iOS engineers must keep their eyes on the jailbreak scene. In the past, popular jailbreak tweak Auxo showed what iOS’s approach to multitasking should be like years before Apple made its best ideas part of the core operating system.
Let’s hope this pattern holds with Alympus. It’s a new tweak that radically improves, for the better, iOS 8 multitasking.
Rethinking the multitasking experience on iOS 8 from the ground up, Alympus isn’t just a prettier way to switch your apps. It also features a total new and wonderfully beautiful music player UI, as well as a toggle interface.
Utilizing iOS’s card-based multitask view, Alympus’s main trick is it lets you zoom in and out, fitting more apps per screen. It also integrates with the Control Center gesture, as well as the Home Button double press. Swipe left and right between pages, and you can switch between the App Switcher, the new music player controls, and various toggles.
There’s also a cool feature called ‘Continuous Swipe’, which allows you to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to trigger Alympus, then swipe right or left without lifting your finger to keep flashing through these interfaces.
The major change to the music interface is a beautiful cover view of what you’re listening to, as well as the ability to rapidly switch between light modes and dark modes with a triple task. And the new toggle interface is so much more feature rich than iOS 8’s default one: you can turn off VPN, cellular data, auto lock, cellular data, and more, all with just a gesture.
It’s a pretty great package all around. If you’ve got $3.99 and a jailbroken device, you can grab it from Cydia’s BigBoss repo right now.