Apple's App Switcher, introduced in iOS 4, is well designed and nice-looking, however don't you wish it could do more? iOS developer Fr0zen Sun definitely wished so - therefore a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Simplexity was born. Simplexity serves the purposes of making the App Switcher more intuitive, functional, and appealing. It has deep customization settings that you can use to make it look and behave the way you want it to on your iDevice. Below is a screenshot of the settings in the Settings application for Simplexity once you install it from Cydia:
You can see from the settings alone that Fr0zen Sun has included some really deep customization. You can change colors around to your heart's content and make it look the way you want it to look. This includes window color, table color, border color, and text color between active and inactive applications. You can also choose to have a solid or blurred background as well as square or rounded border corners. By default, corners are rounded and blurred background is disabled. The first image in this review is the default color scheme for Simplexity. When you dig into the settings further to change colors, the screenshot below is the mechanism that you use for picking colors:
Because the mechanism is a customizable RGB (red green blue) slider system, you don't have to be forced to choose between set colors. You can actually set anything you want and anything in between. There is also an alpha slider which lets you adjust the transparency. So not only does it let you change the color scheme, but also just how solid it appears. I like the level of customization that has been included in Simplexity, because to put it simple, there is absolutely no customization for Apple's App Switcher. This new multitasking system is really cool. Below is a video demonstration on how Simplexity works:
As you can see from the demonstration, it takes the idea of Apple's lock screen 'slide to open' technique in order to let you 'slide to quit' applications. There are also two pages to this tweak. One is a widget-like window and the other is the application-closing window. The second window holds things such as a brightness slider, volume slider, and a quit all applications button. This can be entirely helpful if you do not want to sit there and 'slide to quit' all applications.
Simplexity does rely on a secondary tweak that Fr0zen Sun made called SwitcherLoader which we showed you back in December. It will be a dependency because SwitcherLoader is the framework that lets you have plugins for the App Switcher. Overall, I have to say that I really like this tweak. The user interface is very nice looking. The only downside might be that it costs a bit - setting you back $2.99 to get your hands on it. If you're really excited to change the way that your App Switcher functions, then that price shouldn't be a problem for most of you. If you like it, then be sure to go and grab it today!