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The iPhone is pretty useful right out of the box.But for some, Apple’s offering isn’t enough.
That’s where jailbreaking comes in. Jailbreaking is a method that hacks into your phone and opens it up to other apps and modifications not approved by Apple.
If you love customising your phone, then check out our favourite jailbreak apps and tweaks. Since our last jailbreak apps roundup, a lot of cool new iOS 5 programs came about, such as the famous virtual assistant Siri.
Thanks to jailbreaking, you can now access Siri even if you don’t have Apple’s latest iPhone 4S.
You can all of these install these apps with the help of Cydia, a jailbreak version of the iTunes App Store that installs when you jailbreak your phone.
In a Mac operating system, to switch between applications, you have to hold down Command + Tab and look for your recently used apps. Thanks to Zephyr, you can easily swap apps and multi-task by just swiping back and forth from one window to another. Instead of heading home, you can also swipe up to bring your main navigation bar and never have to leave your app.
Cost: $3 on Cydia
If you misplace your phone and luckily retrieve it, iCaughtU will show you pictures of those who've tried to access your phone by taking a picture with the front-facing camera whenever the password is incorrectly guessed. You can set the photos to be sent to your e-mail whenever the app catches a thief, and an alert can be set up for the phone finder to return your device.
Cost: $2.50 on Cydia.
With Spire, you don't have to own the latest iPhone 4S to get access to Siri. The app brings the virtual assistant to your iPad, iPod Touch, or older models of iPhones so you won't feel left out of those Apple Siri commercials. You have to pay an annual fee for proxy host addresses, but there are ways to find yourself around these charges if you look for free hosts.
Cost: $20 per year via Cydia
The latest version of IntelliScreenX incorporates your iOS 5 applications by bringing all types of notifications to your lock screen. The app is similar to LockInfo, which will also bring up the weather, text message notifications, e-mail alerts, and more but looks more streamlined. IntelliScreenX is great for those who prefer less photos and simple text notices.
Cost: $10 on Cydia
Some people like the classic keyboard look on their iPhones, but if you want to be original, you can create your own custom theme keyboard skin. colour Keyboard lets you change anything from the background colours of the keyboard to new font faces.
Cost: $2 on Cydia
Touchscreen technology means manually clicking and selecting things are so overrated. Seamlessly refresh your Safari browser by pulling the windows down just like you would on your Facebook and Twitter apps.
Cost: Free on Cydia
Don't ever want your texts to wind up on Damn You, Auto Correct? With ManualCorrect, your iPhone will never retype words for you unless you tap the suggested item. This beats turning off Auto Correct entirely because you'll still get suggested word spellings to help point out typos, or expedite texting time.
Cost: $2 on Cydia
Unlocking your phone to dismiss a notification is one step too many. Use Ipsum to drag and dismiss text, e-mail, or Twitter alerts by simply swiping left and back to the right to make the notice go away.
Cost: Free in Cydia
Android phones have multiple windows in which you can set a large background photo that is panoramic as you swipe across the pages. Parallax brings that same capabilities to your iOS device so you can use any widescreen photo as a scrollable background.
Cost: $1.50 on Cydia
Remember when you first learned how to make PowerPoint slides and you found how to create crazy transitions between each page? Barrel is sort of like that for your iOS gadgets. You can scroll through your home pages as if you're turning a 3D cube.
Cost: Free on Cydia
For Mac users, CandyBar is a great tool for replacing app icons to tailor to your tastes. DreamBoard does the same thing, and you literally get the same interface as an HTC Android or a Windows Phone if you want. This app's sure to confuse the masses.
Cost: Free on Cydia (additional themes vary in price)