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  • 'Apex' is a Beautiful Alternative to Folders in iOS


    It’s always a breath of fresh air when something that looks better than one of the stock features of iOS becomes available in Cydia. In this case, a new jailbreak tweak called Apex by iOS development team A³tweaks is now available with what appears to be a better way to group applications than iOS' folders can.

    It’s better, because it feels more natural, and it looks nicer. Between looks and animations, Apex is simply eye candy. It doesn’t lack function either.

    Unlike folders, which you tap on to open, you open Apex by swiping up or down on an application icon. As shown above, you will get the option to add applications to the group via the use of "+" buttons. When you tap on one, you’ll see a list of applications that you can choose from to add them to the application group. Once you set an application for all the free spaces, you can press the home button to set them in place. Tapping on any of the application icons in the group will launch them.

    You can have as many of these application groups as you want to have. They're just like folders, and you can put any kind of applications into them. This is great for keeping all of your applications from Google together, or all of your favorite weather applications together, or all of your Facebook sub-applications together.

    You can also close any Apex application group by swiping from anywhere outside of the group to the center application icon. When you do, this is what an Apex application group will look like. Notice how all of the applications in the group just slightly appear around the edges of the main application:



    You can enable or disable Apex showing application icon previews behind the main application icon from the tweak's preferences pane in the Settings application at any time, as well as access support:



    Apex looks great, and works great. If you want to give your iOS device the Apex treatment, you can download this tweak from Cydia for just 99¢.

    Note: While the current version of Apex in Cydia is version 1.0, an update (version 1.1-1) is coming soon with improved animations, compatibility with FolderEnhancer, and compatibility with iWidgets.

    Name: Apex
    Price: 99¢ (limited time)
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer(s): caughtinflux and Sentry_NC
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Apex' is a Beautiful Replacement for Folders in iOS started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      That's pretty cool! Much better than many of the tweaks that have been featured lately.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Sweet. Thanks. Can't wait just got a 5c.
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      This will be magically integrated into iOS 8...
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Love this worth the 99 cents for sure.
    1. tbonegrafix's Avatar
      tbonegrafix -
      Was about to remove this (Have FolderEnhancer and iWidgets). Uninstalled iWidgets and it worked a little better, but still buggy. When it did work was awesome! Hopeful for the update.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoV View Post
      This will be magically integrated into iOS 8...
      Lol.
    1. richgalen's Avatar
      richgalen -
      Too bad it's not available for iPad. Would love that functionality on the larger screen.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Can't wait to see this for 7 when it's jailbroken. I'm going to buy almost every tweak from Sentry that I couldn't before I left 6 for the betas
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Apex has a conflict with ios stock folder. If you have an app inside an ios folder and execute it, with apex installed that app will freeze. It needs a hard reboot to get your phone working again
    1. kbcox0327's Avatar
      kbcox0327 -
      Don't waste your cash. If you have any other tweaks it's probably not going to work.
    1. LaddersRCool's Avatar
      LaddersRCool -
      what's the minimum iOS version for this? I hope it supports 5.1.1
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I installed this and when it finished the respring my phone was frozen except for the background changing color from black to white. I had to hold down the power button and home button to force shut it down. When it came back on I slid to unlock and it was doing the same thing, I thought I was going to have to restore my iPhone! Finally I power cycled it again, this time I went directly to my camera app from the lock-screen and was able to double click the home button to bring up recent apps, I chose Cydia and uninstalled Apex. My iPhone was back to normal after that...pheeeew!! I was about to kill someone if I had to restore my iPhone! Anyway, not sure what the deal is, but I would be very cautious about installing this tweak! If you run into the same problem as me just follow the steps I did and hopefully you can get it back to normal.
    1. broflok's Avatar
      broflok -
      My can't even open, ios 6.1 (damn)
      Waiting for update
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      You know, there needs to be a single place to post reviews of JB tweaks, like the App Store reviews.
    1. coleman7's Avatar
      coleman7 -
      Was working great, but now my phone just keeps trying to reboot (will show able boot logo and flash on and off a few times, then go back off, then will try again). Not sure what to do now. Am bummed if I need to restore my phone.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by coleman7 View Post
      Was working great, but now my phone just keeps trying to reboot (will show able boot logo and flash on and off a few times, then go back off, then will try again). Not sure what to do now. Am bummed if I need to restore my phone.
      Keep trying and then if you can use iFunbox to uninstall the package.
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      An update is available in cydia but it's worsed than the original. My phone stock at restart after install and into safe mode after hard reboot. Don't waste your time and hard earn $$ on this.
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Why was it given 5/5 rating? Was it truly tested or just read the description and whatnot?
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bisayakid07 View Post
      An update is available in cydia but it's worsed than the original. My phone stock at restart after install and into safe mode after hard reboot. Don't waste your time and hard earn $$ on this.
      Update: Dev fix the issue on my iphone with the new updates. Big thank you!
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      When your phone won't boot after installing a tweak hold the volume up while the phone is booting. This will boot it without any tweaks enabled.