As far as telephony tweaks go, one of the most popular (and highly useful) ones is CallBar from Cydia. One of the best reasons to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is that you can have access to a plethora of jailbreak tweaks. Some of these tweaks are so useful that they make so much sense and one can't help but wonder why Apple haven't implemented such ideas. Well all things considered, CallBar is a tweak that definitely belongs to the useful variant. And now, CallBar has been updated to bring support for iOS 6, and a whole lot more. More details about CallBar v2 after the jump.
For those who are not familiar with CallBar, this tweak basically adds an iOS 5 style notification to your screen whenever you receive an incoming call. The default iOS setting when receiving calls can be quite intrusive, especially when you are using an app. CallBar provides an incoming call interface that is not only non-intrusive but it also enables you to use your phone. On top of that, you can easily answer, decline or dismiss a call without stopping whatever it is that you do. With CallBar installed, you also invoke the dialing interface pretty much anywhere with the corresponding Activator gesture.
With CallBar v2, everyone's favorite telephony tweak is now fully compatible with iOS 6 and with tons of new features thrown in. Read below for the complete change log:
What's New in CallBar v2.1:
- iOS 6 support
- Integrated iOS 6's “Reply with Message” and “Remind Me Later” hangup options. Tap the phone or FaceTime icon on the incoming call banner to view options menu
- iOS 6 “Reply with Message” and “Remind Me Later” options available for iOS 5 users too. Ability to define reply messages for when hanging up a call in Settings.
- Call-back options scrollview added to lock screen.
- Dismiss view on lock screen changed to table cell
- Added option to use CallBar for all outgoing calls, including phone numbers on pages, dial commands from Siri and Bluetooth headsets.
- Improved visual representation of remote calling party
- Added tap to answer. Swiping right on incoming call banner still answers.
- Added color options for extras views and the keypad in Settings
- Improved minimized view
- Improved show/hide animations
- No longer rings after the call has been dismissed once
- Adjusted the label’s width to fit the screen and display more text if needed.
- Improved tap handling on banner with excellent precision
- Removed buttons for incoming call banners
- Drastically improved all UI, buttons, backgrounds, labels, etc.
- Removed Skype and Viber handling
- Added DTMF commands handling to Dialer (e.g. *#06#)
- Dialer can initiate Facetime calls to emails from Recents or Favorites
- Dialer can handle calls initiated by Bluetooth headset
- Added localization for 19 languages
- Fixed blocking taps below banner when minimized or in dismiss mode
- Fixed speaker button not toggling speaker correctly.
- Fixed mute button not working correctly.
- Fixed Bluetooth button not working correctly.
- Fixed DTMF tones randomly not being sent to the remote party
- Corrected grouping in Settings for better user experience.
- Fixed lock screen not undimming in some cases
- Fixed proximity detector not dimming the screen when in call in some cases.
- Fixed keyboard not showing up in Contacts search field when in lock screen
- Fixed keyboard not showing + sign when holding down the zero key
- Fixed sleep button behavior for outgoing, incoming, and active calls
- Numerous bug fixes
Now that is what you call a major update. Obviously, the main draw here is the support for iOS 6 and that it allows iOS 5.x users to experience new iOS 6 call features like “Reply with Messsage” and “Remind me Later”. To have a better grasp at just how good CallBar v2 features are, here is a video walkthrough from the good folks of iDownloadBlog:
It is obvious that there have been a great deal of effort that went into polishing CallBar. For those who want to grab this jailbreak tweak, CallBar v2 is available in Cydia under the BigBoss repo for $3.99. If you have bought CallBar before, you'll be happy to know that upgrading to v2 is completely free. The price may be a bit steep for some, but considering its usefulness, this is indeed well-worth the investment, especially if you are making and receiving a lot of calls.
So what do you think of CallBar v2?