'Virtual Home' Lets iPhone 5s Users Touch Touch ID in Place of Pressing the Home Button
For those of you that have a jailbroken iPhone 5s, you can now grab a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Virtual Home
by iOS developer moeseth.
Virtual Home is made specifically for the iPhone 5s. It takes advantage of the device's Touch ID feature to make it easier to close applications, access the App Switcher, and unlock your iOS device.
Rather than pressing the home button to do these things, you can just tap on the Touch ID sensor instead. This puts less wear and tear on the home button over time, and makes better use of the Touch ID sensor. Notably, the Touch ID sensor won't try and pick up your fingerprint – it will just detect if you've touched the Touch ID sensor or not.
To close out of an application, you will tap on the Touch ID sensor once. To open the App Switcher, you will tap and hold on the Touch ID sensor.
In addition, the tweak also makes it so you don't have to press the home button or the sleep button while the device is locked to unlock the device. Rather, you can just tap on the Touch ID sensor to wake the device up.
This tweak makes good use of the device's Touch ID sensor to reduce wear and tear on the device, and not only that, it's a great idea too. If you want to give Virtual Home a try, it's available for free in Cydia's BigBoss repository. It doesn't have any options to configure.
iOS 7.0-7.0.4, iPhone 5s