Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Best Cydia Apps for iPhone 4s (5.0.1) - JailBroken

If you upgraded to 5.1 on your iPhone 4s, then you will have to wait a little longer before you can Jailbreak your phone. If this is the case, then can use bookmark this site for when the latest version is cracked. For those who were fortunate enough to Jailbreak before the well went dry, you are in luck. Whether this is your first time Jailbreaking your iPhone or you had a previous Jailbroken iPhone 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. Well iOS 5.0.1 is the first Jailbreak available for the iPhone 4s, so you know I was on it. For the most part, I have not ran into a lot of JailBroken apps that don't work anymore (with the latest version of iOS 5.0.1). There are some that may not be needed because of enhancements added in the new iPhone operating system. You may be asking, “I just JailBroke my 5.0.1 iPhone 4s, what do I do now?”

Quite possibly, you may be confused as to why one might want to Jailbreak the iPhone 4s in the first place। JailBreaking is all about choices. Here is a nice video that highlight a few things for your consideration.



As you can see there are tons of options available. You can choose to do a little, a lot or none at all. If you are interested, then you will need to know which Cydia apps are worth installing.

More importantly, you may need help determining which apps are compatible. Here are the ones that I enjoy on my iPhone 4s. I'll give a little information about them and then follow up with a YouTube video.

The first apps or tweaks shown are as follows:

f.lux

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your iPhone screen?

During the day, the screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.

F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your iPhone's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Graviboard

Graviboard is a tweak that brings gravity to the homescreen. When activated, all the icons on your homescreen will fall down and the chaos will ensue!

Use your finger to drag and fling icons! Tilt your device and the icons follow! Tweak settings like bounciness!


Multifl0w

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.

DeepEnd

DeepEnd allows you to add a 3D effect to your iPhone homescreen wallpaper. Well, the DeepEnd Cydia tweak has been developed by Ryan Petrich, the well-known developer. Also, the DeepEnd works just as expected, basically, using your iPhone 4′s gyroscope, it appears to change your iPhone’s screen orientation based on the angle you hold your handset at.



The next group or apps or tweaks shown are as follows:

Display Recorder

Available at $4.99 in the Cydia Store, Display Recorder lets record your iPhone or iPad display activity and save videos as .avi files you can publish to Youtube within the app, browse from your desktop browser using the built in web server or save into your Camera roll. The app is very complete and full of options: you can setup custom activation gestures, enable OpenGL capture, choose video quality and orientation, enable taps and adjust the framerate. You can setup all these preferences from the Display Recorder tab in Settings.app. There is also an app that lets you manage your recording. Display Recorder now allows you to capture audio as well. My three videos (with audio) in this story were made with Display Recorder.

Color Keyboard

Color Keyboard is an iPhone tweak that will let you color, design, and fully customize your iPhone's keyboard pretty much any way you'd like. Color Keyboard is available now in the Cydia Store for $1.99, and allows you to even add backgrounds to your keyboard. No more boring virtual keyboard anymore.

xCon

There are certain apps on the iTunes App Store that refuse to run if they find your device is jailbroken. As always, the iOS dev community rises to the challenge and comes up with an app to counter this issue. Introducing xCon, a free Cydia tweak that bypasses the aforementioned jailbreak check, allowing you to run all such App Store apps that normally wouldn’t run on a jailbroken device.


SbSettings

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.

Here is the video for the above items.




The last group or apps or tweaks shown are as follows:

App Stat

This new tweak in Cydia called App Stat will help you figure out which apps you don’t use very often. App Stat will keep a running count of every app you use, and how many times you use each. If you were to install the software and let it keep track of your app usage for a week, you’d get a pretty good idea of which ones to get rid of. Oddly, there no way to reset the number though. Maybe we show email the developer and make a request.

Fake Carrier

Tired of the same carrier logo? Example: Rogers, Telus, AT&T, etc. How about adding style by customizing it. FakeCarrier allows you to change the carrier name and time string, located on the status bar. If you’re running FW 3.0 +, theres also the option to show battery level. Launching Cydia, search for FakeCarrier and select install. Once installed, a Carrier icon appears on the iPhone springboard. Tap Carrier, choose Fake Carrier and enter your customized name. Once created, tap set and instantly you’ll notice a change. Do the following steps to change Fake Time and to Show BatteryLevel.

Five Icon Dock

This is what the developer says and I agree. Some people want five icons on their dock; not six, not seven, certainly not an arbitrarily large number of icons. For these people, this package is the only correct choice: the only extension that knows enough to "just return 5;". In a sense, this package is "a classic": one of the early, one of the strong, one of the simple, and... one of the best.

MultiIconMover

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.


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