Dashboard X Brings Live Widgets To Your iOS Device’s Home Screen [Jailbreak]

Dashboard X Brings Live Widgets To Your iOS Device’s Home Screen [Jailbreak]

Time to make your Home screen come alive.

When Apple introduced Notification Center in iOS 5 last summer, jailbreak developers immediately started creating third-party widgets to enhance certain functionalities and create shortcuts for iOS. Widgets for toggling system preferences, for instance, are now available in Cydia for Notification Center. What would happen if the idea of widgets left Notification Center and made its way to the iOS Home screen?

Prolific Cydia developer Ori Kadosh has released Dashboard X, an ambitious extension for adding floating widgets to your jailbroken iPhone and iPad’s springboard.

Official description:

Dashboard X is an awesome widgets system for your device! It works with existing notification center widgets and let’s you place them on either the home screen or your dashboard!

Including:

  • Full support for existing notification center widgets!
  • Place widgets on either the home screen along with your icons or on your dashboard which you can invoke with Activator
  • Move widgets around, place them wherever you want!
  • Also works with Dashboard X exclusive widgets

First off, Dashboard X is incredibly polished and well thought out. Ori did a fantastic job of taking a complex idea and making it dead simple. Once you install Dashboard X in Cydia, there are no real settings to configure, although you can tweak some preferences in Settings.

To get started adding widgets to your Home screen, you’ll obviously need Cydia widgets installed on your device. You can find a complete list under the “Addons (Notification Center)” section of Cydia, and Ori has a link under “More Widgets” in the Dashboard X settings. We’ve covered several great jailbreak widgets already on Cult of Mac, including WeeTrackData and Forecast. NCSettings and ActionSlider are also great widgets to install. Apple’s stocks and weather widgets are available to use by default. Widgets specifically designed for Dashboard X are in the pipeline, so be on the lookout for those.

Dashboard X Brings Live Widgets To Your iOS Device’s Home Screen [Jailbreak]

Getting ready to add a widget

Adding widgets next to your app icons is super easy with Dashboard X; just tap and hold an icon to enter “jiggle mode.” Then tap a blank space on your Home screen (you may need to rearrange icons to create space) and hold your finger down for a couple seconds. A window will pop up with a list of available widgets to add. Tap the widget you want and you’ll be greeted with a couple options. You have the ability to disable “Interaction” and “Auto Center.” The former setting lets you interact with a widget or make it essentially part of your device’s wallpaper. The latter option snaps the widget into a centered position wherever you add it on the Home screen. Toggle these settings as you see fit and tap “Add Widget.” Said widget will suddenly float on your Home screen. Once you have it where you want it, tap your Home button to exit jiggle mode and lock the widget in place. Boom!

Dashboard X Brings Live Widgets To Your iOS Device’s Home Screen [Jailbreak]

The possibilities are endless.

Now how you add widgets is obviously up to you, so play around with it to find the perfect setup. Perhaps you want one widget under three rows of icons on your main Home screen, or perhaps you want a page of one app row and three widgets. The beauty of Dashboard X is that your device’s springboard is a playground.

Dashboard X Brings Live Widgets To Your iOS Device’s Home Screen [Jailbreak]

Settings, settings, settings

Ori packed some nice preferences and troubleshooting features in the settings of Dashboard X, proving once again how well-done this extension is. Head over to the Settings app and find the Dashboard X pane. You can customize the widgets you add to your Home screen from there and toggle “long tap” mode for adding widgets.

Dashboard X Brings Live Widgets To Your iOS Device’s Home Screen [Jailbreak]

Dashboard. Where have we seen this before?

The “Dashboard” settings introduce the feature behind Dashboard X’s name. Going a step farther, the Dashboard is an OS X-like overlay that can be activated anywhere in iOS via an Activator action. Think the Mac’s Dashboard on your iPhone (not available on the iPad, sadly). You can assign an Activator action (double tap status bar by default) and add widgets to your Dashboard from the preferences pane. While the idea is nice, it doesn’t really serve much of a purpose beyond adding widgets directly to the Home screen. Notification Center will already display jailbreak widgets from its pull-down window.

For all of the functionality and creativity it provides, Dashboard X is definitely worth the $1.99 price tag in Cydia. If you like having certain widgets on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad, let us all know what you think below!

  • ianmatteson

    Which widget is that on the first photograph with the clean wifi, volume, etc toggles? 

  • Ben Ward

    Which widget is that on the first photograph with the clean wifi, volume, etc toggles? 

    Its called NCSettings

  • PadreTomasito

    Apple – you should hire this guy! NOW! ;)

  • PadreTomasito

    Apple – you should hire this guy! NOW! ;)

  • Danny Mercer

    The one with the Wifi, sound etc toggles would be an excellent, and welcome addition, to notification centre in iOS 6!

  • SomeFlyGuy

    It’s making my iPad springboard crash -.-“

  • Clark Wallace

    What wallpaper is that on the homescreen?

    Thanks
  • Alex Blaha

    Everytime I try to add a widget it puts it on my Spotlight Search page right under the keyboard. So the only way to remove it is to go into its settings and go into enabled widgets and remove them and respring. It’s annoying >:O

  • faemont

    Id love to have that wallpaper, can you share please??

    Thanks in advance!
  • iKrill

    Where can I find that wallpaper?

  • 00Ziggi

    I can add the weather widget, but it only displays today’s weather… I see in your screenshots you have a five day forecast. Can you tell me how to get the five day forecast on my screen? Thanks!

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