Multitasking has always been a touchy subject when it comes to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, but the Quasar Cydia tweak aims to improve on the original. When apps are running on iOS devices, they are being displayed in full screen. This is in conjunction with the Cupertino company's design philosophy that the iOS device becomes the app its running. Over time, Apple addressed the issue of multitasking by enabling users to flip back or forward between apps. However, this becomes a problem with the iPad with its larger screen. Although you can multitask per se, you can't help but feel that the large screen isn't being fully utilized to its full potential. If only you could manage your windows when working with the iPad, right? Well, here's our review of a jailbreak tweak that you should check out.
Quasar Cydia Tweak Review
The name of the featured jailbreak tweak today is Quasar by iOS developer Pedro Franceschi. As Franceschi describes it, the Quasar Cydia tweak is a Windows manager for iPad. The main functionality of this Cydia app is that it enables you to run apps in a window which can be resized, moved, terminated, or expanded to full-screen view. When it comes to that, Quasar Cydia tweak definitely delivers its promise. With Quasar Cydia installed, you can run your apps side by side and easily switch between windows without ever needing to use the multitasking App Switcher. This paves the way for better multitasking overall which is pretty much like what is found in Windows, especially with the iPad's sufficient screen real estate.
As mentioned, each app window can be manipulated to suit your needs. You can easily resize each window using the resizing handle which can be found at the right-hand corner. Should you want to use your apps in full-screen, you can do so and slide it back to window view with relative ease. Another very interesting feature of the Quasar Cydia tweak is that it has the option to run iPhone apps in their native size. With this, you can run iPhone applications without upscaling then and losing their image quality. To make you easily understand the concept behind Quasar, check out the demo video below:
While Quasar looks to be a godsend for multitasking users, it is far from perfect and has a lot of drawbacks. Perhaps the biggest pitfall of this iPad tweak is the fact that it will cost you a hefty $9.99. The price point is definitely a major turn-off for most iOS users. And with such an ambitious tweak, there are bound to be problems with execution. While using the window multitasking interface, you can often encounter glitches. There are times when you switch to full screen mode, the iPad will freeze. If you have other multitasking iPad Cydia tweaks installed like Switchermod, Multiflow or Quickdo, you will find yourself doing a lot of resprings.
Quasar is definitely a very promising iPad Cydia tweak that is a potential game changer. However, with its steep price point, glitches, and compatibility issues, you might want to think it over before visiting the Cydia store. The developer is working on improving the tweak and ironing out the kinks, so perhaps it is best that you wait for the most stable version before shelling out your hard-earned money. In order to use Quasar, you need to be running iOS 5. Find the Quasar Cydia tweak under BigBoss repo, however if you wish to download it from unofficial sources, you can check out Insanelyi or iHacksRepo.
You will need to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch before you download and install this Quasar Cydia tweak. 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.
So what do you think of this multitasking Quasar Cydia tweak?