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04-04-2012, 04:51 PM #1
[Review] HeadphoneLauncher - Display An App Launcher When Headphones Are Plugged In
Surely, one thing iOS lacks is quick access to sound-based applications when you're plugging your headphones in. A really useful 99¢ jailbreak tweak has been released today dubbed HeadphoneLauncher by iOS development firm S2 IT Consulting LLC. The tweak brings an application launcher to the lock screen when you plug in a sound accessory such as speakers or headphones via the headphone jack. This is a feature Apple should have implemented to begin with, as it makes launching the Music application or other sound-based applications much easier upon being ready to listen with your sound device.
The screenshot above shows you the interface for the application launcher that appears on your lock screen after plugging in a sound accessory. It includes the iPod controls right above the application launcher. You can have as many applications as you want in it, however only four applications will show at a time. You can scroll to page through your applications just like you would page through applications on your home screen. Applications for the HeadphoneLauncher interface are chosen from the preferences pane that appears in your Settings application when you install the tweak:
It should be noted that the application launcher only becomes available to you on the lock screen and nowhere else. It also only becomes available once – after you use it, you won’t see it again until you plug your sound accessory in again. A suggested update for this tweak might be to have the application launcher statically available on the lock screen as long as a sound accessory is plugged in; or at least the option to enable a feature like this.
This tweak is great for people that use headphones or other sound accessories with their iDevice, however if you find yourself not using sound accessories too often, then this tweak isn’t for you. One the other hand, if you’re a heavy music-lover, then you’ll probably really want to give this tweak a try to make launching your favorite music applications or even your favorite YouTube client for that matter, much zippier.
Requirements: Headphones, iOS 5
Developer: S2 IT Consulting LLC
Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
04-04-2012, 04:55 PM #2
Dang that looks really handy actually!
04-04-2012, 05:18 PM #3
Seeing as this works on the lockscreen only, I don't suppose it's very compatible with Intelliscreen X is it?
04-04-2012, 05:22 PM #4
Cool tweak, will try it
04-04-2012, 05:24 PM #5
Probably the first good thing I seen in a while. I don't even jailbreak, but this along with free tethering makes it seem a lot more worthwhile.
EDIT: BTW auto-play flash ads with audio now? Seriously?
04-04-2012, 08:40 PM #6
would be nice if they were both compatible, but the functionality gained, for me at least, outweighs the minor nuisance of sliding intelliscreen out of the way when i plug headphones in
04-04-2012, 09:24 PM #7
04-04-2012, 10:01 PM #8
04-05-2012, 12:08 AM #9
Hmm.... To buy, or not to buy. Still undecided.
04-05-2012, 08:25 PM #10
To those wondering: it seems to be compatible with both LockInfo and AndroidLockXT. I have both installed and have been using HeadphoneLauncher all day with no problems. When you plug in headphones, LockInfo automatically goes away and the launcher appears. When you tap on an icon, the AndroidLock buttons come up. Perfect!
04-06-2012, 01:55 AM #11
04-08-2012, 07:17 PM #12
There's already a jailbreak tweak that lest you launch apps via Siri, among other things such as adjusting settings. Siri, as we know, works with headphones. So, why not just save the money, get the Siri launcher tweak, and launch your apps with or without headphones. Or change settings if you want. I have found this tweak especially handy for launching apps, but also changing the screen brightness, enabling airplane mode, or disabling alarms, etc. being able to do so with headphones is an added bonus.
04-09-2012, 07:48 PM #13
Does this work when I plug my dock connector cable that has line out? When I plug this in, I get audio out through the dock connector cable that has a 3.5mm plug that goes into my car's aux input.
04-09-2012, 11:27 PM #14
Does this app also create an activator option? I have an iPod plug-in in my car through the power port, so I would like to have the music applications popup, it just wouldn't trigger with the existing headphone option.