This iOS 7 Jailbreak Tweak Brings Back One Of The Best Forgotten Features Of iOS 6

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When Jony Ive ousted Scott Forstall as Design King of iOS, he made a lot of changes, most of them for the better. One of the tinier — and for the worse — changes, though, was removing the ‘Now Playing’ icon from the iOS 7 status bar. Now a new jailbreak tweaks brings it back.

In iOS 6 or below, if you were playing music on your iPhone, iPod or iPad, a small little ‘Now Playing’ triangle would appear in the menu bar, to remind you that you were playing music in the background. This was actually useful, as if you had your iPhone on mute, you might forget that you had songs playing, draining the battery.

Unfortunately, when iOS 7 came along, this feature didn’t make the cut. But NowPlayingStatusBar for iOS 7 brings the ‘Now Playing’ triangle back, so that when you are playing any media in the background, you’ll be able to see it next to the battery percentage indicator.

The tweak is free to download, and can be installed on any jailbroken iOS 7 device. You can find it on Cydia’s default BigBoss repo.

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  • DJBabyBuster

    Always just found that now playing icon was cluttering up my status bar. Good riddance.

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