One aspect of the iOS that is frequently receiving quite a good number of attention from the jailbreak community is multitasking, and today we have a new tweak to address just that called, jLauncher. If you have experienced using your iOS device for multitasking purposes, then you'll know that what is being provided by the platform is merely "okay." This is why many jailbreak developers have taken matters into their own hands and have created tweaks that aim to improve the iOS multitasking experience. There are those that gets the job done while there are those that are completely so-so. Today, we will bring into your attention yet another jailbreak tweak that could improve your multitasking experience.
By default, the iOS multitasking switcher provides a small bar which is found at the bottom of the screen each time you press the Home button twice. When navigating through all the active apps in the background, you will have to swipe that multitasking bar. While for the most part this is a decent effort from Apple, the apps displayed are far too few and swiping the bar can take a few seconds before you can get to the app that you wish to switch into. The problem is compounded if you have a plethora of apps running. With the default interface, you just can't switch apps fast enough.
The name of today's featured tweak is jLauncher. Basically what this jailbreak tweak does is increase the available screen real-estate for multitasking. Just how big is the new task switcher with jLauncher installed? Well, the switcher is increased to a full page view. By assigning an Activator gesture, you can activate jLauncher and it will display the icons for the most recently apps, volume and brightness sliders, as well as the Now Playing song complete with player controls and album art. The screen behind jLauncher becomes tinted but still enough for you to see the background. The tweak definitely has a good feel when used and can really improve your multitasking experience. However, it is far from being perfect.
To say the least, the tweak doesn't look all that polish and actually looks sloppy at first look. The icons together with the sliders and Music player look cramped together. jLauncher could definitely use better spacing because it just looks so unprofessional. For a paid tweak, I doubt many people would fork out for something that lacks some polish. Fortunately, this drawback is merely on the cosmetic side and should be easily fixed by the developer. For a paid tweak, it could also use a configuration screen so various aspects of the tweak can be personalized.
jLauncher is available in Cydia under the BigBoss repo for $1.99. This is definitely a well-done tweak although it could really use some cosmetic improvements.
You will need to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch before you download and install jLauncher. So in case you haven't jailbroken your iOS device yet, make sure that you check out our several guides on how to jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 into your iDevice: Absinthe | Redsn0w | Sn0wbreeze | Cinject.
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So what do you think of jLauncher?