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04-17-2014, 05:40 PM #1
Auxo 2 for iPad Our First Thoughts
Just this afternoon, the popular Auxo 2 jailbreak tweak was updated to version 1.1 with full native support for the iPad.
We've been looking forward to this release since the dawn of Auxo 2 for the iPhone, as it was already pretty impressive. Now that it's finally out for the iPad, we figured we'd give you a look at Auxo 2 for the iPad so you can compare it to the iPhone version and make your decision on whether or not it's worthy for your iPad(s).
The first thing that should be said right off the bat is that the iPhone and iPad version of Auxo 2 are the same jailbreak tweak you will not have to pay extra for the iPad version of the tweak like you did with the original Auxo.
With that in mind, let's dig into the features, shall we?
The first thing you'll want to check out as soon as you install Auxo 2 on your iPad is how the App Switcher looks now. You can open the App Switcher either by double-pressing the Home Button, or by swiping up from the bottom of the display. Shown above, you can see that Auxo 2 works in both portrait mode and landscape mode on the iPad, but unfortunately, the orientation of Auxo 2 cannot be changed while you're in the App Switcher instead, if you're in portrait mode, you're stuck in portrait mode until you close Auxo, and vice versa.
Auxo 2 for the iPad feels like a larger version of the iPhone version of Auxo 2. Your application preview cards are at the top of the interface, while your Control Center shortcuts are all at the bottom. You will notice that the volume and brightness control sliders are not rounded like the iPhone version, so it does feel a little more bland than the iPhone version, but they work just as expected in terms of functionality.
The Control Center portion holds toggles like Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Rotation Lock, and it also includes shortcuts for the Clock and Camera applications. Your music controls are located at the left and will show whatever you might be playing.
Swiping up on application cards will remove them from the App Switcher, but you can also swipe on the Home Screen preview card for an option to close all of the applications in the App Switcher (tap on the button that appears to close all):
Just like the iPhone version of Auxo 2, you will find the new Quick Switcher feature is also present. It is accessed by swiping up from the bottom left of the display, and it shows the recently-opened applications, allowing you to select one and then remove your finger to open it:
Auxo 2 adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure the tweak's various options:
You will find options for enabling or disabling the Multi-Center (also known as the Auxo 2 App Switcher+Control Center combo), enabling or disabling the Quick Switcher, and enabling or disabling Hot Corners. Under the Advanced options, you will find options for opening the App Switcher to the last-used application, inverting the Hot Corners, and disabling the Auxo 2 App Switcher in certain applications to prevent conflicts with the gestures.
When it comes right down to it, Auxo 2 is a huge improvement over the App Switcher experience on the iPad right from the assembly line, but it does feel more native on the iPhone than on the iPad. The good news is, if you own Auxo 2 already, it's a free update, but for those that don't, Auxo 2 is a $3.99 purchase from Cydia's BigBoss repository.
There are special pricing options available for those that have shown support for Auxo in the past. If you own the previous Auxo, then Auxo 2 is a $1.99 upgrade in Cydia. If you own the previous Auxo, as well as the iPad version of the previous Auxo, then Auxo 2 is a 99¢ upgrade in Cydia.
If you don't already have it, we can certainly recommend you grab it! Be sure to let us know how you like the iPad version as well!
Name: Auxo 2
Price: $3.99 (upgrade pricing available)
Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6
Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6, iPad Mini with retina display running iOS 7.0.6
Editor's Rating: 5/5
04-18-2014, 06:23 AM #2
Looks nice but still doesn't work right on my 5S...