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Any time a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS comes out, developers immediately put themselves to work tweaking and modding it.In fact, a day after the iOS 5 beta was released, a jailbreak update was ready to go.
One of the premier features of iOS 5 is the Notifications centre, which a user can access by dragging down their finger from the top of the screen.
The Notifications centre holds all your notifications like missed calls, texts, and push notifications.
The first thing jailbreakers wanted to do when the iOS 5 developer preview went out was customise this brand new drop-down menu screen (beyond the Weather and Stocks widgets that come pre-loaded), and we’ve put together some of the coolest iOS 5 mods so far.
You can’t try out these tweaks and mods quite yet, unfortunately, unless you have access to the developer version of iOS 5 (like Steve Kovach does).
If the past is any indication, Apple might even implement some of these widgets and tweaks in an iOS update later on.
Current iPhone jailbreakers can already get a pop-up settings screen by downloading SBSettings, but Notifications centre integration is something else entirely.
This tweak would give you access to toggles like Wi-Fi on/off, aeroplane mode, and more. Apple should've done something like this in iOS 5.
iStat and other solutions provide quick ways to view how much RAM you have left, what your IP address is, etc, but a simple Notifications centre widget would be ideal for many people.
With this tweak, you can have access to the four most recently accessed apps (similar to how it works in some versions of Android).
You could kill the apps using the red minus sign, or you could scroll through them and pick one you want to re-open.
This tweak could make the Notifications centre a one stop shop for multitasking and notifications. In the current iteration, you have to double tap your Home button to see the multitasking bar.
WeeTwitter adds a Twitter feed to the bottom of your Notifications Bar.
Unfortunately, you can't tweet from it quite yet, but you can view mentions, direct messages, and quick searches all from your notifications bar.
It's easy to change your background on your iPhone, but you can't change the background of your multitasking bar.
Your multitasking bar is small enough that most people wouldn't want to change it, but the Notifications centre is much bigger.
This tweak lets you change the background behind your Notifications centre drop-down menu.
Just don't make your background this ugly.
This is a mock-up theme one user created. We'll likely see downloadable themes like these for jailbreakers once iOS 5 launches this fall.
Jailbreak tweaks like LockInfo (pictured here) do an excellent job displaying calendar events on your lock screen or via InfoShade, a drop-down menu that works almost exactly like Notifications centre.
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