Well, well, well. Apple just released iOS 4.3 yesterday and it seems it might already be jailbroken. Ever since GreenPois0n was released for 4.2.1 I’ve been scavenging through Cydia to find nifty, quirky, and productive apps that I thought everyone might enjoy. So if you’re already jailbroken (or if you’re not: How to Jailbreak), go ahead and browse through my list and let the installing begin!
Mark Read ($1.99)
Every morning I wake up to an inbox full of emails most of which are mailing lists that I never read. I don’t know about you, but that lingering red circle with numbers slowly increasing on top the mail app is a nuisance. It’s probably my ever so slight OCD taking over, but I cannot stand when that notification icon shows it’s little red face on my screen.
So I downloaded CocoaNuts’ tiny app called Mark Read to alleviate my frustration. The app easily allows you to select as many messages as you want and mark them as read (or unread). Now add this to the list of “Things Apple Should Have Implemented In iOS A Long Time Ago”. It’s a small app for a small price, and can be found in the BigBoss repo.
Developer’s website: CocoaNuts.co
This app falls under my quirky category. It’s definitely the opposite of a productive app considering the number of times I’ve sat on my phone distracted by falling app icons. And that’s precisely what Graviboard does; you set up the trigger method and watch all your apps fall. You can even fling them around with your finger! The icons even respond to tilting your phone using your device’s accelerometer. Sounds like fun, right? It definitely is especially when you use it to confuse your friends.
Graviboard is available for any iDevice running iOS 4.0 or greater. It uses Activator to customize ways to trigger the falling apps. For example, you can activate Graviboard by shaking your device or holding down on your status bar. It also comes with a slew of options such as the type of gravity (Earth, Moon, Zero Gravity). Download Graviboard in the BigBoss repo.
Check out a demo video here.
Developer’s website: KramerApps.com
Remove Background (Free)
Since Apple implemented multitasking with iOS 4.0 I’ve always become irritated having to force-close every app in the multitasking bar. Each app consumes a little bit of memory which can ultimately lead to a slower phone. Remove Background has alleviated this problem for me. Now all I have to do to kill all those apps is double tap my status bar (or however you’d like to trigger it with Activator). The developer has also released a SBSettings version that allows you trigger Remove Background via your SBSettings menu.
It’s another really simple app, but it has definitely saved me lots time by not having to close all my opened apps manually. You can choose app exceptions in the settings menu that won’t kill designated apps (ie if you never want the Facebook app to close). The best thing about Remove Background is that it’s free. Download it in the BigBoss repo now!
Developer’s website: Rono23
I swear I’m not trying to point out all of Apple’s flaws with its iOS, but MobileNotifier is yet another tweak that should’ve been implemented by Apple from day one. The standard iOS notification system isn’t bad, but trust me, MobileNotifier is much better. The sleek UI itself is enough of a reason to switch over.
To sum it all up, MobileNotifier has two main features. The first is a notification that lays over your springboard (seen here). You can tap Open to open the respective app or tap Later to save the notification for another time. The second feature gives you an overview (seen on the right) of all your notifications together. You can go through them individually or, if none hold your interest, you can clear them all.
While MobileNotifier is free, you’ll have to add the developer’s own repo in Cydia to install it. Open up Cydia and tap Manage > Sources > Edit > Add > type http://phajas.xen.prgmr.com/repo > Add Source. Now just search for MobileNotifier, install, and you’re done.
Developer’s website: Peter Hajas
Another small tweak here. Smoothboard rids the snapping action that occurs while scrolling through your device’s pages. So if you’re at your first page and need to get to your last page all it takes is one strong swipe to the left and you’re there. SmoothBoard is a neat tweak, but I’ve noticed some issues when trying to move apps around. The developer, Aaron Ash, says “There are a few minor bugs. (like springboard snapping to the nearest page when an app is opened) But it does not hinder any functionality, and you can still move icons around just fine.”
You can get it free from the BigBoss repo in Cydia.
Developer’s website: Aaron Ash
That wraps up my small list of Cydia apps. Now open up Cydia on your device and start downloading. Let us know which apps you’re downloading in the comments. Have any more apps that you’d like to add to the list? Let me know in comments.