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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. robsonmeg's Avatar
      robsonmeg -
      I would love a copy of this is I am one of the lucky ones
      Many thanks rob I don't know where to find my cydia number so
      If I am chosen then please email.
    1. fijimanfiji's Avatar
      fijimanfiji -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      The only worthwhile multitasking tweak is MultiCleaner! And that's so you can DISABLE the crappy counterfeit stock multitasking
      Wise words....
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      These are the same gestures used on the blackberry playbook straight from the factory. Not much of an original idea. I am glad someone did port these gestures over to ios platform as I find myself trying to do these on my iPad.
    1. MikeCTZA's Avatar
      MikeCTZA -
      Great looking mod !! I love seeing the things that JB devs come up with. I've just started using a Air and a Magic Mouse with 2 new systems so this will fit right in with the whole swipe method to reveal the app launcher/switcher.

      Quote Originally Posted by MikeCTZA View Post
      Great looking mod !! I love seeing the things that JB devs come up with. I've just started using a Air and a Magic Mouse with 2 new systems so this will fit right in with the whole swipe method to reveal the app launcher/switcher.
      Forgot to add my Cydia no is: 955743
    1. tschuy's Avatar
      tschuy -
      My iPod has always seemed like it's worse at multitasking, simply because getting to multitasking is harder than other OS's. With zephyr, iOS's intelligent multitasking will go to less of a waste.
      Cydia #1254855
    1. Iculknfne's Avatar
      Iculknfne -
      THANK GOD! I have an iPad and use this feature more than anything. To have it on my phone would be awesome. These two people are amazing when it comes to tweaks that really make the iOS experience much better. Great job! I hope I get a copy of this! Cydia number 1248138
    1. iShoppell's Avatar
      iShoppell -
      I would love to have this tweak for the functionality and the altogether awesome tweak chpwn put together! I already have some of his rock solid tweaks, and would love to put this in my arsenal! Cydia# 1608333
    1. devjadeja's Avatar
      devjadeja -
      " Ah .. My Concept is alas Jailbroken(stolen) .. !!! I was about to Upload it on Modmyi Repos "

      LoL ..
      BTW .. THanks to the devs. All hail Jailbreak Community
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      I have blamed the stock multi tasking for my home buttons wearing out since it turned up! Really think its time it was a more detailed system and allowed more functions like showing what apps are using what and ability to turn off the feature for apps that have no real need for it! Anyway bought the tweak cause I couldn't wait!
    1. xxscaxx's Avatar
      xxscaxx -
      Really intrigued by the swipe left/right to switch between apps. I absolutely love this gesture on my ipad2. I currently use "pinch" to bring up my multitask bar.

    1. i_love_baseball's Avatar
      i_love_baseball -
      What a great app for the iPhone! Glad someone took the time to develop it, thank you! Cydia # 1942465.
    1. Chong Yong Wei's Avatar
      Chong Yong Wei -
      This is such a simple and elegant tweak,it would be awesome for me to have it along with many of the other of chpwn tweaks.This would be a very sweet New Year's gift too to kick off the New Year.Also,I do many stuff on my iphone and with such a easy way to switch around apps,it would make my life easier.

      Cydia Account #1276929
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      They totally stole the Zephyr name from a new Bluetooth speaker on the market I would know I own one the brand name is Zephyr or Spar but it's called a Zephyr Speaker
    1. Puxini's Avatar
      Puxini -
      I want it, because I love chpwn and all his works. And because I've got an iPod Touch and is slower than an iPhone (especially in multitasking) and actually I don't use any multitasking tweak except of appslide which is another of chpwn's wonderful tweaks.
      Thank you all and I wish you a very happy new year
      cydia #3096623
    1. Commandor's Avatar
      Commandor -
      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
    1. wamoinc's Avatar
      wamoinc -
      I have been waiting for a nice multitasking tweak to use. I am always looking for a better way to use my phone. I would really get great use out of it. Not to mention its Christmas and I deserve it. Chown thanks for great apps and ModMy thanks for the reviews and giveaways.
      Cydia# 1137473
    1. Littlejd123's Avatar
      Littlejd123 -
      I think @chpwn is a really cool dev but his tweaks are payed and I'm too cheep to buy them (and I DO NOT priate)
      You can get a hold of me on twitter @littlejd123
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      I deserve a copy of Zephyr because I have purchased all my apps and tweaks/themes from cydia and I like to truly customize my device to the fullest. Zephyr allows my Idevice to be different and i can't wait to start using it.

      Cydia #896973
    1. robinkkk's Avatar
      robinkkk -
      Chpwn was the first person i ever followed on twitter, the first iPhone developer i ever bought a tweak from. The way he enhanced my iOS experience in the early iOS 4 days was just amazing. The lastest tweak i got from Chpwn is Spire. Spire is free what is simply awesome (just started to work with a new proxy :P)
      So the reson i want to by Zephyr is that i want to take care of my home button. My third iPhone 4 now (always broken homebutton)- luckily warranty. Zephyr looks so damn smooth! Looks like an all-new way for really fast multitasking. That would be so great. I just checked twitter and saw his Retweet so i thought why not trying it? When i don't win the giveaway, i can still buy it. So yeah.. :-)
      My Cydia ID is: #1061501
    1. Sanady361's Avatar
      Sanady361 -
      Amazing! I might actually start using the App Swither more now!