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  • Seven iOS 7 Features Apple Borrowed From the Jailbreak Community


    Apple surprised all of us with the new features in iOS 7 Monday afternoon. What was more surprising was the sheer amount of new features that appeared to be taken from the jailbreak community. This list will go over just some of the features Apple integrated into iOS 7 that the jailbreak community had first.

    1. Preview Multitasking


    Apple introduced an updated App Switcher in iOS 7, which shows application previews rather than just application icons. Applications are dismissed by swiping down on them. Sound familiar? this App Switcher works a lot like Auxo. Its just blown up in size a little bit with more metro animations.

    2. Call and Text Blocking


    Apple enabled the ability to block callers in iOS 7. Users will also be able to block people from text messaging, iMessaging, and FaceTiming them in iOS 7. This feature has been in the jailbreak community for a long time known as iBlacklist.

    3. A Live Clock Application Icon


    As we can tell, Apple appears to have finally introduced a live clock application icon to the iOS home screen. The icon now displays the actual time rather than being a static application icon. This feature has been in the jailbreak community for some time now known as LiveClock.

    4. Access Notification Center On the Lock Screen


    In iOS 7, Apple has allowed access to Notification Center right from the lock screen so you can easily see all of your notifications. Currently, Apple only lets you access Notification Center when the device is unlocked and you need to be jailbroken and running the popular IntelliScreenX to do this.

    5. Apply Photo Filters Without Third Party Apps

    iOS 7 now lets you apply filters to photographs without the use of third party applications. iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G users can add filters right from the Camera application, while all other iOS 7 users can apply photograph filters from the Photos application. With a jailbroken iOS 6 device, you can apply filters to photographs from the Photos application with a jailbreak tweak known as PhotoFilters.

    6. Unlimited Tabs in Safari

    In iOS 7, Apple has removed the 8 tab limit in Mobile Safari so you can have more Web pages opened at once. With a jailbreak, you can do the same thing with a tweak known as Tab+.

    7. Toggles

    Apple has finally introduced toggles in iOS 7 with Control Center. It offers network toggles, a flashlight button, brightness, volume, song information and more. There are many jailbreak tweaks that add this kind of functionality to iOS, but one of the most popular is SBSettings.

    There are probably many more features Apple borrowed from the jailbreak community that will be discovered in the near future, but in the spirit of iOS "7," we will start off with just seven of them at this point in time. If you have noticed any that aren't listed, feel free to talk about them below!

    Sources: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Seven iOS 7 Features Apple Borrowed From the Jailbreak Community started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 76 Comments
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by bry2k2 View Post
      Because it looks like ****, Android does not stop anyone from skinning their phones, they all look unique. Use an iphone and all you get is an iclone, everyone has the same boring looking UI.
      If your buying a phone based on how the UI looks, then you deserve an android based phone.
    1. Mohit555's Avatar
      Mohit555 -
      Oh my god people are retarded. First they keep complaining that ios doesnt have toggles.. It doesnt have the cool android features. And when they do introduce them, they are bad for having taken it off from some tweak that already does it. Grow up pessimists.
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      I guess Apple might as well not do any more updates since everyone is saying that they're stealing from everybody. Rather than be grateful for these changes you want to take away from it saying Apple didn't do nothing but steal from others.

      Would you rather have these features by jailbreaking or have them stock? Just because these apps and tweaks were done before Apple implemented them doesn't mean Apple is stealing. They're adding features that people obviously wanted to have.

      SMFH
    1. kosher1's Avatar
      kosher1 -
      "Borrowed"? More like STOLE!

      Quote Originally Posted by DayumQuitPlayin View Post
      I guess Apple might as well not do any more updates since everyone is saying that they're stealing from everybody. Rather than be grateful for these changes you want to take away from it saying Apple didn't do nothing but steal from others.

      Would you rather have these features by jailbreaking or have them stock? Just because these apps and tweaks were done before Apple implemented them doesn't mean Apple is stealing. They're adding features that people obviously wanted to have.

      SMFH
      Ok fine. Agreed. But give credit where credit is due. Phukin apple pigs.
    1. Slimz's Avatar
      Slimz -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      If your buying a phone based on how the UI looks, then you deserve an android based phone.
      And if your buying a phone because your a loyal Apple sheep, than you deserve a boring, ugly UI and features that have been the same for, what, 7 years now?

      Yup, you got the right phone. Now with an REALLY ugly UI and more features they didn't invent - and guess what, now it's just all dressed up pretty, or they thought it was.

      Quote Originally Posted by DayumQuitPlayin View Post
      I guess Apple might as well not do any more updates since everyone is saying that they're stealing from everybody.
      Agreed. Smartest thing on these forums all day long.
    1. Dometic's Avatar
      Dometic -
      Apple has been "borrowing" stuff since Steve jobs "borrowed" the mouse from Xerox.
    1. iGamers's Avatar
      iGamers -
      ill probably upgrade, it will give me time to get used to the new iOS, and make me miss my jailbreak, at least then ill be able to appreciate it that much more once i get it back
    1. thekid05's Avatar
      thekid05 -
      i actually watched the keynote live, and as they were going through all of these new features, i was comparing them to what i already have on my jailbroken ip5, im hoping this means that the tweaks the jailbreak community comes up with for iOS 7 will be that much better.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by thekid05 View Post
      i actually watched the keynote live, and as they were going through all of these new features, i was comparing them to what i already have on my jailbroken ip5, im hoping this means that the tweaks the jailbreak community comes up with for iOS 7 will be that much better.
      What happens a lot of times is when Apple introduces something new into iOS, the jailbreak community tries to make it better.

      One thing I can predict happening right off the bat is Apple's new Control Center getting more toggles through the use of jailbreak tweaks.

      A lot of things the jailbreak community has offered for users now have similar offerings in iOS 7 stock, but the jailbreak community will now try to make them more useful and offer more functions.
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      what doesn't Apple take, they're magpies and for that reason they need the jailbreaking community
      Hillarious. How many people in the JB community have had a brand new idea?
      Secondly Apple is a very secretive company. I'd suggest it's possible that they had some of these ideas beforehand but couldn't implement in a way that suited them at the time.

      Why do jailbreakers think they invented everything?
    1. ohlookzero's Avatar
      ohlookzero -
      Anyone who's on iOs 7 beta atm? How is it working? Is it stable? Major bugs? Wanna get it a shot myself but don't want to have a gigantic bug or some ****.
    1. sand_man's Avatar
      sand_man -
      I like iOS 7. I really think Apple have gone out of their way to mature and move iOS along. A complete overhaul of the UI design is radical for Apple if you consider it has barely changed since its 2007 debut.

      Having said that and I mentioned this in another thread: All Apple needed to do for iOS 7 is endorse jailbreaking.

      iOS 7's main feature: Cydia, available from the AppStore for $7.

      Will I sacrifice my JB for 7, definitely not. Why will I need to? How long before every element of 7 has been replicated and is available via Cydia? A month? 2 months?!!!

      LONG LIVE CYDIA!!!
    1. mwhite67's Avatar
      mwhite67 -
      Why do they make it so hard to jailbreak. It seems like they should embrace it since that is where they are getting all of their new features from. It's like jailbreak devs are designing IOS for them.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      You can also put as many icons as you like in a folder. Us jailbreakers could do that ever since folders were possible!!!
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      I like how you use the term "borrowed" but when others do it its stealing right? also, what makes you so certain that these came from the jailbreak community who by the way make these tweaks and mods based upon what stock Android does.
    1. captainmccool's Avatar
      captainmccool -
      iOS 7 looks pretty sweet. I'm a 4s user so I'm bummed that I won't get filters or AirDrop. I'm not sure if I'll wait for a jailbreak or not. I honestly don't use quick reply very often even though I have Messages+. The only two things on my wishlist (for stock iOS or jailbreak) is being able to close all safari tabs at once with a button and being able to play a song on shuffle for your alarm. These seem like really basic functions that aren't possible, jailbroken or not.
    1. ventodivino's Avatar
      ventodivino -
      I have always suspected Apple to have a lot more to do with the jailbreak community than they will ever admit. The pattern of jailbreaks vs firmware release alone is a bit suspect. Anyway, I'm glad they took a cue from what has been quite popular on Cydia.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      na I don't like the look of iOS 7, I want it jailbroken so I can theme it
      It might be harder to make themes utilize the 3d back ground, but i do agree
    1. Zon's Avatar
      Zon -
      The floating icons were also first shown in a Jailbreak app. The effect was really noticeable if you viewed it with only one eye open, with both eyes open the 3-D floating icond effect greatly diminishes.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Quote Originally Posted by sand_man View Post
      I like iOS 7. I really think Apple have gone out of their way to mature and move iOS along. A complete overhaul of the UI design is radical for Apple if you consider it has barely changed since its 2007 debut.

      Having said that and I mentioned this in another thread: All Apple needed to do for iOS 7 is endorse jailbreaking.

      iOS 7's main feature: Cydia, available from the AppStore for $7.

      Will I sacrifice my JB for 7, definitely not. Why will I need to? How long before every element of 7 has been replicated and is available via Cydia? A month? 2 months?!!!

      LONG LIVE CYDIA!!!
      Hip hip horray!!!