Jailbreak iPhone Apps: Top 3 Cydia Apps & Tweaks
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You've successfully jailbroken your iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1.3. Now what? Naturally, you'll want to make your way over to the Cydia store to check out jailbreak apps and tweaks that you've been missing out on, but which ones should you choose?
The Cydia app store doesn't provide ratings the way Apple's native app store does, and with so many tweaks to choose from, how do you know which ones are worth the time and effort of installing, then learning how to use? We've compiled a list of our top three favorite Cydia apps and tweaks that should make your jailbroken iPhone transition a little smoother.
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Jailbreak iPhone Cydia Apps and Tweaks (iOS 6): NCSettings
NCSettings is basically a toggle bar that appears in the Notification Center and gives you quick access to commonly used features. You can lock portrait orientation, turn on the flashlight, activate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and reset your device — all with the touch of a button. Anyone running stock iOS 6 should instantly recognize the need for this — unless that person enjoys having to navigate multiple submenus simply to reach the Wi-Fi option.
Many Cydia users will argue that NCSettings pales in comparison to the functionality of SBSettings, and they're not without a point: SBSettings can do exponentially more than NCSettings. However, it would be fair to say that where their functionalities intersect, NCSettings is better. It's prettier and more streamlined, and frankly, does 90 percent of what 90 percent of SBSettings users expect in the first place.
Jailbreak iPhone Cydia Apps and Tweaks (iOS 6): MewSeek
No iPhone jailbreak is complete without an avenue for free music downloads, and MewSeek is your one-stop shop. Until fairly recently, downloading music directly onto your iPhone without paying for it was a massive pain: first you'd need to find the song, then after downloading it, you'd need to find the actual file on your iPhone through a separate app called iFile, and then copy it into a precise folder so that it shows up in the iPod. Today, all of that is accomplished through MewSeek. Download it. Love it.
Jailbreak iPhone Cydia Apps and Tweaks (iOS 6): IntelliScreenX 6
IntelliScreenX 6 takes the stock iOS 6 lock screen and transforms it into something useful. Populate the lock screen with your Twitter feed and a bevy of other on-demand content that's completely customizable. IntelliScreenX for iOS 6 comes with a free trial but costs $9.99 for the full version. However, if you do a little digging, it won't be particularly difficult to find a free install file somewhere.