View the Time in Full-Screen Apps With 'NCTabClock'
When youíre in full-screen applications, such as the ZombieSmash
game illustrated above, you cannot see the time in the status bar because there is no status bar. Itís also not preferred to close the application to see the status bar nor to open Notification Center in the middle of a game because then you interrupt your gaming. However, one issue still remains: How do you know when to call it quits when you canít even see the time?
A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed NCTabClock
by iOS developer Jonathan Bailey has just been released into Cydia in an attempt to help full-screen application users see the time when itís just nowhere to be found. In addition, the tweak will not force you to pause your game or interrupt your use of an application to see the time.
As shown above, the tweak places the time right on the Notification Center grabber tab. This means that you can continue to play your game while just using a simple swipe gesture to see the time. It doesnít force you to open Notification Center either Ė just to toggle the discrete Notification Center grabber tab. Even more good news is that it goes away automatically, so if youíre busy in a game, you donít have to worry about it getting in the way or having to dismiss it manually
NCTabClock has no options to configure, which is unfortunately the tweakís only real downfall. There is no way to enable and disable the tweak on demand without uninstalling it. What's more is the time is forced to display in 24-hour time, which not everyone is used to. In a future update, it would be great to be able to switch to 12-hour time format since that is the default time style in iOS and is greatly preferred among users. It does require iOS 5 since it relies on the Notification Center grabber tab.
If you find yourself playing a lot of full-screen games or using full-screen apps, this tweak is worth trying out since it will help you see the time without bothering your work environment. I can completely relate to wanting something like this because I have been addicted to ZombieSmash for the last week.