One of the most favorited and widely used jailbreak tweaks in Cydia is CallBar by Elias Limneos and Joshua Tucker. The tweak makes incoming and outgoing calls in iOS more intuitive. Today, an updated version of CallBar is out in Cydia and it adds not only new features, but it also brings support for iOS 6, meaning the tweak now has support stretching from iOS 4, all the way to Apple's newest mobile operating system.
The update also now integrates right in with iOS 6’s new message reply feature, which allows you to select a pre-determined text message to send to a caller that you decline the call of. Oh and there’s more – the tweak ports these options to iOS 5 users as well so that they too can enjoy the luxury of the message reply feature that Apple has brought to iOS 6. You can access these options by tapping on the icon on the left of the CallBar banner. Users will be able to use default message replies, or set their own message replies from the Settings.
Users can also use CallBar for outgoing calls (shown above) by using Activator, Siri, or Bluetooth headsets. Once you open CallBar for an outgoing call, you can open up the keypad to manually dial a number, or you can browse through your recent callers, contacts, favorites, and more. You can initiate and receive both phone calls and FaceTime calls from CallBar, although Skype and Viber are no longer supported.
CallBar now allows users to tap the banner to answer a call, as well as swiping right on the banner. Swiping left on the banner will decline the call. The minimized view of CallBar has been improved and the show/hide animations have also received a facelift. More aesthetic improvements will be discovered upon downloading and trying the new version of CallBar.
From the Settings, you’ll find that the pane has been simplified with fewer switches. Much of this is due to the removed Skype and Viber controls. You can still enable and disable the tweak on demand, and you can enable it and disable it individually for Phone and FaceTime. You can then Enable or disable CallBar’s Outgoing call feature.
Below this, you’ll find the options to set your message reply, enable or disable the ability to answer in place, choose what happens when you press the sleep/wake button, and the ability to change the color theme of CallBar:
At the very end of the preferences pane, you’ll find a place to set an Activator action for outgoing calls with CallBar and a F.A.Q. with guide.
Apart from new features, the CallBar update fixes numerous bugs such as:
- Issue where custom ringtones wouldn’t work when CallBar was disabled
- Issue causing CallBar to appear semi-transparent
- Issue with crashing on iOS 5.0.1
- Blocked taps below the banner are no longer blocked
- Issue causing mute and speaker button not to work
- Issue causing Keyboard to not show up in some cases
- Issue causing lock screen to not undim
- Issue causing proximity sensor not to dim the screen in calls
- Much more
The CallBar update is live in Cydia right now. Current users can update for free and new users can grab CallBar from the BigBoss repository for $3.99. A lot of love has gone into this update and users should see big improvements in performance and stability. In case you were unaware, there is a CallBar SBSettings toggle available for free in Cydia as well.
Requirements: iOS 4+
Developer(s): Elias Limneos and Joshua Tucker
Editor's Rating: 5/5