Two weeks ago, ModMyi showed you a new multitasking application switcher concept dubbed MissionBoard
created by iOS developer John Coates
. MissionBoard was recently updated with the ability to close out of background applications, which after the update, spawned mostly good feedback for the application switcher replacement; after all, being free, there was barely any room for complaint. To close an application in the background, the user only needs to hold down on an application until the red close buttons appear. From there, it's pretty self explanatory.
Coming this week to Cydia is MissionBoard Pro; the tweak will look and act just like MissionBoard, but it will include media controls and system toggles in the interface as well. Opening the application switcher for a first glance yields what appears to be the same interface as MissionBoard. Swipe to the right however, and you will find yourself in a new interface with two buttons on the left side – one that looks like like a music icon and one that looks like a gear:
When you’re in the music interface, you will be able to see your currently playing music; the status bar is pinched to fit the new interface. The background suddenly and automatically changes to an out-of-focus version of the album artwork of the music you’re listening to, while in the top-center, an in-focus version of the album artwork appears. This inception-like design is well thought out and actually looks very nice.
Also included is information about the music playing, such as the song name, album name, and the artist. Included are the necessary play, pause, next, and back buttons for controlling and navigating through your music library. Below the buttons exists a volume slider that has the same effect as using your volume buttons on the side of the device.
Apart from the music interface, there is also a gear button that takes you to some options and toggles. From this interface, you will be able to find an AirPlay button, a kill-all-applications button, and a rotation lock button. Below the buttons are toggles, including a Wi-Fi toggle, Bluetooth toggle, and Flashlight toggle (only works on iPhone 4/iPhone 4S). Lastly, there is a brightness adjuster switch that is conveniently located outside of the Settings application so it’s easily accessible.
Other changes from the free version of the tweak include optimization of the screenshots used in the switcher so that loading is much faster. We have noticed how much more snappy the interface is at scrolling, opening, and closing. We’re sure you will probably notice the difference too should you choose to purchase MissionBoard Pro, as the change is pretty significant.
To be announced
Developer: John Coates