Playtopia – iTunes MiniPlayer For iOS [Cydia Tweak]

Playtopia is a Cydia tweak available for anyone jaibroken running iOS 9 or below. Playtopia brings the miniplayer that is famous within iTunes, onto iOS, meaning you always have access to your media controls without needing to bring up control centre.

Playtopia has a great UI which fits in great with the rest of iOS and you will struggle to believe after a bit of use that it wasn’t built in the first place. Not only does it show which app, or source, that your music is coming from but it will also show the album art as well which is great for those that appreciate it.

If you tap on the album art it changes the slider between the music sequence scrubber to the volume slider, allowing you to make subtle changes without needing to do much. Playtopia even has it’s own ‘Dark Mode’ with a button to the left of the slider allowing you to switch in between light and dark mode, great for fitting in with the time of day or the rest of your devices theme.

If you’re really pressed for space on an old iPhone 5 perhaps, or even the iPhone 4S, you’ll appreciate the super compact ‘miniature’ mode which is just a little larger than the standard app size on your home screen. This mode is a circular icon with the centre being a play/pause button and the scrubber circling the outside.

playtopia mini mode

For those of you who have never really got on with any other mini music players or just like having the most screen estate possible on a smaller device, then you will really appreciate the sleek interface of this mode.

It has a simple configuration however warning, it requires something called ‘AppList’ which it will help you install where necessary. This simply allows you to configure what apps you don’t want the miniplayer to work in, such as games for example.

If you think Playtopia is the tweak for you then you can download it off of the BigBoss repo today for $2.99. Are you going to be downloading it or is it not quite you’re thing. Leave a comment letting us know you’re experience on it or why you didn’t decide to install it.

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Get iOS 10 Features Onto iOS 9 [Cydia Tweaks]

With an iOS 10 jailbreak possibly not being released for a while, if you’re still on a jailbroken iOS 9 but missing the iOS 10 features, fear no more! With this handy article you’ll have iOS 10 features on your device in no time.

Raise To Wake

This is only supported on the 6S, 6S Plus and the iPhone SE due to the newer ‘motion co-processor’. Personally, if they wanted to include this on older devices they could have.

With FaceOff, you can do just this, and more! It can detect whether it’s in or out of your pocket as well modify when it will detect your proximity, such as when you’re plugged in charging.

With a whole list of tweaks including various ways to disable it, delays and different standards of sensitivity as to when the screen should light up, you won’t struggle configuring this to your exact preference!

When iOS 10 is jailbroken, I will certainly be trying to get this on my device as Raise to Wake would be great to have on my iPhone 6, and very useful!

Home

Apple introduced their very own Home app which included the ability to set scenes and use your Apple TV 4 to control your home when you’re away. This app you don’t even need to be jailbroken for as it is available on the iOS App Store today. This third party Home app is essentially the same as Apple’s new app, allowing for changing your light’s brightness and colour as well as controlling other HomeKit utilities. This includes but isn’t limited to ceiling fans, your doors or even the thermostat! Download it on the App Store.

Notification Centre Widgets

Slowly but surely, Apple are finally beginning to welcome widgets into their operating system, something which can’t come quick enough. With iOS 10 there are now some pretty useful widgets such as Music, Calendar, Mail and others with developers allowed to create their own as well. Although they aren’t fully there yet, it’s definitely going in the right direction.

To get some widgets on your iOS 9 device however, you need to make a small purchase on the BigBoss repo and download DopeLock. You get a few customisation options well as the ability to customise your notification centre. This tweak isn’t quite a perfect replacement however it’s as good as you’ll get I think.

Facial Recognition

The ‘people’ tab within the Photos app is actually pretty nifty and for the most part, works well. I’ve had a few people feel quite insulted at the suggestions that they might be someone else who, looks nothing like however overall it works fairly well.

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If you find the need for being able to filter out photos based on who’s in them, then Google Photos is the app for you. Although it does require having your photos stored in Google Drive, it’s a great replacement and for the most part, works really well.

Even better, is that it works with animals as well, something which Apple quite hasn’t got nailed.

Parked Car Locator

This is really useful for those of you who end up wondering through a car park trying to find your car, however the slight flaw I found with Apple’s built in system is that it only works in an Apple Car Play Car. Maybe that’s just me, but it doesn’t seem to work otherwise. Shame.

Track Back is a great little replacement and does exactly what it says. It stores your cars location and then you can even get maps directions back to it if you can’t find it, something which will definitely be useful if you have a habit for parking your car down a small side street.

Combined with an Apple Watch App, you won’t need to look like a complete idiot wondering around trying to find your car.

Delete Stock Apps

This was an addition which all users of iOS 10 welcomed with open arms. With the default apps taking up almost 2 pages now, it was definitely a good option. For those of you who don’t want to be stuck using spoof or moving apps in and out of folders to try and cause a glitch, worry no more.

On cydia.jerryen.com, is a tweak called AppHide which allows you to toggle on apps that you don’t want to see. Perfect!

There are more alternatives for different features, so if you’d like to see more drop a comment below letting us know. Will these tweaks allow you to keep your sanity on iOS 9 or do you feel you have to upgrade?

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WiFi – The Strongest Link [Cydia Tweak]

WiFi on iOS has always been a problem, with signal dropping and no real fix to this, it’s never been perfect. On the BigBoss repo is a solution for this.

Compatible from iOS 7 upwards to 9.3.3 (the latest supported jailbreak version), The Strongest Link essentially automatically switches to the strongest WiFi network in your location. Typically, iOS stays loyal to the network you’re on and tries to cling on until it literally cannot sustain signal anymore, and even then might try and stay through the use of Wi-Fi Assist (using up your 3G).

This tweak will not only automatically switch to the strongest network around you (providing you have previously been connected to it) but it will also enhance by default your device’s WiFi scan range. Wait a minute, how does software influence hardware.

Well, it doesn’t, however by default, iOS doesn’t always show you every single network around you, it will show you the one’s it believes it can maintain a strong connection to and then when it refreshes, it will show you more and more. Have you ever wondered why sometimes the network you’re looking for doesn’t show up immediately, well that is why.

Anyway, this tweak shows you all the networks available as well as a much more detailed description of the network including its BSSID and what type of encryption security technology it uses as well as some more information, that for the security conscious of you may be necessary.

As well as this, have you ever been in that situation where you’re logged into a WiFi network and someone wants the code but you can’t remember it? Luckily, as long as you have logged in successfully before, ‘The Strongest Link’ will show you the password in plain, unencrypted format for you to either input onto another device or give to a friend in desperate need of access to the WiFi.

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Is ‘The Strongest Link’ something you think you’ll be using or would you rather just keep it old school with iOS’s default method? Try it out on the BigBoss repo and drop a comment below about your experience with it.

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Virtual Home – Make Your iPhone Like The 7 [Cydia Tweak]

One of the most noted new features of the iPhone 7 is its lack of a physical home button, with Virtual Home, you can emulate that on your jailbroken device as well. Available on the BigBoss repo, this is great if you want to try and trick your friends into thinking you have an iPhone 7, or if you just can’t click your home button anymore.

All you need is an iPhone with Touch ID, and of course, it has to be jaibroken. When you install it, it will be setup with default Activator functions, however you can change this in the Settings app anytime you like.

To use it, simply tap on the home button once and it will treat it as if you clicked, and you’ll be taken straight back to the Home Screen. By default, tapping and then holding/resting the home button brings up the multitasking/app switcher view. Personally, I’d change this to two taps to make it feel a bit more normal.

For the conservative users amongst you, this can actually save the wear and tear on the home button. Although they are one of the parts designed to last the longest as obviously it will get the most use on the device pretty much. Unfortunately tapping doesn’t work for everything such as Guided Access, however for the basic functions it works just fine

The best thing about Virtual Home is that although it does utilise the Touch ID sensor to function, it doesn’t actually require a validated/registered finger to be used on it, which means once/if your device is unlocked, anyone can use it, not just you. The only use for Touch ID in this sense, is to detect whether there is a finger touching the button or not.

What do you think about Virtual Home? Is it something you think you’d use or just a little gimmick? Leave a comment down below letting us know.

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Reflectrix – The Cydia We All Want? [Cydia Tweak]

Cydia, first released by Saurik a number of years ago, hasn’t really changed all that much. Since Cydia became mobile, instead of root, there’s finally a solution for this. Introducing Reflectrix, the modern Cydia.

Reflectrix is not a alternative to Cydia, it is essentially an addon into Cydia, however it looks extremely nice! It is clearly based upon the Apple App Store as it has a Top Charts section along with Featured Tweaks. For jail-breakers, this is essentially heaven, trust me.

As you can see, there is a dedicated Reflectrix tab which then takes you into the Reflectrix experience, this is the same view within the Reflectrix app so it isn’t really necessary. Combined with very nice Featured Tweaks and a really sleek look for the Featured Apps along with a nice bit of caption information, it would be great if Cydia looked a little more like this!

A couple of minor downsides stop this from being perfect, however that is true with almost any Cydia tweaks. For a start, there is an unnecessary app for Reflectrix which would look a lot better within a Settings section within Cydia where you need to adjust anything necessary.

It is missing a crucial back button on the top charts packages which does make it extremely awkward to go back to the Top Charts. To go back simply tap another icon on the bottom tab bar and then go back to the Top Charts. Not ideal, but it works.

Unfortunately it’s currently in a beta process however fingers crossed, in the next couple of weeks it will be out and we can all try it and see if it lives up to its name.

What do you think about Reflectrix? Are you going to give it a shot or do you prefer the classic Cydia look? Leave a comment below.

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AppRestrict – The Perfect Anti-Procrastination Tool [Cydia Tweak]

I came across AppRestrict on the ModMyi repo and although it’s a little tweak, its usefulness is infinite. It is advertised as an ‘anti-procrastination’ tweak and that is what it does. It essentially allows you to limit what apps can be used and at what times.

For example, if you know you have a packed day of work ahead, it may be worthwhile turning off Facebook for a while, to stop you endlessly pulling down and refreshing for the next, latest post about something which, lets be honest, normally isn’t that interesting anyway.

Do you class yourself as a ‘workaholic’? Try using this to make sure you switch off from company matters such as the company email app, or maybe your invoicing app, or whatever it may be! When you go to launch it and find out it’s restricted, it gives you a chance to think ‘Do I really need to use this right now’? If the answer is no, then great! However, for urgent necessities, you can always disable the tweak.

With the latest update now preventing changes using TouchID and combining restriction power with apps hidden by tweaks such as ‘Spoof’, it receives regular updates which only makes it more useful. With options to set restrictions by time, and, a possible way of setting restrictions by location (perfect for forgetting about work, or for working harder) you’ll instantly notice a boost in your productivity.

app-restrict-launch-attempt

I used AppRestrict whilst writing this article, and the number of times it stops you from opening up Instagram simply because you don’t want to do something, or opening up eBay to check on the latest bid of that item you checked on just one minute ago, it’s a real life saver.

So go on, download AppRestrict from the ModMyi repo, and drop a comment down below whether it has helped you with your procrastination problems, or whether it’s more of a hinderance than a hand.

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Win10 – The Next Dreamboard Alternative? [Cydia Tweak]

OPW (One Page Widgets) Win10 can be found on the ModMyi repo and is an updated alternative to Dreamboard. With a smooth, slick interface it will super-charge your home screen with a usable Windows 10 based theme.

Win10 Dreamboard Alternative

Primarily, it makes a one-page based system so there’s no more of that swiping across a potentially large number of pages to find that app you’re looking for. It’s much easier on the system making it a theme that can last all day long, you can open your apps, receive notifications as well as look at all the normal system indicators such as battery percent or WiFi. They are instead down in the bottom right, like on Windows.

Win10 Dreamboard Alternative Taskbar

Down at the bottom of the screen, you’ve got the task bar including a start menu on the Windows icon as well as a great little AppDrawer. Simply tap the start button, open ‘All Apps’ and you can quickly and easily scroll through your apps. The best part about this is that you can mark an app as a ‘favourite’ and it’ll be right at the top, great for those handy apps that you can’t live without.

Win 10 Dreamboard Alternative App List

There’s even ‘desktop icons’ if you really want to unleash the ‘computer-power’ that the iPhone is renowned for having.

Don’t forget notifications, with the classic Windows ‘bell’ icon, simply give it a tap to display a neatly formatted list of notifications allowing you to scroll through and easily dismiss them as and when necessary.

One slight problem so far is that on launch of some apps, the widgets will still be displayed. The developer recommends going into Settings -> Accessibility & turn Reduce Motion on.

What do you think of this? Is this going to be your next daily driver or is it just a gimmick? Maybe it’s just suited for the 6 Plus?

Leave a comment below about your experience with Win10.

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