Get The iOS 6 App Switcher Back In iOS 7 [Jailbreak]

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I’ve got a confession to make. I don’t like iOS 7’s new app switcher. Sure, it looks pretty, but the screenshots it provides are functionally useless, and closing apps is a much finnickier and hit-or-miss proposition than in iOS 6. It’s one of my least favorite changes in iOS 7.

But now that we’ve got a proper jailbreak thanks to Team Evasi0n, there’s no reason to live with any aspect of iOS 7 you don’t like. So I’m delighted to know that a new jailbreak tweak by iOS Developer Thomas Finch called ClassicSwitcher has brought the good old iOS 6 app switcher back, without its useless screenshots and “swipe up to close” functionality.

You can now close apps the good old fashioned way: holding them until a close button appears, then tapping the x. But that’s not all, because it actually supercharges the iOS 6 app switcher as well, with features such as multiple rows of application icons, confirm closing of apps, changing the overlay style, specifying an option to only have as many rows as needed for all running apps, configure an opening animation, and more.

ClassicSwitcher is available now for $0.99 on the BigBoss repo on Cydia.

  • DJBabyBuster

    Because holding an icon until the wiggling x appears and Then pressing it is way easier than swiping up on an app card to close it. Rubbish. If you’re jailbroken, just grab SwitchSpring as the best app switching mod.

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