 4 25 21 PMA new tweak is available in Cydia that makes a long running rumor actually turn into a reality. For a while now, a rumor that has been floating around about the next generation iPhone is that it will be capacitive, something yet to become a reality. This past year’s iPhone 5s inched closer to that reality in the form of Touch ID, a fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button with a capacitive metal ring around it to know when you’re pressing down. However, we didn’t see any capacitive home button capability.

Well, that was until someone decided that the metal ring could have another use. Now that Cydia Substrate has been updated to support ARM64 (64-bit) devices (iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display), tweaks are starting to be updated for new devices. A new tweak that only works on the iPhone 5s as of now because of Touch ID, though, has also been released to Cydia. Going by the name Virtual Home, this tweak allows you to use your iPhone 5s’ home button as a capacitive home button. That’s right. It takes advantage of the phone’s ability to recognize whether the home button is being touched or not, and makes it mimic the home button functionality.

That’s not all though, it also lets you unlock your device without ever pressing a button. Simply rest your already registered Touch ID finger on the home button, and you’ll be immediately taken to your home screen or last opened app. No need to press the lock/sleep button or even the home button itself. To access multitasking, you press and hold. Now, as you can guess, this causes some issues. How do you get to Siri? Well, you don’t. And using it to make purchases will activate multitasking. So there are some bugs, but the developer says watch for version 2 that should fix these issues.

What do you think? Like the idea of a capacitive home button? Will you use this on your iPhone 5s? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.


Via: AppAdvice


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  • whosbavi

    poke493 looks cool but I don’t feel like jail breaking my iPhone

  • poke493

    whosbavi Yeah just thought if show you since you have a 5s.