Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Best Cydia Apps for iPad 4.2.1 (JailBroken)

If you have a 4.3.1 iPad, check out the 4.3.1 Cydia app list.

Whether this is your first time Jailbreaking your iPad, you had a previous Jailbroken iPad at an earlier version, you will need to know which Cydia apps are OK to use with the current version of the iOS operating system. Some JailBroken apps either don't work anymore (with the latest version of iOS 4.2.1) or are no longer needed because of enhancements added in the new iPad operating system. You may be asking, “I just JailBroke my 4.2.1 iPad, what do I do now?” Quite possibly, you may be confused as to why one might want to Jailbreak the iPad in the first place. JailBreaking is all about choices. You can choose to do it or not. If you do, then you will need to know which Cydia apps are available. More importantly, you may need help to see which apps are compatible.

This article hopefully will show you a few of the choices that you have with a JailBroken iPad. Cydia is a safe alternative App store that provides both free and paid apps for the iOS devices. Not all apps work with all iOS devices.


The iPad now had multitasking available for a limited number of (mostly audio) apps; therefore Pandora Radio, Stitcher Radio, Police Scanner or other similar apps can be used in the background as you read a book, draft an email or surf the web. Apple has included an icon tray that is accessible by double clicking the Home button. This tray doesn't just show opened or background apps, but also show the recently accessed apps were well as brightness, music, rotation and audio controls. I like this, but I would like to see my "opened apps" in a fashion that is similar to my desktop (think table top, not computer desktop). I miss this from my Palm Pre days. There is a Cydia app that helps with this need, it is called Multidl0w.

Multifl0w is an app switcher for Jailbroken iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that is a lot better than the default app switcher as it shows the snapshot of the running application. You can close the apps running in the background by either clicking on the X button or flicking the app snapshot up, down or to the side. Multifl0w shows all open apps (up to 9) on the same screen, for easy and quick task switching. This makes it more intuitive and it also quicker to close the app compared to Apple’s implementation as you can just tap on the cross button. The apps can be dragged and dropped to re-arrange them. In iOS4, Multifl0w can work alongside or totally replace Apple's task switcher by going to Settings –> Multifl0w –> Activation Methods –> Home Button – tap on Double Press. There is no icon for this feature; access the app information in the extensions area in the Settings app. The app is available in the Cydia store for $4.99.

UnMute for iPad

One new feature that is available in iOS 4.2.1 is the muting switch. Previously, the switch next to the volume rocker was used for locking and unlocking the orientation of the iPad. Apple changed this so that the switch on the iPad would operate the same as it would on an iPhone or iPod Touch. Many of us do not like this; we like the switch to handle the rotation function instead of the muting function. UnMute for iPad restores this switch to the original function. UnMute for iPad is free and available in the Cydia store.


The next app is called CyDelete. Cydia apps cannot be deleted from the iPad's application screen without this app. Without CyDelete, one would have to launch Cydia and uninstall app through the menus. With the advent of CyDelete, however, Cydia packages can now be removed like any App Store applications- hold down the icon, wait for them to start wiggling, and tap the X. What was once cumbersome is now integrated into the standard iOS workflow. It is a lightweight MobileSubstrate plug-in that only works in Wiggle Mode. CyDelete will not remove applications that are not managed by Cydia. CyDelete will also not remove Cydia itself, for safety reasons. There is no icon for this feature; access the app information in the extensions area in the Settings app. This app is free.


MultiIconMover is a pretty cool mod (there is no app icon) that allows for a quick and easy way to rearrange multiple icons at one. Once installed, you can to go into the normal “wiggle” move mode. Once in wiggle mode, just tap on the icons you would like to move. When you tap on an icon a check mark will appear on it (you can tap the icon again to remove the check mark). You can then scroll to the page on your Springboard in which you would like to move the icons and tap the Home Button. This will move the selected icons to that page on your Springboard. Just tap the Home Button again to stop the wiggle mode. There is no icon for this nor is there an area in the Settings app to configure; it simply works in the wiggle mode. For the Jailbreakers, just click on over to the Cydia app, search for MultiIconMover and install this free app.


Activator is a MobileSubstrate plug-in that allow you to control how functions or apps are launched. Is the "print screen" function difficult for you to do? Change it with Activator; make holding down the up volume button do it instead. If I pinch my fingers together on the icon screen, the setting app will launch - thanks to Activator. If I spread my fingers apart, on the same screen, it will launch the App store. If I double click the power button, it will do yet another function. Sliding my finger on the time text at the top center of my screen will bring up another app. Activator makes your iPad do what it does based on how you like it, not Apple. There is no icon for this feature; access the app setting in the extensions in the Settings app.


Poof is one of my favorite apps and I never even use it much. There are apps that have private content, are not kid-friendly or maybe not boss-friendly (if it is their device). Poof makes apps disappear from the app icon screens. They like disappear (poof) into thin air. Well not quite, they are visible only by going to the spotlight (search) screen and typing the letters of the app's name. You Poof what you want to hide, it could be a Karmasultra app, Bible app, financial app or even the app store so the kids (or spouse) can't buy any new apps. To do so, simply launch the Poof app and find the appropriate app and toggle to "off". In Poof, apps that are "on" are displayed on the app launcher screens. Those switched to "off" will not display there; however, they will appear in the search screen results. There is an icon; however, it can be hidden as well. This app is free.

Tab+ for the Safari browser on iPad

You may not have noticed it, but Apple has limited the number of tabs you can have opened in Safari. To tackle this, a developer has created Tab+ which allows you to have more than the limited 9 tabs opened in Safari. The hack was made for the iPad; however, it also works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. To install you must have a Jailbroken device. The latest Jailbreak is Greenpoi0n and works on all the iOS devices (including the iPad) up until the current 4.2.1 firmware. Installation is very simply. Open up Cydia, search for Tab+ and install it! There is no icon for this nor is there an area in the Settings app to configure; it simply works inside Safari. The app is Free.


SBSettings is a helpful "app" that let you easily change certain iPad settings. SBSettings can be accessed from almost anywhere on the iPhone/iPod by sliding a finger across the top status bar. SBSettings can allow you to change settings such as toggle WiFi, toggle Bluetooth or brightness. It allows you to all the date, IP address and Wi-Fi router name to the status bar. I use this app the most to change the brightness without leaving the app that I am currently in. Even with Apple’s icon status bar feature, it is still faster to change the brightness with SBSettings. There is no icon for this feature; access the app information in the extensions area in the Settings app. The app is Free.


There are videos that will want to download so that you can view them without being connected to the Internet. I download training videos that I can view offline. Sometimes I don't want to deal with the video buffering issues, so I download them and then view them later buffer free.
MiTube is an app that allows you to download YouTube videos to be played anytime on your iPad even when you don't have Internet (Wi-Fi). It is a separate app from the stock YouTube app and you have to view the videos from MiTube. There is an icon for this app. The app is Free.


Infiniboard for iPad let you vertically scroll your home screen pages. Using Infiniboard you can add as many icons as you want on each page, and access them through a flick up and down. There is no icon for this feature; access the app setting in the extensions in the Settings app. The app is $0.99 in the Cydia app store.


FullForce for iPad is jailbreak app that will automatically format iPhone apps to the resolution of the iPad without the distortion of the 2x zoom. Anyone who owns an iPad knows that all the apps you had for your iPhone will run on the iPad, and you can magnify the iPhone screen, but it not a good look. FullForce tries to solve this issue. Fullforce works through your settings app, under the Extensions section. FullForce lists all your apps and you can toggle them on or off. There are still compatibility issues with a lot of apps, but if you can use it for a couple of app, then it is worth the effort. Some common apps that I noticed will format well with FullForce are Bank of America, Facebook, Beejive, Reeder and Stanza. Some I noticed that didn’t work were apps such as Talking Carl, Brain Challenge and Doodle Jump.
The developers have a running list of compatible apps and issues going in a shared Google docs spreadsheet you can access and edit through Cydia with a Google login. There is no icon for this feature; access the app information in the extensions area in the Settings app. This app is free.


If you have an iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter for your iPad to watch videos or slideshows on a external monitor or TV. If you are like me, the thought has crossed your mind as to why Apple wouldn’t allow everything displayed on your iPad to be shown on the external screen. It is weird that Apple’s iPad can display everything that the iPad displays when they do their presentations to persuade us to buy an iPad, but don’t allow us to do the same when we buy the iPad and the Dock Connector to VGA Adapter. There is a tweak is called “DisplayOut” that will allow us to do just that. It is only for jailbroken iPads, and is now available in Cydia. You can adjust your output resolution, orientation, refresh rate, and the scale. If you are an owner of an iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter, then this is a no-brainer purchase. There is no icon for this feature; access the app information in the extensions area in the Settings app. This app is $1.99.

Safari Download Plug-in

Now this is just amazingly cool. Once installed, it allows you to download data off the Internet and store it on your iPad’s local disk at /var/mobile/Library/Downloads folder. The Safari Download Plug-in allows files like .mp4 and .zip to be downloaded. There is no icon for this nor is there an area in the Settings app to configure; it simply works inside Safari. The app is Free.


Now that you have files that are stored on the iPad like movies, songs, zip files in the /var/mobile/Library/Downloads folder; how do you access them? You can access these files with an app like iFile. Looks like the Jailbroken iPad could stand in for your desktop computer for handling file transfers. Some people have gotten a flash drive to mount to the iPad using Apple’s Camera Connection Kit. With the help of iFile (Cydia File Browser App) they can also browse the content of the Flash Drive. I don’t have the camera connection kit, so I can’t vouch for that, but it helps me manage the files that I download with the Safari Download Plug-in.


This app will backup your Cydia installed app list. This does not back up your actual apps or apps settings. But it is close. It will make a list of everything you installed from Cydia and back that up. When you restore, it will reinstall all the packages in one step. The list is stored with other settings files and backed up with iTunes. After you restore your iPhone and restore your device from the backup in iTunes, run the restore function here and it should find and restore your apps. I used this after being previously Jailbroken before updating to iOS 4.2.1 and having to re-JailBreak after the update. There is an icon. This app is free.


Backgrounder is an awesome app that lets you puts apps in the background. It gives you the multitasking ability. Apple finally added background audio support for some apps like Pandora, but it doesn't support all apps. If you find yourself needing to listen to apps that are not supported by Apple, this will do it. Once installed, just press and hold the "Home" button while in an app to exit with the sound and app in the background. To exit or disable this, launch the app again and press and hold the home button again. There is an icon for this, but you can use the Settings app to configure. Free.


I hope that my favorite Cydia apps for iPad 4.2.1 list will help you make a decision about what to do with your JailBroken iPad. Maybe it may even convince you that JailBreaking is worth considering. Either way, these Cydia apps have made my iPad even more of a pleasure to use.


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