Over the years of iOS, the fundamental concept of the home screen has remained unchanged. The icons have evolved, wallpapers have been added, but the biggest change it has seen was the addition of folders. A new tweak, Apex 2, builds off the concept of folders, but I don’t think it needs to exist. The tweak, whether or not necessary, itself is good, but it does suffer from a few bugs.
To activate Apex, swipe up or down on an app icon. Initially, four circles with a “+” will spring out of the icon, and once you’ve added apps, they will spring out. If you press a circle, it will take you to a list of your apps so you can add one into that spot. It even lists a few related apps at the top of the list, and they tended to be pretty accurate. Once you add an app it will now be located wherever you added it. To edit or remove an app, open the bundle that it is located in, and hold down any icon. To remove it, tap on it while in edit mode, then find it on the list and tap it to remove it.
The biggest hassle with this tweak is setting it up. Adding the apps to the “Apexes” is a long and tedious process. Making it even more tedious is a bug that makes some apps not show up on the app list. I got frustrated and frankly I was ready to give up on the tweak all together. The developer said on Reddit that he’s looking into the problem, but it really should have been found during beta testing. Other jailbreakers on Reddit said that it can be fixed by a respring, and it does work for a short time before they start disappearing again.
Once I actually got it set up, I enjoyed using it. My biggest problem is that it takes time to get used to it, and I got frustrated a lot in the beginning. After the learning curve, I enjoyed using it. I just had to persevere and power through the beginning stages. The tweak helps compact my home screen and make more apps accessible on a page. Being able to hide four apps behind a single app is nice, but it’s not really necessary when you could just use a bigger and more customizable folder. It’s basically a mini folder, and while it’s cool to have, it’s up to you whether you’ll find it a worthy purchase.
At the end of the day, Apex 2 is a cool tweak no doubt, but whether it’s worth paying for is up to you. It allows you to stack up to 4 apps behind an app, but a folder can also do that. Setting it up is also a pain, so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it to put the effort into setting it up. This is a tweak I can live without; it’s not that it’s bad; it just didn’t work for me. If you think it will work for you, you can buy it for $2.99 in Cydia.