Nothing is more important to a mobile device than battery life. Obviously, without electricity the iPhone is nothing but a brick. There are many battery saving tips that can help, but none of these is a comprehensive solution. BattSaver for iOS 7 provides highly customizable, one-stop radio management tools to extend battery power.
Users can toggle any number of specific options to control when and where radio components are turned on or deactivated to save juice. While the number of toggles can be overwhelming, there are battery saving Strategy presets such as iMessage friendly, Normal, Aggressive, and Ultimate. Each level will take more aggressive steps to disable cellular and Wi-Fi radios depending on circumstances.
The iPhone lock screen does a decent job of providing music controls and information when tracks are actively playing. For those looking to spruce things up a bit, the jailbreak tweak Spin brings a whole new look to the music lock screen. Album art is centered in a circle that spins when a track is skipped, with a circular scrubber that shows current position.
The design looks interesting, and provides a variety of options to customize the look and behavior of the music lock screen. The latest version of Spin (0.1-4) incorporates several improvements and bug fixes. The screenshot above illustrates one possible configuration, with a solid dark background. Pause and skip controls have a distinctly iOS 7 inspired style.
Looking for a unique way to open iPhone applications? Gestr is a jailbreak tweak that makes it possible to assign custom gestures to individual apps. While the method is mostly just interesting, it can provide a convenient shortcut depending on the configuration.
Here’s the scenario: it’s a critical moment in the iOS game you’ve been playing for weeks. Just as you approach the end of the final level, the game stops mid-action and a pop-up tells you the battery is at 20 percent. So much for any momentum in the game, at least the iPhone battery status is clear.
This issue can be avoided with the free tweak PowerBanners on a jailbroken iOS device. PowerBanners is a simple solution to the problem of low power app interruptions. Once installed, low power alerts at 20 and 10 percent battery life will display as a banner notification without stopping the current app.
App switcher cards are convenient, but what if they could be accessed directly from the iPhone lock screen? RocketLauncher makes this possible on jailbroken devices, adding app previews and icon access to the lock screen in style.
Once installed, RocketLauncher works using tap an hold gesture on the lock screen. This will bring up the app icons and preview cards, which will launch upon selection. Of course, if a passcode is enabled the passcode lock keypad will appear before the app is launched.
Heavy Spotify users will enjoy a new jailbreak tweak appropriately named SpotiSearch. With this mod installed on the iPhone, looking for Spotify tracks is as simple as entering a search term in the default iOS 7 Spotlight search.
A swipe from top to bottom on the home screen reveals the Spotlight search field. Integrating Spotify results is achieved by installing SpotiSearch from Cydia and configuring a few options in the settings.
If you often have a lot of text message conversations going on simultaneously, you will definitely want to install the MessageSwiper7 tweak from developer MattCMultimedia. There's not much to it, but it will save you time and maybe some aggravation which, after all, is half the reason we tweak our iPhones.
MessageSwiper7 lets you swipe from one text or iMessage conversation to another without having to go back to the main window that lists your conversations. That's all there is to it, but it effectively cuts out 50% of the effort - instead of going back
Jailbreakers were met with a conundrum after Apple released a major update to fix a security flaw in iOS 7. The update patched a vulnerability that according to Apple, could allow an "attacker with a privileged network position" to "capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS." Luckily the evad3rs released evasi0n7 1.0.6 so users with jailbroken devices could upgrade to iOS 7.0.6 and patch the bug. However as most jailbreakers already know, performing the entire jailbreak process all over again can be a major hassle. This is why developer Ryan Petrich's new tweak called SSLPatch is a godsend.
The free tweak allows users to protect their jailbroken device from the SSL security flaw without the need to upgrade to iOS 7.0.6. All you have to do is install SSLPatch from the BigBoss repo on Cydia and the job is done.
On Friday Apple released iOS 7.0.6 which included a fix for a major security flaw. According to Apple, "An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS." SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is one of the main methods of encrypting internet traffic; without it hackers can see everything a person is doing online. This means cyber-thieves can potentially access emails, financial information and other private data. According to Cult of Mac, "Even banks are contacting their customers and advising them to update to iOS 7.0.6 immediately." Considering this vulnerability, it is highly recommended for iPhone and iPad users to update their firmware as soon as possible.
Jailbreakers, however, might not want to part with all of their tweaks and modifications and, as of Friday, there was no jailbreak with support for iOS 7.0.6
One of the more attention grabbing iPhone tweaks is a custom boot sound that plays every time the device is turned on, rebooted or after a respring. iOS 7 users with jailbroken devices can grab BootSound for free, and choose from a selection of OS boot sounds. A personalized sound file can also be played.
Once installed from Cydia, BootSound can be accessed under Settings -> BootSound. Default OS boot sounds included with the free tweak are MacOS, Ubuntu, Vista and WinXP. There's also a switch to disable the tweak entirely. Once the boot sound is selected tap the Respring button to enable the change. You will hear the sound when the lock screen appears after starting the iPhone.