[Review] Hide the 'X' That Shows When You Enter Jiggle Mode
Above is a screenshot of jiggle mode. Notice that there aren't any 'X' buttons to uninstall anything.
Jiggle mode is a common way of referring to when you hold down on an application and your entire SpringBoard starts to jiggle. In this mode, you have the ability to move applications around, make folders, remove folders, or uninstall applications. With a tweak called CyDelete, you can even uninstall Cydia applications this very same way. Jiggle mode is not only an important part of iOS, but it's also a very vulnerable part of iOS. If someone gets control of your iDevice, they can pretty much delete or move around anything that they want to.
Today, a tweak has been released into Cydia that has been dubbed No Uninstall
by its developer Manvir Singh. The purpose of the tweak is to make the 'X' buttons that appear on your SpringBoard applications once you enter jiggle mode, disappear. This can be a good idea for one of two reasons. Reason one, you want to add security to your iDevice so that no one can delete applications from your SpringBoard - by hiding the 'X' buttons, applications cannot be deleted until this tweak is uninstalled via Cydia. Reason two, you want to prank a friend - you can install this tweak on a friend's iDevice and they will be unable to uninstall their own applications; this could be funny if you prank them further by installing an embarrassing application on their SpringBoard from the App Store.
One thing to note is that this tweak overrides CyDelete. If you have CyDelete installed on your iDevice (for uninstalling jailbreak applications the same way as App Store applications) you will be unable to remove them using CyDelete because No Uninstall hides the 'X' button for jailbreak applications too. You will be unable to uninstall any applications from the App Store until you uninstall No Uninstall, but you can uninstall Cydia applications through Cydia even with this tweak installed.
No Uninstall is free in Cydia and is compatible with any iOS version 4.0 or higher. It doesn't add any icons to your home screen and there are no settings to configure in your Settings application. The tweak is initialized when you install it and can only be decommissioned when you uninstall it. It does what it says very well - so it gets a good rating from me and I personally like the idea but I would like to see a setting to toggle it on and off via Activator so that I can uninstall an application when I need to but re-enable it when I want to use it again.
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Cydia, Manvir Singh