The iOS navigation buttons present in the navigation bar at the top of the screen are elegant navigation tools, however iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich has once again added a simple, but jaw-dropping feature that smoothly allows us to swipe backwards just below the navigation bar to move backwards in our application. The tweak, dubbed SwipeBack, works in most iOS applications such as Settings, Notes, Messages, and much more. App Store applications will be hit or miss. The best part about the tweak? It's free!
Using SwipeBack feels very user-friendly. You do have to take extra care to swipe in exactly the right place, however you’ll get the feel for it in no time. The navigation animations are so fluid that you can move your finger in either direction as you grab hold of the pane and wiggle the pane around without any lagginess.
SwipeBack doesn’t swipe forward; only backward. This is because when you are in any set pane, there could be numerous places for you to go forward to. When going back, there’s only one place to swipe back to. Notice how when navigating iOS panes normally, you cannot use the navigation bar to go forward either. That being said, SwipeBack follows some pretty simple common sense – just like Apple would.
SwipeBack isn’t on a public repository; it’s only available on Ryan Petrich’s beta repository. To download it, you’ll need to go into Cydia:
- tap on the Manage tab
- tap on the Sources button
- tap on the Edit button
- tap on the Add button
- enter the following URL and then tap Add Source: PHP Code:
Ryan's main reason for creating SwipeBack was to make navigating through panes easier with the introduction of another one of his free jailbreak tweaks, DietBar. It makes the navigation bar smaller and therefore makes tapping on the back buttons in the navigation bar harder. Give SwipeBack a try!
Repo: Ryan Petrich's Beta Repo
Developer: Ryan Petrich
Editor's Rating: 4/5
Sources: Ryan Petrich