You've just got to love Apple's super-simple and non-informative application download process. When you download an application from the App Store, literally the only thing you see is a small circle that slowly fills itself in as the application downloads. You don't get any kind of ETA, file size information, or anything of that sort.
That's where a new jailbreak tweak called AppETA by iOS developer Smartviper E75 comes in. With this tweak installed, you'll be able to double-tap on any downloading application, and you'll get the information alert shown above. The information alert shows you information such as:
- The status of the download
- The file size of the application you're downloading
- The estimated time before completion
- The application download speed
- The developer of the game
- A large preview of the application icon
- A progress bar
You'll also find three buttons at the bottom of the information alert – one for cancelling the download, one for dismissing the information alert, and one for visiting the App Store page for the application.
In addition to that, you can see from the screenshot above on the right that the tweak also gives you the option to use the classic-style progress bar for the application icon, rather than iOS 7's new fill-in circle style download progress indicator.
AppETA adds a preferences pane to your Settings application where you can configure a few options to your liking:
You can enable or disable the tweak on demand (may require a respring), enable or disable the double-tap gesture that you use to open the information alert, choose between a light or a dark information alert pop-up, enable or disable the classic-style progress bar on the application icon, enable or disable the label on the icon, make the label the estimated size or the percentage of completion, choose a color for the label, enable or disable iOS 7's default progress indicator, and configure an alarm ETA feature which can replace alarm text with estimated time remaining.
This tweak seems to be a solid way to improve the information given to you about applications that are downloading from the App Store. If you would like to give AppETA a try, it's available for just 99¢ in Cydia's BigBoss repository. The tweak does require iOS 7 to be installed.
Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4
Developer: Smartviper E75
Editor's Rating: 5/5