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  • Ten Great Jailbreak Tweaks for the iPhone


    Have you just jailbroken your iPhone on iOS 5.1.1 using the newest version of Absinthe? If not, check out our guide on how to jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 with Absinthe 2.0.1!

    Figuring out what you want to download in an application store of infinite possibilities after your first time jailbreaking can be difficult. Luckily, ModMyi has your back! Refresh all of your Cydia sources, because here are ten great tweaks to get you started with your newly jailbroken iPhone running iOS 5.1.1. (Yes, all of these tweaks are iOS 5.1.1 compatible Ė we checked!)

    1. Zephyr

    Zephyr (by chpwn) can be found useful for almost any iPhone owner. The tweak brings multitasking touch gestures to the iPhone so that you can swipe with any number of fingers to perform multitasking tasks instead of mashing down on your home button constantly. Zephyr allows you to pull up from the bottom of the screen to exit applications or pull up and wait a moment to open the application switcher. Additionally, you can swipe left and right from the edge of the screen to switch between running applications. As a bonus, Zephyr includes a new Notification Center animation. Zephyr will cost you $4.99 and is available from the BigBoss repository.



    2. Springtomize 2

    Springtomize 2 (by Filippo Bigarella) is another top-selling jailbreak tweak for the iPhone. Many iPhone owners like Springtomize 2 because itís a powerful bundle tweak. It doesnít just serve one purpose, but instead it serves over one-hundred purposes in one tweak. The tweak makes it so you can customize nearly any feature of your SpringBoard from your home screen, to your Notification Center, to your lock screen, and more. It offers a lot of popular features such as icon resizing, feature enabling and disabling, animation options, and custom appearances. Springtomize 2 will set you back $2.99 to reserve your copy from the BigBoss repository, but for everything it comes packed with, the price is an absolute bargain.



    3. PasswordPilot

    PasswordPilot (by Filippo Bigarella) will remember your Apple ID password every time you download an application from the App Store on your iPhone. If there is one thing everyone hates about iOS, it is typing out a password when we want to download games and applications. PasswordPilot comes with an obvious security risk for anyone without passcode-locked iOS devices as anyone can download anything from the App Store on your iPhone. It is highly recommended that you use some kind of security measure such as application locking tweaks or an iOS passcode so people cannot download arbitrary applications on your iPhone. PasswordPilot is free on the BigBoss repository and it saves a ton of time.



    4. TetherMe

    TetherMe (by Sam Bingner) allows you to tether your iPhone's cellular data connection for free. Tethering allows you to share your data connection with other devices such as computers, tablets, and other smartphones. Itís like having a wireless router in your pocket that works everywhere. Usually, cellular providers charge extra for tethering and itís usually pretty expensive and limited. TetherMe unlocks the iPhoneís native tethering feature without having to pay the cellular provider to activate it for you. Now you can use your computer anywhere. TetherMe will cost you $4.99 to download it from the BigBoss repository, but itís well worth the money compared to the expensive monthly payments the cellular providers will charge you. If the cellular provider catches you tethering without paying them, they could alter your contract and you could end up paying more per month for tethering.



    5. iFile

    iFile (by Carsten Heinelt) is an application for iOS that allows you to browse through iOSí filesystem as easily as you do on your Windows or Mac OS X computer. It is a good alternative to having to SSH into your iPhone, as it can be done directly from the device without the need for a computer. iFile integrates right into a lot of popular applications such as Dropbox to make sharing files between devices very easy. As a long-lived classic, no iOS device should be naked of iFile. iFile has an unlimited free trial, so if you just jailbroke your iPhone, you should grab this.



    6. Barrel

    Barrel (by Aaron Ash) gives you the ability to change the animation of paging through your home screen's pages of applications. Barrel has tons of animations to choose from so you can make the animation as stylish or as simple as you want to. The animations are absolutely fluid and donít take up too much of the system resources to run. Barrel can be downloaded from the BigBoss repository for $2.99.



    7. CallBar

    CallBar (by Joshua Tucker and Elias Limneos) is a jailbreak tweak that makes phone calls more intuitive on the iPhone. While the normality is for an incoming phone call to fill up the entire iPhone screen with the iOS phone interface and disturb whatever you may have been doing, CallBar fixes this by creating a banner-like notification when an incoming phone call begins. The banner supports swipe gestures for choosing what to do with the call such as ignoring it or answering it. While the tweak comes in at a $3.99 price tag on the BigBoss repository, it is a good investment for iPhone owners that want less obtrusive calls.



    8. IntelliScreenX

    IntelliScreenX (by Intelliborn) is an application that brings Notification Center functionality to the lock screen and adds many more features to Notification Center that werenít there before. The application adds an RSS feed, Twitter feed, Facebook feed, a top shelf with toggles, and many notification options such as status bar icons. Additionally, IntelliScreenX comes with a quick-composition application for text messaging dubbed Messages+ and it works with both text messages and iMessage. All together, this package makes a great addition to iOS. IntelliScreenX can be found on the ModMyi repository for $9.99.



    9. Aloud

    Aloud (by Ori Kadosh) is a jailbreak tweak bringing announced notifications to iOS. While iOS 5 has a great notification system, you will never get your notifications if you are not near your iPhone. Aloud fixes this problem by making all notifications read out loud to you Ė the announcement includes not only the message, but also the application and the sender of the notification. Aloud has many different options to configure including which applications it should speak for, Activator actions for the tweak, and announcing directions from the Maps application. Aloud is available on the ModMyi repository for $1.99.



    10. SBSettings

    SBSettings (by BigBoss) puts a whole bunch of toggles and options right under your fingertips. SBSettings is a classic tweak that almost every jailbroken iPhone runs these days. It includes icon-hiding capabilities, tweak disabling capabilities, and even power options. If you have never tried SBSettings, it is a good go-to tweak to install so you have easy Wi-Fi, 3G, and other popular toggles. By default, SBSettings is easily invoked by swiping across the status bar. For everything that is packed into SBSettings, it's almost amazing that it is free. You can find it in the BigBoss repository.

    There are also many other good tweaks out there, however these ten have been selected because of popularity, practicality, functionality, or cosmetic gorgeousness. If you want to learn about even more awesome jailbreak tweaks or even App Store applications, then check out our Staff favorites post! Additionally, if you have an iPad, take a look at our list of five great tweaks for the iPad.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ten Great Jailbreak Tweaks for the iPhone started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by njosnavelin View Post
      Zephyr was quite a heavily anticipated tweak at the time of its release and its 2.99 price was well known. I believe chpwn only upped the price within the last month (with the 1.3 update) but price changes are not usually relayed to existing customers (ŗ la the Appstore). No need to be a jerk, buddy. Bouchard has written a great article here.
      This is reporting, not posting on a random user board. Was it a great article, yes. Is it worthy of the front page, yes. However, it's still reporting, and when reporting, facts and info need to be checked. If your nightly news reported a story with all the wrong facts you wouldn't say, it's ok, I like this channel would you?

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      You'll have to excuse me. The Zephyr page no longer shows the price of the tweak after you own it. At the time I wrote a review on the tweak, it did cost $2.99. Chpwn must have upped the price.
      I wasn't trying to be a ****. I was going to purchase the tweak until I saw the price. I was extremely disappointed to say the least. 4.99 is to much.
    1. nutz's Avatar
      nutz -
      People complaining about shelling out FIVE WHOLE BUCKS (WOAH!) to support a developer and (above all) get some neat added functionality on their expensive piece of mobile computing and communications device.

      I wonder how much these people charge/get for their working hour.

      Say you get 10 tweaks for 5 bucks each.
      How many hours did you have to work to afford this insane amount of dough ?
      Now, how many hours do you think go into MAKING and SUPPORTING a computer program ?

      Some think they're entitled to everything for free.
      Those should take a look at how much of their own time is spent doing unpaid labor for others.
      Or maybe examine how they would feel if the already cheaply-priced product of their hard work was just taken from them against their will, leaving them without any compensation.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nutz View Post
      People complaining about shelling out FIVE WHOLE BUCKS (WOAH!) to support a developer and (above all) get some neat added functionality on their expensive piece of mobile computing and communications device.

      I wonder how much these people charge/get for their working hour.

      Say you get 10 tweaks for 5 bucks each.
      How many hours did you have to work to afford this insane amount of dough ?
      Now, how many hours do you think go into MAKING and SUPPORTING a computer program ?

      Some think they're entitled to everything for free.
      Those should take a look at how much of their own time is spent doing unpaid labor for others.
      Or maybe examine how they would feel if the already cheaply-priced product of their hard work was just taken from them against their will, leaving them without any compensation.
      Your rant would almost be valid, except the App store is filled with Apps that have major hours of research and development, and still avail for 99 cents, from which Apple takes 30%. Don't fool yourself, greed is greed.
    1. jtmf's Avatar
      jtmf -
      Quote Originally Posted by mustard05 View Post
      Your rant would almost be valid, except the App store is filled with Apps that have major hours of research and development, and still avail for 99 cents, from which Apple takes 30%. Don't fool yourself, greed is greed.
      The true story.
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      My #1: Activator + Your Brain. I hate it when I see a tweak for sale that accomplishes the same thing you could do with Activator. Go fiddle around with the settings! You'll love it!

      I think a quick SMS tweak should be included somewhere in the list. I've been using Bite since iOS5 released.

      Good list!
    1. emartins's Avatar
      emartins -
      Callbar would be worth the $4 if the support for it wasn't horrible. The worst I have dealt with for any of my tweaks. I've had better support with free ones.
    1. jtmf's Avatar
      jtmf -
      Is anyone having problems with aloud (besides me and Anarchy23)? It just doesn't work.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by A New DAY View Post
      *SIGH* I remember the good old days before devs started charging stupid amounts for mediocre TWEAKS (not even apps)... $3 for something like Barrel? Give me a break.
      Exactly.
      Jailbreak is free, cydia is free so why charge for tweaks? All they are doing is making money off jailbreaking and something that should be free.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by somethingblue View Post
      the jailbreak apps are definitely overpriced. I'm not trying to say I undervalue the programmer's efforts, but if these apps were available legitimately via the app store, you would never get more than .99 for most of these apps (especially Barrel, Callbar, etc.).

      Full-blown apps in the app store with mass amounts of functionality by indie developers have been made free, but small tweaks through cydia cost as much as 4 regular full applications. It's kind of ridiculous when you look at it that way. If a programmer wants to make money, perhaps they should look into building a suite of tweaks. There is no reason an app from Cydia's store can't feature the functionality of Barrel, Callbar, Aloud, iFile, etc. for $10. You'd get a huge user-base because it's all in one tidy app that people don't have to go out in search of.
      There's not as much competition on Cydia. Cydia apps rely on jailbroken devices, which means your consumer pool is considerably smaller (and a large percentage of them jailbreak for piracy).

      This means that Cydia Store apps don't make nearly as much as some of the better apps on the App Store.

      Creating an all-in-one app is NOT easy, seeing how most Cydia devs develop their apps in their spare time.

      Also, the major flaw with All-In-One apps is that you end up paying for features you don't/ won't/ wouldn't use. Say iFile is bundles with Barrel for $10, but you don't use barrel - that's $5 more for unused functionality.
    1. A New DAY's Avatar
      A New DAY -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      Don't like don't buy.... your made up problem is solved.
      If I didn't like it I wouldn't be complaining about the price, wise one. It's just stupid in my mind to waste $3 on something like this that may or may not work in a few weeks when there's a new update versus an actually quality $3 app on the App Store.

      [QUOTE=TheDirtyDiddler;6546424]
      Quote Originally Posted by A New DAY View Post
      *SIGH* I remember the good old days before devs started charging stupid amounts for mediocre TWEAKS (not even apps)... $3 for something like Barrel? Give me a break. QUOTE]

      ZOMG THREE DOLLAS!!!!11
      An order of McNuggets it soooo much more worth it!
      Well, captain **mod edit: language**, no... But a $3 app on the App Store is 999 times out of 1000 more worth it than a $3 'tweak'. It's turning into a minimum investment of at least $20 to fully customize your jailbroken device with all of these mediocre 'tweaks'.
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      why no NCsettings?! Also, these posts should be organized such that most recent is first.... that's just common sense web design 101.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by somethingblue View Post
      the jailbreak apps are definitely overpriced. I'm not trying to say I undervalue the programmer's efforts, but if these apps were available legitimately via the app store, you would never get more than .99 for most of these apps (especially Barrel, Callbar, etc.).

      Full-blown apps in the app store with mass amounts of functionality by indie developers have been made free, but small tweaks through cydia cost as much as 4 regular full applications. It's kind of ridiculous when you look at it that way. If a programmer wants to make money, perhaps they should look into building a suite of tweaks. There is no reason an app from Cydia's store can't feature the functionality of Barrel, Callbar, Aloud, iFile, etc. for $10. You'd get a huge user-base because it's all in one tidy app that people don't have to go out in search of.
      You make a damn good point. .99 cents for something like Callbar and I would be more likely to buy it. And for the people saying ZOMG $3 dollars. Ya just 1 tweak, and then another, and then another, they add up bro, I probably have well over a 100 dollars in apps and tweaks combined from the APP store and from CYDIA and what sux is there is no way to get your money back if you dont like the tweak. There are several I have bought and paid for and dont even have them installed either cuz they are glitchy or not supported on the new firmware cuz of a lazy dev that does not update their app like they should. (John Heaton).
    1. jtmf's Avatar
      jtmf -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      You make a damn good point. .99 cents for something like Callbar and I would be more likely to buy it. And for the people saying ZOMG $3 dollars. Ya just 1 tweak, and then another, and then another, they add up bro, I probably have well over a 100 dollars in apps and tweaks combined from the APP store and from CYDIA and what sux is there is no way to get your money back if you dont like the tweak. There are several I have bought and paid for and dont even have them installed either cuz they are glitchy or not supported on the new firmware cuz of a lazy dev that does not update their app like they should. (John Heaton).
      Exactly, one example is MyStrings.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jtmf View Post
      Exactly, one example is MyStrings.
      Exactly! Don't buy any tweaks from John Heaton. IE locktopus.
    1. Michelle Ahern's Avatar
      Michelle Ahern -
      Since jail breaking and updating to 5.1.1, I am on Verizon. My status bar has 4g instead of 3G icon why is this. I tried every app out there to replace but 4g won't go away.anyone else have this issue? I thought only happened to AT&T iPhone 4s.
    1. Titanyium's Avatar
      Titanyium -
      Quote Originally Posted by hudss View Post
      BiteSMS should be on that list..
      Agreed and seconded!
    1. Ryaninfg's Avatar
      Ryaninfg -
      Don't use either anymore but perpage HTML and winterboard would probably be in the top 15 I guess. Oh and lockinfo or dashboard X.
    1. turkey26's Avatar
      turkey26 -
      Please ban all those 99%'s. Bunch of lazy, good for nothing complainers that want everything for free. They have no clue the amount of work that goes into creating an app, or much less what it takes to actually have a job. Vote for Obama again and he'll make all apps free.
      LOL.

    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michelle Ahern View Post
      Since jail breaking and updating to 5.1.1, I am on Verizon. My status bar has 4g instead of 3G icon why is this. I tried every app out there to replace but 4g won't go away.anyone else have this issue? I thought only happened to AT&T iPhone 4s.
      Wrong thread
    1. gotzaiPhone's Avatar
      gotzaiPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by jtmf View Post
      Is anyone having problems with aloud (besides me and Anarchy23)? It just doesn't work.
      Try SpeakEvents. It's worked perfect for me.