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  • [Giveaway] Enhance Your Multitasking On iOS

    Zephyr is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia right now - fresh off of the press by renowned iOS hacker and developer Grant Paul (chpwn). He's responsible for great jailbreak tweaks like Infinifolders, Infinidock, and Infiniboard. We couldn't help but notice that he released this awesome new jailbreak tweak in Cydia today and it lets you do some cool things with multitasking that you could never do before.

    Referring the video above by Grant Paul, you see that you can simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen with one finger to reveal the App Switcher from anywhere on your phone whether it be on the SpringBoard or from an application. Or, if you're in an application already, you can swipe in from the side of the screen (right or left) with one finger to switch between running applications. This is a great way to multitask like the iPad in terms of multitasking gestures - only without using so many fingers on a little screen.

    Steve Jobs envisioned an iDevice that had no buttons. We can still help his dream live on by using a tweak like this that helps eliminate one of the uses for the home button.

    Zephyr has a simple settings panel in the Settings application that lets you choose just a couple of things like using both the left and right edges to switch between applications or enabling or disabling bringing up the App Switcher by pulling up from the bottom of the screen.

    Zephyr does come with some prerequisites - if you open Notification Center often, you will sometimes inadvertently open the App Switcher when swiping up to close Notification Center. Another thing to note is that if you're used to swiping left from the right side of the screen to reveal the red, "Delete" button in emails and text messages - trying to bring up that button might cause you to switch between applications on accident. So be prepared to use the edit button to delete things from now on instead of using touch gestures. Hopefully chpwn will come up with a way to improve on those conflicts and make it easier to use under those circumstances. Other than that - I really like this concept and I recommend it.

    Zephyr works on iOS 5 and it currently is made only for the iPhone and iPod touch. Chpwn has included that he will add more gestures for it in the future to add more functionality.

    Name: Zephyr
    Price: $2.99
    Repo: BigBoss
    Version: 1.0-1
    Developer: chpwn
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    We are giving away 20 copies of Zephyr. Leave a comment below explaining to us why you think you should win and leave your Cydia number in the comment. Winners will be chosen December 31!

    What do you think about Zephyr? Tell us in the comments.

    Sources: chpwn
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Giveaway] Enhance Your Multitasking On iOS started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 152 Comments
    1. centilli's Avatar
      centilli -
      I think that this tweak is nothing special. Actually, I am not sure why am I writing this comment. Make me believe Zephyr is amazing tweak. I apologize for my English.

      Cydia account number: 3143427
    1. SepticTank's Avatar
      SepticTank -
      I'm fully capable of purchasing it myself and I just did. So instead of vying for a free copy of it-I'll tell you what I think of the tweak. It's awesome!!! It does exactly what the dev says it would do. I HATE double tapping these prone to breakdown-home buttons. This is a tweak Apple should be jealous about.

      Good job dev!!!!!
    1. phomazz's Avatar
      phomazz -
      finally! I knew chpwn was making somthing super nice and this came out? that's just too awesome! cydia account #3143616
    1. JohnNguyenxd's Avatar
      JohnNguyenxd -
      I have been looking for this a while and Zephyr also has ability similar to the multitasking of what i had on my iPad2.
      I hope to win this, so i don't have to press twice every time for applications and other useful tasks.
      Thank you Anthony.

      My Cydia accpoungt #3068809
    1. z28kid's Avatar
      z28kid -
      I agree, we could do this with activator. I personally liked the style of multi-flow. The card like switching reminded me of expose. Now this switching style reminds me more of Lion. Pretty awesome and a nice tweak to have. I could dig it.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      This looks pretty dang cool!

      I think I should win because I've already had to replace my home button twice from it dying. I would like to minimize it's use as much as possible.

      Account #: 81817
    1. david_77598modmy's Avatar
      david_77598modmy -
      That multitasking it really awsome keep up the good work !
    1. albo23's Avatar
      albo23 -
      Multitasking is good enough lol.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      you can already do this with activator, but this is pretty cool

      i should win because i'm the best. account # 286921
    1. Atari800's Avatar
      Atari800 -
      Does this mess up games? Like ninja fruit where you swipe up down left and right furiously?
      Or skee ball where you swipe from bottom of screen up?
    1. Liljon11's Avatar
      Liljon11 -
      I really hope to get this product, after activating multitasking gestures on my iphone i could not handle the 4 to 5 fingers on such a small screen, now i can finally do that thanks this amazing program. Thanks for the heads up and i hope i win, thanks.
      Cydia #: 1257907
    1. Roen's Avatar
      Roen -
      Zephyr is awesome because I would love to make navigating through my iDevice that much simpler!
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by Commandor View Post
      I would like to have one copy of this. But I have one suggestion for that. The switching between apps with one finger is too easy to trigger while you are in a game like fruitninja. If that could be trigger with more specific gesture would be better.
      Cydia number: #2282374
      Yeah I have found my self moving between apps when using another app cause of the 1 finger use possible a update to allow 2 finger use would help reduce this
    1. Saafghan's Avatar
      Saafghan -
      Well I absolutely love my iPhone 4 and am delighted by the idea of having an option to use it without pressing the poor home button.
      Zephyr is an excellent demonstration of what apple should have done in the first place.
      I am sure it will be on the top of the upcoming changes in ios list.
      Apple put covert in to safari and I think they may very well put zephyr in there too. Buy they should buy it from the creator.
      I think I will get it even if I don't win it here.

      Cydia# 3117167
    1. Lhmok's Avatar
      Lhmok -
      Wow!!!! Like to get my hand on it, it make multitasking look more lively. Love to had one plssss..... Happy New Year🎉🎈
      Cydia number:2951144
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      Just purchased this tweak. And it's definitely a keeper. Works great. However, I think it would be better to have the activator for the switching of open apps to swipe two or three fingers any where on screen instead of swiping from edge of screen. Most of us probably use cases that cover the edge of the screen which makes it hard to use that aspect of the tweak. Regardless I highly recommend this tweak.
    1. knightz4u's Avatar
      knightz4u -
      I loved Zephyr from first look, makes multitasking gestures a usable feature on iPhones, i bet Apple will steal the idea in the next update 5.1 or 5.2, but i can't wait and must have it right NOW! :-)

      Cydia Account #: 2419672

      I loved Zephyr from first look, it makes multitasking gestures a usable feature on iPhones and i bet Apple will steal the idea and make it standard in 5.1 or 5.2, but i can't wait and must have it NOW! ;-)

      Cydia Account #: 2419672
    1. 01GLS's Avatar
      01GLS -
      this is why we jailbreak, and this is why apple steals jailbreak tweaks they are simple yet effective and usually work better than apple can implement, i need this but if i don't win, ill probably get anyway. cydia # 1094171
    1. NovaTornado's Avatar
      NovaTornado -
      I feel like I should win a copy of Zephyr because I use my iPod Touch so often. I literally run through at least 1.5 batteries each day on average. Although this may be useful as well on an iPhone where constant internet connection + push messages means lots of app switching, an iPod Touch has just as many uses for this tweak.

      Cydia# 88405