An innovate idea for iOS often gets introduced to high praises from the Apple community, and one of three things usually happens: 1.) Apple implements the idea, 2.) Jailbreakers implement it first and Apple eventually does the same, 3.) Apple ignores the idea entirely and jailbreakers enjoy it exclusively. We’re hoping that number 2.) will happen in this case.
Remember when we showed you the amazing concept video for easily editing text on the iPad? Put together by Daniel Chase Hooper, the concept showed how you could edit text with finger drags and gestures instead of the tedious ‘tap and drag’ method Apple currently implements. Many of us said we wanted to see Hooper’s concept in iOS 6.
As it is known to do, the jailbreak community has already heard our collective cry and answered with a new jailbreak tweak that just went live in Cydia today. Dubbed SwipeSelection, a new way of editing text is now available for jailbroken iPad and iPhone users.
Jeff of iDownloadBlog has a video rundown of the new tweak, and we’re pleased to see that the tweak functions exactly like the concept video shown above:
Developed by Kyle Howells, SwipeSelection lets you drag your finger across the iOS keyboard to move the cursor between letters. Tap and hold shift while you drag to select chunks of text. The tweak is brilliant, stable, and well implemented. It even works on the iPhone, although using the shift key is more cumbersome because the iOS keyboard is smaller.
The best thing about SwipeSelection is that it’s free and fully supports any jailbroken iOS device running iOS 5.0 and higher. Here’s to hoping Apple takes notice of this for iOS 6!