Velox Tweak: Use Apps As Notification-Center-Style Widgets On Home Screen [Jailbreak]

In the last week I have jailbroken and then de-jailbrokened an iPad mini, mostly thanks to stupid little glitches that make me think the whole thing will just crash in the middle of something important like a round of Super Stickman Golf 2.

But if you have a hacked iPhone, you might want to keep it hacked fo a little longer, at least until you get to try the amazing Velox, a tweak that lets you use apps as little notification-center-style widgets right there on the home screen.

Velox lets you swipe in a home-screen app to get inside. The app opens up a folder-like view to revel a cut-down version (or full version) of itself. Thus you can swipe on the Settings app to open a panel of shortcuts to toggle Bluetooth, adjust screen brightness and so on; open the camera app and snap a picture, open the Photos app and send or Tweet the last-taken picture (sweet), check the weather, see where you are on a map, create a new note… and lots more. Here’s a slightly too-long video of it in action:

The tweak comes with dupport for the following apps, and an API will make it available to third-party devs.

  • Settings
  • Photos
  • Maps
  • Weather
  • Contacts
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Music
  • Reminders
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • WebClip (bookmarks)
  • Notes
  • Messages

Utility varies per app. I can’t see the point of using a small Safari window when it takes the same effort to open the app itself, but quick access to notes, weather, calendar and settings look like something that Apple might do. The tweak should be out soon, for just $2.

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  • kid_slickarus

    It looks pretty, but it adds very little functionality wise. By the time you get to the widget, you have already exited to the home screen and then had to tap the app, meaning you have spent the same effort just to get a stripped down version of the same thing. The whole point of widgets is to get the info you need while spending less time getting to them. If you could still make use of the extra screen real estate for something else, maybe it would be worthwhile.

  • MrsCleaver

    You’ve “jailbroken”, then “de-jailbrokened?” Man, that’s some strange use of language.

    What I don’t understand, however, is your assertion that “the whole thing will just crash in the middle of something important.” Both my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini have been jailbroken for months, running all kinds of tweaks and apps (all paid or otherwise legitimate), and not one crash, certainly nothing that would even come close to causing a problem.

    Is your fear based on experience, and if so, why not share with us?

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