Some people enjoy the safeguard of the ‘slide to power down’ that keeps you from making a mistake and accidentally turning off your iOS device, however if you would rather make things easier and skip the ‘slide to power down’ prompt so that the device easily turns off as soon as you hold the power button for about 3 seconds, then a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed QuickPowerDown by iOS developer ravirajm is for you.
Basically, the tweak just skips the step of showing the ‘slide to power off’ slider. This way you don’t have to spend your time sliding the slider after you have purposely sat there and held down the power button for 3 seconds. As soon as you have done so, you should see the powering down spin loader on the screen until your device screen goes black.
The tweak comes with its obvious pros and cons. On the positive side, the tweak does speed up your shut down time by allowing you to throw the device into your pocket without waiting for the slider. You can even turn the device off right from your pocket without needing to pull the device out of your pocket to look at the screen and power it off.
Of course, the obvious cons of the tweak include accidental shutdowns. For most iOS devices, accidental shut downs should be rather rare with this tweak installed since the buttons on every iOS device are very sturdy and require a fair deal of constant pressure and time to toggle.
QuickPowerDown also comes with a simple preferences pane allowing you to enable and disable the tweak on demand. You can also have the action of holding down the power button yield different actions besides powering off. You can choose between any of the following:
- Power off
- Safe mode
For a free tweak, I would consider it to be pretty decent. It works on any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5. If you like the tweak, be sure to give it a try!
Requirements: iOS 5
Editor's Rating: 4/5